June 21: Make Music Chicago, Thai Fest, Ian Maskin and Las Guitarras de España

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Summer Solstice, the official start of summer in the Northern hemisphere, is June 21st and marks the start of my favorite season in Chicago as well as the beginning of a very busy cultural agenda. There are so many activities going that it could get overwhelming! I will try to feed you bits of it at each post so you can keep up with them. These are my picks for June 21st.

Thai Fest (June 19-21). Discover a glimpse of Thailand right in the heart of Chicago. Once a year, you can indulge yourself with mouth-watering hot and spicy authentic Thai food, Thai traditional dance and classical music, exciting Muay Thai, pampering Thai traditional massage, soothing oriental fragrance of Thai orchid, refreshing Thai coconut juice and a blow-away-your mind Thai fashion show.
11am-6pm Free admission.
Federal Plaza Square, 219 S. Dearborn, (Adams St. and Dearborn St.) Chicago. Click here for the festival’s schedule.

Make Music Chicago (June 21st): This is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place each June 21st, like its international French counterpart Fête de la Musique (also known as World Music Day) that happens around the world. Throughout the day, people of all ages and from all backgrounds – beginners, amateurs, professionals, and marquee artists – gather in Chicago’s public spaces to make music of all genres. Click here for this year’s schedule.

Cello and flamenco with Ian Maskin, las Guitarras de España and Wendy Clinard(June 21st): Flamenco dancer Wendy Clinard and Russian-born/Chicago-based cellist Ian Maksin will join Las Guitarras de Espana for an evening of flamenco, world music, Spanish folk and classical music at City Winery. Click here for more information.

Iris devoilée (June 21st): Eastern and Western musical traditions entwine in the Chicago premiere of the sensuous Iris devoilée by Chinese composer Qiqang Chen. This show is part of the Grant Park Music Fest. Click here for more information.

Agenda for tonight Saturday June 4

Sibon-MMA Mambo Social (Chicago)

Mixed Motion Art Dance Studio

2355 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL

The people from Mixed Motion art invites you to a night of awesome music and dance performances by some of our good friends of the Salsa/Mambo scene and beyond!

Music by El Caobo

$10 donation at the door

Mixed Motion Art
2355 N. Milwaukee Ave.
www.mixedmotionart.com
773-888-1MMA
$10 cover
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

FEx 1st Saturdays @ Sub-T guest DJ JESSE DE LA PENA & MR. JAYTOO

$5 Cover / 21 & OVER
2011 West North Ave
Chicago, I

10pm-3am

1st Saturday of every month @ Sub-T!! AFROBEAT – BHANGRA – KUDURO – BAILE FUNK – BRAZILIAN – DUBSTEP – REGGAE – LATIN – & other worldly rhythms infused with chest pounding bass, dirty synth and hypnotic drums.
Las Guitarras de Espana CD Release Concert featuring music by Patricia Ortega
Tantas Cosas, the fifth CD release by Las Guitarras de Espana, features compositions by long-time collaborator and band member, Patricia Ortega. Tantas Cosas (which translates to “Many Things”) continues to add musical flavors to the Spanish guitar-based mix, borrowing influences from West African music, pop ballads, 60’s rock and Gypsy jazz.
Mayne Stage 7.30pm Concert
1328 W Morse Ave, Chicago
$25. Buy your tickets here
Megitza Quarter Live & Balkanksie Disco with DJ Romasoul
The band is fronted by Malgorzata Babiarz – also an upright bass player – with her strong, expressive voice and a Highlander Gypsy soul, Andreas Kapsalis, -an exceptional guitarist of a Greek descent, who uses a unique technique of finger tapping and incorporates his guitar’s body as percussion instrument, together with Marek Lichota – a Polish bayan virtuoso, and all backed by an excellent innovative drummer Jamie Gallagher, who uses a hybrid, multicultural drum set.

SOKOL CLUBHOUSE 8pm $20 donation
6701 W.DIVERSEY AVE. CHICAGO IL. 60707

Tribute to Soda Stereo with Ruido Blanko

9pm at Cafe Nanuco’s (651 W Railroad, Round Lake, IL) (847) 740-3540

Cover: $10

Soda Stereo is one of the biggest Latin Rock bands in recent history. The vocalist of the group, Gustavo Cerati, has been in coma for 11 months, and the people from Rockoticlan Chicago had the brilliant idea to pay tribute to him and the band with a series of concerts featuring New Jersey’s band RUIDO BLANKO. I attended the first concert last Thursday and I was highly impressed by the performance of this band. Their rendition of Soda Stereo’s songs is very close to the originals. If you can make it to Round Lake tonight, don’t miss the chance to go see them. Here is a sample of their concert last Thursday


GLOBE SONICO @ Cafe D’Noche
2710 N. Milwaukee Ave. 10pm-3am
Join Aguzate & Sound Culture on Fridays and Saturdays as they remix the world!
They’ll be hanging out and playing the best in Afro Latin, Tropical Bass, Global beats and International grooves in the heart of Logan Square.
D’Noche is an intimate lounge that serves up cocktails and pan-latin cuisine. (Kitchen is open until 11 pm). Patio is open.Free Parking in the Rear.
See menu and drink selection: dnochechicago.com 
No Cover, Drink Specials, Friends, Family, and Global Grooves.

Salsa Saturdays at Alhambra Palace-Nabori live on stage

1240 W. Randolph Chicago, IL

$15
Grand Opening night of Saturdays of Salsa at Alhambra Palace with DJ FRANKIE J & DJ PRIETO
This has become one of Chicago’s biggest Latin Nights. Come out and see what the buzz is about. The organizers promise beautiful people, great food and terrific atmosphere that only Alhambra Palace can offer.


TONIGHT: GYPSY, FLAMENCO, AND TANGO

Today is Friday May 13, and some people may be afraid to go out tonight. If you are not, and are actually looking for some options to spend your Friday evening, let me suggest the following shows:

Flamenco and Gypsy Jazz with Alfonso  Ponticelli and dancer Cristina Gutierrez at Katerina’s

1920 W Irving Park Rd Chicago

$10 cover

Ponticelli has played gypsy-jazz music for more than a decade, having traveled several times to the annual Django Reinardt Festival in France. He introduced gypsy-jazz to Chicago in the 1990s. A multi-intrumentalist, he won the 1994 U.S. National Mountain Dulcimer Championship and plays both banjo and guitar with the Illinois Philarmonic Orchestra. He’s also a gypsy flamenco guitarist, and went  to Cordoba, Spain, to study with the great flamenco guitarist Rafael Riqueni. I saw this show last month and had a great time. I loved the energy of the place and the people working there, and  the connection between the performers and the audience. Here is a sample of what I saw that night:

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Las Guitarras de Espana presents an Intimate Evening of Flamenco Music at Uncommon Ground on Devon

1401 West Devon Avenue Chicago

Las Guitarras 2011

In its incarnation as a small ensemble, Las Guitarras de Espana features the gorgeous vocal melodies of composer Patricia Ortega, the Indian vocalist, Satya and the rhythmic footwork of flamenco dancer Wendy Clinard. The intensity and beauty on display at the front of the stage is anchored by Afro-Cuban percussion, the melancholy cello work of the Syrian artist, Kinan Abou-afach and the studied Spanish guitar of composer Carlo Basile. Las Guitarras de Espana will release its 5th CD, “Tantas Cosas” in 2011. 10pm, $15. Advance tickets only, purchase HERE  or call 773-465-9801 for reservations.

ARTango Gala Opening Night Party

4203 N Ravenswood Ave

ARTango Center is a studio that offers group and private tango classes and milongas. Tonight, the studio is proud to present a NEW TANGO HOME in Chicago, a place where you can enjoy tango as well as experience authentic Argentinean culture. With its interior designed and built by Argentineans, who put much effort into creating a vibrant modern space that, at the same time, would have an authentic feel of an Argentinean home, the NEW ARTango home is like a little Buenos Aires in Chicago where everyone can come and dance tango, and feel the heat of the passionate milonga nights.
ARTango wants you to fall in love with tango and become friends with the wonderful people of the ever growing tango-community in Chicago. The studio has FREE Parking and the Gala Opening Night Party is scheduled  from 10:00 pm until 5:00 am.Have you ever try Argentinian Asado (BBQ)? Here is your chance to try it because this party will have authentic Argentinian asado. This event is BYOB

Cost: $15 (asado included in the price)