Thursday, July 31, 2014

2014 World Music Festival Chicago Schedule



16TH ANNUAL WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO RETURNS SEPTEMBER 11-21

11 days, 62 artists & groups from 33 countries, performing in 20 venues throughout the city

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the full lineup for the 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago taking place September 11- 21 in various locations throughout the city. The 11-day, 20-venue festival features 62 artists and groups representing 33 countries from around the world.

“World Music Festival Chicago will offer residents and visitors a diverse, international lineup of celebrated musicians to be enjoyed at venues and clubs downtown and throughout our neighborhoods, said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Since it began in 1999, the internationally acclaimed music festival has presented more than 700 artists from over 80 countries, making it the largest world music festival in the United States.”

This year’s striking lineup includes a four night concert series at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, an all-night celebration of Indian classical music at the Chicago Cultural Center, the best brass band out of the Balkans – Boban I Marko Marković Orkestar, and former Official Harpist for the Prince of Wales, Catrin Finch along with Senegalese griot, Seckou Keita.

In 2014, World Music Festival Chicago performances at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion return in a big way, with four nights of concerts by some of international music’s biggest names. Opening the festival on Thursday, September 11, at 6 p.m., Vieux Farka Toure and Bombino provide powerful guitar riffs from the Western Sahara. Friday, September 12 at 6 p.m. brings Pablo Menendez & Mezcla’s Latin jazz sound rooted in rumba and Yoruba along with the joyful and boisterous Québecois folk group, La Bottine Souriante.

After the concert at Millennium Park on September 12, audiences can walk across the street to the Chicago Cultural Center for Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music at 9 p.m. A tradition in India, all-night classical concerts are rarely held in the United States. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear ragas (traditional scales or modes) that are rarely performed in public and are only performed early in the morning or late at night. This unique experience will continue through 9 a.m. and will feature eleven different groups and artists.

On Saturday, September 13 at 3 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park audiences will enjoy the disparate sounds of Africa from Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, son of Fela Kuti, who continues to champion the Afrobeat sound pioneered by his legendary father. Opening for them will be, Aurelio, the iconic ambassador of Garifuna music and the first black person to become a deputy in the National Congress of Honduras. He is currently on tour promoting his new album on the critically-acclaimed record label, Real World, founded by Peter Gabriel.

The Millennium Park concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion come to a close on Sunday, September 14 at 3 p.m. with Chicago’s own master of the cimbalom, Nicolae Feraru, a recent recipient of the NEA’s

National Heritage Fellowship, who will perform the Romani music of his native Romania with his band. Opening for them will be Calypso Rose bringing her high-energy soca and calypso vocals from Trinidad & Tobago, backed by the emerging Trinidadian-Canadian group, Kobo Town.

One of the leading Balkan brass bands in Serbia over the last 17 years, Boban I Marko Marković Orkestar, will perform at this year’s festival. Songlines Magazine named Boban the only trumpet player on their list of 50 all-time best instrumentalists. His son, Marko, appears to be following in his footsteps by becoming the main soloist of the thirteen-piece orchestra. Audiences will have multiple opportunities to catch a performance beginning Thursday, September 18 at Thalia Hall starting at 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 19 at Constellation starting at 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 20 at Mayne Stage at 9 p.m.

Performing Saturday, September 20 at University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 21 at 7:15 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center is Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita. Finch, the “Queen of Harps”, was once the Official Harpist for the Prince of Wales, the first in over a century. Both a member of the royal Keita dynasty from Mali and a griot, a traditional West African praise singer, Keita has become a master of the kora – a West African harp. Finch and Keita blur the lines of classical, world, folk, and traditional music creating a truly unique experience.

The festival will close with “One World Under One Roof”, an open house at the Chicago Cultural Center on Sunday, September 21 beginning at 2:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita and Nicolae Feraru & His Gypsy Band will return along with Soñes de México, Paulinho Garcia featuring Rogerio Souza and many more. The grand finale performances will include performances throughout the building, kicking it off in Randolph Square, continuing in Preston Bradley Hall and the Claudia Cassidy Theater.

A number of venues throughout the city will play host to World Music Festival artists and all performances are free admission. They include: Beverly Arts Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Chop Shop, Constellation Chicago, City Winery, DePaul University Concert Hall, Humboldt Park Boathouse, Indian Boundary Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion-Millennium Park, Martyrs’, Mayne Stage, National Museum of Mexican Art, Northeastern Illinois University, Old Town School of Folk Music, Reva and Logan Arts Center at University of Chicago, Schubas, Chicago SummerDance - Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, Thalia Hall, The Hideout and Willye White Park.

The FREE admission World Music Festival Chicago is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, Metra and Millennium Garages. The appearance of La Bottine Souriante is supported by the Québec Government Office and Tourisme Québec, Chicago.  Grant support for the Millennium Park performances provided by: Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Endowment, managed by The Millennium Park Foundation. For complete details, visit worldmusicfestivalchicago.org.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This include fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

The full schedule with locations and times of each performance is included below, and may also be viewed at worldmusicfestivalchicago.org. For updates and festival information, join us on Facebook at facebook.com/WorldMusicFestivalChicago and on Twitter @WMFChicago #WorldMusicChicago.

World Music Festival Chicago 2014 Performance Schedule
(Subject to Change)

Thursday, September 11

Vieux Farka Touré (Mali) | Bombino (Niger)
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
6 p.m.

Wu­Force (Nashville, USA | China) with Lawrence Peters Outfit (Chicago, USA)
Schubas
3159 N. Southport Ave.
7:30 p.m. doors open open, 8 p.m. show Ages 18+

Friday, September 12

La Bottine Souriante (Québec, Canada) with Pablo Menendez & Mezcla (Cuba)
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
6 p.m.

Dos Santos Anti­Beat Orquesta (Chicago, US)
Chicago SummerDance ­ Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
601 South Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 6 ­ 7 p.m. Live Music: 7:30 ­ 9:30 p.m.

Wu­Force (Nashville, US | China) with Nathaniel Braddock & Steve Doyle (Chicago, USA)
Old Town School of Folk Music ­ The Gary and Laura Maurer Hall
4544 North Lincoln Ave.
8 p.m. doors open, 8:30 p.m. show

Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St., 3rd Floor
9 p.m. ­ 9 a.m.
9 p.m.        Lyon Leifer with Shyam Kane
10:10 p.m.     Chitravina N. Ravikiran with Krithika Rajagopalan of Natya Dance Theatre
11:20 p.m.     Alam Khan and Salar Nader
12:30 a.m.    Ambi Subramaniam Ensemble
1:40 a.m.    Ramesh Mishra with Shyam Kane
2:50 a.m.     Tabla Ensemble featuring Shyam Kane, Salar Nader, Shamsher Singh and Ajit Deshmukh with Ramesh Misra
3:30 a.m.     Saraswathi Ranganathan and Kalypriya Dance
4:40 a.m.    Josh Feinberg with Shyam Kane   
5:50 a.m.    Sandeep Bharadwaj
7 a.m.        Minu Karthik Ensemble
8:10 a.m    Tapan Bhattacharya with Dhananjay Kunte

Saturday, September 13

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria) with Aurelio (Honduras)
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
3 p.m.

Las BomPleneras (Puerto Rico | USA)
Chicago SummerDance ­ Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
601 South Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 6 ­ 7 p.m. Live Music: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Natya Dance Theatre presents LOVE BEYOND REACH (India, Chicago, USA)
Carnatic vocals and slide guitar by Chitravina N. Ravikiran with a Bharata Natyam performance by Krithika Rajagopalan and Natya dancers.
Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
6 p.m.

Erkan Oğur’s Telvin Trio (Turkey) with Bahto Delo Delo (Romania, Chicago, US)
Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium Steinberg Fine Arts Center
3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
7:30 p.m.

Kinobe & The Wamu Spirit (Uganda| USA) with Trio Mokili (Chicago, USA)
Martyrs’
3855 North Lincoln Ave.
9:30 p.m. Ages 21+

Sunday, September 14

Oumar Konate (Mali) with Kinobe & The Wamu Spirit (Uganda | USA)
Willye B. White Park
1610 W. Howard St.
Noon

Nicolae Feraru & His Gypsy Band (Romania | USA) | Calypso Rose with Kobo Town (Trinidad & Tobago | Canada)
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
3 p.m.

El Payo y La Tiranta (Chicago, USA)
Chicago SummerDance ­ Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
601 South Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 4 ­ 5 p.m. Live Music: 5 ­ 7 p.m.

Hassan Hakmoun (Morrocco | USA) with Calypso Rose with Kobo Town (Trinidad & Tobago, Canada)
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
7 p.m. Ages 18+

Söndörgö (Hungary) with Bahto Delo Delo (Romania, Chicago, USA)
Schubas
3159 N. Southport Ave.
7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show Ages 18+

Aurelio (Honduras) with Erkan Oğur’s  Telvin Trio (Turkey)
Old Town School of Folk Music ­ The Gary and Laura Maurer Hall
4544 North Lincoln Ave.
7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show

Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia) with Ami Saraiya and the Outcome (Chicago, USA)
Martyrs’
3855 North Lincoln Ave.
9:30 p.m. Ages 21+

Monday, September 15

Hassan Hakmoun (Morrocco | USA) with Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia)
City Winery
1200 W. Randolph St.
6 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show

Oumar Konate (Mali) with Söndörgö (Hungary)
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show Ages 18+

Tuesday, September 16

Sergio Mendoza y la Orkestra (Mexico | Arizona, USA) with Esther Rada (Ethiopia | Israel) with Banda Magda (NYC)
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show Ages 18+

Wednesday, September 17

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy)
Old Town School of Folk Music ­ Szold Hall
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show

Diplomats of Drum (Malaysia) with Masters of Hawaiian Music, with Led Kaapana, George Kahumoku Jr, & "Uncle" Richard Ho'opi'i (Hawaii, USA)
Old Town School of Folk Music ­ The Gary and Laura Maurer Hall
4544 North Lincoln Ave.
7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show

Banda Magda (Greece | New York City, USA) with Rocambu Jazz (Chicago, USA)
Martyrs’
3855 North Lincoln Ave.
9:30 p.m. Ages 21+

Thursday, September 18

Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar (Serbia)| Sergio Mendoza y la Orkestra (Mexico| Arizona, USA)| Las Cafeteras (Mexico| East LA, USA)
Thalia Hall
1807 S. Allport St.
6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. show Ages 17+   

Derek Gripper (South Africa) with Goran Ivanovic Trio (Croatia | Serbia, Chicago, USA)
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
8pm doors open, 9 p.m. show Ages 18+

Friday, September 19

Derek Gripper (South Africa)
DePaul University Concert Hall
800 W. Belden Ave.
7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show

Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar (Serbia)
Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show Ages 18+

Las Cafeteras (Mexico | East LA, USA)
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
8:30 p.m. doors open, 9 p.m. show

La Yegros (Argentina) with Atropolis (USA) & Uproot Andy (USA)
Chop Shop
2033 W. North Ave.
9 p.m. doors open, 10 p.m. show

Saturday, September 20

Las BomPleneras (Puerto Rico | USA) with Renato Anesi Trio (Brazil | Chicago, US)
Humboldt Park Boathouse
1301 N. Sacramento Ave.
3 p.m.

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wales | Senegal) with Vân­Ánh Vanessa Võ (Vietnam | USA)
University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th St.
6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show

Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar (Serbia) with La Yegros (Argentina)
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
7:30 p.m. doors open, 9 p.m. show Ages 18+

Diplomats of Drum (Malaysia) with YUNA ­ IMAN Community Café
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
7 p.m.

Sunday, September 21

“One World Under One Roof” ­ WMF Closing Night at the Chicago Cultural Center”
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St. 2:30 ­ 9 p.m.

Preston Bradley Hall

7:15 p.m.     Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wales | Senagal)
5:15 p.m.    Nico Feraru & His Gypsy Band (Romania, Chicago, USA)
2:30 p.m.     Wanees Zarour Ensemble (Middle East, Chicago, USA)

Claudia Cassidy Theater

7:30 p.m.    Sones de Mexico (Mexico, Chicago, USA)
5:30 p.m.    Mames Babeganush (Denmark)
4:00 p.m.    Vân­Ánh Vanessa Võ (Vietnam, USA)

Randolph Square

5:15 p.m.     Paulinho Garcia (Brazil, Chicago, USA) featuring Rogerio Souza (Brazil)
3:45 p.m.    TBD


NOTE – all bands are listed as follows unless otherwise noted HEADLINER with OPENER – headliners on the left.

All performances are free admission, however some venues are for audiences 18 or 21 years and older as noted.
 

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