Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hyde Park Jazz Festival!

Festival lovers and jazz fiends alike come together for the 2013 Hyde Park Jazz Festival. This Saturday and Sunday (28-29) this FREE festival is going to be featuring some of the finest national and international jazz artists. Saturday, music will begin at 1 and artists will be performing at 13 different venues across Hyde Park.

 The festivals' roots began in late 2006, when Hyde Park cultural leaders got together with the Hyde Park Jazz Society to create this amazing annual event. This first Jazz festival in Hyde Park was held in 2007, where close to 5,000 jazz fans attended the 12-hour free festival. Hyde Park Jazz Festival has managed to establish itself as one of Chicago's premier annual music festival and has even been name Best Neighborhood Festival by Chicago Magazine.

 Each year, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival has seen its audience grow. This year, the anticipated attendance is over 20,000. The event is made possible by hundreds of dedicated volunteers, festival committee members, and support from donors, foundations, and sponsors. In addition to great jazz, the festival also features youth programming, outdoor dance floor, food and beverage vendors, and artisan vendors.

Saturday- 1-midnight
Sun Ra: “Reality Has Touched Against Myth” SATURDAY, 1:00-2:30PM | @ LOGAN CENTER SCREENING ROOM 
Frank Russell Group SATURDAY, 1:00-2:00PM | @ SMART MUSEUM OF ART 
Pharez Whitted Sextet SATURDAY, 1:30PM-2:30PM | @ JAMES WAGNER STAGE 
Willie Pickens Trio SATURDAY, 2:00-3:00PM | @ DUSABLE MUSEUM 
University of Chicago Jazz X-Tet, Director Mwata Bowden SATURDAY, 2:00-3:00PM | @ LOGAN CENTER PENTHOUSE 
John Wojciechowski Quartet SATURDAY, 2:30-3:30PM | @ SMART MUSEUM OF ART 
Makaya McCraven Quartet SATURDAY, 2:30-3:30PM | @ LITTLE BLACK PEARL 
Miguel de la Cerna Trio SATURDAY, 3:00-4:00PM | @ LOGAN CENTER PERFORMANCE HALL 
Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things SATURDAY, 3:15-4:14PM | @ JAMES WAGNER STAGE 
DJ Damon Locks SATURDAY, 3:30-4:30PM & 5:30-7:30PM & 8:00-9:30PM | @ WEST STAGE AT THE MIDWAY 
James Falzone SATURDAY, 3:30-4:00PM & 4:30-5:00PM | @ ORIENTAL INSTITUTE MUSEUM GALLERY 
Ari Brown Quintet SATURDAY, 3:30-4:30PM | @ DUSABLE MUSEUM 
Maggie Brown Quartet SATURDAY, 4:00-5:00PM | @ LITTLE BLACK PEARL 
Bernard Scavella Quartet SATURDAY, 4:00-5:00PM | @ HYDE PARK BANK 
DownBeat Blindfold Test: Jeff Parker with Peter Margasak SATURDAY, 4:15-5:00PM | @ LOGAN CENTER SCREENING ROOM 
John Burnett Orchestra featuring Frieda Lee SATURDAY, 4:30-5:30PM | @ WEST STAGE AT THE MIDWAY 
Frank Rosaly’s Green and Gold ** SATURDAY, 5:00-6:00PM | @ LOGAN CENTER PENTHOUSE 
Douglas R. Ewart & Tri-Quasar** SATURDAY, 5:00-5:30PM & 6:00-6:30PM | @ FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S ROBIE HOUSE 
Caroline Davis Quartet SATURDAY, 5:30-6:30PM | @ HYDE PARK BANK 
Denise Thimes Quintet SATURDAY, 5:45-6:45PM | @ JAMES WAGNER STAGE 
Gerald Clayton Trio ** SATURDAY, 7:00-8:00PM | @ LOGAN CENTER PERFORMANCE HALL 
Angel d’Cuba SATURDAY, 7:00-8:00PM | @ WEST STAGE AT THE MIDWAY 
Dana Hall Quintet SATURDAY, 8:15-9:15PM | @ JAMES WAGNER STAGE 
Ben Paterson Organ Quintet SATURDAY, 9:30-10:30PM | @ WEST STAGE AT THE MIDWAY 
Ken Vandermark Ensemble: Music of the Midwest School SATURDAY, 9:30-10:30PM | @ LOGAN CENTER PERFORMANCE HALL 
Anat Cohen and Douglas Lora Duo SATURDAY, 11:00PM-12MIDNIGHT | @ ROCKEFELLER CHAPEL

Sunday- 1-8pm
Corey Wilkes Quintet SUNDAY, 1:00-2:00PM | @ JAMES WAGNER STAGE 
Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan SUNDAY, 2:30-3:30PM | @ WEST STAGE AT THE MIDWAY 
Chicago Yestet SUNDAY, 4:00-5:00PM | @ JAMES WAGNER STAGE 
Chicago Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Tammy McCann; Jeff Lindberg, Artistic Director SUNDAY, 5:30-6:30PM | @ WEST STAGE AT THE MIDWAY 
Dee Alexander Quartet SUNDAY, 7:00-8:00PM | @ JAMES WAGNER STAGE

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Chicago's 15th annual World Music Festival!

World Music Festival

The 15th Annual Chicago World Music Festival, presented by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Culural Affairs and Special events, is an 11 day, city-wide, multi-venue festival featuring traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures and from musicians from around the world. Since it began in 1999, it has attracted over 600,000 concertgoers and more than 600 artists from over 80 countries. This particular year, the Festival has taking a year in the making, and as you read the features shows and artists, you will be able to see the effect of that hard work. A big difference from last years’ set up, which was only seven days.

Best part is, for the second year in a row all the concerts, are free.

WMF will showcase global artists in venues throughout Chicago starting September 12- 22, Listed below are dates from September 18-22:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang with Leni Stern African Trio
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
5:30pm doors, 7pm show
All Ages

Pacific Curls with Arifa
Old Town School of Folk Music - Gary and Laura Maurer Hall
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
All Ages

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Baladino with Leni Stern African Trio
3111 N. Western Ave.
7:30 doors, 8pm show
*Constellation is 21+

Mono Blanco
Old Town School of Folk Music - Gary and Laura Maurer Hall
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
All Ages

Noura Mint Seymali
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
6:30pm doors, 8pm start
 All Ages

M.A.K.U. SoundSystem with Fatbook
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
*Martyrs' is 21+

Friday, September 20, 2013

Dr. L. Subramaniam | Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers | Pejman Hadadi & Imamyar Hasanov
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
All Ages

Fareed Haque & Flat Earth Ensemble performs "Hymn of the Ancients" 
Humboldt Park Boathouse
1359 N. Sacramento Ave.
All Ages
Co-Presented with the Latino Music Festival

Brock McGuire Band
Old Town School of Folk Music - The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
All Ages

The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub with special guests Shinehead & General Jah Mikey
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
*Martyrs' is 21+

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Brock McGuire Band (workshop)
Old Town School of Folk Music - The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
All Ages

Bloco Maximo
Austin Town Hall Park
5610 W. Lake St.
12 Noon
All Ages

Magic Carpet
Navy Pier Beer Garden
600 E. Grand Ave.
 All Ages

Babá Ken Okulolo & The Nigerian Brothers
Columbia College Chicago Conaway Center
1104 S. Wabash St.
All Ages

Las BomPleneras
Navy Pier Beer Garden
600 E. Grand Ave.
All Ages

Pejman Hadadi & Imamyar Hasanov
Reva & David Logan Center of the Arts
915 E. 60th St.
All Ages

Nawal with Slowbots
Old Town School of Folk Music - Gary and Laura Maurer Hall
4544 W. Lincoln Ave.
All Ages

Brock McGuire Band
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
All Ages

Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
7:30pm doors, 9pm show
*Mayne Stage is 18+

Sunday, September 22, 2013

“One World Under One Roof - WMF Closing Night at the Chicago Cultural Center”
78 E Washington St.
All Ages

Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers | Brock McGuire Band | Babá Ken Okulolo & The Nigerian Brothers
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., 3rd Floor
•           7:15-8:45pm - Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers
•           5:15-6:30pm - Brock McGuire Band
•           2:30-3:45pm - Baba Ken Okulolo & The Nigerian Brothers

Christine Salem | DakhaBrakha | Lulacruza
Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., 2nd Floor
•           7:30-9pm - Christine Salem
•           5:30-7pm - DakhaBrakha
•           4-5pm - Lulacruza

Janusz Prusinowski Trio | Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic | Paulinho Garcia
Randolph Square, Chicago Cultural Center
77 E. Randolph St., 1st Floor
•           4:30-5:4pm - Janusz Prusinowski Trio
•           3:15-4:15pm - Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic
•           2-3pm - Paulinho Garcia

Closing Night Party
Debo Band
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
*Martyrs' is 21+

Monday, September 9, 2013

Traveller Spotlight: Thorsten

I met Thorsten on the 2nd floor and immediately learned that the 'h' in his name is silent. Thorsten is a 23 year old from Germany, on a road trip with his friend around Lake Michigan. Him and his friend have already successfully rented a car and gone around Lake Michigan, and loved it. However, this isn't Thorsten's first time in the U.S. In the past, he has been on an east coast road trip from Boston to Miami. Luckily for us Chicagoans, Thorsten has formed a good opinion of us inlanders. "The Midwest is a lot cooler than the East," he says. Thanks Thorsten!

In Germany, Thorsten is still in school studying information management, and is still treasuring his last weeks of freedom. He is not a novice to travel, though. He's been to Denmark, Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden, France, and Tunisia. His favorite parts of Germany are in the north, where he has found people to be much more open and friendly than in the southern parts of the country.

So far on his stay in Chicago Thorsten has been all around the loop, been up the Hancock and enjoyed the view very much, and he has big upcoming plans of doing 'non-touristy' activities such as checking out local neighborhoods and shops.

His future travel plans include Vancouver, Canada and the west side of the U.S!

-Diana Zawojska