Spotlight 03/06-03/13

Harmonia (roots music from Eastern Europe)
Harmonia’s music is intense, driving, lyrical roots music from Eastern Europe, with a repertoire drawing on Gypsy, Hungarian, Romanian, Croatian, Ukrainian, Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn traditions.
The Old Town School of Folk Music FREE! $10 suggested donation
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000

Peace on Earth Film Festival (Thursday, March 7, through Sunday, March 10, 2013.)
raising awareness of peace, nonviolence, social justice and an eco-balanced world
Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF) is a not-for-profit festival established to celebrate and encourage the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe on the themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and an eco-balanced world. POEFF invites filmmakers’ challenging perspectives on issues such as human rights, neighborhood violence, food deserts, domestic violence, bullying, war, world politics, environment, economics and more, while presenting alternatives of peace from all cultural perspectives. Through the power of motion pictures, POEFF endeavors to enlighten and empower individuals, families and communities to step out of the ignorance of conflict, violence and divisiveness into the light of communication, compassion and understanding.
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago

Passport To Greece (Thursday, March 7-Saturday, March 9)
explore Chicago’s Greek community through music, dance, art and the universal language of play! This event is free with Chicago Children’s Museum admission.
Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

Gypsy Fusion Showcase
“Romanian folk and gypsy music” featuring Nicolae Feraru “one of the top cimbalom players in Romania and his Special Guests: Daniela Bisenius (violin), Bane Djordjevic (keyboard), Sacha Djordjevic (keyboard), Orlando Paun (accordion), Sile Dorel (accordion)
311 Lounge Chicago 7:pm -10pm ADMISSION: $10 reservations online $15 at the door
311 N.Sangamon, Chicago

Chicago Afrobeat Project Featuring Sugar Blue
Chicago Afrobeat Project is pleased to announce that GRAMMY-winner Sugar Blue will perform as a featured guest with the band on Friday, March 8 at the Double Door in Chicago. The performance kicks off a new guest concert series where the band will feature different musicians from around the world.
Double Door 9pm
1572 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Angel d’Cuba Trio
Angel has built a solid reputation in his homeland and now in the USA as a dynamic performer and blender of styles, as well as a master of pure traditional Cuban music. He and his group cannot only lay down the typical latin party music of salsa, cha cha chá and merengue, but also heart-melting boleros, tasty jazz, smokin’ funk and jumpin’ calypso. In addition Angel is a prolific songwriter, with compositions spanning the styles of salsa, timba, merengue, pop latino, jazz, funk, calypso, samba and more.
Cafe Laguardia 8pm – 11pm NO COVER
2111 W Armitage Chicago

Samba night w PAGODE DO MARCAO
The Revolver Bar 10pm-2am NO COVER
3759 North Damen Avenue, Chicago

MADE IN SPAIN at Harris Theater at Millennium Park
Luna Negra Dance Theater sizzles into spring with a world premiere by Spanish choreographer Fernando Hernando Magadan, created in collaboration and performed live with the Turtle Island Quartet. The program also includes a new work by Spanish choreographer Mónica Cervantes and the return of Magadan’s Naked Ape
Harris Theater at Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph dRIVE, Chicago, IL, 60601 PHONE 312.334.7777

Rica Obsesion Latin Orchestra With Aguzate DJ crew (classic Salsa Dura dance party)
Rica Obsesion boasts an 11 piece orchestra with music full of energy, with a heavy brass section, 3 male front line singers and powerful percussion section.
Rica Obsesion is known for having a strong and unique musical sound which makes them a powerful Salsa band.
Their first CD entitled ” LLEGO MI TURNO ” has been playing over seas and in South America, Canada and Mexico. They reached the a spot in the top 60 on the New Generation Salsa charts.
Rica Obsesion’s ultimate goal is to show their love for music in their performance, to see and feel the excitement of the audience on the dance floor. With a combination of great music and the best musicians in Chicago, Rica Obsesion is confident that their goals will be achieved.
Mayne Stage Doors Open at 9:00 pm. Free Latin dance lesson at 9:30 pm. Dancing at 10:00 pm (2 for 1 discount with code “AGUZATE” on line)
1328 W Morse, Chicago

“A world music night on the electronic side of things, featuring some of Chicago’s best global beat smashers & the Chicago king of the pots & pans”
Beauty Bar 9pm-3am NO COVER
1444 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago

A Women’s REVOLUTION: An International Women’s Day Celebration with ART & MUSIC at multikulti
A Women’s REVOLUTION: Celebrate International Women’s Day w/ Art, Music and Culture. Over 20 visual and musical artists local, national and international.
multikulti 9pm
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

DJ TOP DONN on deck video mixing the hottest Afro Grooves. Also guest DJ ZIGGs on deck
311 Lounge Chicago 10pm
N.Sangamon, Chicago

Celebrate Lithuanian Independence
Chicago, dubbed as “Little Lithuania”, has long been called the second capital of Lithuania, possessing the largest Lithuanian community outside the country. Join in this celebration to honor Lithuania’s independence with traditional folk music, dance and song with performances by Biru Bar Folk Music Ensemble, Suktinis, Svajoné Children’s Choir, Grandis Folk Dance Ensemble, Rusne, Viltis and more! Art from Lapšys Artistry in Glass and Jewelry by Otilija will also be on display, shop souvenirs from Lietuvélé and Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture and experience authentic cuisine by Grand Duke’s Restaurant. Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania
Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Free Admission

A Program of Hindustani Light Classical Vocal and Carnatic Classical Veena
Saraswati Ranganathan, veena, Athrey Nadhan, mrdangam. Chicagoan Sara Ranganathan performs far and wide on the ancient predecessor of the sitar, including at the hub of Carnatic music, Chennai. The talented Athrey Nadhan performs extensively in the US and India on this remarkable two-headed drum.
Vikas Falnikar, vocalist, Hassan Hashim, tabla. A recital of geet and ghazal by the multi-talented Chicago area vocalist, accompanied on tabla by the redoubtable Hassan Hashim.
Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music 3pm
38 S. Peoria Street, Chicago

Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal
collaborate on some of the most elegant and beautiful “world music” in recent years. Their quiet and refined kaleidoscopic tapestries weave together a global chamber music for the 21st century audience.
The Old Town School of Folk Music/ Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall 7pm
4544 N Lincoln Ave :: 773.728.6000

Tango 21 Presents: Gypsy Tango Cabaret
w/Alfonso Ponticelli – Tanya Melamed and Steve Gibons. Dancing by Jorge Niedas & Liz Sung
La Alhambra Palace 5pm
1240 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607


Terakaft Chicago Cultural Center (Preston Bradley Hall), 6:30 pm FREE
Terakaft is a four-piece desert rock band from Northern Mali that is mostly closely aligned with the more famous desert rock group, Tinariwen. Their music is the perfect mix of two rhythm guitars (one keeping the beat effortlessly, the other soaring and sweet) and the deep tones of the bass, bringing to mind the delicate but strong steps of a camel making its way through the wastelands, will send you on a journey to the deepest heart of the desert, from which you’ll never want to return. The heavy, pulsating heartbeat of the percussion holds everyone together and completes the sound of Terakaft.
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall 6.30pm FREE
78 E. Washington St. Chicago

Creole Choir of Cuba
The Creole Choir of Cuba’s joyous sound is a feast for both the ears and eyes. The Choir’s music celebrates the history of their Haitian descendents enslaved to the Caribbean from West Africa. “A blend of haunting, near-operatic…fervor and visceral African drive, bellowed out by big, charismatic voices and an equally spirited chorus…a powerful, invocatory sound that has a huge impact live.” – The Daily Telegraph
The Old Town School of Folk Music/Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall 8.30pm $25
4544 N Lincoln Ave :: 773.728.6000

Funkadesi, Special Guest DJ Redlox
world, punjabi folk, bhangra, reggae | “This ideal party band . . . also bears messages of togetherness. . . . The rhythms of Indian Ragas and reggae have striking similarities, while the Latin, African and contemporary funk that’s spicing this one-sound, many-voices stew fits the all-world melange to a tee. Whatever your background, there’s music here for you.” – Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star
City Winery 8pm show $18
1200 W Randolph St, Chicago

Next week and more

03/14 | Vick Lavender Ensemble at Mayne Stage

Sean Cleland & Friends at Global Dance Party

La Chiva Gantiva at Old Town School Of Folk Music

Zamin at World Music Wednesday


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