Agenda for tonight

We are lucky to be living in Chicago. We  have many good options to explore tonight. Here they are:

GLOBAL Fridays presents GYPSY NIGHT w/ Eyes Manouche & DJ Romasoul! at NV Penthouse spinning Balkan-Electro beats. COVER: $5 from 9p-11:30p and $10 thereafter. Check this awesome video about European band Eyes Manouche. I love their message of appreciation for Chicago’s cultural diversity.

Brazilian music with Bossa Tres At Siboney Cuban Restaurant

Chicago’s World music DJ Mwelwa Musambacine is celebrating his birthday spinning pan african grooves atGlobe Sonico – Groove Lounge with Aguzate & Sound Culture Birthday Style! Mwelwa will be joined by resident DJ David Chavez fromwww.SoundCultureChicago.com.

Fareed Haque‘s Flat Earth Ensemble will be at The Green Mill incorporating the charismatic dance and folk music of his Punjabi roots in India and Pakistan with the traditions of American jazz and funk. More information about this band at Fareed Haque and the Flat Earth Ensemble

Ukranian folk dance at HOP CUP! FOLK ZABAVA w Janosiku!

Last but not least, for those of you who are fond of Latin pop music, Mexican pop star Luis Miguel is performing in Chicago tonight http://ow.ly/54KHN

You can also go to my facebook page at www.facebook.com/chicagourbanite for more detailed information of these events and artists. Click on the “like” page to receive automatic notifications. Thanks and have a Happy Friday!

Picks for the weekend: Flamenco/Gypsy Jazz, Colombian/Spanish Rock, and World Music DJs

Hello there!

I have some cool options for you this weekend. These are:

TONIGHT APRIL 8

ALFONSO PONTICELLI Flamenco & Gypsy-Jazz Showcase: special guest, flamenco dancer, Cristina Gutierrez.

Tonight is your chance to listen to some cool fusion of Gypsy Jazz and Flamenco and see my lovely friend and flamenco dancer Cristina Gutierrez perform at Katerina’s (1920 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago). This show runs every 2nd Friday of the month. Ponticelli has played gypsy-jazz music for more than a decade,having traveled several times to the annual Django Reinhardt festival in France. He introduced gypsy-jazz to Chicago in the 1990s.  A multi-instrumentalist, he won the 1994 U.S. National Mountain Dulcimer Championship & plays both banjo and guitar with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. He’s also a gypsy flamenco guitarist, having been to Cordoba, Spain,
to study with the great flamenco guitarist, Rafael Riqueni. Here’s an example of Ponticelli’s Flamenco nights from a previous monthly showcase, featuring La Perla Alegrias con Panzequito, Alfonso Ponticelli, y Swing Gitan. This youtube footage taken by TierraRojaChicago:


Show starts at 10 pm

Cover: $10

LATIN NIGHT w/ co-host, Latin Socialites!

If you rather want a less intimate atmosphere and feel like clubbing, go to NV Penthouse Lounge’s Latin night (116 W. Hubbard in Chicago). They will be playing Colombian, Top 40, and Spanish Rock music.  Henchman’s DJ Isaias (of Calineiro fame!) will be spinning music.

Cost: No Cover till 11p

SATURDAY APRIL 9

WORLD MUSIC SATURDAY AT LOKAL FEATURIN DJ’S KINO & MWELWA

My DJ friend Mwelwa Musambacine and DJ Kino will be at this modern, European-inspired restaurant and lounge located in Wicker Park playing music from around the world, from  reggae, forro, kizomba, and salsa to samba, afrobeat, ndombolo, calypso, and soca.
LOKaL is located at 1904 West North Avenue. Music plays from 10pm to 3am and there is no cover.

Let me know if you end up going to any of these events. I would love to hear about it. Enjoy your weekend!