10/02 | Chicago Folklore Ensemble album release “The World in Chicago”


Chicago Folklore Ensemble is releasing it’s first album, entitled The World in Chicago! Please join us as we celebrate with an afternoon performance of songs and stories of Chicago immigrants, followed by a feast with food from each country! The World in Chicago is a delightful fusion of classical and world music! Original arrangements of…

06/12 | Béla Fleck & the Flecktones at Thalia Hall


Groundbreaking banjoist/composer/bandleader Béla Fleck has reconvened the original ‘Béla Fleck & The Flecktones’, the extraordinary initial line-up of his incredible combo. While all manners of genres come into play – from classical and jazz to bluegrass and African music to electric blues and Eastern European folk dances – the result is an impossible to pigeonhole…

08/18 | Elephant Revival + Mandolin Orange|Millennium Park Summer Music Series FREE | 06/09-08/18


08/18 Elephant Revival + Mandolin Orange |                                                                                                               Elephant Revival are a quintet from Colorado whose sound encompasses elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country and folk. Mandolin Orange is an Americana folk duo from Chapel Hill, North Carolina whose music has received critical acclaim from NPR, American Songwriter others. The 2016 Millennium Park Summer Music Series…

04/02 | Funkadesi (Reggae-Bhangra-Bollywood-Funk explosion) with Ugochi & Ase


Award-winning Reggae-Bhangra-Bollywood-Funk explosion Funkadesi “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…

FRI 02/26 | Funkadesi,Tablao Sevilla, Ziryab + 13 more


02/26 ; Funkadesi (bhangra reggae Bollywood funk explosion) at Mayne Stage 8pm . With special guests: Bollywood Groove (Indian dance)  . Learn Indian dance moves during the live show — fun for the whole family! The 10-Time Award-Winning bhangra reggae Bollywood funk explosion makes much anticipated return to Mayne Stage. Funkadesi proudly hails from Chicago,…

01/19 | Red Baraat at Evanston Space


“Imagine a New Orleans street band playing Indian Bollywood tunes with a go-go beat — you can’t? Then just listen, because your day is about to get better. It’s a crazy blast of fun.” – NPR, ALL SONGS CONSIDERED “When we originally started in 2008, the group was going to be rooted in Punjabi music,”…

10/19 Byzantine Time Machine @ The Whistler


Can you imagine the sound of a Middle Eastern darbuka processed digitally through a frequency shifter? How about a Greek dulcimer with oscillating temporal flux? Transform a Turkish clarinet solo via ring-modulation, add to that a resonant synth sub-bass, female vocals, and a dub horn section and you have Byzantine Time Machine. The Whistler, 2421…

The Paris Session by The Touré-Raichel Collective (NEW MUSIC)


“These players delve into the swirling waters of our globalized music culture and pull out bright fish, almost perfect, as if designed instead of conjured in the heat of improvisation.” – National Public Radio’s All Things Considered THE TOURÉ-RAICHEL COLLECTIVE, ACCLAIMED COLLABORATION BETWEEN ISRAELI POP STAR IDAN RAICHEL AND RENOWNED MALIAN MUSICIAN VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ,…