• 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.