The 16th Annual European Union Film Festival (ends March 28)
From March 1 through 28, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 16th Annual European Union Film Festival, the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations. This year’s festival presents the Chicago premieres of 61 new feature films, providing a broad picture of the creativity of Europe’s most adventurous filmmakers.
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State Street | Chicago
The Festival of New Spanish Cinema (ends April 03)
In its fifth consecutive year, the Festival of New Spanish Cinema consolidates itself as the most important itinerant festival of contemporary Spanish Cinema in North America. Once again, the festival will screen some of the riskiest and most innovative Spanish films of the year.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 27
“If you want to experience music that can transport you to another dimension, lift you to new levels of consciousness, or otherwise blow your mind, then Alash is the ticket.” – V.O.I.C.E.S
Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.
The Old Town School of Folk Music/Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall 8.30pm FREE! ($10 suggested donation)
4544 N Lincoln Ave 773.728.6000
Johnny Bandolero (World Rock Rumba)
702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago
Excursions is a monthly exploration into the diverse sounds of deep house music in Chicago! Heavily infused with rhythms of the Afro-Latin diaspora, this musical journey encompasses a variety of influences from Broken Beat & Tech House to Jazz-Funk, Classic & Nu-Soul. With a prime directive of “building community thru music”, resident dj’s Cordell Johnson and James Vincent bring it all together for a diverse audience of music lovers and dancers who seek excitement on a dance floor!
SUBTERRANEAN Door 9pm-2am Free B4 10pm, $5 thereafter
2011 W. North Ave, Chicago
THURSDAY MARCH 28
Santiago’s exploration as a professional singer was a natural step in his evolution as a fully rounded musician. His sonero attributes are founded in the legacies of Ismael Rivera. Luigi Texidor, Marvin Santiago, Isaac Delgado, and “El Tiburon” Morales.. In his improvisations, he combines street-wise sense of humor with a unique approach to rhythm and swing. Santiago stands as an icon of the harmonious fusion of classic influences with the most innovative trends in tropical music.
Lazos 7:00-11:00 pm
2009 N.Western ave. Chicago
FRIDAY MARCH 29
Sonorama at Wired Fridays/Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Cafe 12pm-1pm
Sonorama is a Chicago-based Dj collective fronted by Charly Garcia and Eddy Baca and created with the objective of promoting world roots music through our obsessive love of vinyl music culture. More than just djs, we collect, scavenge, and are ever in search of new sonic and rhythmic delights both new, old, or sometimes forgotten, but with the purpose to share our discoveries with the rest of the internet community. Through podcasts and other various media we try and criss-cross geographic borders and genres with ease, and together with our different musical tastes and backgrounds; set out to showcase an eclectic program of rare grooves, musical curios, and Afro influenced dance music, along with any other surprises we dig up along the way
Soham in Studio
Soham Dance Space launches a monthly show of Founder/Director Anjal Chande’s solo work that frames classical Indian dance within a contemporary lens.
Dance artist Anjal Chande performs original solo repertoire and works-in-progress in the intimate Soham Dance Space studio located in Chicago’s Wicker Park. Witness live dance up close and personal and enter Chande’s world where she weaves together music, poetry and philosophy with topical and humanistic themes. Chande’s work, rooted in bharatanatyam technique, seeks to bridge the traditional and contemporary with an audience outside the classical dance world.
A discussion following the performance will include light refreshments and time to dialogue with the artist and fellow attendees.
Soham Dance Space 8pm $10
922 N Damen Avenue, Chicago
Orkestar Verea & Ethnic Dance Chicago at Global Dance Party
Paul Collins from Ethnic Dance Chicago will teach dance styles from the various regions of Bulgaria backed by the Bulgarian dance ensemble Orkestar Verea.
Ethnic Dance Chicago (EDC) is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational community of people who enjoy the dances and music of many countries from around the world – The group’s byline is: “Dancing As A Second Language”. Through its weekly dance programs at Chicago’s Latvian Center and at the S.P.A.C.E. Center, EDC promotes the enjoyment and preservation of the dance and music heritage of America’s many ethnic groups, as well as America’s own traditional dance and music. EDC also performs at ethnic dance festivals and at public, private and corporate events.
Old Town School Of Folk Music/The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall 8.30pm $10
4545 N Lincoln Ave :: 773.728.6000
Delhi 2 Dublin at Martyrs’
w/Zombies In The Basement & DJ Warp
Described by one magazine as the “United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”, they have become one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands. This year will only see them enhancing that reputation. After all…where else are you going to see a kick-ass fiddle player rocking out with a kilt-wearing Korean flanked by two bouncing Bhangra percussionists and a vocalist who looks like he would be at home in a Bollywood music video?
Martyrs’ 9pm $15
3855 N.LINCOLN CHICAGO, 773.404.9494
SATURDAY MARCH 30
LILA DOWNS (Mexican roots music)
“I was born de Mixteca mother and Scottish leftist Father… I had to find my voice …am still looking… grew up in Tlaxiaco Oaxaca, in the mountains and Minneapolis, Minnesota… Ran into Paul in Candela! a hippie hangout and started sharing songs and dreams with him…still looking to find peace within and love on the journey ~ LILA DOWNS
Congress Theater 7.30pm $25
2135 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago
lePercolateur CD Release ‘Pop Manouche’
Chicago’s hipster gypsy-jazz/Parisian dance hall circa 1937) . “a sly and surprising gypsy-jazz quintet who apply that idiom to modernistic pop tunes, as well as vintage jazz composition” – Neil Tesser, Chicago Examiner
Mayne Stage 9pm concert $12
1328 W. Morse Avenue Chicago, IL 60626 Box Office 773.381.4554
DANCE SYNDROME feat SHON DERVIS & (((SONORAMA))) 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY
#Latin Jazz #Samba #Bossa #Break Beats #Baile Funk #Salsa Dura #Batucada #Afro Beat #Disco #Deep House #Cumbia #Dub #Reggae #Reggaeton #Tropical Bass #Carioca Funk #Moombahton #Hip-Hop #NuCumbia #Boogie #Bugaloo #World #Global #Goodness
1558 N. Milwaukee, Chicago
SUNDAY MARCH 31
Africa In Chicago at Neighborhoods of the World FREE
Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood is a landmark of African-American urban history. Share in the rich traditions of African heritage at this afternoon’s tribute. Featuring performances by ‘IZReelSoul’ Band, The Zenith Dance Company, Chicago Steppers, Nikki Hayes, and Africa International House Theater Children’s Choir. Plus, explore the marketplace with 20 vendors selling traditional folk art including Knotty Knits Designs, Landis Cosmetics, Uniquely Yours By Roncita, Senteamental Moods, and Phoenix Diverse Holistics Collaborative. Presented in partnership with Africa International House
Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens 12pm-5pm FREE
600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. (312) 595-PIER (7437)
Pagode das Mamaes…Mother’s Samba at Sabor Express
The idea, is to mothers to take the kids to hear Brazilian music and of course take advantage of the great food there and eat some Brazilian food as well.
Sabor Express 4pm to 8pm NO COVER
1230 W Taylor St, Chicago
TUESDAY APRIL 02
Cellist, Singer and Composer Ian Maksin and Members of Guitarra Azul – From Bach to Buena Vista Social Club
Russian-born Chicago-based cellist and composer Ian Maksin is familiar to Chicago audiences from his solo performances, his duo project iAN&ANi, as well as numerous collaborations with different Chicago artists and bands of all genres. For his City Winery debut, he will be joined by members of Chicago’s premiere flamenco-fusion band Guitarra Azul. After some music for solo cello, Maksin and the band will present a unique fusion set of songs and instrumental compositions from different parts of the world, and Maksin will sing some of his favorite songs (while playing his cello) from Russia, France, Cuba, Italy, UK, USA and more.
City Winery 8pm $12
1200 W Randolph St, Chicago , IL 60607 (312)-733-WINE
WEDNESDAY APRIL 03
Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars
Another driving force of Wassoulou music is percussion. The Afrofunkstars are backed up by one of the hottest rhythm sections around, featuring Paddy Cassidy on jembe, Hugo Reynolds on drumset, and Mamoudou Diallo and Djam Vivie on percussion. The funk is rounded out by bass powerhouse Nickolas Moran, Peter Baggenstoss on keyboards, and Matt Manske on guitar. The interplay between kamale n’goni and jembe grooves so hard that audiences can’t stay still – the urge to get up and move is too powerful!
Old Town School of Folk Music 8.30pm FREE ($10 suggested donation)
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall :: 4544 N Lincoln Ave :: 773.728.6000
Guy Mendilow Ensemble (Trio) feat. Argentine vocalist Sofia Tosello
Tales From the Forgotten Kingdom: Ladino Songs Renewed
Get ready for an emotionally powerful, artistic voyage awash with warm harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms. Starting in ancient Spain and winding through Sarajevo, Salonica and Jerusalem, the award winning Guy Mendilow Ensemble brings to life the adventures and legends of traditional Sephardi songs, sung in the endangered Judeo-Spanish language, Ladino. Epic tales of sailors and love lost to the seas, fantastic dreams and the intrigue of kings abound in arrangements that crackle with rich musical storytelling, seamlessly interwoven with poetic narration and often poignant historical vignettes.
Mayne Stage 8pm
1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago
THURSDAY APRIL 4
Zamin and The Happy Maladies
Zamin crafts tight polyglot post-pop songs that mix Indian vocal techniques with indie/alternate rock music
The Happy Maladies(Cincinnati Chamber Folk)
United Church of Hyde Park 7pm-9pm Entrance fee: $10 $5 for students (and economically challenged) Reception afterwards with light refreshments and drinks.
1448 East 53rd Street, Chicago
FRIDAY APRIL 05
Fatoumata Diawara at Mayne Stage (Discounted tickets 50% off with promo code “VOICE” )
elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely sparse contemporary folk sound – refracting the rocking rhythms and plaintive melodies of her ancestral Wassoulou tradition through an instinctive pop sensibility. At the centre of the music is Fatou’s warm, affecting voice, spare, rhythmical guitar playing and gorgeously melodic songs that draw powerfully on her own often troubled experience.