Fatour Seidi Ghali is surely not the first person to become enamored of an older sibling’s guitar. When she was about ten, her older brother, Ahmoudou Madassane (who currently plays rhythm guitar for Mdou Moctar), brought a guitar from Libya back to their home in Illighadad, Niger. Since Tuareg girls aren’t encouraged to pick up […]
The Blues Festival diversifies its lineup for 2019, with suave and sexy R&B star Latimore, deep-soul legend Don Bryant, genre-defying singer Bettye LaVette, and many more.
Three full days of blues in Millennium Park, featuring Bobby Rush, Ruthie Foster, Dom Flemons, Bombino, Larkin Poe, and dozens more
Chicago Shakespeare’s Peter Pan and more goings-on 7/13-7/15
On his previous two albums virtuosic Tuareg singer and guitarist Oumara “Bombino” Moctar worked with American producers Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) and David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors). Each of these auteurs left an imprint on his desert blues without muting his inviting soulfulness and beautifully scuffed sound—a bit of organ-stoked soul from Auerbach on 2013’s Nomad […]
The World Music Festival is the year’s biggest bonanza for globally minded listeners—and all 36 shows are totally free.
This year’s event runs September 11-21 in 20 venues around town, with musicians representing 33 nations.
How a Chicago indie rocker helped make a West African guitar band a sensation in Niger
Between now and Wednesday, your live-music options include the Chicago Blues Festival, Ribfest Chicago, Peace, the Stranglers, !!!, and Bombino.
Archers of Loaf, Yob, Tinariwen, Mount Moriah, Emmylou Harris, and other notable shows
The Old Town School of Folk Music presents its Chicago Folk & Roots Festival in Welles Park (4400 N. Lincoln) from noon till 10 PM on Sat 7/9 and Sun 7/10. The fest’s two days of music include bluegrass, blues, rockabilly, reggae, hip-hop, New Orleans brass, and traditional sounds from Colombia, the Congo, Mexico, Niger, […]
The inaugural Dave Matthews Band Caravan posts up on the lakefront Fri-Sun 7/8-7/10. Part tour, part festival, part celebration of the DMB’s 20th anniversary, the caravan hits four cities this summer; this is its only midwest stop. Gates open at 11 AM each day, and the Dave Matthews Band headlines all three nights. Friday’s show […]