Friday night, May 23—
Kick off Memorial Day weekend at Double Door’s City of Beats musical showcase and bring dance moves worthy of avid Chicago music lovers.
At City of Beats, four Chicago bands sworn to teasing the city’s craving for dance and music will intersect for a night of end-to-end music. All four bands—Chicago Afrobeat Project, Ayodele, Genome, and Obisoulstar, — are tied by their world music and funk influences, all crafting beats specially made to make bodies move.
If you love Chicago as much as you think you do, come experience the city in a totally new way— through the movement of your body to sounds that capture the city’s funk and world music essence.
Double Door is the creative space station where these bands will cook up the beats to make you move in unexpected ways.
It’s 6 hours of non-stop music, so expect to find your inner dancer-thon by the end of the night.
- Chicago Afrobeat Project
First Band: 8:30 PM, music til close!
1572 N Milwaukee Ave.
About Chicago Afrobeat
As practitioners of a “non-traditional” interpretation of afrobeat for more than a decade, Chicago Afrobeat Project frequently reinvents itself within a genre first pioneered by Fela Kuti. The group’s latest release Nyash Up!” shows the group redefining their signature version of afrobeat by incorporating elements of hip-hop, orchestra-like musical arrangement, and stylistic explorations of rock, jazz and funk.
In 2014, the group ups the ante by collaborating with master afrobeat drummer Tony Allen on a studio release slotted for late in the year. The two artists first collaborated in 2013 on a series of Midwest summer concerts and plan to work together in the U.S. in summer 2014 as well.
Ayodele is a Chicago-based dance ensemble known for electrifying African and contemporary dance performances. Their work is inspired by feminist ideals and artistic expression.
Genome is a unique blend of organic funk and psychedelic jams with jazz, world, and electronic music. These Chicago based musicians utilize an array of many instruments, both acoustic and electronic, to create an ecstatic dance party that transcends time, space, and earthly
His music embraces the sounds of Soul, Blues, Funk, Rock, Afrobeat, Lounge, and Reggae — with a dash of House and Alternative for extra style.