- Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Show: Bela Fleck: The Africa Project Banjo master Bela Fleck performs with several collaborators from his album and documentary Throw Down Your Heart—among them Malian ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate; guitarist John Kitime and thumb-piano player Anania Ngoglia, both from Tanzania; and Nashville-based fiddler Casey Driessen. Kouyate is also bringing his killer band, Ngoni Ba, which recently released the excellent I Speak Fula on Sub Pop’s new Next Ambiance imprint.
5 and 8 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000, $45, $43 members, $41 seniors and children.
Dinner: Spacca Napoli To build his oven, which owner Jonathan Goldsmith matter-of-factly says is “probably the best in America,” he packed a shipping container in Naples with three types of sand, three types of brick, and a slab of volcanic stone—13,000 pounds total—then flew three third- and fourth-generation Neapolitan oven builders over to put it together (it took them ten days). The result, which stands in the corner, tiled and shimmering with heat, turns out true Neapolitan pizza.
1769 W. Sunnyside Ave., 773-878-2420