World Music & Dance Agenda for Tonight

Hello  Urbanites!

Tonight we have many good world music options to explore in Chicago. These are:

Music Without Borders – Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices featuring Hakim + Alim Qasimov Ensemble

Ensemble Espanol’s Duende Flamenco Music and Dance Concerts,

Colombia Vive Chicago 10th Anniversary and 3rd Annual Fundraiser, and

Las BomPleneras Debut @ Fiestas Patronales Puertorriqueñas Chicago.

Click on the  Calendar link on the right column of this page for further information.

Happy world music adventures!

Tonight: Music from Bosnia, Colombia, Latin America, and Tunisia

Hello my dear Urbanites! My recommendations for today Saturday are as follows:

Amel Curic last concert in Chicago

Amel Curic’s last concert in Chicago is tonight at Belami Café (5530 N Lincoln Ave). Don’t miss the chance to hear this talented singer perform Bosnian traditional music as well as from the rest of the Balkan region. My friends and I saw his show last week and we had a blast dancing to his music. Not only he performed traditional Balkan songs but he also sang famous covers in English. The show runs from 10pm to 2am.  Cover is $10 and includes one drink of your choice. Here is a video of a couple of songs I could capture that night. The first one is a cover of the Gipsy Kings song “Un Amor”. The second one is a Serbian love song called Vranjanka. I love the passion and emotion that Amel puts in the interpretation of these songs, especially for Vranjanka.

AfriCaribe Fundraiser

Support Africaribe Cultural Center while enjoying a night of great live performance, DJ, Food, and Art. Bomba, Plena, Son Jarocho, Samba, Rumba, Salve and more. Performances by AfriCaribe, Son Del Viento, Chi Caribeña Dance Troupe, Brazilian Samba/Axe, Wemilere, Grupo Capoeira Brazil & Dj Bohique. The event will be held from 7pm to 12am at La Casa Puertorriquena (1237 N. California Avenue Chicago). $7 in advance, $10 at the door. For your convenience you may purchase tickets online

 

Bomba Estereo “el alma y cuerpo tour” w/SOULPHONETICS & The Color Brown

According to Apple ITunes, Bomba Estero is one of the most promising bands to emerge from South America in the new millennium. Bomba Estereo merges sticky cumbia beats with electronica. Direct from Colombia on their “el alma y cuerpo tour”, BOMBA ESTEREO will be performing with Soulphonetics and Leo Suarez at Empty Bottle
(1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago) at 8pm. $15 in advance and $17 at the door.

Ticket link: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3545795

Najib Bahri’s El Amal – A Tribute to Tunisia

9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

with Master Percussionist Najib Bahri -Darbouka, Bendir, Riqq

featuring Hanna Madbak – Guitar, 
Irina Kom – Dancer
 and Karla G. GarciaDancer

Najib Bahri’s ensemble El Amal (Arabic for “Hope”), performs a wide range of classical and contemporary North African and Middle Eastern music styles, encompassing a unique world-beat fusion expression while remaining rooted in his ethnic art form.
Watch Nahib perform here.


Najib Bahriis a composer, performer and an educator of North African and Middle Eastern rhythms and music folklore. Born in Tunisia, Najib Bahri is an expert in these rhythms, and a master percussionist on the Darbouka (goblet drum), Bendir (frame drum), and Riq (Arabic tambourine) in the Maghrebi, Mashriqi and Khaligi classical and folk styles.

Hanna Madbak is a guitarist, composer and producer of world-beat music. While he was trained as a traditional Flamenco guitarist by Mariano Cordoba, Hanna’s guitar and music composition style has evolved to a musical expression at the intersection of many musical genres and cultures. Hanna’s music stems from a globalized and multicultural perspective. As a firm believer in music as an international language of peace, Hanna is committed to promoting World-Beat fusion as a means of fostering cross-cultural understanding and harmony.

Tickets cost $20. Student/Senior/Member: $15


Traveling Around the World in Two Days

Friday is here again, and I am so happy to be able to give you so many LIVE world music options this weekend. Are you ready to embark on a tour around the world in two days?  Here are your possible stops (please click on the links if you want to find out more about the dances and listen to some of the music featured in these events):

Today Friday April 15

PUERTO RICO

The Puerto Rican cultural center  Segundo Ruiz Belvis is hosting its monthly Traveling Baile de Bomba event at Tumbao Bar & Grill in the Logan Square neighborhood (3213 W Armitage). Continuing its tradition of cross-cultural programming, this live-music event will also have Tropicalia Brazilian Dance Group performing Afro-Brazilian dancing.  They will also have a Bomba Dance class for kids early in the evening. The Traveling Baile de Bomba event is free and family friendly. The event runs from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

ARGENTINA

If after doing some Bomba you still fee like dancing, then head to ARTango Center (4011 North Ravenswood Ave) for a tango lesson and a MILONGA with a live performance by Argentinian duo DOBLE TANGO. This duo is formed by Juan Emilio Cucchiarelli (piano) and Federico Diaz (guitar). They are currently touring the United States and will offer their only concert in Chicago tonight. Doble Tango is producing a path of innovation in Tango music by creating a spectrum of sound that gets influences from  jazz, academic and Latin American music.  The price for the tango lesson and the show is $15;  Tango lesson starts at 9 pm . Concert starts at 11:00 PM and the milonga usually runs until 3 AM

SIERRA LEONE
Another good option for the evening is to go to the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
concert featuring DJ Maliq at Mayne Stage in the Rogers Park neighborhood (1328 West Morse Avenue, Chicago). This group is formed by musicians who escaped the violence of Sierra Leone’s civil war. The band formed at a West African refugee camp to keep their spirits and hopes alive. They have become an international musical sensation, playing at South by Southwest, NPR’s World Café, Bonnaroo, and Fuji Rock in Japan. Their remarkable story and music has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN International, and PBS. Tickets cost $20 and show starts at 9:30 PM (Doors open at 8:30 PM ).

GREECE

Katerina’s (1920 West Irving Park Road Chicago) presents Rebetiki Istoria, on tour from Athens, Greece. This is their only Chicago appearance.Rebetiko (the Greek Blues) is similar to Portugese Fado or the African-American blues, and it stirs the depth of human emotions in pain or joy. The group is comprised of Pavlos Vassiliou on voice/tzoura, singer Eirini Liokoukoudaki, Nikolaos Menegas and Giorgos Petroudis on bouzouki, Vangelis Nikolaidis on guitar and Yona Stamatis on violin. Rebetika Storia  is said to perform many early Rebetiko works, including a repertoire of difficult and unusual songs rarely performed today. Tickets cost $20. Show starts at 10PM.

BRAZIL

If you are looking for lighter rhythms, then go to Xippo Lounge (3759 N. Damen, Chicago) for their monthly live Samba, Batucada, Bossa Nova, Reggae,  andBaile Funk with Bossa Tres and DJ Blakish. Cover is $5 and the show runs from 9:00PM to 2AM

Tomorrow Saturday April 16


COLOMBIA

Continue your wanderings around the world tomorrow at Las Tablas Restaurant at Irving Park (4920 W. Irving Park Rd,  Chicago). You will get the chance to hear live music from two different bands: Salsa from 8-11pm with ‘Carpacho’ Marin & Yankatino and live Vallenato from 11:30-1am with Juvenato. Latin dance music with live DJ until 2am. No cover all night. Dancing until 2AM. Call 773.202.0999 for reservations

SPAIN

Soulful Spanish Troubadour-Guitarist  Javier Ruibal will be at Katerina’s (1920 W. Irving Park) tomorrow. His songs are beautiful and responsible, intimate and participatory, personal and universal. His vocal qualities allow him to move freely and without inhibition through the sonorous terrain of flamenco, Magreb, Indian and Caribbean styles in a constant, harmonious flow which invites us to believe firmly that the fusion of musical styles and peoples will bring us to a new place of enlightenment, a new planet still being formed. Tickets cost $12 and show starts at 10:00 PM. 

If you decide to go to any of these events, please let them know that you heard about them trough Chicago Urbanite. Also, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to share your pictures, videos or comments about any of the events featured. Thanks for your support and enjoy your weekend!