DOORS: 8:30PM | SHOW: 9:30PM
ESSO is an award winning dynamic musical ensemble from Chicago IL. They perform a variety of roots rock inspired dance music from North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean Islands. The ethnically diverse musicians establish energizing polyrhythmic grooves and combine biting twang guitars, thumping bass, with the strength of brass horns, group singing, and urban poetry.
Brooklyn Afro-Funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat veteran Kaleta, aka Leon Ligan-Majek, who hails from the Benin Republic in West Africa and is the former guitarist for Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade and Lauryn Hill.
Drawing on 40+ years of experience with the world’s top talent, Kaleta’s seasoned and exuberant performance style is backed by the explosive chemistry and magic he shares with his Super Yamba Band. Kaleta’s endearing and infectious presence allows him to build a connection with every audience, and at this stage in his life, every song, every lyric, and every guitar solo is a statement from his heart, sharing his vision of a peaceful, loving world for all.
Radio Free Honduras is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band, fronted by Honduran music legend and guitar virtuoso Charlie Baran. Before relocating to Chicago, Charlie was a fixture in the Honduran music scene. He became well known by those in the music industry as a composer and songwriter, and was revered by audiences for his talent as a performer. In Honduras he is best known as a founding member of the Honduran punta-rock band Banda Blanca. Charlie teamed up with Dan Abu-Absi (of JT and the Clouds and Birds of Chicago fame) to put together Radio Free Honduras a band of seasoned Chicago players who bring a wide range of influences to the music. The main focus of the band is on original music, but performances will often feature well known hits from Latin America, and Spanish language versions of American music of the 60’s and 70’s as well. This show will be their CD Release Show!