This Saturday 8/27: World Music Meets Hip Hop for a Good Cause

Join b-boy Kid Jungle, a local Chicago dancer who actively promotes positive Hip Hop culture and founder of T.A.F. dance group, for an eclectic night of talent and culture.  This event will have B-boy battles, Poppers, Capoeira, Flamenco, Belly dance, Salsa, and House under one roof and going on ALLLL night!!!  Local dancers and musicians are coming together to perform at this event for a good cause: to raise funds to pay the medical expenses of Jungle’s daughter Jada Marie, who has been dealing with major medical issues since she was born.  Jungle believes that through music and dance we can unite people from different walks of life under one roof to help raise funds for Jada. All proceeds will go straight to her medical and travel expenses.

Here are more details of the event:

WHAT!

Event showcasing music and dances from all genres from Reggae, Hip Hop/Breakdance battles, Belly Dance, Capoeira, Flamenco, Salsa, Bachata, House, Drum N Bass.  The theme of the night will be World Music meets Hip Hop!!

Guest performances:

– 1 on 1 B-boy battle exhibitions

– All Bgirl performance by Dirty Sneakers Crew

– Chicago Popping Legends Robot M.A.F.I.A.

-Capoiera

-Chi-Caribena

-Belly dance with Johanna

-Flamenco with Cristina and Vanessa

– 4 Stars (Haitian Rap)

DJ’s for the night

– DJ EDouble of PHAZE II CHICAGO spinning the b-boy breaks

-DJ Sean Owens spinning house with afro and latin beats

-DJ BumbleBee spinning drum n bass!!

-DJ Man o God spinning dat boom bap Hip Hop flava!

Hosted by Kid Jungle and Drunken Monkeee

WHY!
To raise money for Jungles’ daughter medical expenses

WHERE!
Multi-Kulti 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave. 4th floor.  A lounge/art space that has carpeted floors, couches, and several rooms.  Cozy and intimate but big enough to hold a lot of people.  21 and over.

WHEN!
This Saturday Aug. 27th from 9pm til 4am. Donations only and greatly appreciated.

If you need any more info or have questions please contact Jungle at thebboykidjungle@yahoo.com


Puerto Rican Festivities in Chicago started today!

While President Obama is visiting Puerto Rico (who, by the way, is the  the first sitting U.S. president to visit Puerto Rico in 50 years), the Puerto Ricans living in Chicago already started their Patron Saint festivities in the Humboldt Park neighborhood today.  According to the Puerto Rican Parade Committee, this six-day festival is the largest Latin Music Festival in the Midwest. “Humboldt Park is Chicago’s area’s historic Puerto Rican center and home to the city’s third-largest concentration of Puerto Ricans. About 113,000 Chicago residents claim Puerto Rican descent, second only to New York” reports the Chicago Tribune.

Salsa and Bomba lovers will have the chance to dance to the music of many of the local bands and others such as Herman Olivera (ex-singer of Eddie Palmieri’s Orchestra) and two-time Grammy Award winners Spanish Harlem Orchestra. For a detailed schedule and a list of the musicians performing at this festival, click here. If you want to attend the parade on June 18, go to downtown Chicago at 12 noon, by Columbus Dr. & Balbo Dr. And If you decide to go to Humboldt Park after that, I would recommend going to Coco’s restaurant on 2723 West Division Street and try their Coconut martini. It may be too sweet for some, but for me it is just delicious! Do any of you have any other recommendations for things to do in Humboldt Park?

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.


Tango, Afro-Peruvian, Salsa, Ethiopian, and Brazilian in one weekend.

You gotta love Chicago! This past weekend I had the chance to attend amazing live music and dance performances. My weekend started with a Tango lesson and a  milonga (a tango dance party) at ArTango. Lucky for me, I just happened to attend the milonga where they had a live performance by legendary instructors Oliver Kolker and Silvina Valz. Their elegant interpretation of tango can be appreciated in this video:

On Saturday, I participated in an Afro-Peruvian performance with Peruvian Folk Dance Center at Loyola University. If you ever feel curious about Peruvian folk dances,  this is the  group to contact in Chicago. Peru is a multicultural country, and as such, its music and dances has influences from different cultures. Right now we are working on Afro-Peruvian dances, so we performed a Festejo, which is one of the most joyous of Afro-Peruvian music styles.  I couldn’t take a video of me dancing but here is pic of our group. Can you guess which one is me?

During that same event, I had the opportunity to dance to the music of a fabulous local salsa band called Carpacho y su Super Combo. They played songs that I classify as “salsa dura” style. Here is a little video of their music.I’m sorry  I couldn’t I record more of them but I had to leave the camera and start dancing!

 

That same night I was invited by my musician friend Ryan Mayer from Magic Carpet to attend a concert of his band with super talented Ethiopian singer Abonesh Adinew. It was truly a magical night. Her powerful and intriguing voice took me to a trip in time and space. Abonesh told me that she grew up in the rural side of  Ethiopia and that when she was little, she learned to sing by going to the cliffs and listening to the echo of her voice. How amazing is that! Later, she was chosen by her school to participate in a singing competition. She obviously won the competition, and her singing career hasn’t stopped since then. Abonesh can sing in over a dozen of the 80 plus languages of Ethiopia. She has appeared on film about the life style and culture of rural Ethiopia although her music and song are contemporary and based upon the works of many of the best known stars of Ethiopian music. Here is a video of her performance at Ras Dashen restaurant. The place was dark so you cannot see much of her, but this will allow you to appreciate the quality of her voice. 

My weekend ended to the rhythms of Brazilian music by an impromptu performance at a house party of two wonderful Chicago-based musicians: Luciano Antonio and Luiz Ewerling. We are so lucky to have them here!  Watch this dynamic duo in action here:

 

As you can see, Chicago is truly a cosmopolitan city. Take advantage of it and travel around the world without leaving the city.

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