Spotlight July 11-July 30

Msafiri Zawose (traditional Gogo music and dance) & Sardina de Naiguatá (Afro-Venezuelan drumming)
Msafiri Zawose is a prominent Gogo musician from the Dodoma region of central Tanzania. He is the son of the late Dr. Hukwe Ubi Zawose, a world renowned performer of traditional Gogo music and dance.
Gogo music features a variety of instruments, including the limba, zeze, ndono, filimbi, and ngoma, all hand-made by the Zawose family in their family compound in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Msafiri has followed closely in his father’s footsteps and held on closely to the traditions of the Wagogo people as he continues his father’s legacy with the spirit and passion of a new generation.
Old Town School of Folk Music Free ticketed event. Reserve your tickets in advance to ensure entry. $10 Suggested Donation
4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou
angular melodies, punchy horn lines, psychedelic guitar, an injection of funk and insistent, powerful percussion – beaten out on drums, gourds, bells and shakers. It’s music you can’t ignore.” – Simon Broughton, The Guardian
Poly-Rhythmo are probably the oldest of the post-independence bands in west Africa still active – but only just. The group was founded in Benin by Mélomé in 1968 and became hugely popular in the 1970s. They performed a varied repertoire of Afrobeat, songs based on the vodoun (voodoo) rituals in Benin, Latin music and James Brown-influenced funk.
Mayne Stage $28 GA | $38 Reserved Seating | 18+ show
1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago

Eye on India festival (07/12-07/22)
The annual Eye on India festival returns to Chicago from 12-22 July. In its second year the Festival will showcase a rich blend of Indian classical and world music along with an interesting mix of Indian art and culture from the fields of literature, film, cuisine and dance

Bollywood Workshop by Gilles Chuyen
Lose yourself in the feel good energy which is Bollywood and join Gilles Chuyen in a free outdoor dance workshop! Open to all ages.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 11am FREE
220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago

Bastille Day at Daley Plaza
Join Francophones and French cultural enthusiasts to celebrate the national holiday, July 14, at the Daley Plaza from 5:00pm-10:00pm. Come dance in the tradition of the French bal populaire to all types of French music, rock, and more. From French crêpes to sandwiches, and of course the famous macaroons, don’t miss out on the fabulous French food (and all at a good price!) Children and adults alike will enjoy our entertainment options, from the Photo Booth animations, to Vizua 3D. And don’t forget the spectacular raffle full of unique and unforgettable prizes.
Daley Plaza 5:00pm-10:00pm
118 North Clark Street, Chicago


a free event bringing drummers from diverse cultures together for joyous celebration of The Drum.
Besides Muntu’s own drum orchestra representing the West African culture, the year’s United We Drum will include brief presentations highlighting traditional rhythms and the role of the drum in several cultures including Native American, Japanese, and Indian.
This year, Muntu  will expand on last years,event and include mini-workshops, activities for kids and a full open drum circle welcoming all who want to participate!
Midway Plaisance Park (@ the Skating Rink & Warming House) 1pm-4pm FREE must register to attend
59th & 60th Streets
Cottage Grove to Stony Island
Chicago, IL 60637

A MAGICAL CONCERT EXPERIENCE WITH A MISSION: To end illegal logging in the rainforests of Madagascar. The Wake Up Madagascar tour will showcase the same outstanding musicians and dancers who create an uplifting celebration of salegy music. The music that makes Madagascar dance with its heart pounding rhythms, rippling guitars, lush vocal harmonies, bouncy accordion and hip-shaking dance moves, salegy represents the soul and spirit of the island. The featured artists will be supported by an all-star lineup that will total 9 musicians on stage.
Never-before has the amazing music and dance of Madagascar been presented to the world with a concert event this ambitious…and this imperative.
Martyrs’ 8pm $20 GA in Adv. | $25 Day of Show | 21+
3855 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

Bollywood Workshop by Gilles Chuyen
Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center
1060 East 47th Street Chicago FREE

Chicago SummerDance (07/19-09/16)
Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago SummerDance brings people of all ages and skill levels together on the 4,900 square-foot, open-air dance floor made of 100% recycled materials each summer. The series offers free, introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by music and dancing. The diverse musical lineup showcases dance styles from all corners of the globe.
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Avenue, and other locations, Chicago

Luisa Maita “The new voice of Brazil”
Sultry, seductive and infused with that inimitable samba swing, the music of Luísa Maita embodies the modern spirit of Brazil. Inspired by the bustling urban life found in her native city of São Paulo, Luisa Maita has a contemporary vibe with influences from alternative pop and chilled out electronic music, but with an acoustic foundation deeply rooted in local samba, bossa nova and MPB.
Mayne Stage 9pm $20 Adv. | $25 Day of show | $30 Reserved seating | 18+
1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival (07/21-07/22)
Each July, the Festival transforms the idyllic lakefront Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St., into a global village. Surrounded by the flags of more than 100 nations honoring the diversity of our planet, attendees experience the colors, sounds, and aromas of world cultures. Every continent is represented in song, dance, spoken word, visual arts and food. There is live music, dance performances and art and craft work of juried artists. People can also learn the folkdance of a far-away country and explore the intriguing spices and seasonings of new ethnic foods
Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd at Church Noon-7:00 pm Free admission

Mrigya (Eye on India Festival)
A rich blend of Classical, Blues & Jazz lends their music a unique texture bordering between Indian Classical to World Music. They re-contextualize Indian rhythms and melodies, taking them and placing them in the middle of jazz rock fusion and light funk. Winners of the Herald Angel and The Tap Water Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Mrigya has successfully toured New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.
Old Town School of Folk Music Sunnyside Stage 7pm FREE
4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

Ana Tijoux + Sidi Toure at The Downtown Sound at Millenium Park FREE |
Regarded by many as the best rapper in the Spanish language, Chile’s Ana Tijoux took the U.S. by storm with her 2010 Grammy-nominated album 1977. This night of world music begins with Sidi Touré of Mali and songs from his homeland influenced by western blues and rock.
Millennium Park 6:30 pm FREE
N. Michigan Ave. & E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60602

Tamboula Ethnic Dance Company & Guests
Tamboula preserves and promotes Haiti’s dance heritage by creating and presenting professional choreographic works built on Haitian, Afro-Haitian, and African traditions. Founded in 2000 by artistic director Daniel Desir, the Chicago-based dance company draws on sacred traditions to present lively works that unmask stereotypes while entertaining audiences.
Old Town School of Folk Music Free ticketed event. Reserve your tickets in advance to ensure entry. $10 Suggested Donation
4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

HO ETSU TAIKO presents ‘HANABI’ (‘fireworks’) | Celebrating 15 Years of Ho Etsu Taiko w/Nagata Shachu
University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts 2-4pm and 7-9pm $20 ($15 Discount Price for WFC fans)
915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637
$15 Discount Price for WFC fans
Call 312.725.8225 to reserve tickets at a special price of $15 with the phrase “Ho Etsu Loves” You will be able to pick up your ticket at the box office on the day of the show with an ID. The number to call is 312.725.8225

Ho Etsu Taiko brings a passionate energy and lively spirit to the rich tradition of taiko drumming. Ho Etsu means ‘a way to spread joy’, and this idea centers our philosophy. We bring a bright, energizing sound to the stage to infuse taiko’s cultural legacy with new vitality, bridging the tradition through fresh experiences and influences. Ho Etsu formed in 1997 at the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood. The original Midwest Buddhist Temple taiko group was the first ensemble in Chicago, born in the 1970s during the earliest wave of Japanese-American taiko. From these deep roots, Ho Etsu blossomed into one of the most dynamic and exciting taiko ensembles in the city.

This July, Ho Etsu Taiko invites you to help us celebrate our 15th Anniversary.  Appropriately named HANABI (‘fireworks’), this concert will introduce you to our explosive sound and striking compositions.  In addition, we are also very excited to be joined on stage by one of our earliest mentors – Kiyoshi Nagata – and his Toronto-based professional taiko and music ensemble, Nagata Shachu.


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