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Rogers Park World Music Festival
Saturday, September 16, 2006

Touhy Park
7348 N. Paulina
Chicago Il 60626


Free Admission


12:00
MWC Music - Main Stage
1:00
Hipnotic Belly Dancers -2nd Stage
1:30
El Payo-Rumba//Nuevo Flamenca - Main Stage
2:50
The Nep Chicks (Nepali dance) -2nd Stage
3:15
Lomnava Cultural Group;Ghana Dancers -2nd Stage
4:00
Heather Maxwell African Music- Main Stage
5:15
Pyrotechniq Fire Troupe performing to World Music DJ Maliq - Main Stage
Throughout Festival Fig DJ Andrew Ettenhofer
-2nd Stage


rogers park world music festival

The community joins in an annual event that celebrates the global vibe of the Rogers Park community by creating connection among artists, music, local businesses, and residents. A venue of the city of Chicago's World Music Festival, the day-long event is free and open to the public.

 

Wisdom Bridge to Host Rogers Park World Music Festival!

The Wisdom Bridge Arts Project is celebrating the diversity of our great neighborhood by organizing a free WORLD music event during the city wide sponsored annual multi-venue World Music Festival.

Saturday, September 16th 2006 at Touhy Park , 7348 N. Paulina St .  

The best in international music converges upon Chicago when the city hosts the annual multi-venue World Music Festival: Chicago . Organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the week-long festival showcases both traditional and contemporary music from many of the world's diverse cultures. Festival events include a mix of free and ticketed concerts, live radio broadcasts and educational workshops presented in museums, parks, cultural centers, plazas, theaters, bookstores, clubs and other venues throughout Chicago . Among the many events of this years world music celebration, Wisdom Bridge Arts Project is proud to present one of the only free outdoor music fest, the “Rogers Park World Music Festival”  

“Rogers Park World Music Festival is the quintessential Rogers Park music festival.”
The Wisdom Bridge Arts Project is celebrating the diversity of our great neighborhood by organizing a free WORLD music event during the city wide sponsored annual multi-venue World Music Festival. “Rogers Park is a shining national example of how true diversity works in a neighborhood. The typical city/neighborhood festival picks one ethnicity and focuses on it - that's not Rogers Park.  We aren't little Italy , or Pilsen, or Lincoln Square , so as a result we need to have a festival focused on multi-ethnicity.”
 

This year in the Rogers Park neighborhood between Clark and Paulina Streets the event will be held at Touhy Park which covers 6.35 acres.   Along with various cultural acts including the Hipnotic Belly Dancers, Nepalese Dancers and Fire Dancers we are also proud to be hosting El Payo; the only Rumba/Nuevo Flamenco group of its class and  Heather Maxwell & African Soul; who delivers a dazzling show of modern African/World music.

 The Wisdom Bridge Arts Project is a non-profit organization that brings high-quality arts programs to the art-starved youth and residents of the Rogers Park area. Our dedicated staff and volunteers seek to unify and empower this unique, culturally diverse community by providing a safe place for art experience and expression. Spanning music, visual, and performing arts, Wisdom Bridge brings a world of creativity to those who need it most. Our project succeeds as a collaboration between teachers, artists, activists, businesses, community leaders, and area residents who wish to usher a creative renaissance into Rogers Park.

Rogers Park World Music Festival
Saturday, September 16th 2006 Touhy Park
7348 N. Paulina St. (Map it)
Chicago , IL 60626
Hotline: 773.382.2499
www.wbap.org

FREE!

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Along with various cultural acts including the Hipnotic Belly Dancers, Nepalese Dancers and Fire Dancers we are also proud to be hosting El Payo; the only Rumba/Nuevo Flamenco group of its class and  Heather Maxwell & African Soul; who delivers a dazzling show of modern African/World music.  

12:00 MWC Music
- Main Stage
1:00
Hipnotic Belly Dancers -2nd Stage
1:30
El Payo-Rumba//Nuevo Flamenca - Main Stage
2:50
The Nep Chicks (Nepali dance) -2nd Stage
3:15
Lomnava Cultural Group;Ghana Dancers -2nd Stage
4:00
Heather Maxwell African Music- Main Stage
5:15
Pyrotechniq Fire Troupe performing to World Music DJ Maliq - Main Stage
Throughout Festival Fig DJ Andrew Ettenhofer
-2nd Stage


HIPNOTIC
Hipnotic strives to bring tribal belly dance to the public as an art form. Each member is dedicated to furthering their education in the art of belly dance, as well as various other art forms and dance styles to bring their own flair to Hipnotic. We endeavor to entertain and educate our audiences through our performances and interactions.

We have been performing in the Chicago area since 2002. With a firm foundation in American Tribal Style, we have integrated African, Indian, Hip Hop, Gothic and Flamenco styles to make our performances interesting, colorful and mesmerizing. We are dedicated to bringing a fresh look to tribal style belly dance and truly believe in the power of the troupe, as well as the energy created within when dancing. And, we like to share this energy with our audience through the dance.

 

EL PAYO
El Payo is the only Rumba/Nuevo Flamenco group of its class in Chicago . Its members come from diverse countries, such as Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru . Their distinct sound is influenced by a rich combination of upbeat rumbas, traditional and nuevo flamenco, as well as a repertoire of classic Latin American songs. El Payo offers something for all the senses. Their dynamic and soulful sound keeps your ears at full attention, while your eyes focus on intense and passionate flamenco dance performances. The group is led by singer David Gonzalez, singer/dancer Angela Ponzio, flamenco guitarist David Chiriboga, bass guitarist/flamenco guitarist Tom Kimball, percussionist/drummer Raul Fernandez, and flamenco dancer/percussionist Edwin Suarez.

HEATHER MAXWELL & AFRICAN SOUL
Heather Maxwell, American singer/songwriter and ethnomusicologist, delivers a dazzling show of modern African/World music. Maxwell's compositions are strongly influenced by her experiences of musical life in West Africa ( Mali, Ghana, and Ivory Coast) and her American roots in gospel and jazz. The result is a complex yet earthy, sultry, soulful style. Maxwell sings in English, French, and three African languages with a voice and presence that recalls singers Erika Badu, Angelique Kidjo, Les Nubians, and Vaya con Tigo.

Ms. Maxwell, aka Anna Traoré, spent 4 years in Mali as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Fulbright scholar. She plays kamalen n'goni and balafon. Anna was the l'animatrice for Mali at the 2003Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. In November 2005, she sang before the Prime Minister, Issoufi Maiga, in Richmond , Virginia . Her solo albums include Keneya Ji (Samassa 1990), Worro (EMI 1991), and selections in Heartbeat (Random Chance 2006).