2015 World Music Festival Chicago Full LineUP and Schedule Announced!

worldmusicfestival2011World Music Festival Schedule announced today in this press release. “The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the full lineup for the 17th Annual World Music Festival Chicago taking place September 11–22 in various locations throughout the city. Celebrating diverse music from nations across the globe, this FREE festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and is the largest festival of its kind in the United States.  You can see performers bios here:

“World Music Festival Chicago offers residents and visitors a unique opportunity to experience celebrated musicians from every corner of the world at a variety of venues both downtown and throughout our neighborhoods,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “Since it began in 1999, the internationally acclaimed music festival has presented more than 800 artists from over 80 countries, making it the largest world music festival in the United States.”

This year’s striking lineup features several premier concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park including Red Baraat, La Santa Cecilia, Mahmoud Ahmed, Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa, Orlando Julius & the AfroSoundz, Tal National, L. Subramaniam and Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Brothers. Additional highlights of the World Music Festival Chicago 2015 include an Ethiopian New Year celebration; Ragamala, an all-night celebration of Indian classical music at the Chicago Cultural Center; and a performance by Manitoba artist Tanya Tagaq to complement a screening of the 1922 silent film Nanook of the North at the Museum of Contemporary Art.”

An update will be added shortly with some recommendations; commentary and background information.  You can also see more on We Want Music Without Borders page and group created by Gail Dee.  Sign up for special discounts; ticket offers and occasional newsletter  here: http://www.tinyurl.com/wwmwbnews.  Gail also writes “Global Sounds” for Newcity music.

World Music Festival Chicago 2015 Performance Schedule
(Subject to Change)

Friday, September 11
Planeta Azul + Passistas Samba Dance Group
Chicago SummerDance, Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 6–7 p.m., Live Music: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
ALL AGES

Hailu Mergia | Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits
Martyrs’
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.

8pm: Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits  9:45pm: Hailu Mergia

Radio M live broadcast Martyr’s 3855 N. Lincoln Chicago.
Red Baraat + Ester Rada
Lincoln Hall Chicago
2424 N. Lincoln Ave
Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 9 p.m.
21+

La Santa Cecilia + Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 9 p.m.
18+

Saturday, September 12
Red Baraat + La Santa Cecilia
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
3 p.m.
ALL AGES

Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta
Chicago SummerDance, Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 6 – 7 p.m., Live Music: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
ALL AGES

Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits
Old Town School of Folk Music, The Gary and Laura Maurer Hall
4544 North Lincoln Avenue
Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES

Hailu Mergia + Ester Rada
The Promontory
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West
Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHTS
¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat

Uptown Lounge
1136 W Lawrence Ave.
Set times: 6:30 and 8:30 pm
21+

Sunday, September 13
Mahmoud Ahmed + Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
3 p.m.
ALL AGES

DJ Sunny Singh + Kalapriya Artist & Dancer, Komal Shah
Chicago SummerDance,  Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Dance Lesson: 4 – 5 p.m., Live Music: 5 –7 p.m.
ALL AGES

Terakaft + Tangleweed
Martyrs’
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
8 p.m.
ALL AGES

Monday, September 14
Simon Shaheen Quartet
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
6:30 p.m.
ALL AGES

Tuesday, September 15
Maarja Nuut
Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E. Washington St.
6:30 p.m.
ALL AGES

Wednesday, September 16
We Banjo 3 + Maarja Nuut
Old Town School of Folk Music, Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.
Doors: 6:30 p.m., Show: 7 p.m.
ALL AGES

Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa + Ronnie Malley with Las Guitarras de España
Old Town School of Folk Music, The Gary and Laura Maurer Hall
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 8:30 p.m.
ALL AGES

Thursday, September 17

We Banjo 3
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
6:30 p.m.
ALL AGES

Friday, September 18

Juicebox: Funkadesi
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
11 a.m.
ALL AGES

Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
8 p.m.–8 a.m.
ALL AGES

  • 8–9:15 p.m.: Lyon Leifer, bansuri with Subhasis Mukherjee, tabla
  • 9:30–10:30 p.m.: Sara Ranganathan, veena and G S Rajan, bansuri with Ganapathi Ranganathan, mridangam
  • 10:45 p.m. –midnight: Kala Ramnath, violin with Abhijit Bannerjee, tabla
  • 12:15–1:30 a.m.: Nayan Ghosh, sitar with Shyam Kane, tabla
  • 1:45–2:45 a.m.: GuruPrasad, Carnatic Flute accompanied with mridangam and violin
  • 2:55–3:55 a.m.: Manjira Vaishampayan, vocal with Subhasis Mukherjee, tabla and harmonium
  • 4:05–5:05 a.m.: Narmatha Jeyasingham, mridangam with Kalapriya Dancers
  • 5:15–6:15 a.m.: Carnatic Vocal, TBD artist
  • 6:25–8 a.m.: Kartik Seshadri, sitar with Shyam Kane, tabla

Karolina Cicha & Bart Pałyga + KGB Band
Martyrs’
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
8 p.m.
21+

Orlando Julius & the AfroSoundz + Boogat
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 9 p.m.
18+

Saturday, September 19

Orlando Julius & the AfroSoundz + Tal National
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
3 p.m.
ALL AGES

Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Brothers + Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa
University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th St.
Doors: 6 p.m., Show: 7 p.m.
ALL AGES

Zedashe + Kardemimmit
DePaul University Concert Hall
800 W. Belden Ave.
Doors: 7:30 p.m., Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES

Tanya Tagaq – Nanook of the North
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
7:30 p.m.
18+
Presented by MCA Stage, Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and World Music Festival Chicago 2015

Amir ElSaffar: Two Rivers
Constellation Chicago
3111 N. Western Ave.
Doors: 8 p.m., Show: 8:30 p.m.
18+

Sunday, September 20

One World Under One Roof
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
1-7 p.m.
ALL AGES

Paolo Angeli | Karolina Cicha | Andreas Kapsalis
Preston Bradley Hall

1–2:15 p.m.: Andreas Kapsalis
3:15–4:30 p.m.: Karolina Cicha
5:15–6:30 p.m.: Paolo Angeli

Zedashe | Kardemimmit | Amir ElSaffar
Claudia Cassidy Theater

1:30–2:45 p.m.: Amir ElSaffar
3:45–5:00 p.m.: Kardemimmit
5:45–7:00 p.m.:Zedashe

Inaugural Global Peace Picnic
Commemorating United Nations International Day of Peace
Boogat
DJ Ushka
Future Rootz DJ Collective

Humboldt Park Boathouse
1301 N. Sacramento Ave.
12-7 p.m.
ALL AGES

L. Subramaniam (India| USA) + Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad Qawwal and Brothers (Pakistan) Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion 201 E. Randolph Str.

ALL AGES

Tal National + Chicago Afrobeat Project
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
Doors: 6:30 p.m., Show: 7 p.m.
18+

Monday, September 21

Kassé Mady Diabaté + Seneke West African Percussion Ensemble
Mayne Stage
1328 W. Morse Ave.
Doors: 6:30 p.m., Show: 7 p.m.
18+

Lula Pena + Paolo Angeli
City Winery Chicago
1200 W. Randolph St.
Doors: 6 p.m., Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES

Tuesday, September 22

Kassé Mady Diabaté + Lula Pena
Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St.
6:30 p.m.
ALL AGES

The Patricia Ibáñez and Abel Harana Company presents Memoria Antigua
City Winery
1200 W. Randolph St.
Doors: 6 p.m., Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES

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 Santa Cecilia, is supported by the National Museum of Mexican Art as part of their annual Sor Juana Festival, a multidisciplinary festival that honors one of Mexico’s greatest writers, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century Mexican nun who valued the education of women.

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