Photos of Femi Kuti Concert in Chicago

Win Tickets to Caravanserai Dance Party


This World Music dance party derives its name from Caravan Serai, an ancient  roadside motel that gave weary Silk Road travelers a safe place to park their camels, count their furs, and maybe even sip on some wine. Hot food, hand-washing stations, and live music were a must. Luckily for us, sans camels, Chicago has all those things, without having to experience the austere life styles of the vagabonds of yore. So, grab your headdress and gold coins, lace up your leggings, and join a night of music and dance that celebrates the weary traveler in all of us! The dance party lineup includes gypsy surf band Lamajamal, raucous brass/reed sextet Black Bear Combo, abstract international spinmeister DJ Warp and Middle Eastern dance performer Erika Ochoa, among others.

Sunday January 20  from 7  to 11 pm
1200 W. Randolph, Chicago, Illinois 60607

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Win Free Tickets to Femi Kuti Concert on January 21st!

Femi Kuti

Monday January 21, 2013 9:30 PM

18 & Over. Valid State/Federal ID required for entry.
Doors open at 8:00 PM.
Also appearing: DJ Warp.

Advanced tickets: $24

Metro Chicago

3730 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois 60613

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Femi Kuti is a Nigerian musician and the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.  Anyone familiar with Femi’s career quickly realizes that he is simply not content coasting in the shadows. This refusal to fade from the limelight pushed him to break free from his father’s legacy and form his own band, The Positive Force. Femi Kuti became an artist in his own right in the ‘90s with his soulful delivery and balance between world influences and enthralling delivery.

A prominent member of the world music scene since the early ‘80s, Femi Kuti has melded afrobeat and jazz with soulful his unique sound embellishments unlike any other figure in world music. Inheriting his father’s social conscience, Femi Kuti is a social and political activist, as well. More than a musician or artist, Femi Kuti has become the artistic embodiment of his home country in the fullest sense.

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force will be appearing at Metro on January 21 and we have tickets to give away!

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New Year’s Eve parties in Chicago

NYE 2013 with Soulphonetics and SoundCulture at La Taberna

On Monday, December 31, 2012, 9:00pm at La Taberna Tapas | Cost: $20 Adv | $30 at the Door

Say goodbye to 2012 & hello to 2013!! Have dinner with mouth watering tapas or empanadas, mingle with some delicious sangria & dance your butts off to the global sounds of Soulphonetics & Soundculture, two of Chicago’s leading booty shaking motivators. And kicking off the night is special guest band Karpah, performing live Rumba Flamenco Fusion.

NYE 2013 Carnaval Passport to Rio

On Monday, December 31, 2012, 9:00pm at 311 Lounge Chicago | Cost: $97

Fasten your seat belts, escape the cold and jet set to the tropical, vibrant streets of Rio as we ring in 2013 in truly lavish, Carnival style!

7500 sf. of space transformed into 3 Carnival themed areas complete w/Samba Dancers, Carnival Entertainers, DJ’s, Drummers and Sambadrome Parade. We will have authentic Brazilian cuisine and themed Brazilian cocktails in multiple themed rooms

New Year’s Eve with Los Lobos

On Monday, December 31, 2012, 11:00pm at City Winery | Cost: $85 – $175

More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then they’ve repeatedlydisproven that title – Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots.


Barra Ñ 6pm-2am NO COVER!!! MUST RSVP (773) 866-9898
2977 N. Elston Ave., Chicago

HotOn1Salsa New Years Eve Party @ Paris Cafe
Live Tropical Band, Two Rooms of Music, American Style Buffet and Champagne Toast at Midnight
Cafe Paris Doors Open at 8:30pm Party until 3am $25 in advance and $30 RSVP to
5301 W Belmont, Chicago

4060 N LINCOLN AVE, Chicago

Moksha 2013- A Bollywood Masquerade NYE Bash!
Cactus will be transformed into an exotic arena with state of the art light and sound system. Free Masquerade Masks will be given to first 450 guests at the door. There will be satellite bars all over the venue to avoid long lines at the main bars.
CACTUS 8.30pm-2am
404 S Wells | Chicago

THE BOMBAY VIOLET | NYE 2013 @ Red Violet
Sajan Vadali spins Bollywood, Bhangra, Arabic, Euro & House!
Complimentary Asian Appetizers, 9p-10:30p, Complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight. Cash Bar w/ Drink Specials
Red Violet 9pm-am entrance $10 Individuals, $15 Couples
121 W. Hubbard St., Chicago

The New Year’s Eve Party at ARTango! Performance by Hernan & Daniela from Argentina

Stunning performance by guest instructors from Argentina, Buenos Aires Hernan Prieto and Daniela Roig, The Best music by our own DJ Katia Alferova
Elegant Cocktail Reception and Delicious home-made Tapas and Sangria by chef Millicent Lagares
ARTango Center Chicago 10pm-4am $45 tickets 312.823.4859
4203 N. Ravenswood, Chicago

Salsa/Bachata/Cha-cha-chá/Hip Hop & Old School by: El Caobo, DJ Luis “Rollin’” Rivera, DJ Mabbo, DJ Bruce Moreno (resident dj)
Latin Rhythms Academy of Dance & Performance
210 N. Racine, Chicago 9pm – 2am $60

Win tickets to Ethiopian-Persian-Gypsy concert!

Venue: Burlington (3425 West Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 )

Date: Sunday December 16, 2012 8pm – 11:30pm

Price: $12

Tigist Bekele was a well­ known rising star at her home country Ethiopia who also went on world tours in early to mid 2000s (including performances in the US). After getting married and becoming a mother, she has been on a hiatus. She is currently residing in Chicago and recording her long-awaited second album to be released in 2013. This concert is a rare opportunity for Tigist’s fans and Chicago world music lovers.

Tewodros Aklilu who just returned from his EU/North African tour with renowned Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro will accompany along with Chicago’s Magic Carpet.

Persian‐Gypsy band Bad Mashadi and electro­‐ethnic solo artist Charles Mantis will open.

Win Two tickets to this Show! 

Just need to be a subscriber of Chicago Urbanite and leave a comment on this post to participate. We will announce the winner tomorrow!



Did you miss the Santa Speedo Run at Magnificent Mile (see picture below)  yesterday? If you did, then keep on reading so you don’t miss all the fun going on this month around Chicago.

Christmas Around The World at the Museum of Science and Industry

Nobody does the holidays like MSI. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind seasonal celebration by joining them for Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light, a Chicago tradition which began in 1942 with a single tree dedicated to the Allies of World War II.

As always, the Museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments, surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions (see picture on top of this page). Stroll through the trees, enjoy intermittent falling “snow” and savor the performances on the Holiday Stage. School choral groups perform during the week, and ethnic song and dance performances take place on the weekends in conjunction with the exhibit. I had the pleasure to perform this year with Pachacamac Folk Dance group. Click here to check the schedule of performances.

Lincoln Park Zoo Christmas Lights

Enjoy the brilliance of this annual fun and free  holiday celebration, featuring luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds. Find more information about this event here.

Sing A Song

Caroling at Cloud Gate has returned on Fridays through December 21. Each Friday night at 6pm during the holiday season, a different choral group will entertain and everyone is encouraged to sing-along. The Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria kicked off this year’s performances. The lineup is the Merit Conservatory Choir – November 30; Chicago Children’s Choir – December 7; Janet Sutton and The Voices of Acme – December 14; and Apollo Chorus of Chicago – December 21. Oh! And don’t forget to ice skate at Mc Cormick Tribune ice rink while you are there.

Maxwell Street Market Dog Holiday Costume Contest

The Maxwell Street Market is getting into the holiday spirit with a special Dog Holiday Costume Contest on Dec 9. You can register your dog at The event begins at 10:30am with the judging at noon. Prizes are for the top two dogs. Event takes place in the market’s parking lot. Also, Santa Claus will be making a stop at the Market that same day and your dog can take a picture with Santa. The man in the red suit will also visit with children and return again on December 16.

Dance-Along Nutcracker (December 9, 2012)

Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St, Preston Bradley Hall). Performances – 12 Noon and 3 pm. Dance Lessons at 11 am and 2 pm by ARCC Ballet – 5th Floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. FREE admission.

Sugar-plum fairies and toy soldiers of all ages return once again for the ninth annual Dance-Along Nutcracker, an interactive holiday event presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  Audience members, young and old, are encouraged to dress in their finest tutus and hit the dance floor alongside professional dancers. Music will be provided by the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band.

The Second Annual Afro-Caribbean Improvised Music Festival (December 12-16, 2012)

The Afro-Caribbean Improvised Music Festival takes place throughout Chicago and its suburban areas and it’s possible thanks to a collaboration between Agúzate, Latin Street Dancing, Lázaro Law Group, Old Town School of Folk Music, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Sound Culture and The Willowbrook Ballroom.

Free and ticketed concerts will feature both local and touring talent from New York and Puerto Rico. Find more information about this event here

ChristKindlmarket Chicago

Each year, people from all over the world visit the Christkindlmarket Chicago. The outdoor market in the Chicago Loop has become so popular and loved by everyone that any Chicagoan will tell you that they could not imagine the city without it. Christkindlmarket Chicago is no longer just a German tradition, it has become a Chicago institution. The unique shopping experience, typical German food and drinks, as well as diverse holiday entertainment make the Christkindlmarket Chicago a preferred and popular destination. Admission is FREE!

CTA Holiday Train

The Chicago Transit Authority is getting into the holiday spirit with our popular Holiday Train! Santa and his elves will ride the train passing out candy canes and season’s greetings. The spectacular train is an amazing sight – during the daytime and at night. The outside of the six-car train is adorned with holiday seasonal images. Thousands of twinkling lights outline the shape of the train and windows, with even more lights running across the tops of the cars. Interiors of the cars are decked out with thousands of multi-colored lights, red bows, garland, and red and green overhead lighting. The hand poles are wrapped to look like candy canes. As the train pulls into each station, Santa waves to the boarding passengers from his sleigh on an open-air flatcar carrying his reindeer and decorated holiday trees. Click here to see the train’s schedule.

Come to our Rumba Reggae Party tomorrow and help the Afro-Peruvian children of El Guayabo

Underground Wonderbar
710 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois 60654

Saturday November 17

Chicago Urbanite, Chicago’s top blog promoting world music and dance, invites you to come celebrate and be grateful with us! Live music by NuBambu, the hottest rumba-reggae band in Chicago. Cover includes access to all of Underground Wonderbar stages.

Also, we will be filming footage for Nu Bambu’s Music Video and we want YOU to be in it. Come out with your dance moves and support the band’s video. It will be FUN!

DJ Rebolu will throwing down world music

Free giveaways.

50% OFF beautiful Jewelry by Monsieur Pamplemousse. We will also raffle a gorgeous necklace valued at $162!


We will be collecting donations for Christmas events that will benefit children from Lima and the Afro-Peruvian community of El Guayabo, Chincha (see pics here). Here is a video of these beautiful children dancing and playing their own music:

Cover: $10

50% off to Chicago Urbanite followers who RSVP here (click on “Join”) before 3pm on Nov 17

(Must follow this blog/ like our Facebook page and RSVP to get discount)

Cover includes access to all of Underground Wonderbar stages. After our show, stay for Lonie Walker & her Big Bad Ass Company Band show. Also DJ MWELWA , FLX, and Kino will have their Global Late Nite from 11pm to 5am


Share your experiences in Chicago with the world! Enter our monthly photo competition. Each month we will pick a theme. Submit a picture related to that theme via email ( with the subject “PHOTO COMPETITION” and we will publish it. Readers vote for their favorite picture by leaving a comment under the picture they like. The picture that gets the most comments wins a prize (one comment per person; comments on your own photo will not count). You can also follow the competition via Facebook or Twitter. Read terms and conditions here. Good luck!

This month’s theme is “Something in Chicago that I am thankful for”.

(pictures will be published here)

We will announce a winner on November 25.

Dancing Zouk by the Bean




Friday Nov 2- Sunday 4, 2012 at Navy Pier (600 E Grand Ave). Cost: $15

This event is highly recommended.  It features beautiful masterworks of contemporary and modern art and design, sculpture, functional art, non-traditional and visionary art, plus related special exhibits, lectures and demonstrations from artists from throughout the world.  We took a sneak peek last night and really enjoyed it. Visit our photo gallery here.  Visit for more information.


MOULING ROUGE® – The Ballet”

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s

7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway; $30-$74; 

The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (ATRU) welcomes Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) to the stage for the Chicago Premiere of “Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet” November 2, 3, 4. Based on the world’s most infamous cabaret, the ballet features high kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak, transporting audiences to turn of the century Paris. It is a rare appearance by the Royal Winnipeg with a show that has been getting positive buzz. Click here for more information and to buy your tickets.


Nov 01 – Nov 09 at 8PM at Casa Michoacan (1638 S Blue Island Chicago). FREE

A festival offering concerts, workshops and conferences about Latin American Guitar. Find more information about this event here.


Nov 02,  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Dvorak Park (1119 W Cullerton St. Chicago), FREE

Pros Arts Studio proudly presents the 33rd annual Dia de Muertos celebration, Muertos de la Risa in breathtaking Pilsen. Join a community procession featuring giant pole puppets, face painting and street-level ofrendas—a memorable evening of thigh-slapping carcajadas and belly laughter. Find more information about this event here.



November 1-11 , various locations and prices

The Chicago Humanities Festival’s mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. This festival offers very interesting lectures about Arts and Architecture, History, Literature, Philosophy, Public Affairs, and Science and Technology. One lecture we are interested in attending is the “America Dances” lecture. Find a complete list of presentations here


November 2-4. Lycée Français de Chicago (613 W. Bitterweet Pl. Chicago) $5 for the festival.

This market will have French cooking demonstrations and holiday shopping to choose from the best of French merchandise and cuisine. Visitors enjoy live French music. Proceeds will go to support students at this French-speaking school. A Vietnamese-themed cocktail party on Friday Nov 2 kicks things off ($35 in advance, $45 at the door). Find more information about this event here.

UMBRELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL: European Jazz Meets Chicago

Wednesday, November 7th & Thursday, November 8th at the Chicago Cultural Center

Umbrella Music is a Chicago-based collective dedicated to presenting jazz and improvised music. Artists from Austria, France, Germany, and Lithuania will perform at this event. For more information please go to


November 17 8pm-10:30pm, Underground Wonderbar (710 N CLARK ST. Chicago between Superior and Huron)
Nearest El station: State and Chicago Red Line Stop
Cover: $10
Chicago Urbanite, Chicago’s top blog promoting world music and dance, invites you to come celebrate and be grateful with us! Live music by NuBambu, the hottest rumba-reggae band in Chicago.  Cover includes access to all of Underground Wonderbar stages. Free giveaways. If you have never attended a Chicago Urbanite event, now is the perfect time to experience an amazing time.  RSVP on Facebook to get more information about this party.


Thursday, November 22, 2012 8-11 AM, Downtown Chicago on State Street—from Congress to Randolph. Live national broadcast on WGN America

Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1936 when Walter Gregory, then president of the State Street Council, created the “Christmas Caravan” intended to stimulating economic development on State Street and also to cheer people up during the Depression. Find more information about the parade here


Tuesday November 20 4:30pm at Daley Plaza (Washington St. & Dearborn St. Chicago)

The City of Chicago and UL are proud to present the official start of the holiday season with the Tree Lighting Ceremony. This is a highly-anticipated event drawing people of all ages to the heart of Chicago’s downtown “Loop.” Musical performances and festive holiday music begin at 4:30 pm and the holiday season officially commences at 5:00 pm, when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to dazzle in Daley Plaza. The 2012 Tree Lighting Ceremony will include performances by Gentleman’s Rule and the Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol.

Also, “the Bean” highlights the season with song. Caroling at Cloud Gate returns with evening concerts on five consecutive Fridays at 6 pm beginning with Friday, November 23. And remember skaters, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink opens for business again on Friday, November 16. Skating is free and rentals are available for $10. It’s the perfect way to burn off those holiday calories. Also, there is a Magnificient Mile Lights Festival & Parade happening on November 17 at 5:30pm