It's easy to find live outdoor jazz and rock throughout Chicago during the summer but if you're looking for something more culturally diverse, the Chicago Park District's Night Out In The Parks series presents "Surabhi: A Melting Pot of Music" at the beautiful Garfield Conservatory's Bluestone Terrace Outdoor Park tonight.
The evening will bring some of Chicago's most prominent flamenco and Indian performers to the spotlight for a night of dance and live music. Surabhi's band is led by Saraswathi Ranganathan, an adaptation of the lute, and Carlo Basile on flamenco guitar. Bharathanatyam dancer Priya Narayan and flamenco dancer Wendy Clinard provide visual accompaniment with improvisational dancing.
The group, rounded out by a set of percussionists, gives a glimpse into traditional and contemporary Indian music as well as Spanish flamenco sounds.
Night Out in the Parks provides more than 1,000 annual events in more than 250 of Chicago's parks. Backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, the series aims to bring a wholesome sense of cultural understanding to Chicago's residents and visitors. Surabhi's performance this month serves to bring together global music as well as more traditionally American sounds like blues and folk.
Surabhi: A Melting Pot of Music performs Wednesday, July 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages. For more information, events and directions, visit the Chicago Park District's website.