01/15 Funkadesi Live at City Winery – w/ DJ Redlox


This polycultural party returns to City Winery with their first public performance since their 21st Anniversary Concerts last month! Come enjoy a dining, concert, and dance experience set to a live Bolly-Reggae-Bhangra-Funk-Caribbean explosion! Funkadesi proudly hails from Chicago, representing the diverse multi-ethnic communities within the city. What distinguishes Funkadesi as a group is each band…

01/12 La Dame Blanche (Cuba via Paris) w/ Avantist + The Vintage Kids


La Dame Blanche is a pan-Caribbean powerhouse.” – The New York Times With her explosive mix of #hiphop, #cumbia, #dancehall and #reggae, the#Cubansinger, #flautist and #percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez, aka#LaDameBlanche delivers a powerful and compelling sound which summons the spirits. Before unfurling her costume Yaite has travelled a long and sometimes hard road. Everything starts…

01/11 | Persian Circle: Sayeh Eghtesadinia on War Poetry in Iran


Sayeh Eghtesadinia’s Persian-language talk entitled: “War Poetry in Iran” Sayeh Eghtesadinia, literary critic, works in the Department of Contemporary Literature in the Academy of Persian Language and Literature. She has published many book and poetry reviews in literary magazines during the past 20 years. Thursday 11th January 5:00-6:30pm University of Chicago  Pick Hall 218 5828…

01/13 | Cellist and composer IAN MAKSIN at Artango


A night of tango, bossa, jazz !  Acclaimed Chicago artists Ian Maksin and his trio will present an exclusive all-new program at city’s hottest milonga spot. Cellist and composer IAN MAKSIN has gained international recognition for his beautiful tone, his own unique innovative style of playing the instrument and for taking the cello well outside its conventional role. His…

01/25-28 | Cuban PIANIST CHUCHITO VALDEZ TRIO


Chuchito Valdés, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés, continues the legacy of great piano players form Cuba. With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild. This piano master captivates with his sensitivity and drives…

07/24 | Amadou & Mariam at Millennium Park Summer Music Series | FREE


Over the last few years big-selling albums such as ”Welcome to Mali” and ”Dimanche à Bamako” have taken Amadou and Mariam on an epic journey that has made the couple the best-selling – and best-loved – act to come out of Africa this century. They met in 1977 while attending the Institute for Young Blind…

06/13 | SoriBeat 2017 | Korean percussion art form, Pungmul


On behalf of Global Pungmul Institute (GPI), I’m so thrilled to announce that GPI’s youth pungmul ensemble SoriBeat will present their own annual Show on Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 pm. The theater is at Christian Heritage Academy. GPI is dedicated to helping youth develop their cultural identity and youth leadership through Pungmul (Korean drumming)…