horse doing a one step Dazed trying to figure out your plans with the maze of festivals this weekend?                         We Want Music Without Borders has a few suggestions.  Albany Park World Music Festival; Festival of the Horse and Drum;Glenwood Ave Fest, Milwaukee Irish Fest ,Unisono (CANCELLED see below) and Cubano Festival. No one can tell you what festival is the BEST- in the end that’s up to you, your friends and the weather but we can help you sort out some of the music & other activities.

“ALBANY PARK WORLD  FESTIVAL”  is a  NEW world music neighborhood fest in town following in the big footsteps of Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival Rogers Park  curated by David Chavez of Sound Culture.  David has also co programmed this festival and his hand is evident in the fine selection of local music. No out of town headliners but does includes some of the best of Chicago’s “world” music.  Sunday night is the Funkadesibig night with headliner FUNKADESI  Chicago’s premiere world music band full of bhangra and funk and drums galore mixing in a delicious “desi”  and Carpacho y Su Super Combo immediately before it with some hot salsa. Saturday  SANGRE MICHOCANA playing regional Mexican music and also a great opportunity to dance to the sexy Brazilian beat with CHICAGO SAMBA. Also our friends DJ Mwelwa Musambacine and DJ Slo Mo spin in between sets. Along with great food and only  at $5 each or $10 per family very difficult to pass up this world music festival and the Kimball Brown line stop is right there. http://albanyparkneighbors.wordpress.com/world-fest/

PaloMain SUNDAY NIGHT CUBANO FESTIVAL has PALO  the very popular  Afro Cuban Funk Band from Miami  6:40 pm -7:40 pm.  Highly recommend checking out their music on their website gopalo.com.  They are one of the few Cuban bands at the festival. Sunday’s headliner is a El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. Will Torres also at  Chicago Summerdance on Sunday at 5 pm Parking is limited.  SUNDAY GA at $10  were SOLD OUT online (while tickets were still available for other days)  No idea what that means in terms of getting in at the gate on Sunday.  Messaging the organizer for clarification but got no response.(btw: Online sales for all days has now ended) Gate tickets $15. Also be aware that front of stage seating is reserved for “only” $75 with no provision for handicapped seating.   If you are on a crutch like me you are just out of luck unless you can hobble in with your own chair.  Hoping PALO plays a more accommodating venue soon in Chicago! .http://thecubanfestival.com/

Horse rearing up on commandHIGHLY RECOMMENDED  is the cornucopia multicultural &multimedia  FESTIVAL OF THE HORSE AND DRUM Sat. AUG. 16 & 17  at Kane County Fairgrounds calling itself a “United Nations of Horses and Humans”  Native American Pow Wow; Cowboy Town; Salsa Stage;  Horsedancing from Spain, Mexico and Europe; Equine Assisted Therapy; Tan and Glazer Show; Dressage. Jousting; Equus Film Festival; Kids Corral; Pony in the Picture and a Horseapalooza Stage with drumming, country music and more.  Cash prize for people’s choice!  Groupon and other places offered coupons which I posted on the group wall a couple times.  Don’t know if still available.   powwow


                   horse dancing guitarist and dancer








event postponedEDIT UPDATE: UNISONO HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR AUG. 16.  NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.  BELOW IS “We Love Pilsen” statement on the FB event tonight (Friday)To the brilliant artists, vendors and fans of Unísono 2014:Its with a heavy heart that we inform you of Unísono’s postponement. Due to security concerns we have decided to move event to a future date. We will be working with the city vigorously to get a new date out on Monday.

Its important to the entire Unísono Host Committee, to value your time, effort and commitment. We are grateful to have come this far and are ready to continue building relationships with you. We are available to continue conversations via email, facebook, or twitter. Just give us time to respond individually and thoughtfully. Thank you for sharing our vision.

We will be honoring all indiegogo backers agreements.

We are truly sorry and rest assured that we will be making it up to you very soon,

Team Unísono”


Milwaukee Irish Fest–the largest Irish cultural festival in North America started Thursday night and runs thru Sunday. with so many stages and bands who can keep count? These are some of my favorites:   Carlos Nunez , Galician pipe player is appearing again as well as crowd favorites Gaelic Storm.  We Banjo 3 from Galway appeared last year at WMF Chicago.   Donal Lunny is a legend for Irish trad..http://irishfest.com/Irishfest.htm

Glenwood Ave Fest in Rogers Park with 3 small stages. This is a sweet neighborhood festival with some good music but NOT BLAM Wow of the two fests above.   Bands I like are Sat.  Environmental Encroachment a brass “performance arts” band–these guys are crazy fun; following them is Magic Carpet.  Polkaholics  are the legendary Polka band in Chicago on Sat. at 5:00.  On Sunday I’d check out Le Travaillant a sweet Cajun/Zydeco band,  the Henhouse Prowlers-Bluegrass. and yet another ‘world” funk band on Sunday: Opposition Party plays “AfroFunk” –http://www.glenwoodave.org/

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If it rains on Saturday afternoon:

Finding Fela premieres in Chicago at Music Box on Sat. 2:30 pm




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