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TONY ALLEN is Featured Guest on 8-City Summer/Fall Tour

August 15th, 2014

TONY ALLEN is Featured Guest on 8-City Summer/Fall Tour

And so it's official: drummer TONY ALLEN and Chicago Afrobeat Project will reunite for an 8-city tour this summer/fall in the Midwest and East Coast. Last summer's chemistry felt so great during the studio recording that we decided to collaborate again and book an entire tour. We will hit you with some of the newly recorded material, and there will be a few surprises with even NEWER material. The yet-to-be-titled album is set for release in early 2015. Tony helped make afrobeat an...Read more »

Double Door Presents: City of Beats with Chicago Afrobeat Project, Ayodele, Genome, & Obisoulstar

May 12th, 2014

Double Door Presents: City of Beats with Chicago Afrobeat Project, Ayodele, Genome, & Obisoulstar

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...Read more »

Chicago Show! This Thursday, April 17!

April 14th, 2014

Chicago Show! This Thursday, April 17!

It's been a hot minute since a Chicago hit, so we're excited to throw in a few surprises. Last time at Reggie's was with Tony Allen, so we'll be channeling some of that energy in the new tunes we wrote with him. Reggae act Fortunate Youth from San Diego shares the bill. Get an advance ticket online and save some $$$! Oh, and this show is ages 17+!!! Facebook Event Pre-Sale Tickets Online ($12 advance, $15 day of show) ...Read more »

Double Door on Fri, Nov 8 with Sidewalk Chalk, Ayodele Drum & Dance, Trio Mokili

October 27th, 2013

Double Door on Fri, Nov 8 with Sidewalk Chalk, Ayodele Drum & Dance, Trio Mokili

Dance unites cultures. Music frees minds. West Africa meets American hip hop when two of Chicago's premier live ensembles -- Chicago Afrobeat Project and Sidewalk Chalk -- perform a long overdue collaboration as well as independent sets. Trio Mokili debuts its lively West African guitar-led songs, while Ayodele Drum & Dance lifts spirits with its female-led West African percussion and dance. Prepare to raise another glass to Chicago's artists and their creative cross-pollination of the...Read more »

Sat, 9/14: Millennium Park (Pritzker Pavilion) for Chicago World Music Festival 2013

September 11th, 2013

Sat, 9/14: Millennium Park (Pritzker Pavilion) for Chicago World Music Festival 2013

On Saturday September 14 Chicago Afrobeat Project performs at the beautiful Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as a part of the 2013 World Music Festival. Following the band is Bassekou Kouyate (pictured). Showtime: 3PM Cost: FREE! The event takes place as a part of Festival au Desert (Festival in the Desert). Festival au Desert began in 2001 in the arid lands just outside of Timbuktu, a dazzling clearinghouse of the rich sounds emanating from Mali, one of Africa’s poorest...Read more »

Sun, 7/28: Tony Allen Master Class & Workshop

July 17th, 2013

Sun, 7/28: Tony Allen Master Class & Workshop

Buy Tickets “Without Tony Allen, there would be no afrobeat.” – Fela Kuti “Perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived.” – Brian Eno Buy Tickets  Master Class & Workshop A master class for student and professional musicians to explore afrobeat through a hands-on experience with drummer and originator of Afrobeat: Tony Allen. In addition to being recognized worldwide for his music, he is also known for delivering a brilliant master class in which he shares his knowledge about music, music...Read more »

Drummer Tony Allen to Perform TWO Special Shows as Featured Guest

July 5th, 2013

Drummer Tony Allen to Perform TWO Special Shows as Featured Guest

Coming up: Minneapolis on 7/26 & Chicago on 8/1 Chicago Afrobeat Project is collaborating with legendary drummer Tony Allen, the original drummer for Fela Kuti. The band will perform in Minneapolis on Friday, July 26 at the Cedar Cultural Center and Thursday, August 1 in Chicago at Reggie's as a Lollapalooza Kick-off Party. About Tony Allen (courtesy of Nonesuch) Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1940, of mixed Nigerian and Ghanaian parentage, Tony Allen taught himself to play by...Read more »

"Nyash UP!" Available Now!

February 26th, 2013

“Nyash UP!” Available Now!

As the band's fourth fourth studio release and  first in four years, Nyash UP! finds Chicago Afrobeat Project taking a unique approach to the genre. Each song on the track is either a mash-up or an openly reinterpreted cover. Radiohead and Fugazi are mashed with Fela Kuti, while songs from Talking Heads, Ceu, System of a Down, Led Zeppelin, 808 State, Marvin Gaye, and the Vandermark 5 are completely rebuilt by the band from the ground...Read more »

Ron Trent + Official FELA! Kick-Off Party With Chicago Afrobeat Project & Kennedy Ashinze

January 28th, 2013

Ron Trent + Official FELA! Kick-Off Party With Chicago Afrobeat Project & Kennedy Ashinze

Chicago Afrobeat Project will perform at the OFFICIAL kick-off party for the return of the FELA! musical to Chicago hosted by Legendary DJ & producer Ron Trent + Kennedy Ashinze of Globetrotter Magazine.  Dubbed the  "Soul Revival," the band will be performing new material off its album "Nyash UP!" and be partnering up again with soul songstress Ugochi. Some new material the band has been working on in 2013 will also make its way to the stage. Doors...Read more »

Winner! "Best African Entertainer" in Chicago Music Awards

January 23rd, 2013

Winner! “Best African Entertainer” in Chicago Music Awards

                On January 20, 2013, Chicago Afrobeat Project received a Chicago Music Award for "Best African Entertainer." The band HUMBLY thanks everyone who voted this year. We also would like to give a shout out to our good friends and artists we have worked with over the years who were nominated and/or won awards: Graham Czach - Nominee, Best Rock Entertainer Kava - Nominee, Most Outstanding Band or Group Ryan Behling - Nominee, Best Male Vocalist JC Brooks - Nominee, Pop...Read more »

Audio Preview: Reinterpretation of "Inner City Blues Makes Ya Wanna Holler (Marvin Gaye)"

December 3rd, 2012

Audio Preview: Reinterpretation of “Inner City Blues Makes Ya Wanna Holler (Marvin Gaye)”

(Streaming audio file is below) "We are focused on the war against drugs / We are focused on the war against terror / But what we need to be focused on... Is the war against the middle class. The battle for minimum wage / The battle for health care / The battle for decent schools / Without the middle,  The structure will come tumbling down." New lyrics from Squair Blaq of Chicago Afrobeat Project added to the Marvin Gaye classic. "Inner City Blues Makes...Read more »

JC Brooks Added as Special Guest for 10-Yr Anniversary & Album Release on 12/15

November 28th, 2012

JC Brooks Added as Special Guest for 10-Yr Anniversary & Album Release on 12/15

Chi-Town, post-punk soul singer extraordinaire JC BROOKS will be one of the many special guests at Chicago Afrobeat Project's 10-year anniversary and album release party for "Nyash UP!" Chicago vocalist Ugochi will also be featured, and sharing the bill are Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, Fatbook and Bloco Maximo.  ...Read more »

"Nyash UP!" Artwork Revealed

November 27th, 2012

“Nyash UP!” Artwork Revealed

In advance of its official release on February 26, 2013, the album art for "Nyash UP!" is out! As Chicago Afrobeat Project's fourth studio effort, the group took a unique approach on the album by mashing Radiohead and Fugazi with Fela Kuti, while also reinterpreting songs from Marvin Gaye, Talking Heads, System of a Down, Ceu, 808 State, the Vandermark 5, and Led Zeppelin. Listen to an audio preview of "Inner City Blues Make Ya Wanna...Read more »

Album Release & 10-Year Anniversary @ Double Door

November 25th, 2012

Album Release & 10-Year Anniversary @ Double Door

Prepare for a very special night as Chicago Afrobeat Project celebrates 10 years and the release of its new album "Nyash UP!" on Saturday, December 15, 2012 the Double Door in Wicker Park. The night will feature many surprises and special guests. Special guests: JC Brooks of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound Ugochi Also on the bill to help celebrate the night are our good friends: Occidental Brothers Dance Band International Fatbook Bloco Maximo About "Nyash UP!" "Nyash UP!" is the Chicago Afrobeat...Read more »

June-July. West. Coast. Summer. Tour!!!

June 12th, 2012

June-July. West. Coast. Summer. Tour!!!

What's up, West Coasters! It's been a minute since we've headed your way, but we're coming out with a vengeance for a three work tour June 21-July 7 through Nevada, Utah, California, Washington, and Oregon. AND... we're touring in advance of our new record, "Nyash Up!" so you'll be sure to hear some new tunes. We've set an official release date of Tuesday, August 14. Stay tuned for more info on the record, as we have quite...Read more »

Video: The Official FELA! After-Party

May 2nd, 2012

FELA! The Musical In Chicago: AFTER PARTY! from The Shrine on Vimeo....Read more »

Wed, 3/28 - Opening Night After-Party - FELA! Musical in Chicago

March 20th, 2012

Wed, 3/28 – Opening Night After-Party – FELA! Musical in Chicago

If you dig afrobeat music, you gotta hit this show. We're playing the official after-party for the opening night of the FELA! musical in Chicago at The Shrine. Ugochi is performing with us, Get Up With the Get Downs play first, and DJs to follow. Meet the cast, too. Going to be off the chain... This is a Wednesday night, so plan on taking off work Thursday! If you want to buy tickets to the show, use...Read more »

Lawrence and Columbia this weekend

March 9th, 2012

We're back at the Bottleneck in Lawrence tonight (Fri., March 9th) for an 18+ show with Soul Rebel and The Beast opening at 9pm. What can we say other than that Lawrence rocks. Can't wait. Then Saturday, March 10th we're at Mojo's again in Columbia, Missouri with the Goodfoot Soul Revue from Kansas City. It's gonna be another blast of a weekend on the road and we hope to connect with some of you. C'mon out and hang for a minute. See you soon!! CAbP...Read more »

Martyrs' this Friday, Feb. 17th

February 14th, 2012

It's been a few months since our last Chicago show, but we're finally back on it this weekend at one of our home bases, Martyrs' on 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. The bandSubplane will be joining us. We've got several brand new songs for you, some as-of-yet never been unleashed upon Chicago ears which makes us excited. The show starts at 9:30 and advance tickets are available (you'll save a few dollars if you buy them online before the...Read more »

NYE in Chicago! The "Chi-Town Meltdown"

December 23rd, 2011

For the first time since our early days back at The Note in Wicker Park, we're bringing our NYE show to the northwest side for a two-stage NYE event at The Abbey Pub. The "Chi-Town Meltdown" features an electric stage with us, Animate Objects and Van Gordon Martin. On the other side is an acoustic stage headlined by Sexfist and also with Old Shoe. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and there are...Read more »

Occupy Chicago Presents: "Rally at Reggies" with Chicago Afrobeat Project & JB-Tribute Get Up With...

November 16th, 2011

Occupy Chicago Presents: “Rally at Reggies” with Chicago Afrobeat Project & JB-Tribute Get Up With…

We're proud to announce that this Friday's show on 11/25 in Chicago is now a part of the Rally at Reggies presented by Occupy Chicago and includes a performance from Chicago Afrobeat Project as well as JB-tribute Get Up With The Get Downs. Tickets also include free bus transportation to/from the show at four different locations across the city. Beer is included on the bus from local brewery Half Acre. DOORS: 8 PM SHOWTIME: 9 PM Bus Pick-up locations are as follows:   Pick Up 1: 7:45 PM - Panchos (Logan...Read more »

Afrobeat Sale for "Off the Grid"!

November 13th, 2011

Hard goods! Get yer hard goods here! The 2008 EP "Off the Grid" is on sale via the Chicago Afrobeat Project website for just $7! The album features three previously unreleased tunes as well as an upbeat dance mix of "Media Man" by Backseat Bingo. It's H.O.T. Off the Grid (2008) $6.99 ...Read more »

Bell's and Peaches

May 27th, 2011

We're heading out to Kalamazoo--a town with at least 8 years of CAbP history this Friday, May 27th to perform on the new Bell's Brewery stage through their new sound system.  Should be rockin'.  Next on Saturday the 28th we're playing in Yellow Springs, OH again.  We're hoping to add some more memorable experiences this Memorial Day weekend.  See you there if you're in the region. And coming next week, we're off to Boston, Brooklyn, and...Read more »

Spring 2011 Colorado Tour

April 13th, 2011

We're heading out towards Colorado today with a stop in Lawrence, KS tonight at Bottleneck. Looking forward to some sunshine on our first trip out west this year. We're also excited to be performing 2 shows in Colorado with our good friends, Euforquestra. Dates include: Wed., April 13th: The Bottleneck / Lawrence, KS Thurs., April 14th (w. Euforquestra): Cervantes Other Side / Denver, CO Fri., April 15th (w. Euforquestra): Aggie Theater / Fort Collins, CO Sat., April 16th: SECRET SHOW...Read more »

New Chicago Residency

March 24th, 2011

We're excited to announce that we'll be starting up a 3 month long series of shows at the Shrine (2109 S. Wabash St.) in Chicago.  As part of the 'Uprise' series we'll be playing a show along side DJ ?estlove Saturday, April 23rd (We can only hope he may want to sit in on drums--fingers crossed!).  This event will be $10 before 11pm, $25 after.  The 3-show run will be continued on Saturday, May 21st and Saturday,...Read more »

FEBRUARY. EAST. COAST. TOUR.

February 1st, 2011

We're headed from the snowy Midwest to an even snowier East Coast beginning Thursday, 2/17 with stops in Vermont, Mass, NY and more. Looking forward to teaming up with some great bands and DJs on the tour, too. Here's the scoop: Thu, 2/17 - Vassar College (Matthew's Mug) - Poughkeepsie, NY Fri, 2/18 - Art's Block - Greenfield, MA - with Shokzoba Sat, 2/19 - Stratton Mountain - Stratton, VT Tue, 2/22 - Johnny D's - Boston, MA Wed, 2/23 - Le Poisson Rouge - New...Read more »

2010 Western States Fall Tour

October 29th, 2010

Friday, October 29th, we're heading out for another run through the western states. After a show at the Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS we're playing two Halloween shows in Denver at Quixote's. The band is then heading through the Northwest and California with stops along the way out and back. We hope some of you will join us at one of these shows in the next 2 weeks. Also, as an early heads up, our new...Read more »

Felabration Week kicks off at the Shrine, Chicago

October 8th, 2010

Felabration Week kicks off at the Shrine, Chicago

We're excited to announce our 1st performance at The Shrine in Chicago (2109 S. Wabash) as part of Felabration week -- a series of Afrobeat performances around the US commemorating Fela's birthday.  We're playing this Wednesday (October 13th) along with DJs Tone B Nimble and Joe Bryl starting around 9:30PM.  CAbP is also performing Thursday night at the Redstone Room in Davenport, and Friday at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. ...Read more »

2010 Summer Tour Kick-Off

May 31st, 2010

Spring has been a little quiet on the touring front for CAbP, as we've been hunkered down in the studio getting ready to release our next record. To get rid over this cabin fever we're excited to get back on the road June 18-26 for a slew of dates in the Midwest and East Coast. Peoria, Yellow Springs, and the Mid-Summer Meltdown festival are all on the list of dates, and our July tour dates...Read more »

Spring West Coast Tour... Just Days Away

March 28th, 2010

Starting April 9th, CAbP is making our way out west for our first big travel of the year. We were given a great opportunity to work along with ISAW (International Society of Africans in Wine) as one of the main bands on their "Drink Well, Do Good" tour. Several of the shows on our tour are affiliated with ISAW whose goal is to bring more of the revenues from the $3.3 billion South African wine industry into...Read more »

2010 Plans

January 26th, 2010

This is year is slowly coming together for us starting with a few regional tours in February.  The week of February 1st takes us to Lexington, KY, Birmingham, AL, and Athens, GA for an unusual Monday to Wednesday tour.  Later in February we return to Detroit and Cleveland.  In March we have shows in Minneapolis and Ashland, WI.  With any luck, April and May will see us dotting around the U.S. based on some 'too-early-to-drop'...Read more »

Link to "Show of the Week" article on Live Music N&R

December 17th, 2009

Our good friends at "Live Music News and Reviews" gave us a great write up for the show on Saturday (Dec. 19th) at Martyrs' in Chicago. Thanks!...Read more »

Chicago show!! Chicago show!!

December 1st, 2009

Finally, we've booked ourselves in our home town for what should be a really good night of music.  At long last, we've hooked up a show with friends Brian Keigher and Matt Fusello (a.k.a. DJ Warp and Radiohiro) whose collective alias--Bombay Beatbox--will be rocking two sets.  Our other guests are the James Brown tribute band Get Up with the Get Down.  We'll be at Martyrs' on December 19th,  our band loaded with all our Chicago...Read more »

This weekend around the Midwest / Fall Tour

September 21st, 2009

We're headed back to the Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS this Friday, Oct. 9th for what will likely be another fantastic time in one of the coolest college towns in the Midwest. The Delta Saints are opening for us this time. On Saturday, Oct. 10th we return to Gramophone in Saint Louis with Mama Rogers as the supporting act. It seems as though Gramophone is a one of the new hot-spots to be. Looking forward to it. In other news, the...Read more »

Thanks for a great summer!

August 26th, 2009

We've completed our major Summer touring for 2009 and would like to thank everyone who came out to support us.  Our travel this Summer took us nearly from coast to coast with memorable stops all over the US.  In the latter half, we returned to the casinos of Reno, followed by another great club night in Salt Lake, a 2nd rendezvous with Bill Kreutzmann in Denver at Cervante's, and one of our better nights in...Read more »

Summer Tour highlights....

June 24th, 2009

We've finished the first big leg of summer touring in 2009.  It has definitely been one of the (if not THE) best west coast tour we've had--our fourth total.  The band had solid performances throughout with our strongest line-up to date. There are probably too many interesting, memorable, and/or hilarious things to talk about, but a few outstanding highlights. We witnessed, and were surprised by, the overall rowdiness of the Boise bar scene early in...Read more »

Metromix Names Chicago Afrobeat Project One of "Top 10 Acts to See at Taste of Chicago"

June 18th, 2009

Metromix Names Chicago Afrobeat Project One of “Top 10 Acts to See at Taste of Chicago”

Metromix Chicago has named Chicago Afrobeat Project one of the Top 10 Acts at Taste of Chicago.Check out the full story, and check out ourshow on Monday, June 29. The show will feature our dancers, our friend Antar as vocal emcee, and our old pal Chadwick for some live painting. It's a Power Show ya'll! Everybody say "yeah yeah!!'"...Read more »

Summer Tour on it's way...

April 16th, 2009

Our West Coast tour '09 is approaching the final stages of planning.  We've got dates booked for the 4th of July weekend through the 3rd weekend of July.  The band has confirmed performances in Colorado, Oregon, and California.  Some highlights include a show on July 4th at the Peak to Peak fest in Nederland CO, a set at the Oregon Country Fair, Bend Fest near Eugene OR, Yoshi's in San Fran, Zanzibar in Santa Monica,...Read more »

Indy and Cleveland this weekend (4/10 & 4/11)

April 8th, 2009

What's up, ya'll? Ahh... the economy. It's on everyone's mind. But there's no better way to put aside recession blues than to head to an afrobeat show. Whether our country is beginning to bounce back from the economic downturn or not, the CAbP tour machine hits the road again this weekend with a quick run east. We stop at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis on Friday, 4/10 and at Brothers Lounge in Cleveland on Saturday, 4/11. In other news we're deep...Read more »

Festivals are starting

March 26th, 2009

Festivals are starting

The first weekend in April we're going to Ohio for a short Spring run-off.  We're back at Peaches in Yellow Springs on Friday, April 3rd--a nostalgic spot for some of us and a 'band-girlfriend-producing' town for Angelo Sax.  Then on Saturday we're starting the festival season of '09 with "Hookah In the Hills" in Guysville, OH (some of us hope it's more like 'Chicksville", as you could imagine).  It might be the right time to wipe the winter dust...Read more »

3/17: "Off the Grid" Formally Released

March 17th, 2009

It's out now! Our most recent EP Off the Grid released last month for digital download atiTunes, eMusic, and everywhere else you can download digital music. You can of course also by a hard copy directly from our website where we released the disc a few months ago. We even added some new gear to our web store so be sure to check that out. Who cares about losing jobs when you can wear a CAbP t-shirt? Oh, and while...Read more »

3/21 Morse Theater Show Is Canceled

March 17th, 2009

The CAbP performance at the Morse Theater in Chicago on March 21 has been canceled. The club is shutting down (we all hope temporarily) and they have canceled many of their shows. Stay tuned as we'll have other Chicago dates posted soon....Read more »

CAbP's first Florida Tour, 2009

January 7th, 2009

We're headed down to Florida for a week + long tour of the state.  Warmer weather is sure to await us in those parts.  We've got a solid line-up in the works so if you live in Florida be sure to check us out.  Chances are we're playing within an hour of where you live at some point.  Dates include: Fri. Jan. 16:  State Theater - St. Petersburg, FL Sat. Jan. 17:  Skipper's Smokehouse - Tampa, FL Sun....Read more »

Morse Theater: 12/13/08

January 7th, 2009

Check out the entire December '08 Morse Theater show online: Set 1: March of the Uninsured Superstar pt. 7 Open and Close Fix and Release BSCG2 A Summons Nobody LIkes a Prima Dona Zambie Tibet On It Set 2 Egbe Mio 116 - Higher the temp, longer the wait Jekajo A Warm Global Warning 3 Snare Colonial Waiting Room Talking Bush Cloister New Bell ...Read more »

New Years Eve at Reggie's!!

December 3rd, 2008

CAbP is performing at Reggie's Music Joint this year for a long overdue New Years Eve show in Chicago.  Start making plans to go now.  You can buy tickets and get information at their website, or go directly to ticketweb for tickets to the show. Doors are at 8pm. It has all the makings of being a truly raucous NYE with the band, so please come out and party with us. Special guests and fanfare will be spreading...Read more »

December Plans

November 19th, 2008

Our Southeast tour was a grand ole time.  It ends our 2008 tour year for us with a sweep through (mostly) Tennessee, Georgia, and a memorable stop at the Bear Creek Festival in the Florida panhandle.  Truly a great spot for a festival and the music was superb with performances by Soulive, Ivan Neville, Robert Walters, and the New Mastersounds, to name some highlights.  Lots of instrumental driven funk stuff, and to my personal enjoyment,...Read more »

Rumba Cafe show on Etree - November 7th, 2008

November 19th, 2008

Check out the first show of our November 08 Southeast tour on E-tree. ...Read more »

OBAMA WINS!! Tour of the Southeast follows

November 5th, 2008

CAbP is celebrating the historic victory of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States by touring the Southeastern United States in a red state filled victory lap for our home town hero.  We know there are plenty of Obama supporters in this region, and good people on both sides of the fence, but we're bringing the music of the original "Black President" down on a wave of victory for the first black...Read more »

"Off the Grid" hits the streets - Halloween Show near STL

October 27th, 2008

We now have our new EP, "Off the Grid" in our hands and ready to disseminate to the willing public.   It features 3 new original, previously unreleased tracks by the band as well as a radio edit of 'Media Man' from our last album and an electronic remix of 'Media Man' by Backseat Bingo.  In other news, we're playing at Spookstock near St. Louis on Halloween night (Friday).  Click on the links in the...Read more »

East Coast and Southeast US on the horizon, EP days away from release....

October 20th, 2008

This week we're off to Middlebury, VT and NYC, NY.  On Friday, we're performing at MIddlebury University, then chugging over to Harlem for a show at the Shrine.  Looking forward to some leisurely driving and some nice "tree action" on the way.  It appears we'll be back on the road in our tour bus for this one now that our vehicle is supposedly no longer akin to a bike with square wheels. Later in the...Read more »

Northern Weekend...

October 7th, 2008

Back to High Noon Saloon in Madison again on Thursday this week (Oct 9), then up the U.P. for 2 back to back shows at Upfront and Co. in Marquette, MI.  Madison has been a consistently fun town to play in for us.  We've been to some great after parties.  Angelo even got a free frozen pizza at one of them, way back when.  We shared the stage with our comrades 56 Hope Road last...Read more »

Back to Ohio

October 1st, 2008

We're off to Bowling Green this weekend for a Friday show, gracing the stage at Howard's yet again.  It'll be our 3rd time playing there.  The 1st time was off the hook.  The 2nd time, we played after a series of metal bands and it wasn't working so well, but we're almost sure that this time will be really, really good.  After that, we're off to another performance at 'Hookah In the HIlls', an outdoor mini-fest...Read more »

Yet even more Midwest dates...

September 15th, 2008

We continue our Midwest touring in Fall '08 to the states to our immediate west/northwest, but only after a 1 week hiatus.  September 25th brings us to MSU near Minneapolis at the Performing Arts Center--an early show from 7 to 9pm.  Then we continue on to the Zoo Bar once again, in Lincoln Nebraska--site of many a truly revelrous show and some bizarre police interaction due to a drunken altercation with a plate glass window...Read more »

Coast to coast

August 11th, 2008

Summer of '08 was an eventful one for us, taking us from one coast to the other in a short period of chronological time.  We ran as much vegetable oil in our bus as we could, engaging in many interesting conversations with folks about it, and also saving mad cash.  The West Coast tour was a string of amazing shows mostly at outdoor festivals and the weather never washed us out.  We also made it...Read more »

Wild Hare this week, East Coast tour on the horizon

July 29th, 2008

We retrieved our bus this last weekend from the post WestCoast tour storage in Colorado after performing at the Carbondale Mountain Fair--a truly awesome time for the band.  It's getting harder to leave these western states, but we still like coming back to Chicago after these jaunts.  No worries for the homies. We're performing Tuesday night (July 29th) at a fundraiser for One World Africa along with Zeleke and Funkadesi at the Wild Hare in Wrigleyville. ...Read more »

Back from the West

July 15th, 2008

Our big summer tour has brought us safely back to Chicago with a lot of crazy tales to tell.  We put about 5500 miles behind us with stops all over the western US along the way.  There was a string of festival dates to kick things off with a few club stops scattered here and there.  Our Salt Lake City arts festival gig was completely off the hook, to name one, but our shows in...Read more »

CAbP Summer Tour...

June 3rd, 2008

It's a lot like last year's summer tour, but longer and more bad-ass!  Also, with any luck, we'll be burning a great deal of waste veggie oil this time.  Hopefully our engine won't explode driving up mountains with the distinct smell of freedom fries blowing out the exhaust pipe.  Highlights include: Teusday, June 24th: our first time in Missoula, MT at 'The Loft' Monday, June 30th at the new Yoshi's in San Fran A first stop in Santa...Read more »

More Midwest touring...

April 7th, 2008

This week brings us down to the Kansas City, MO, Lawrence, KS, and up to Lincoln, NE.  We're playing the Bottleneck in Lawrence on Friday for the 1st time.  Should be exciting.  We've played through a few peoples' entire college experience in that town now that we've been at it for a few years.  In other news, Angelo, our tenor sax player as we all know, has been down with the Chicken Pox of all...Read more »

Wisconsin Theater Weekend

February 12th, 2008

Late February is taking us to a few spots in Wisconsin.  We're performing at the Racine Theater Guild on the 28th and doing a 'leap year' performance at the Alvord Theater at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.  The Ashland show is free and open to the public.  In other news, we'll be starting another recording phase in March and have a 4 song EP coming out soon also.  Happy Winter.......Read more »

Fri, Jan 4: Milwaukee Gets Over the New Year's Blues

February 2nd, 2008

This Friday, CAbP helps Milwaukee get over the New Year's blues with a special performance at the Mirammar Theatre. Master talking drummer T.J. Okulnola from Lagos, Nigeria joins us for the performance along with CAbP dancers Tosha and Koya. Live artist Chadwick will paint on the spot, and we'll be introducing some recently written material to Milwaukee. If you haven't had chills from music in a while, come play along with CAbP. Tickets are only $8....Read more »

Final "First Beat" show in Chicago

January 29th, 2008

After many years (more than five!) of playing our 1st Saturday of the month "First Beat" series in Chicago, we're moving onward.  No more 1am to 5am sets at Kinetic Playground.  The first Saturday in February (the 2nd) will mark the end of an era.  It all began at the Note in Wicker Park playing for the rowdy off-the-streets crowds that packed into the place at 2am as the earlier bars closed.  We had many...Read more »

Video Preview: House of Blues Show this Friday, 1/11(Benefit for Extra Golden & Kenyan Red Cross)

January 8th, 2008

Video Preview: House of Blues Show this Friday, 1/11(Benefit for Extra Golden & Kenyan Red Cross)

Hip hop meets afroeat this Friday night, January 11, at the House of Blues in Chicago when CAbP helps Kenyan/American band Extra Goldenwho has serveral members currently living in Kenya and unable to work due to the humanitarian crisis there. The Kenyan Red Cross is raising $15 million for for 500,000 Kenyans suffering from a recent post-election uprising in Kenya. CAbP is donating a portion of the House of Blues benefit to both Extra Golden and the Kenyan Red Cross. At...Read more »

Fri, Jan 11: CAbP Headlines Chicago House of Blues

January 2nd, 2008

Fri, Jan 11: CAbP Headlines Chicago House of Blues

We're injecting some urban elements into our Chicago House of Blues show on Friday, January 11.  We will feature some socially conscious emcees along with breakdancing from our friends the Chicago Brickheadz. Of course, CAbP dancers Tosha and Koya wil perform their take on traditional West African dancing, and our live artist Chadwick will paint some works on the spot....Read more »

Kalamazoo, Dayton & Yeller Springs

December 13th, 2007

The afrobeat machine moves for a quick trip -- well a slow trip throuh the snow -- to Kalamazoo on Thursday, Dayton on Friday, and Yellow Springs on Saturday. We want to take a second to thank all of our new Iowa City and Davenport friends for making it out to the shows last weekend -- what a blast. Most fun we've had in a long time. And you guys like Obama. What more could...Read more »

Announced: Monthly First Beat Series

September 4th, 2007

Announced: Monthly First Beat Series

Officially Released: "(A) Move to Silent Unrest"

August 3rd, 2007

Officially Released: “(A) Move to Silent Unrest”

The new album "(A) Move to Silent Unrest" is now officially released! The first printing offers a limited edition copy with an 8" by 12" fold out poster of album artwork done by Lemi, the visual artist who's done numerous Fela Kuti albums. We will be celebrating the release of the album with a series of CD release performances through the rest of October in Philadelphia, New York, Lawrence, Lincoln and Chicago -- go Cubbies.  Order your copy today. ...Read more »

Milwaukee on Thursday

July 31st, 2007

Thursday, August 1st brings us to Milwaukee for Jazz in the Park.  We have a little time off in August for many of us to travel apart from the band to various spots on the globe--Mexico, Alaska; places like that.  There's a string of festivals coming up towards the end of August.  Check the schedule for more info....Read more »

Midwest weekend tour...

June 20th, 2007

We're starting a 4 show run this weekend at the Note in Chicago for "I Love House Music Wednesdays"--1565 North Milwaukee Ave., 12 to 1am with Kennedy Octane.  It's our 1st time there since it was our long-time running "1st Beat" spot (which has now moved to Kinetic Playground as you may know).  Thursday is a return to Champaign, IL at Cowboy Monkey, followed by a gig in Peoria on Friday (Universal Rhythm Assembly) and...Read more »

CAbP Kicks off Chicago Summerdance

February 5th, 2007

Summerdance is coming up this week on Thursday, June 14th--opening night.  We're playing in Grant Park off Michigan avenue near Adams.  Our 2nd CD is done and we're gearing up for the release in a few months.  The artwork has been provided by Lemi, the artist who did tons of Fela album covers.  In other news, our tour bus is back in the Chicago metropolitan area awaiting some final adjustments before it can once again...Read more »

Back to St. Louis, then House of Blues

February 5th, 2007

This Friday brings us to Lucas School House in Saint Louis for an evening show, then Saturday at the Broadway Oyster Bar for an afternoon show (3pm).  That night, we're performing at "Forty Niner Bye Bye" in Springfield, Illiinois.  Then a late added show--House of Blues on Sunday--sets us opening up once again for Steel Pulse, international mainstays in Reggae.  Thanks to all our supporters for keeping us moving!  Too bad the Bears lost a...Read more »

St. Louis, Davenport, and Chicago

January 29th, 2007

This weekend (Feb. 1st through 3rd) takes us down to St. Louis for a show at Wash U (private / for students), then to the Red Stone Room once again in Davenport, Iowa, and back on Saturday for our "First Beat" show at the Kinetic Playground.  The last show at Kinetic drew one of the funnest crowds there for us so far.  We start at around 1:30 AM.  Kinetic Playground is across the street from...Read more »

So we made it to California...

January 6th, 2007

We made it back from a highly encouraging California tour.  Our first time there was a total blast.  After driving nearly 40 straight hours to San Diego via the "Route 66" way, we met up with Particle for a show in Solana Beach.  The following night's show in LA was off the hook with Rhythm and Roots All Stars opening up.  Several members of that band were acquaintances from Colorado days for a few of...Read more »

CAbP to Perform at Tribute to Fela in Brooklyn on World AIDS Day

November 13th, 2006

Members of CAbP are excited to perform with other afrobeat bands at a tribute to Fela Kuti on Friday night, December 1, 2006. Brooklyn's Northsix will host the event free of charge, and the event takes part on World AIDS Day. in the spirit of Fela's late night performances, the show will be late-night at midnight. Money raised from the performance will benefitJournalists Against AIDS Nigeria (JAAIDS). The Northsix has donated the facilities and all...Read more »

Killed: Omololu Falobi, JAAIDS Founder and Executive Director

November 7th, 2006

Killed: Omololu Falobi, JAAIDS Founder and Executive Director

It is with deepest sympathies that we announce the death of Omololu Falobi, founder and executive director of Journalists Against AIDS Nigeria (JAAIDS), the non-profit organization that creates innovative communication programs to help combat AIDS in Lagos, Nigeria. Falobi was killed during an armed robbery on his way home from a speaking engagement to teenagers about social responsibility. On a personal note, Omololu showed immense enthusiasm in partnering with Chicago Afrobeat Project from our very first email exchange. He...Read more »

Back from the West, Ohio this weekend

November 6th, 2006

We made it back from the Rocky Mountain region alive, but changed forever.  On the road bus repairs cost us some delays, and forced us to rent a fleet of mini-vans for the mountain shows, but we hauled all 15 tons of our bus back eventually.  Not before a tire exploded on us and the exhaust pipe broke in two places.  Ahh well.  1982 luxury has 2006 prices.  Next we have dates in Ohio, Iowa,...Read more »

Green Bay and Marquette, You Set?

October 19th, 2006

Off to Jimmy Sea's again in Green Bay for a Thursday performance this week.  Then Friday and Saturday is our triumphant return to Marquette Michigan at Upfront and Company.  After a brief boycott by the local Alphamale Stigma Pie fraternity, we've been re-welcomed by the local "cool people."  Both nights are sure to pack very different experimental twists and turns.  Click on the "Performances" link above for details on  this weekend's shows.  Don't forget to...Read more »

Chicago's darkroom on Friday, Champaigns Canopy Club Saturday

October 12th, 2006

This Friday night we cap off our two-week return to Chicago with a 10 p.m. performance at darkroom on Chicago Avenue, collaboarting for the first time at a event with Mwelma, who hosts an residency at darkroom on the second Friday of every month. In addition to our show, expect an eclectic mix of down tempo, future boogie, afrobeat, latin grooves, Brazilian beats, African variety and house with resident DJ 4BZ with guest DJ Select. On Saturday we'll brush...Read more »

Just hangin' in chi-town for a couple

September 25th, 2006

We're enjoying a rare weekend off this week.  We're gonna party like mad all over town, freed from the confines of the stage and insane from months of touring, a 2nd album recording session, and lots of free schwag beer and well drinks.  We're also giddy from getting mentioned briefly in Esquire magazine.   Look for remnants of CAbP in local bars, clubs, a really cool party on Saturday by our bus parking spot,  and...Read more »

Southern Illinois-Cavestock & Carbondale

September 22nd, 2006

We're taking the Magic Bus down to Cavestock Harvest Fest 3 this weekend in the Shawnee Caves Amphiteater.  We're performing around 4pm on Saturday afternoon.  It's a camping and music event so get what may be your last dose of good weather (hopefully).  That same night, on Saturday (the 23rd), we're riding a short way down to Carbondale to play at Hangar 9 once again.  Check it out if you're in the neighborhood.  Hotels are...Read more »

This Weekend: Chicago World Music Festival and St. Joe's in Michigan

September 15th, 2006

Friday's show keeps us at home as we perform a part of the annual Chicago World Music Festival. We will be sharing the stage of the Park West with Teddy Afro from Ethiopia. CAbP hits at 8:30 sharp, so get there early. Saturday night we play a couple hours east at a lake-side down in Michigan called St. Joseph's. We've played the club (Czar's) once before, and there are good folks there....Read more »

1st tour with the new funk-evoking bus!

September 5th, 2006

1st tour with the new funk-evoking bus!

The new CAbP 35' Bluebird Bus is heading out for its first tour with the band this weekend. We've got shows in Nashville, Atlanta (at a Brave's game), Decatur GA, and finally in Charleston SC. Stop by the RV for some strawberry/banana daquiris....Read more »

Chicago's Own Jesse de la Pena and Bobby Broom to Join CAbP at "First Beat" on 9/2

August 11th, 2006

We are pleased to announce that DJ Jesse de la Pena and guitarist Bobby Broom will join us at Kinetic Playground on Saturday, September 2 for the return of "First Beat," the monthly late-night CAbP series from 1-5 a.m. Jesse has long been one of the most in-demand Chicago DJs, and we're honored to have him join us. After honing chops with Miles Davis and other jazz greats, Bobby now performs in the Deep Blue Organ Trio at the...Read more »

8/18: CAbP Plays Blueberry Hill in St. Louis!

August 11th, 2006

For a few of us who grew up in St. Louis, we head back home next weekend for a gig at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room on Delmar Avenue. All you STL locals know why it's a legendary venue in town, and all if you who don't should come check out it out to see what the fuss is all about. Tickets are $10 and we'll be performing with special guest Papa Ray, the Soulselector, doing...Read more »

Album Reaches No. 11 on CMJ's Top 20 New World Music Albums

August 11th, 2006

In late-breaking news, CAbP's debut album from '05 has just reached No. 11 on the CMJ Top 20 New World Music chart. Listen to your local college radio stations to hear CAbP on the air. You can also download CAbP's entire debut album from iTunes....Read more »

8/10 - 8/12: A weekend around the Midwest...

August 9th, 2006

Our first show for the 2nd weekend in August is happening Thursday, the 10th in Madison, Wisconsin at the student Union.  It's a free show right on the lake (weather permitting).  Last time it was a blast even though we had to move it inside due to cold weather.  On Friday the 11th we're performing at the River Music Experience in the Red Stone Room in Davenport, Iowa--a great looking room and stage, and it's...Read more »

Chicago shows...

August 1st, 2006

The first weekend in August brings us to the Retro on Rosco outdoor festival on the corner of Leavitt and Rosco in Chicago.  We play from 4pm to 5:30pm on Sunday, the 6th.  Our friends Cornmeal are performing right after us on the same stage.  For those interested in an "unofficial" educational performance with many members of CAbP (and a few young guests), check out the Art Institute on Saturday the 5th at the Family...Read more »

July 20th to 22nd 2006: Midwest tour...

July 17th, 2006

This week we're heading for shows in the surrounding states.  Thursday brings us to Colubus, Ohio for our 1st show at Little Brothers; from what we've heard it's a great venue.   Taste of Kalamazoo in Michigan follows on Friday, once again playing before the Jerry Garcia Band--minus JG,  of course.  It's really more like the Melvin Seals Band, which is just fine in and of itself....Saturday is a return to Grand Rapids, this time...Read more »

Summer Festivals Swing in to Gear: Wakarusa, Riverbend, Bele Chere, International Fests, more...

June 25th, 2006

Look for CAbP on the bill these summer music festivals in '06. Click the links below for full festival line-ups: July 21: Taste of Kalamazoo - Kalamazoo, MI July 30: Bele Chere Music Festival - Asheville, NC August 6: Retro on Rose - Chicago, IL August 25: Orton Park Festival - Madison, WI August 26 - Art Street - Green Bay, WI ...Read more »

July 8: One Ticket for Two Shows at HotHouse

June 25th, 2006

On Saturday, July 8, we return to HotHouse in Chicago for two shows: an early show at 8 p.m. and an evening show at 11:30. One ticket for $15 will provide access to both shows, and live art will be provided by CAbP's favorite Chicgao artist, Chadwick. The night will run as follows: Early Show 8:30 p.m.: CAbP early set Late Show 9:45 p.m.: DJ Kennedy Octane 10:30 p.m.: Sekou Conde's West African Percussion Group 11:15 p.m.: DJ Kennedy Octane 11:30 p.m.: CAbP late set...Read more »

CAbP on iTunes!

May 2nd, 2006

You can now download our entire debut album on iTunes. Also, feel free to write a review or two while you're there. You can also buy a hard copy of the album in our store....Read more »

In the studio...

May 1st, 2006

The band is working on the beginning phases of a new CD this month and taking a relative break from touring.  We still have a small number of dates on the books for May however, playing in Madison, Milwaukee, our monthly Note series, and a show at the Cubby Bear the end of this month.  We have a confirmed spot at Wakarusa this summer and are playing a number of festivals around the U.S.  With...Read more »

Meet us in St. Louie, Louie

April 26th, 2006

This weekend takes us down river for two shows on Friday in the Gateway to the West, St. Louis, Mo. We first play an intimate in-store performance at the legendary music store Vintage Vinyl on Delmar at 5 p.m. (a short set where we will be selling discounted CDs). That evening, we then return to Off Broadway in Soulard for a full performance with local world music band Dub Kitchen. Dub Kitchen will open the evening...Read more »

Back from a Successful Colorado Tour

April 17th, 2006

The band had a great time during our 10 show run to the Rockies and back. Great spring weather, skiing (or in Marshall's case snowboarding), hiking, and of course, playing lots of shows for mostly new audiences. Opening for Buckethead at the Park West kicked off the tour which ran through Des Moines, Lawrence, Boulder, Winter Park, Steamboat, Dillon, Laramie, and Denver. On an anti-climactic note, the Pizzeria show in Omaha was cancelled. Not before...Read more »

Enjoying that Rocky Mountain High!

April 13th, 2006

The Rocky Mountain Tour '06 has taken us to four new towns over the last week as well as a return visit to one of our favorite towns, Lawrence, Kansas. Just four more shows to go on the tour, though we're having such a good time that we wish we had 30! So far we've recruited some new fans in the organically friendly town of Boulder, Colorado (a big change of pace for us urban Chi-town...Read more »

Colorado Tour kicks off this week....

April 4th, 2006

Starting with this Thursday's Buckethead show at the Park West, the band's starting a 10 show run in to Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska.  We're playing a full week in Colorado with shows in Boulder, Denver, and a few mountain towns.  Check the schedule for details.  Bring your skis and hit the slopes with us!...Read more »

Back from NYC

March 28th, 2006

Our 3 night run in New York State went well. Some very receptive audiences. Great time had by all in the city. We were treated to kindness by a condo doorman that let us park in front of his building and acted as hired security for our vehicle. He let us wheel our equipment down the street on his luggage cart. This week we perform in Milwaukee and at the Note in Chicago. Check the...Read more »

Off to New York...

March 19th, 2006

The band's 2nd trip to the state, but will include our 1st ever performance in New York City. CAbP will play at Makor Jazz Club in upper Mid-town on Saturday, March 25th. New York has become the nation's capital for Afrobeat music with Antibalas, Kokolo, Femme Nameless and others, all native to the NYC area. We're also performing in Syracuse and Ithaca in upstate NY. Check the calendar for details.......Read more »

Thanks for a great House of Blues show!

March 19th, 2006

We'd like to thank everyone who came out for our House of Blues headline on March 17th.  It's a great privilege to play such a fantastic venue.  The crowd energy was electric and the turnout was good. See you there again soon!...Read more »

CAbP to Headline Chicago House of Blues on St. Patrick's Day (free tix available)

March 10th, 2006

CAbP to Headline Chicago House of Blues on St. Patrick’s Day (free tix available)

Chicago Afrobeat Project returns to the Chicago House of Blues for a headlining gig on Friday, March 17. Also included on the bill are Musical Outfits, Frank Tribes Band and Radio Mango. Doors are at 7:30 p.m., and Musical Outfits kicks off the night at 8:30 p.m....Read more »

Mourned: Guitarist Ali Farke Touré

March 10th, 2006

Mourned: Guitarist Ali Farke Touré

It is with the deepest sympathies that we announce famed African guitarist Ali Farke Touré died this week -- after just collecting another Grammy award for his collaboration with kora master Toumani Diabte. Toure also won a Grammy in 1994 for a collaboration with Ry Cooder, as you may know as the man who rediscovered the Buena Vista Social Club. Many of us in Chicago Afrobeat Project are great admirers of Touré and are saddened by...Read more »

CAbP Orders 1,000 More Copies of Self-Titled Debut Album

March 10th, 2006

Four months after releasing their debut album, Chicago Afrobeat Project has just received their second batch of 1,000 CDs. You can order the album online, or pick it up at any one of CAbP's upcoming shows. The album features many talented guest musicians such as kora master Morikeba Kouyate on "Jekajo," guitarist Fareed Haque on "BMW," and Diverse and Poetree Chicago as emcees on "Zambi." Pick it up today....Read more »

10-Day Rocky Mountain Tour Solidifies for April

March 10th, 2006

10-Day Rocky Mountain Tour Solidifies for April

In early- and mid-April, Chicago Afrobeat Project heads west to the Rockies for a 10-day run of debut performances throughout Colorado and other Western states. Beginning with a kick-off in Chicago on April 6 at the Park West with the mysterious guitarist Buckethead, the group heads to the following clubs and cities: Vaudeville Mews: Des Moines, Iowa The Jazzhaus: Lawrence, Kansas Southern Sun Pub & Brewery: Boulder, Colorado Winter Park Pub: Winter Park, Colorado Colorado Mountain College-Alpine Dining Hall setting: Steamboat Springs, Colorado Buckhorn: Laramie,...Read more »

March 10-11: Three Oaks, MI & Yellow Springs, OH

March 6th, 2006

We journey east this weekend (3/10 -3/11) for our first appearance at The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan and a return visit to little town that packs a big afrobeat punch, Yellow Springs, Ohio. We're hoping that bringing our funk to the elegance of The Acorn Theater will recruit some South Bend and Elk Hart, Indiana folks to the show -- it's only about a half hour's drive for you guys. Pass on the...Read more »

CAbP AIDS Effort Highlighted by African Networks for Health Research and Development

March 6th, 2006

CAbP AIDS Effort Highlighted by African Networks for Health Research and Development

Afro-Nets, the African Network for Health Research and Development, recently highlighted Chicago Afrobeat Project's contributions to Journalists Against AIDS Nigeria (JAAIDS), a non-profit organization that creates innovative communication programs to battle AIDS in Nigeria. According to Omololu Falobi, executive director of JAAIDS, "We deeply appreciate this [donation], particularly coming as it were from a group that maintains close links to Afrobeat and to Fela, whose AIDS-related death did a lot to change the tide in...Read more »

Back to The Note for First Beat on 3/4!

February 24th, 2006

Saturday, March 4 brings us back home for our monthly late-night gig at The Note from 2-5 a.m. Come feel the vibe as we throw out some hard-hitting afrobeat with some new faces on stage. After a weekend off, we're pumped and ready. See you there. Peace....Read more »

Iowa City, Chi-Town with Fareed, Madison...

February 16th, 2006

Tonight (Thursday) we brave the winter weather to spend the evening in our favorite small town in Iowa -- Iowa City. We play at the Iowa City Yacht Club, and the evening will begin with local band New Beat City followed by CAbP. The venue is downstairs and cozy -- a great vibe for a Thursday night. Friday takes us back home for a double bill with theFareed Haque Group at Martyrs' Live on Lincoln Avenue. Expect four total...Read more »

We're Michigan bound... with or without the snow

February 9th, 2006

We're braving the snow for a visit to three Michigan towns this weeked. We stop off first Thursday night in St. Joe's at Czar's for our first time at what we hear is a tremendously friendly venue. Looking forward to bringing our sounds to some new ears. Friday takes us back to our favorite brewery in Kalamazoo -- Bells. Look for some new faces as we're bringing some new friends Segun and and Shawn to play...Read more »

Thank You for Success in Champaign, St. Louis and Carbondale

January 24th, 2006

We'd like to thank each and every one of you for packing the clubs in Champaign, St. Louis and Carbondale this past weekend. We loved the energy of the crowds and owe much to you for making those rooms as packed as they were. We will be back to those towns in a few months, so keep your eyes on our Web site for the specifics. We are taking this weekend off to work on...Read more »

CAbP Head to Champaign, Carbondale and St. Louis 1/19 - 1/21

January 10th, 2006

CAbP Head to Champaign, Carbondale and St. Louis 1/19 – 1/21

The afrobeat machine hits the road again with a three-day run down south: We hit the The Canopy Club in Champaign on Thursday, 1/19, where we play the Groove Jammy event with Beat Kitchen and the Alma Afrobeat Ensemble (view flyer). For Friday, there are two shows in St. Louis: a morning show at Forest Park Community College (11 a.m.) and an evening performance at Off Broadway with Dub Kitchen, a local dub reggae act....Read more »

CAbP & Abateria Steam Up the HotHouse on 1/13

January 10th, 2006

Get over the new year's blues with Chicago Afrobeat Project and Abateria, our favorite Latin band from Missouri, as we turn up the heat for an up-beat dance gig at the HotHouse on Friday night, 1/13. CAbP dancers Tosha and Eboney will perform along with talking drum master T.J. Okulnola and other good friends....Read more »

Chicago Public Radio Ranks Album in Top 10 World Albums of '05

January 9th, 2006

Chicago Public Radio's Passport show , airing on 91.5 WBEZ Fridays at 9 p.m. CT, has ranked the Chicago Afrobeat Project debut album as one of the Top 10 World Music Albums of 2005. Next to albums from Ry Cooder and other great artists, we're humbled by the recognition and would like to thank Chris Heim, host of Passport, and all at WBEZ for their support in 2005....Read more »

Spend NYE with CAbP at The Note!

December 20th, 2005

Spend NYE with CAbP at The Note!

Ring in the new year with CAbP at The Note! CAbP starts at 10 p.m., with DJ Shon Dervis and local hip-hop band Bad News Jones to follow CAbP until 5 a.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show. We'll see you there!...Read more »

Vote for CAbP in the Chicago Music Awards

November 30th, 2005

Chicago Afrobeat Project has been nominated for the second year in a row as Best African Entertainer in the Chicago Music Awards. Vote CAbP on nomination No. 22 at http://www.chicagomusicawards.com. Since it's inception in 1980, The Chicago Music Awards (CMA) celebrates and recognizes the quality and diversity of music and artistry. Each year the Awards pay tribute to the best and the brightest among Chicago area entertainers....Read more »

Thank you for coming to the CD Release Celebrations!

November 24th, 2005

We'd like to thank everyone who came out to our sold out CD Release Celebrations at Martyrs'. Performing for you was more fun than we could ever expect, and we are happy to provide JAAIDS a significant donation because of the event. If you didn't get a chance to pick up your CD, you can buy it online at the CAbP store. Next up, we're at The House Cafe (Fareed Haque's club) in Dekalb, IL...Read more »

CAbP to be Featured on Chicago Public Radio's "848"

November 7th, 2005

On Friday, November 11, tune in to 91.5 FM at 10:30 a.m. CT to hear Kevin and Marshall interviewed on Chicago Public Radio's daytime radio show "848." Hear the guys field questions at the end of the show about the origins and future of CAbP, the new self-titled album and the CD Release Party on Saturday, November 12. You can listen online at http://www.wbez.org/audio_library/ram/livefeed/livefeed.ram....Read more »

CAbP to Donate Percentage of CD Sales to Journalists Against AIDS Nigeria

October 27th, 2005

We in CAbP feel it's important to give back to the community in which the source of our music began. As such, we will be donating a percentage of all CD sales of our new album to Journalists Against AIDS Nigeria (JAAIDS), a non-profit group based in Lagos, Nigeria that develops innovative communication programs to help battle AIDS in Nigeria. In addition to donating a percentage of CD proceeds, we will also be donating a percentage...Read more »

CAbP to debut at Chicago's Green Dolphin Street

October 10th, 2005

On Saturday, March 18, Chicago Afrobeat Project will perform at one of Chicago's hottest jazz clubs, Green Dolphin Street. Located at Ashland and Webster, the Green Dolphin is a staple in the jazz scene, bringing talent from the world over to a monstrous stage in a comfortable, upscale room. If you have an entire evening to spare, the food at Green Dolphin is worth a visit. There's also plenty of room to dance. We're lookin' forward to this...Read more »

CAbP to feature guitarist Jeff Parker at March "First Beat" show at The Note

October 10th, 2005

Chicago Afrobeat Project and Jeff Parker will appear onstage together March 5. CAbP's "First Beat" series which began almost two years ago has been drawing packed houses the first Saturday of every month. This late-night appearance at 1565 N.Milwaukee Ave, in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, draws a diverse crowd, filling the club to capacity with frenzied dancers until the liquor license ends and the sun begins to rise. Jeff Parker is best known for his guitar...Read more »

Vote for CAbP in the Chicago Music Awards!

October 10th, 2005

Chicago Afrobeat Project has been nominated this year for a Chicago Music Award in the Best African Music Entertainer category. Cast your vote for CAbP today in the 24th annual Chicago Music Awards!...Read more »

CAbP begins recording first studio release

October 10th, 2005

The band has begun recording its first studio album at their rehearsal loft on Lake Street on the west side of Chicago. Due out in Fall, 2004, the album will feature Chicago Afrobeat Project staples from the last couple of years as well as some surprises....Read more »

CAbP locks up hot shows during the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz Festival

October 10th, 2005

Ever extending its geographic reach, Chicago Afrobeat Project has booked three performances during the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz Festival: Thursday, April 22: Maple Leaf Saturday, April 23: The Core at the State Palace Theater Sunday, April 24: CAbP Crawfish Boil Party Visit the CAbP tour schedule for specific venue information. Thursday, the boys bring their funkified Afrobeat blend to the Maple Leaf, a pillar of the New Orleans jazz scene, as they open up for 2 sic...Read more »

The Album Is Finished - Help Celebrate on November 12

October 8th, 2005

Join us on November 12, 2005 at Martyrs' to celebrate our debut disc we've been working on for almost 18 months. We're playing two shows: an all-ages afternoon show at 2 p.m. and then an evening show at 9 p.m. with Howard Levy, Fareed Haque, Morikeba Kouyate Zach Brock and other guests. Advanced ticket purchasing for the shows is now closed. You can pick up tickets at the door at Marytrs'. We can't wait to...Read more »

CAbP begins "First Beat" shows at The Note in Chicago's Wicker Park

October 10th, 2004

Starting in November, Chicago Afrobeat Project will perform a late-night dance set on the first Saturday of every month at Chicago's hot club, The Note. The Note is located at 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave. Billed as First Beat shows, CAbP will perform from 2-5 a.m. Come one, come all -- instead of turning in, come hear us turn up...Read more »

CAbP to Headline House of Blues

July 1st, 2004

Chicago Afrobeat Project will be taking the stage at the prestigious House of Blues Chicago Saturday, July 9. Expect the works at we debut as the HOB's headlining act. The performance will feature live breakdancers from Chicago's own Brickheadz as well as many musical surprises. Our good friends Free Space will kick off the night at 9 p.m., and we are very excited to have Abstract Giants join us immediately before we play. For those of...Read more »

Chicago Tribune features CAbP in today's "Friday" section

February 6th, 2004

You can view the story on the Chicago Tribune web site after logging in (login/password: cabp/afrobeat) or view the full story below. Article reprinted below courtesy of the Chicago Tribune. "Chicago Afrobeat brings Fela Kuti's word to the people" By Ytasha L. Womack Special to the Tribune Published February 6, 2004 Afrobeat, Nigeria's electrifying contribution to world music, is thriving in the Chicago Afrobeat Project. Viewing themselves as musical ambassadors for an art form few Americans are familiar with, the group...Read more »

 

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