Chicago Afrobeat Project

Double Door Welcomes

Chicago Afrobeat Project

Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, Fatbook, A Special Appearance By: Bloco Maximo

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

$5 for Chicago Teachers, present school ID at the door for reduced price admission

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Chicago Afrobeat Project
Chicago Afrobeat Project
In the 10 years since its birth from Chicago's underground art and loft party scene, Chicago Afrobeat Project has performed coast to coast at clubs and festivals across the United States.

2012 marks the release of "Nyash Up!" the band’s fourth official album project and its best sounding, best produced release so far. Over the years the group has defined and redefined their signature version of a
frobeat. Their latest work is reaching into new territories incorporating elements of hip-hop, orchestra-like musical arrangement, and exciting stylistic exploration touching on rock, jazz and funk. The 8-piece group is established as one of the top bands in the afrobeat world.

Afrobeat has succeeded in establishing itself as a wide reaching genre with groups all over the world performing their take on the music first pioneered by Fela Kuti. The success of the Broadway musical, Fela! (and its recent take to the road) has made afrobeat a widely-known sound. Elements of the music are pushing their way further into more diverse and mainstream outlets with a widening array of successful artists (including pop and major label groups) drawing influence from it.

Chicago Afrobeat Project has risen among afrobeat groups after emerging as one of the first nationally touring American bands to take the sound to the masses. Over the years the band has mastered a sound that successfully weaves the uniqueness of the Chicago music scene with a distinct western-influenced Nigerian style of music. In 2012, the group recently performed on stage with Seun Kuti (son of the late Fela Kuti), featured Sahr (the original actor portraying Fela in the Broadway musical) and members of the Brooklyn afrobeat Antibalas. and in the past with artists such as Bill Kreutzman of the Grateful Dead, Jeff Parker of Tortoise, Steve Kimmock, Paul Wertico, Howard Levy, and many others.

Chicago Afrobeat Project takes this immense momentum wherever they travel. The band's reputation as delivering a stellar live performance translates to group's new "Nyash Up!" album as well, with critics already clamoring that it's the groups best studio record to date.
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International
The Occidental Brothers’ blend of high-energy soukous, rootsy Ghananian Highlife and African Jazz conjures sounds of the golden age of the African guitar band and has made them favorites of of music critics and devotees of the style, but it’s a sound that has also seduced an audience of listeners as diverse as the members of this multi-racial band. The group is led by guitarist Nathaniel Braddock,
an instructor at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and twice profiled in Guitar Player Magazine. Braddock is joined by jazz phenom Greg Ward on alto, Joshua Ramos on bass and Makaya McCraven on drums. After playing the Pitchfork festival in 2008 and GlobalFest in January 2009, the OBDBI experienced a meteoric rise–graduating from Chicago street festivals to the stages of Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Montreal and Vancouver Jazz Festivals in the course of a year.
Fatbook is an 8 piece Chicago based group of musicians that draws influence from all over into our own soulful sound - Funk, Reggae/Dub, Jazz, RnB, Hip-Hop, West-African and Brazilian music, and a lil’ epic Rock. Our members’ experiences around the world have influenced who we are as people and the music we create. We make music that is fresh, colorful, and rooted in groove.

We formed the group at Lawrence University and won back-to-back “Downbeat Awards” from the jazz world’s Downbeat Magazine in 2009 and 2010. The group has been re-rooted in Chicago since then, and has quickly become a recognized force in the Chicago music community. We have been playing with some amazing friends here and adding to the four member core of Harjinder Singh, Evan Jacobson, Reed Flygt, and Ted Toussaint.

Harjinder, Evan, and Reed are music educators in Chicago Public Schools, and are dedicated to bringing youth up within the world of music, dance, and art. Expression is essential for the human soul, and teaching is essential for the human community. We love sharing what we love.

Fatbook has been developing devoted support while playing all over the Midwest- a sold-out New Years Eve 2011 marked the beginning of this new chapter.
The group has appeared at the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival, SummerFest (the “world’s largest music festival”), The Old Town School of Folk Music ( international series- “World Music Wednesdays”), and shared the stage with international and national acts such as Young Blood Brass Band, Willie-Waldman Project (Snoop Dogg, Banyan, Jane’s Addiction, Santana, and more), Steve Molitz (Playing for Change Band, Particle), Roster McCabe, and Mark Joseph (Down Lo, MJG-Productions).
A Special Appearance By: Bloco Maximo
A Special Appearance By: Bloco Maximo
Bloco Maximo (formed in july 2011) is a new Chicago based percussion group that brings the awesome sound of Brazilian batucada from the Pelourinho and the Sambodromo – combining the traditional sounds of timbal, repique, surdo, caixa & tamborim in a funky, energetic dose of wall-to-wall rhythm.

we rehearse every week simply because we want to see each other more often.

we dedicate this group to our teacher dane maxim richeson.

here’s to you dane maxim richeson.
Venue Information:
Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622