Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Music Without Borders Lineup Announced

Posted By on 03.30.10 at 07:40 AM

Monajat Yulchieva
  • Monajat Yulchieva
The Department of Cultural Affairs has just announced the schedule for the fifth installment of its excellent Music Without Borders series. There are eight double bills this year totaling 15 acts (plus special guests), the largest number of performers in the history of the series. I can't help but scratch my head at the sight of former Johnny Carson bandleader Doc Severinsen on the June 24 bill, but I'm terribly excited to hear brilliant Uzbek singer Monajat Yulchieva, funky Beninese legends Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, and rough-and-ready Afro-Colombian dance machine Las Alegres Ambulancias, all making Chicago debuts. The full lineup is after the jump.

Concerts are Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Admission is always free.

June 3: Balkan Beat Box / The Very Best

June 10: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba / second set brings in guests Hubert Sumlin, Otis Taylor, and Eddie Shaw for a centennial Howlin' Wolf tribute

June 17: Tinariwen / Monajat Yulchieva

June 24: Doc Severinsen & El Ritmo de la Vida / Sones de Mexico

July 1: Orchestre Septentrional d’Haiti / Batata y Las Alegres Ambulancias

July 8: Dobet Gnahore / Victor Deme

July 15: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou / La 33

July 22: Renato Borghetti / Boris Malkovsky & the AGAM String Quartet


Today's playlist:

Ben Goldberg, Speech Communication (Tzadik)
Yannis Kyriakides/VeenFabriek, The Thing Like Us (Unsounds)
Willie Colón and Ismael Miranda, Doble Energia (Fania)
Christian Wallumrød Ensemble, Fabula Suite Lugano (ECM)
Various artists, Moneyland (McCoury Music)

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