This Saturday 8/27: World Music Meets Hip Hop for a Good Cause

Join b-boy Kid Jungle, a local Chicago dancer who actively promotes positive Hip Hop culture and founder of T.A.F. dance group, for an eclectic night of talent and culture.  This event will have B-boy battles, Poppers, Capoeira, Flamenco, Belly dance, Salsa, and House under one roof and going on ALLLL night!!!  Local dancers and musicians are coming together to perform at this event for a good cause: to raise funds to pay the medical expenses of Jungle’s daughter Jada Marie, who has been dealing with major medical issues since she was born.  Jungle believes that through music and dance we can unite people from different walks of life under one roof to help raise funds for Jada. All proceeds will go straight to her medical and travel expenses.

Here are more details of the event:

WHAT!

Event showcasing music and dances from all genres from Reggae, Hip Hop/Breakdance battles, Belly Dance, Capoeira, Flamenco, Salsa, Bachata, House, Drum N Bass.  The theme of the night will be World Music meets Hip Hop!!

Guest performances:

– 1 on 1 B-boy battle exhibitions

– All Bgirl performance by Dirty Sneakers Crew

– Chicago Popping Legends Robot M.A.F.I.A.

-Capoiera

-Chi-Caribena

-Belly dance with Johanna

-Flamenco with Cristina and Vanessa

– 4 Stars (Haitian Rap)

DJ’s for the night

– DJ EDouble of PHAZE II CHICAGO spinning the b-boy breaks

-DJ Sean Owens spinning house with afro and latin beats

-DJ BumbleBee spinning drum n bass!!

-DJ Man o God spinning dat boom bap Hip Hop flava!

Hosted by Kid Jungle and Drunken Monkeee

WHY!
To raise money for Jungles’ daughter medical expenses

WHERE!
Multi-Kulti 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave. 4th floor.  A lounge/art space that has carpeted floors, couches, and several rooms.  Cozy and intimate but big enough to hold a lot of people.  21 and over.

WHEN!
This Saturday Aug. 27th from 9pm til 4am. Donations only and greatly appreciated.

If you need any more info or have questions please contact Jungle at thebboykidjungle@yahoo.com


Today: Positive Chicago Hip Hop Culture Block Party at Millenium Park

Good morning Urbanites!

Today I have an excellent free show for you to check out. If you are looking for options on how to spend your afternoon, go to the Pritzker Pavillion at Millenium park at 6:30pm for the Hip Hop Chicago show that my good friend and excellent B-boy dancer Kid Jungle from T.A.F. dance is directing. This is a free and family friendly event that is built on the hit show that blew audiences away at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

Hip Hop Chicago is an hour and a half long music and dance show that brings together 26 local artists to celebrate the best of Chicago hip hop culture with a showcase of authentic beats, rhymes, and moves that blend signature hip hop elements with American and international influences. The theme of the show is the portrayal of POSITIVE Hip Hop Culture and includes Breakdancing, Popping, Locking, African, and Capoeira dancers. African and Capoeira have been added to show some of the roots of Hip Hop dance. There will be musical pieces performed by Hip Hop Bands Sidewalk Chalk and St. Bagu.

This is a production of the Center for Asian Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago,in conjunction with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

You can find more information about this show at www.hiphopchicago.org.

This weekend is all about Latin America and good intentions

The weekend is approaching and is dominated by great options for excellent live Latin American music and for good intentions. Here is my itinerary for your weekend:

FRIDAY

Los Guitarristas – Free Lunchtime Concert
If you work downtown, plan on coming tomorrow by the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) at your lunch hour for a free concert with Los Guitarristas! This is a quartet of guitarists formed by maestro Alfonso Chacon who wish to bring the traditionaof Latin American guitar esembles to a new generation in Chicago. A teacher as well as performer, Mr. Chacón enjoyed a long career in music in South America, performing with some of the greatest artists of the 20th Century, including Lucho Gatica, Chabuca Granda, Cholo Aguirre, Raúl Shaw and el Dúo Rey-Silva. Los Guitarristas is more than a concert group, it is an organization dedicated to teaching these styles and all guitarists are welcome to study with Alfonso.  The show runs from 12 to 1pm and is part of the Friday Music Without Borders series.

Earth Wine & Fire Festival
In honor of tomorrow’s Earth Day, the Collective Consciousness Movement and Earth, Wine & Fire are hosting  an Earth Day Benefit Festival to benefit The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (one of my favorite places in Chicago because of its beautiful Butterfly Haven). This is  a family-friendly festival that intends to enlighten consciousness through music, food, wine and green conversation. Headlining the night is The Collective Consciousness Movement (CCM), a group that uses music and performance to bring awareness of reality, individuality, and spirituality. The group breaks the mold of musical genres by letting their concept drive their musical direction and distinct style.  Entertainment will also include fire breathers, fire spinners and dancers, belly dancers, live musicians, capoeira dancing, massage therapists, live painters, photography galleries, wellness and meditation therapists, readers, Reiki practitioners and vendors. For $25 an attendee will receive appetizers, dinner, drinks, full access to museum, music and lots of entertainment. Children 12 and under are free.

Location: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Dr.Chicago) 6:30pm-11:00pm

Pre-Sale – $25  www.earthwineandfire.com  Door – $35

Globe Sonico at D’Noche 

If after going to the Earth Wine and Fire Festival you feel like you still want to groove the night out, then head to D’Noche in the Logan Square neighborhood (2710 N. Milwaukee). Agúzate and Sound Culture present a new DJ night with the best in global beats and international grooves.

D’Noche is an intimate lounge that serves up fantastic cocktails and pan american cuisine with a late night menu. No Cover.

Gozamos 1 Year Anniv. Party w/ ZZK + Sonorama

ZZK (Chancha via Circuito & El G) with SONORAMA will perform  tomorrow as part April 22 as part of the Gozamos 1-Year Anniversary celebration.ZZK is a record company from Buenos Aires, Argentina dedicated to the experimentation withdifferent latin rhythms like cumbia, reggaeton and folklore sounds from the Andes. ZZK is born out of a Buenos Aires club called Zizek, where genres clash and cross over, making you dance, while still providing fresh and innovative sounds rarely heard before.

Location: 8fifty8, 858 W. Lake. 9pm- 2am

$5 in advance with code “gozamos” and $15 at the door.
Ticket link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/157764

SATURDAY

Unieros Fundraiser event for Japan

The people from Unieros is asking for your help to make 1,000 origami cranes to symbolize their wish for Japan’s recovery after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.They are asking for Ladies to wear shades of pink or red; and for men to wear green to symbolize colors of hope that comes from sakura – the blooming of Japanese cherry blossoms in Spring.You will also get a mini Japanese language lesson with Kazumi.
Location: Multilingual Chicago, 2934 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite C, Chicago. 7pm-11pm
Admission: $5 or more donation at door. They will have computers so you can make your donation online to the American Red Cross.
100% of proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.Light refreshments served. BYOB.RSVP: Emailevents@unieros.com

SUNDAY

Traditional Peruvian Music with JORGE PARDO

Finish the weekend by joining me in this wonderful cultural event of Traditional Peruvian Music that I am organizing. The star of this event is Jorge Pardo, a young Peruvian singer who won the 2005 Viña del Mar International Song Festival and was nominated to the Latin Grammy Awards. Jorge is on a U.S. Tour promoting his latest CD titled MUSICA TRADICIONAL PERUANA, a tribute to Arturo Zambo Cavero & Oscar Aviles. Cavero and Aviles are two of the most emblematic and beloved figures of the Peruvian criolla music genre, and Jorge has collected their most popular songs in this CD, giving a fresh sound to these songs without diverting from the classic style to sing criolla music. The show will also have the participation of Peruvian Folk Dance Center (performing Afro-Peruvian rhythms), Dayan Aldan(next generation musica criolla singer) and best guitarists from Peru Ales Vela (from Elenco Nacional del Folclore) and Yuri Juarez (from Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet and elected 2009 Latin Jazz Guitarist of the Year by Latin Jazz Corner).

Location: Rios D’Sudamerica, the finest Peruvian restaurant in the Midwest, located in the Bucktown neighborhood (2010 W Armitage Chicago) Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.

Admission: $15 donation

Tickets will be available at the door but is highly recommended to buy them in advance.
Those who buy tickets online will be automatically entered to a raffle to win two tickets for NOVALIMA concert in Chicago on July 12 (must be present to win prize).

Visit https://chicagourbanite.wordpress.com/featured-concert-traditional-peruvian-music-with-jorge-pardo/ to get your tickets online

Today: Don’t miss a great workshop on Brazilian percussion/Candomble music with CABELLO

If you are into Brazilian music, then don’t miss the opportunity to take a Brazilian percussion/Candomble music class that the International Capoeira Angola Foundation is organizing with renowned percussionist CABELLO. Cabello has been practicing Capoeira since the 1980’s. He is a professional capoeirista with 27 years of experience, and is a student and senior practitioner of the world famous capoeira Angola master Mestre João Grande. He studies Afro-Brazilian rhythms and dance as a disciple of Professora Emilia Biancardi and master drummer Jorge Alabê, and participates in Brazil at traditional gatherings ,encounters and spontaneous festivals, besides teaching and performing in Bahia,New York and abroad.

The class will be held from  8:30pm to 11:30pm at Quilombo Cultural Center (1757 N. Kimball Avenue 2nd floor). The cost is $15 (cash only).Limited parking available. Bring a drum if you have it. Learn more about Cabello here www.caxixi.com

Questions? Call 773.227.8879.

Feeling like having fun and helping a good cause tonight? Check Sones de Mexico or Chi-Caribena performances

This Saturday is bringing us a couple of cool options to have fun and help a good cause. Here they are:

Sones de Mexico, a Chicago-based folk music group that specializes in the Mexican musical tradition known as son, will play a homecoming concert at casa Aztlán (1831 S. Racine Ave), in the heart of Pilsen, where the band held its first rehearsals 17 years ago. Sharing the bill is Ramon Marino, who will open the show singing Nueva Trova songs. Doors open at 7:30pm and the The show runs from 8:30 to 11pm. Admission is $20. Proceeds will go towards Casa Aztlan, for programs that help immigrants lead better lives in this country. Sones de Mexico was nominated to the Latin Grammy for Best Folk Album of 2007, so you are guaranteed to have a great show.  Here is a video of the group performing live their version of “La Bamba”:

If you rather help the victims of the Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, go to Canale Art Lounge (500 W 18th St.) and join them as they share a slice of the culture of South America and raise money for the devastation that has affected Japan. Chi~Caribena Dancers, Gingarte Capoeira, and CedenO will be entertaining the crowds. Money raised will be going to Save the Children through the Japanese Cultural Center. $10 for ladies/ $15 for men.

Enjoy your Saturday!