Vertikal featuring MC Ben Butter plus Swank Society | Chopin Theatre | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Vertikal featuring MC Ben Butter plus Swank Society 

When: Thu., July 29, 8 p.m. 2010
Phone: 773-278-1500
Price: $12/$15
"If you’re looking for a Chicago analog to Okayplayer—Philadelphia-based musical community centered on the Roots but also embracing Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and many others—the nine-piece band Vertikal is a strong contender. Founded by local guitarist Anthony Allamandola and featuring a DJ, a three-piece horn section and two diverse front people with the sultry-voiced Stacy Rene and the spoken-word artist Ben Butta Jones. Bridging the gap between hip-hop and jazz but also incorporating elements of funk, neo-soul, Latin, rock and blues, the multi-ethnic band churns out some surprisingly seamless and very accomplished grooves..." -Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun-Times

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