Sunday, July 23, 2017

2017 Chicago World Music Festival Lineup - Sep 8-24 - FREE Admission



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For Immediate Release: July 19, 2017
 
 
19th ANNUAL WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO ANNOUNCES THE FULL SCHEDULE OF DIVERSE INTERNATIONAL MUSICIANS CELEBRATING THE RICH CULTURAL DIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SEPTEMBER 8-24
 
Performances at 23 Venues include Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Salif Keita, an all-night Ragamala, a special debut of the Bharath Symphony by Dr. L. Subramaniam to commemorate the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence in Millennium Park
 
The world will come together from September 8 to 24 at a variety of venues across the city for the 19th Annual World Music Festival Chicago. Celebrating diverse music from across the globe, this FREE festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and is the largest festival of its kind in the United States.
 
In addition to the previously announced artists, a highlight of the 2017 festival includes a performance by singer and saxophonist Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 from Nigeria. A star in his own right, Seun Kuti is the son of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti and the inheritor of his band Egypt 80 along with their famous ultra-funky sound. They will perform on September 23 at FELABRATION! featuring Bitori of Cape Verde, and AFRICA HI-FI, a unique musical tribute to Africa created by DJ and producer Ron Trent and Sonia Hassan fusing music and social consciousness with art and dance. The performance will take place at the Concord Music Hall (2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.) at 8 p.m.
 
Recently announced performances include Salif Keita, the all night Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music, opening-weekend collaboration with Chicago SummerDance in Grant Park, concerts in Millennium Park, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, DePaul University Concert Hall and several other venues throughout the city. The full schedule can be found online at worldmusicfestivalchicago.org
 
In line with the One Chicago campaign recently launched by the City of Chicago, the World Music Festival reaffirms that Chicago welcomes everyone. One Chicago is a multimedia representation emphasizing that every Chicagoan has a story all their own, but the thread that connects us lives in the promise of this city. For details, visit onechi.org.
 
Opening the festival on Friday, September 8, the all-night Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music starts at 6:30 p.m. under the Tiffany stained glass dome of Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). A tradition in India, the all-night classical concerts are rarely held publicly in the United States. Visitors have the rare opportunity to hear the ragas (traditional scales or modes) during the early morning and late night hours as they were meant to be played. The all-night concert features more than eight musical groups and artists.
 
Ragamala highlights include Priya Venkatraman & Troupe performingthe stories of “Ahimsa: Non-Violence” with music by Shiv Subramaniam. Dancer and choreographer Priya Venkatraman is one of the premier contemporary practitioners in the ancient art of Bharatanatyam, an important and very old classical dance tradition of India. Legendary tabla artist Anindo Chatterjee will perform a tabla duet with his son Anubrata Chatterjee. Anindo Chatterjee, a student of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, is widely regarded as one of the greatest living tabla practitioners. Alam Khan and Ambi Subramaniam will perform their first-ever jugalbandhi together as they pay tribute to the legendary Carnatic and Hidustani jugalbandhi collaboration that took place nearly 25 years ago between their respective, iconic fathers, the late Ali Akbar Khan and Dr. L. Subramaniam.
 
On Saturday, September 9, Salif Keita will perform at the Concord Music Hall (2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.) at 8 p.m. Salif Kieta is known as “the Golden Voice of Africa” and is one of the  greatest singers to emerge from modern Mali. He has towered as one of the most dominant stars of world music since launching a solo career in 1982 and has long been a pioneer experimenting with various pop hybrids to reach a larger audience without abandoning his deep footing in Mande tradition.
 
On Saturday, September 16, Venezualan artist Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo will perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park at 3 p.m. The powerhouse singer Betsayda Machado brings the sound of Afro-Venezuelan culture to Chicago this year, introducing a rich, polyrhythmic sound as soulful as it is irresistible. She will perform with La Parranda El Clavo, a living link to the area’s musical heritage that’s been active for more than three decades. She launched her career with them back in the late 80s and the group performs songs about saints, dancing, slavery and the hard lives of the cocoa-plantation workers who originally sang parranda.
 
On Saturday, September 16, to commemorate Mexican Independence Day, World Music Festival Chicago will present the critically-acclaimed Mariachi Flor de Toloache from New York and Los Hijos de la Montaña at Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport St.) at 9 p.m.
 
On Sunday, September 17, The 606 Walk + Global Peace Picnic at the Humboldt Park Boathouse (1301 N. Sacramento Ave.) from 2–6 p.m. is a day of family-friendly activities that include instrument making, a peace procession and more. Highlights also include performances by: La Tribu de Abrante, a bomba group from Puerto Rico led by Hiram Abrante offering flavors of salsa, energetic vocals and the energy of reggaeton; Nigerian singer and guitarist Mdou Moctar and Veneualan artist Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo.
 
On Saturday, September 23, as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival featuring Nicole Mitchell and Ballake Sissoko: Bamako * Chicago Sound System will perform two shows at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St.) at 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
 
World Music Festival is sponsored by Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, and Millennium Garages. Grant support for World Music Festival provided by the Chicago Park District, Irish American Heritage Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, and Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
The full schedule with locations and times of each performance is included below. For more information and festival updates, visit worldmusicfestivalchicago.org and follow the festival on Facebook and on Twitter @WMFChicago #WorldMusicFestChi #ChicagoIsOne.
 
 
 
 
 
World Music Festival Chicago 2017 - Full Schedule
 
***NOTE – all bands are listed as follows unless otherwise noted HEADLINER with the OPENER(S) listed underneath – headliners on top. If on the same line, artists have been given equal billing. Schedule is subject to change.
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
 
Underground System (New York, NY)
Chicago SummerDance
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 67 p.m.
Live Music: 7:309:30 p.m.
All Ages
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8–SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
 
Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music + Dance
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
6:30 p.m.10 a.m.
All Ages
 
HINDUSTANI (SUNSET @ 7:12 p.m.)
6:30–7:30 p.m.
The 85 Year Evolution of Music in Indian Films
Anjali Ray, (vocals) with Rishi Thakkar (tabla) + TBD (harmonium)
 
CARNATIC
7:50–8:50 p.m.
Priya Venkatraman & Troupe performing the stories of “Ahimsa: Non-Violence”
Music by Shiv Subramaniam
 
HINDUSTANI
9:10–10:25 p.m.
Anindo Chatterjee (tabla) with Anubrata Chatterjee (tabla) and Rohan Misra (sarangi)
 
CARNATIC
10:45–11:45 p.m.
Aditya Prakash (vocals) with Mythili Prakash (bharatanatyam dancer)
 
JUGALBANDI
12–1:30 a.m.
Alam Khan (sarode) with Ambi Subramaniam (violin), Salar Nader (tabla) and Mahesh Krishnamurthy (mridangam)
 
HINDUSTANI
1:50–3:05 a.m.
Satish Vyas (santoor) with Anindo Chatterjee (tabla)
 
CARNATIC
3:25 a.m. –4:40 a.m.
Music from Abhang & Carnatic Traditions
Shiv Subramaniam (vocals), Sruti Sarathy (violin) and Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam)
 
HINDUSTANI
5–6:10 a.m.
Roopa Panesar (sitar) with Prishanna Thevarajah (mridangam) and Nitin Mitta (tabla)
 
SUPRABHATAM (SUNRISE @ 6:25 a.m.)
6:15–6:30 a.m. 
Awakening the Gods: Chants from Tirumali Hills
 
YOGA + GONG MEDITATION LAB
Zen Yoga Garage + GongLab
Millennium Park, Great Lawn
201 E. Randolph St.
8–10 a.m.
(2 hours)
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
 
Bharath Symphony for the 70th Anniversary of India’s Independence
World Premiere Work Commissioned for World Music Festival Chicago
Written and scored by Dr. L. Subramaniam
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
3 p.m.
All Ages
 
 
Duo Scofano-Minetti (Argentina)
Chicago SummerDance
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m.
Live Music: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
All Ages
 
Salif Keita (Mali)
Grand Tapestry (Los Angeles, CA)
Concord Music Hall
2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
21+
 
Uptown Saturday Nights featuring Ugochi & The Afro Soul Ensemble (Chicago, IL)
with a special performance by God's Grace, a Congolese refugee family
Wilson Abbey
935 W. Wilson Ave.
8–9:30 p.m.
All Ages
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
 
Feufollet (Lafayette, LA)
Chicago SummerDance
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 4–5 p.m.
Live Music: 5–7 p.m.
All Ages
 
"Women of the World"
Underground System (New York, NY)
Ecos del Pacifico Afrocolombia (Colombia)
lePercolateur (Chicago, IL)
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave
3–6 p.m.
All Ages
 
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
 
Alfonso Ponticelli + Swing Gitan (Chicago, IL)
Eva Salina (New York, NY)
Green Mill
4802 N. Broadway St.
7:30 p.m.
21+
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
 
Tcheka (Cape Verde)
Eva Salina (New York, NY)
The Hideout
1354 W Wabansia Ave
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
21+
 
Kalapriya presents Bhangra Blowout with DJ + Live Dhol (Chicago, IL)
Chicago SummerDance in the Parks
Willye B. White Park
1610 W. Howard St.
6–9 p.m.
All Ages
 
Lúnasa (Ireland)
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave.
7 p.m.
All Ages
 
Vox Sambou (Montreal, Québec | Haiti)
Los Hijos De la Montaña (Tucson, AZ + Portland, OR)
Martyrs’
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
8 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
21+
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
 
Yao Ye (China)
Ping Tom Memorial Park
300 W. 19th St.
6 p.m.
All Ages
 
Film Screening: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai
Tamashek with English subtitles, 75 mins
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E Washington St.
6 p.m.
All Ages
 
Vox Sambou (Montreal, Québec | Haiti)
Tcheka (Cape Verde)
The Promontory
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
All Ages
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
 
La Tribu de Abrante (Puerto Rico)
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4046 W. Armitage Ave.
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
All Ages
 
Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela)
Luciano Antonio Quartet (Brazil | Chicago, IL)
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
3 p.m.
All Ages
 
MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
Mariachi Flor de Toloache (New York, NY)
Los Hijos De La Montaña (Tucson, AZ + Portland, OR)
Thalia Hall
1807 S. Allport Ave.
9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
21+
 
Mdou Moctar (Niger)
Ode (Chicago, IL)
Martyrs’
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
10 p.m. (doors open at 9 p.m.)
21+
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
 
Yao Ye (China)
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E. Washington St.
2 p.m.
All Ages
 
The 606 Walk + Global Peace Picnic with Juicebox Concerts
La Tribu de Abrante (Puerto Rico)
Mdou Moctar (Niger)
Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela)
Humboldt Park Boathouse
1301 N. Sacramento Ave.
2–6 p.m.
All Ages
 
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
 
Trio da Kali (Mali)
Hong Sung Hyun's Chobeolbi (South Korea)
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
6 p.m.
All Ages
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
 
Hong Sung Hyun's Chobeolbi (South Korea)
Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington St.
Noon
All Ages
 
INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP
Hong Sung Hyun's Chobeolbi (South Korea)
People’s Music School
931 W. Eastwood Ave.
6 p.m.
All Ages
 
Sahba Motallebi (USA | Iran) with Naghmeh Farahmand (Canada | Iran)
Iberi Choir (Georgia)
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
6 p.m.
All Ages
 
Trio da Kali (Mali)
Rami Gabriel (Chicago, IL)
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
21+
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
 
Bitori (Cape Verde)
Beats y Bateria (Chicago, IL)
The Promontory
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West
6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show
All Ages
 
Iberi Choir (Georgia)
DePaul University Concert Hall
800 W. Belden Ave.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
All Ages
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
 
Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Nicole Mitchell & Ballake Sissoko: Bamako * Chicago Sound System  (USA + Mali)
University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th St.
3-4 p.m. and 5:45-6:45 p.m.
All Ages
 
FELABRATION!
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria)
Bitori (Cape Verde)
AFRICA HI-FI: Ron Trent (MUSICANDPOWER / AFRICA HI-FI) and Sonia H. (Chicago, IL)
Concord Music Hall
2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
21+
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
 
Chicago Gypsy Jazz Festival & Caravan Art Festival
Sara Labriola Quartet (New York, NY)
The Harmonious Wail (Madison, WI)
Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan (Chicago, IL)
and more!
Band of Bohemia
4710 N. Ravenswood Ave.
1–6 p.m.
All Ages
 

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