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
It Takes a Village: Dance Across the African Diaspora
This collaborative workshop, co-presented by Changing Worlds and the Old Town School, draws on the linked heritages of continental Africa, the Caribbean, and the US. Drawing on the power of the circle, this energetic and quick-paced dance class will rotate through a variety of African-descended movement practices, climax in a community dance circle, and cool down with a Q & A conversation.
Co-Instructors: Yaasha Abraham (Ethiopian Dance), Sadira Muhammad (Senegalese Sabar), Kelsa Robinson (House), Nikki Smith (Salsa), all teaching artists with Changing Worlds.
Old Town School of Folk Music 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
4545 N Lincoln, Chicago
Join Paddy Cassidy of Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars for this workshop. Participants will learn a rhythm from the Malinke djembe repertoire. Instruction covers the djembe accompaniment parts, dunun patterns, bell patterns, and a song. Instructor Paddy Cassidy specializes in Malian-style djembe and dunun, with a focus on fundamentals, phrasing, and micro-timing. This workshop is open to all levels, and experienced students will be presented with a new challenge. Students are encouraged to bring their djembes or other drums.
Old Town School of Folk Music 7pm
4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
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
An Evening with Eastern Blok
“EASTERN BLOK offers up fire rather than ice,and the guitarist’s amalgamation of flamenco, Balkan, classical, blues, and jazz keeps his band pushing forward almost all of the time on his eponymous album. Ivanovic’s group interacts on a heady and passionate musical plane…the ensemble playing is often breakneck and consistently challenging. The Group’s repertoire is loaded with dynamics, and they move from soft contemplative interludes to wholly original, speed-driven Balkan jazz.- DownBeat Magazine
Katerina’s 8.30pm $10
1920 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago
SOULPHONETICS @ Barra Ñ
SOULPHONETICS (Christian Vera & Caswell James) makes a special appearance at Barra Ñ, playing a mix selection of global sounds from A to Z.
Barra Ñ 9pm-2am NO COVER
2977 N. Elston Ave, Chicago
FRIDAY APRIL 05
‘Stereotypes’ -Silk Road Ensemble, Post-Natyam Collective (CA) (April 5-7)
Braiding Rivers Festival of Contemporary Indian Dance & Theatre is a three-weekend concert series, curated by artist/scholar Emma Draves. The Festival creates a local-national connection amongst artists showcasing work which spectres Indian dance through a contemporary lens. These works challenge assumptions of what is Indian dance, highlights its influences within the American contemporary dance scene, and expands conversation on how we shape our identities. Just as malleable water sources can ‘braid’ together to form unique river systems, so has Indian dance braided its classical forms with ever-evolving ideas reflecting our contemporary world.
Constellation – The New Home for Links Hall 7pm $12
3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Fatoumata Diawara at Mayne Stage (FREE TICKET OFFER and Discounted tickets 50% off )
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. Mayne Stage 8pm 1328 W. Morse Ave. Chicago
Mambo fino!! 4 female singers one piano
Chicago’s newest sensation group Mambo fino. Made up of five beautiful and talented female vocalists under the direction of yemdris Cespedes on the Piano. Mambo fino interprets a variety of up-beat latin rythms suchs as merengues, bachata, salsa, regueton, cumbia, guajiras & Cha-cha- Cha. The singers are originally from Colombia, Puerto Rico, Poland, & Argentina. You won’t want to miss this exotic group of talented and beautiful singers that will make you dance the night away!!! NO COVER. excellent drinks, food and ambiance
Cafe Laguardia 8pm-11pm NO COVER
2111 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago
SATURDAY APRIL 06
6th Annual Global Activism Expo
“The Expo is an opportunity for people to see their community and their world as a caring, thoughtful, and generous place,” says emcee Jerome McDonnell. “Join us as we make a difference with our love, respect, and compassion.”
The struggles we face are bigger than any one person, but we can each take a step to make a difference. Join Worldview host Jerome McDonnell and meet lots of engaged, world-focused people. You’ll learn about all the work that folks who’ve been featured on Worldview’s long-running series, Global Activism, have been up to, and they’ll show you how you can get involved.
UIC Forum 12:00pm – 6:00pm FREE but RSVP is encouraged
725 W Roosevelt Rd. Chicago
A celebration of music—from traditional Irish, Latino, Jewish, Eastern European, and African American neighborhoods—reflecting the vital and diverse mosaic that makes Chicago one of the world’s great cities. Performers will include the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church mass choir, accordion player Jimmy Keane with fiddler Liz Carroll, Sones de México Ensemble, Stas Venglevski on accordion with mandolinist Misha Litvin, and the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. This program is presented in conjunction with One Book One Northwestern, this year featuring Never a City So Real by Alex Kotlowitz, who will serve as master of ceremonies for the concert.
Northwestern University/Pick-Staiger Concert Hall 7.30pm $16
50 Arts Circle Drive Evanston, IL 60208 Phone: 847.491.5441
ROOTS & REGGAE w/ Nu Bambu(reggae/salsa), Runa Roots(andean fusion), SOULPHONETICS, Visual Arts and more
Bring together the communities best cultural organizers to create a vibrant experience for the people
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Live Recording of Nomadic Party with DJ Romasoul and Ode
ODE “Singer-songwriter Davor Palos and his band mates are mining a much darker and moodier vein of ork-pop, drawing inspiration from that master of the murder ballad, Nick Cave, and evoking the gypsy violin antics of the Dirty Three, thanks to Sandra Korbar’s haunting string work. This band boasts a startlingly powerful sound, shifting at the drop of a backbeat from a whispered seduction to a raging fury, and maintaining a delicious creepiness throughout.” ~ do312.com
The Elbo Room 9pm $10
2871 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Mehran Flamenco Quartet (psychedelic and progressive Rock/Flamenco)
Mehran is an Iranian born Flamenco/Rock guitarist who resides in the states. His love for music started at the age 9 with the piano and keyboards and at age 14 he started to study the guitar. After performing with so many different Rock bands in Chicago including “No Romeo” which took him as far as performing in LA at the whisky Go Go, Roxy and Spice theatre, Mehran discovered Flamenco and his love affair with this music took him to Spain to study with several Maestros of Flamenco guitar. Originally he learned the traditional style but then he studied Jazz and transitioned into the modern Flamenco/Jazz.
uncommon ground, Edgewater: 10pm $15
1401 W. Devon Ave.Chicago, 773-465-9801
sound selectahs – BLAKISH & PAPA G. +special guests. the best Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and more!!!
TAXIM 10:00pm-3:00am RSVP for complimentary admission till midnight/$5 after through the following link http://dfrproductions.com/rsvp.php
1558 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
SUNDAY APRIL 07
A Greek Journey in the Windy City
a lively afternoon of dancing, music, wine tasting, delicious Greek food, art exhibits and more. The afternoon will feature FilmHellenes, Greek America Foundation, Greek American Rehabilitation & Care Centre, Kostas Z Foundation, the National Hellenic Museum and Pontian Society “Xeniteas” as well as performances by the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society, Cretan Youth Dance of Chicago and Pontian Young Dancing Troupe. Taste food by renowned Greek restaurants including Athena, Greek Islands, Parthenon, Pegasus, Psistaria, Roditys, Taxim and Artopolis Bakery.
Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens 12pm-5pm FREE
Two Legends Meet in Chi Town Once Again! Kahil Elzabar + Dwight Trible
Two legends meet in Chi town once again.
The last CoLab set with Duke Payne was off the chain! Everyone is still talking about it! Dwight Trible is a phenom, and when he and ritual master Kahil Elzabar perform together, it is sophisticated elegance and gut bucket church in the same breath. So, spread the word cause these cats need to be heard.
Due to the popular demand, this performance will also include Duke Payne, Ari Brown, and Junius Paul.
CoLab Space 4pm
312 N Carpenter. Chicago
Tribute to the Orb & Ravi Shankar at Electronique Elastique:
The lush life of electronic music, Hosted by resident DJ Warp
Sundays at Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery. Showcasing Ambient, Downtempo, Shoegaze, Leftfield, IDM, Chillout, Lush Techno, Braindance, Minimal, Dub, Abstract, Experimental and Vintage Electronique music.With weekly rotating special guest selectors and audio curators….
Elastic Arts Foundation Sound and Vision Galley: 9pm BYOB
2830 N. Milwaukee Ave. 2nd FLR. Ph: 773.772.3616.
MONDAY APRIL 08
2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival (April 8 through May 6)
Through the eyes of committed and courageous filmmakers, the festival showcases the heroic stories of activists and survivors from all over the world facing human rights issues. The featured works put a human face on threats to individual freedom and dignity, and celebrate the power of the human spirit and will to prevail. Discussion with filmmakers is a key component of this year’s festival. Confirmed guest appearances are noted with film descriptions, with more pending.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 10
Chicago Persian Music Ensemble
Chicago Persian Music Ensemble presents classical and folk music of Persia through modal systems and improvisations. The ensemble is committed to the study and performance of a wide range of Persian music with a certain emphasis of those underpinned by the theory and practice of Persian Radif.
Old Town School Of Folk Music 8.30pm FREE $10 suggested donation
4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago