Snow finally arrived! I hope the cold weather does not stop you from checking some cool events going on in Chicago. Here are my suggestions:

Feb 7:  I will be moderating the fist panel discussion for “The Art of Business: Making a Living from your Music” series. The Chicago Sinfonietta is proud to present a monthly Thursday evening discussion series offering insight from industry professionals to continue to nourish a vibrant music community in Chicago and provide an overview on the different aspects of the profession. Each panel discussion will be followed by Q&A and networking. Join this conversation to tackle a wide range of topics from playing for exposure, credit and recognition, income sources and opportunities, financial transparency, negotiating and more!  This a FREE event. RSVP here 

Feb 8: Tibetan and Modern Dance show in the spiritual pursuit of tranquility, balance, and happiness at Athenaeum Theatre. Click here for more information.

Feb 9: I will be celebrating Carnival with my band Nu Bambu at the Latin Street Dance Academy. Click here for more information.

Feb 12-17: Make plans to see some great Chicago theater productions during Chicago. Click here for more information.

Feb 14: On V-Day Chicago is joining One Billion Rising; walk out, dance and rise up against gender-based violence!

Feb 16-17 FREE workshop to create papier mache alebrijes (Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures)

Ongoing: The LunchBreak Series in the Randolph Café  of the Chicago Cultural Center has taken off! Wired Fridays is a series of LunchBreak concerts featuring DJs and electronic music. From ambient to dance, the world of DJs and soundscape artists will be uncovered each Friday through May. The LunchBreak Series will continue to feature music of all genres on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information visit

Feb 22: Sound Culture is presenting From the Arctic to the Middle East (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer) by Wendy Clinard at Mayne Stage on Friday, Feb. 22 at 8PM. Click here for more information

Free World Music Fest, Carmina Burana, Villapalooza and more!

Summer must be over but events in Chicago are still heating up! 

Here are my picks for this weekend:

Chicago World Music Fest

September 21-27

Multiple locations

The awaited World Music Fest is starting tomorrow and runs until September 27. We are very excited about this year’s version because it will be the first time that all performances are free. This year’s festival also has a marked preference for showcasing local world music bands. This is the largest and longest running festival of international music in the US. Click here to see the full schedule and participating venues.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs Carmina Burana at Millennium Park

Friday September 21st at 6:30pm

In September 2010, Riccardo Muti launched his tenure as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with an unforgettable concert in Millennium Park. With an audience of 25,000, this monumental “Concert for Chicago” was praised for its thrilling physical impact, elegance and staggering power by the Chicago Tribune. This fall, Muti and the CSO return to Millennium Park to perform Carl Orff’s choral blockbuster, Carmina Burana. Don’t miss what is sure to be another landmark in CSO and Chicago history. You can find more information about this event here


Saturday, September 22nd starting at 12:00pm  

3724 W. 26th St.

Presented by the SurCul Collective, a group of community organizers and educators, Villapalooza is an all-day outdoor music festival based in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, and back for its second year on September 22.

Among this year’s musical acts will be my band NuBambu and electro-cumbia giants Cumbia Machin from San Diego, CA, local favorites MalafachaSangre MichoacanaSchemeSin OrdenPopulation, and Vicios De Papa.

$5 suggested donation gets you access to all three stages and a full day of great music! 

Click here for full schedule