In Chicago, the weekend doesn't wait until sundown. Start your party early at the Chicago Cultural Center's bi-monthly Wired Fridays series. Celebrate the city's status as a House music mecca and groove to guest DJ beats in the middle of the day, on the first and third Friday of the month.
On Friday, April 1, head to Randolph Square on the first floor to hear ground-breaking house DJ Lori Branch. A pioneering female DJ who helped ignite Chicago's House music scene in the '80s, Lori spins a throbbing set filled with old school classics. This FREE event is from noon to 1PM and you are guaranteed to work up a sweat.
Chicago's eclectic cultural offerings will also be on lively display at the Funkadesi and Ugochi concert at The Promontory, on Saturday, April 2. Both acts blend global musical influences from Africa, India and the Caribbean for irresitible dance rhythms. The intimate concert hall hosts the performance in their bi-level venue that is part restaurant, music space and bar.
A staple on the Chicago cultural scene for decades, Funkadesi showcases a distinctive mix of Indian bhangra, Bollywood and folk with reggae, funk and Afro-Carribean beats. The band presents a dynamic fusion of color, movement and sound during their popular live performances. Expect to dance non-stop to grooves from all over the world.
Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter/poet Ugochi opens the show with her signature brand of African beats and Chicago soul, dubbed Afro-Soul. Noted for her high energy shows and culturally aware lyrics, Ugochi inspires audiences with positive vibes and music that fuses her Nigerian roots with reggae, soul and funk. Prepare for lots of hip-shaking and head nodding.
The double-act show starts at 8pm. Tickets range from $15-$20.
Photos courtesy of City of Chicago, Funkadesi and Ugochi.