1/18 | Pecados de Maria with Sandra Antongiorgi & ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat


Pecados de Maria, a Chicago collaboration of diverse musicians puts a spin on traditional Latin Alternative music, creating a communion of Rock, Jazz and Latin fusion. The mixture of Afrocuban percussion coupled with Blues/Jazz guitar and deep smoky vocals takes the listener on a fiery journey. Core members Marialen Magaña, Josemiguel Coutiño, Nic Byrd, and…

12/02 | ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat – Global Dance Party


¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat performs funky Afro-Latino and roots rock inspired dance music. The ethnically diverse crew of musicians establish driving polyrhythmic grooves, combining biting twang guitar with the strength of brass horns, coro group singing, and urban poetry all in an eclectic mix of raw energetic sounds. Named “Best New Band” and “Best International/World Music…

07/16&17 | Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival


The Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival is acclaimed by the Chicago Reader for its eclectic lineup of world music, curated by Sound Culture Center for Global Arts. The festival reflects the unique diversity in Rogers Park by presenting music from all four corners of the world encouraging audiences to dance and experience local, national…

06/09 | Los Amigos Invisibles & ¡ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat


Since their first album in 1995, Los Amigos Invisibles have developed a sound based on the “gozadera” – an irresistible fusion of Latin rhythms with fiery funk and lounge music. The band got their first break when David Byrne (Talking Heads) discovered one of their albums by chance in a Manhattan record shop. He immediately…

06/12 | Boogat (Live) + ¡ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat, Kinky P


“This Quebec rapper’s fourth album is an impressive, edgy blend of hip-hop, cumbia, reggaeton and other styles, seamlessly blending a variety of programmed and live instrumentation to accompany Boogat’s forceful rapping.” – KEXP (Seattle) 2016 JUNO Award Winner, Boogat is a brilliant latin american vocalist who constantly reinvents himself with his prolific discography and a…

02/28 | ¡ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat & KARIKATURA at Reggies Music Joint


ESSO (El Sonido Sonic Octopus) perform funky Afro-Latino and roots rock inspired dance music. The ethnically diverse crew of musicians establish rustic polyrhythmic grooves and combine biting twang guitars with the strength of brass horns, coro group singing, and urban poetry. Members: Armando Pérez, Kevin Miller, Dan Lieber, Ezra Lange, Julian Harris, Diana Mosquera, Puerko…