“Chicago Afrobeat Project x Black Market Brass” from The Made Blog

This article originally appeared on The Made Blog.

Where: 7th Street Entry | 701 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis,MN |

When: Saturday, May 10th | 9pm | Tickets $12/$15 |

This upcoming Saturday will feature two large bands to make for one big night. With the Chicago Afrobeat Project in town, it is only right to groove with the ever talented group at one of Minneapolis’ finer venues. It’s not common to find the group performing at a smaller venue like 7th street entry and it isn’t often they make their way to Minneapolis (maybe once a year). With that said, we really hope to see everyone out there come Saturday.

“Chicago Afrobeat Project at Shank Hall” from ThirdCoastDaily.com

This article originally appeared on ThirdCoastDaily.com

Friday, May 9

Chicago Afrobeat Project at Shank Hall

When one man basically originates and names a genre, as Nigerian legend Fela Kuti did with “afrobeat,” he’d be wise not to encage his creation in rules, and a major attraction of afrobeat is its funky elasticity as well as its jazzy, rhythmic complexity.

So it’s not wrong for Chicago Afrobeat Project to incorporate American sensibilities and styles into its particular version(s) of Kuti’s thing. And it’s quite right for the collective to have celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2013 with Nyash Up!, which rethought Led ZepRadioheadFugazi and Kutihimself. Live, of course, CAP will get more elastic.


“Chicago Afrobeat Project / Black Market Brass” from from Vita.mn

This article originally appeared on Vita.mn.

Price: $12 – $15

When: Ended 05/10/14

Where: 7th Street EntryWANT TO GOAM GOING

Together for over a decade, inspired by the late great Fela Kuti, the Chicago Afrobeat Project offers very big music for a pretty small room this week. You may have seen this group backing Fela’s wonderful drummer, Tony Allen, at the Cedar Cultural Center last summer. They’ve also backed Fela’s son, Seun Kuti, in the Windy City, and performed with other Chicago jazz, blues and rock heavyweights, including: Jeff Parker (of Tortoise); Howard Levy (of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones); Paul Wertico (of The Pat Metheny Group); and Sugar Blue (of “Miss You” fame). So, the Chicago Afrobeat Project obviously keeps good company. More importantly, they keep a mighty groove going, whether playing Nigerian music or unlikely covers — would you believe an Afrobeat treatment of System Of a Down’s “B.Y.O.B.”?

Tom Surowicz