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.
Indigenous Peoples' Day Concert
The Indigenous Peoples' Day Concert is an annual, artistic and cultural event to showcase Native American musicians in an attempt to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day officially in the City of Chicago. The concert brings together Chicago's Native American, Indigenous communities, and the general public to celebrate a more inclusive holiday. The event includes history and knowledge between Native Americans, Columbus, and colonization with brochure handouts and the artists speaking about the importance of Indigenous Peoples' Day. In future years, if Columbus Day is abolished we hope that this event will continue as a way to solidify artistic and cultural pride in Native American and Indigenous communities in Chicago for many generations.
OPLIAM is a multi-instrumentalist whose music crosses all musical boundaries. He plays rock and roll, hip hop, and reggae - sometimes separately, sometimes cosmically interwoven. OPLIAM has toured internationally, playing shows in Australia and New Zealand. In 2019, OPLIAM played both the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC as well as the 23rd Annual World Peace and Prayer Day, held by Chief Arvol Looking Horse. OPLIAM has also played shows with Indigenous, Frank Waln, and members of Gogol Bordello. OPLIAM is Native American on his father's side and has never forgotten where he comes from as a musician. OPLIAM's family is Mohawk, originating from Kahnawake Mohawk Reserve outside of Montreal, Quebec. In 2021, OPLIAM signed his first book deal with Penguin Random House. He is writing a book for a new nonfiction series for young readers that will tell the real history of the U.S, one that challenges mainstream histories. The book is slated for publication in the summer of 2022. OPLIAM's 4th studio album "What Symbol Represents A Spirit” was released July 2021. He will be touring nationwide the rest of this year promoting the new project.
NuFolk Rebel Alliance ft. Eugene Hütz (Gogol Bordello)
NuFolk Rebel Alliance is a collaboration between multi-instrumentalists Pdrito Criollo and Leo Minimum Tek. The border-crossing duo mixes global folkloric music, acoustic Americana, Afro-Indigenous, Musica Latina, Gypsy, old country with punk rock, tropical sounds, and lo-fi dub. Based in NYC and singing in both English and Spanish, the NuFolk Rebels have a message of unity, resistance, and love through musical exploration.
Eugene Hütz is a Ukrainian-born Romani singer, composer, disc jockey and actor, most notable as the frontman of the Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello. Eugene, Pedro, and OPLIAM have been discussing over the years the parallels of Gypsy (Roma) and Native American marginalization and influence on music across the world, so this new collaboration is a big and beautiful vision finally coming alive on the Old Town stage this year!
Huguito Gutierrez & Armando Bakle
Music from Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, and more.