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Concerts & Events

Wednesday, September 22, 2021  ·  8:30 PM CDT

Rising Star Fife and Drum Band

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

World Music Wednesdays

A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM.

Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.

Rising Star Fife and Drum Band

American fife and drum blues is a vanishing American folk music tradition derived from country blues, martial music tradition, and African rhythms. The late, great legendary Othar Turner founded the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band which is now led by his granddaughter, Shardé Thomas.

Larry Taylor

Howlin Wolf said it best: "When you got no food on the table, can't pay the rent--that's the blues.” Larry Taylor, legendary band leader, producer, singer, and drummer from the West Side of Chicago, has been there. And he knows how to bring it --the blues, and the rhythm. Real music all people can enjoy.

Larry Hill Taylor is the oldest son of the master guitarist Eddie “Playboy” Taylor—VeeJay recording artist, Jimmy Reed's music partner, the guy who laid down the boogie and “lump” rhythms that power Chicago's world-famous blues music.

Today Larry's a legend in his own right. He faithfully carries not only his father's 1950s music traditions, but also a stack of lively R&B/soul tunes which sprang from blues in his own West Side neighborhood--from Howlin' Wolf to Tyrone Davis to James Brown. He received long-overdue recognition in 2020 when the City of Chicago's Department of Culture and Special Events named him one of 13 Esteemed Artists.

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Year of Chicago Music grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.