University of Chicago Presents

April 29, 2016 at University Of Chicago Logan Arts Center in Chicago.


University of Chicago
Fri, Apr 29
Performance Hall
Logan Center for the Arts
Chicago, IL

Artists: Dion Parson, drums; Ron Blake, saxophone; Rashawn Ross, trumpet; Carlton Holmes, piano; Reuben Rogers, bass; Victor Provost, steel pan; Alioune Faye, percussion

Dion and the band will take the flavors of the Virgin Island to the Chicago stage as part of the University of Chicago’s Jazz at the Logan Concert Series. Making his Chicago debut as a leader, Dion and 21st Century Band will heat things up with a fresh, innovative sound mixing US Virgin Islands traditions with other Caribbean infusions like reggae, calypso, soca, mento, ska, zouk, steel pan, chutney, and funk with New Orleans and African overtones. Click here for details.

“A core group of talented musicians who… use the complex improvisational techniques and instrumental voicing of jazz to explore new musical territory.” – All About Jazz

Address: 915 E 60th St, Chicago
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Live Reggae After Work Thursday’s @ Mr Brown’s lounge New Downtown Chicago

May 05, 2016 at Mr. Brown’s Lounge in Chicago.


Join us Every Thursday night!


Alongside Dj Corey Bless & The Bless Pro Dj family.

Drink specials by:
Remy Martin
Mount Gay rum

Band starts first set at 6pm Sharp!

Seated space is limited!

Rsvp to book your table for dinner and or Bottle service.

RSVP all info to or visit


Address: 81 E Wacker Pl, Chicago
Live Reggae After Work Thursday

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April 15, 2016 at Rio Chicago in Chicago.


D.I.S ENTERTAINMENT Presents Afro Fusion Reloaded at Rio Chicago
FRIDAY, April 15th, 2016

FREE ENTRY before 12, Midnight with RSVP
DOORS 10pm – Party until 4am
Age: 21+
Dress Code: Upscale/ No effort, no entry
Music By: DJ Dee Money * Dee’Jay Three’k * DJ Bonsu
Afrobeat * Hip Hop * Soca * Dancehall * Reggae * 90’s* Pop*
Pictures By: Tunji Sangoleye of Dare2dream Photography
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We invite EVERYONE with open minds to come out and have a great time.

Address: 2200 N Ashland Ave, Chicago

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A Pop-Up Market Curated by Pot Shop

April 23, 2016 at Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago.


FREE EVENT – Open to the Public – MUST BE 21+

The Chicago Reader partners with Pot Shop and Emporium (Logan Square) on Saturday, April 23rd to present a pot-based collaboration in conjunction with The Readers April 14th issue that will feature a market, activities, and panel discussion (starting at approx 3pm) from top Marijuana industry experts.

Attendees will be able to browse the trippy pop-up that will include pieces, pipes, clothing, pins, posters, and a selection of other pot accessories from contemporary artists while participating in a panel that will address the changing state of marijuana in Illinois.

Also, DJ Brian Chankin will be spinning reggae tunes for all to enjoy and the bar will be open for normal service.

Pot Shop will include work by:
Clay Hickson of Tan n’ Loose Press
Leah Ball
Silk Shaman
Noël Morical
Joey Watson
Gurtie Hansel
Tanner Bowman
Moira O’Neil
and more!

Address: 2363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
A Pop-Up Market Curated by Pot Shop

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4th Annual Black & White Gala

June 16, 2016 at in Chicago.

tracking.php?code=BrVfYFCxyjMBirXHMexo2w celebrates 5 years in the making!

There’s no better way to create a festive mood than to have interesting conversations, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and tasty cocktails.

Come hear the astounding music from Jugo De Mango, a Latin world fusion band blending traditional and modern cumbia, reggae, and rock rhythms into a tangible palate of alluring dance music.

This is a 21+ event; $20 ticket price with proceeds donated to Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) which is a national non-profit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals.

Address: 332 S Michigan Ave, # H642, Ste 1032, Chicago
4th Annual Black & White Gala

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Taj Mahal Trio

April 14, 2016 at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.


with special guests Sammy Blue & Rita Graham
Thursday, April 14, 2016 ♦ 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM

One of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music Taj Mahal is a 2014 recipient of the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award along side such luminaries as Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, and Flaco Jimenez. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world – West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian Islands and so much more. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery. Over the years, his passion and curiosity have led him around the world, and the resulting global perspective is reflected in his music.

The two-time Grammy winner and one of the most influential American blues and roots artists of the past half-century, celebrates over four decades of blues, roots, reggae and beyond with his latest release The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 (Legacy, 2012), a two disc set. This is a follow up to 2008’s Maestro: Celebrating 40 Years, marking the fortieth anniversary of Taj’s rich and varied recording career by mixing original material, chestnuts borrowed from classic sources, and songs written by a cadre of highly talented guest artists.

A self taught musician, Taj plays over 20 instruments including National Steel and Dobro guitars, and his remarkable voice ranges from gruff and gravelly to smooth and sultry. His music remains a well-seasoned gumbo, spiced with influences that originate in the Caribbean, West Africa, the Southern States, and the inner cities of America.

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Address: 4544 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
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Bednarek Concert

May 26, 2016 at Portage Theater in Chicago.


Kamil Bednarek po raz kolejny w Chicago!
Award-winning Polish reggae & dancehall vocalist with two #1 albums in Poland (with Star Guard Muffin and his eponymous band Bednarek), Kamil Bednarek has recorded with some of Jamaica’s top reggae artists including Dean Fraser, Earl Smith, Capelton, The Tamlins, plus musicians from “Shaggy.” In 2013, he won an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Polish Act, and his latest album Jestem (I Am), is certified triple platinum.

Address: 4050 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Bednarek Concert

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That Captain at Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL

June 04, 2016 at Red Line Tap in Chicago.


That Captain is traveling around the USA on their Miles And Smiles Tour! Check out these Texas boys jammin’ their unique style of “Folk ‘n Reggae” live at a venue near you!!!

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Address: 7006 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago
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Walshy Fire – 4.30

April 30, 2016 at Studio Paris Nightclub in Chicago.


Highly renowned and respected throughout the Caribbean music universe as a double-threat MC and selector for Miami’s Grammy winning Black Chiney Sound System, Walshy is the master of ceremonies for genre-bending dancehall carnival, Major Lazer, touring alongside Diplo &The Jillionaire. Originally from Jamaica, Walshy had the #1 show in Miami radio for ten years running. As an MC he toured for 8 years with the trailblazing Black Chiney sound system cited as a significant influence on the evolution of Major Lazer with its “mash ups” that blended hip hop or R&B rhythms with reggae artist vocal tracks. Mix tapes that Black Chiney sound developed were the training ground for Walshy to become a sought-after remix producer and advocate for some of music’s lesser known artists, giving them a platform to be introduced to a wider audience. He’s released dozens of innovative mix compilations, remixes of songs and single-artist mixes for artists like Chronixx whose Walshy Fire Presents: Start A Fire mix has surpassed 1 million plays. Since 2012 Walshy has toured with Major Lazer performing on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and contributing on the production of the most recent two Major Lazer albums: FREE THE UNIVERSE and PEACE IS THE MISSION. Maintaining a vigorous schedule as a solo DJ when not on tour or in production with Major Lazer, Walshy originated the concept “Future Dancehall” with its roots in Jamaica’s sound system culture and the touchstone for the Walshy Fire Presents record label.

Address: 59 W Hubbard St, Chicago
Walshy Fire - 4.30

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Ruckus – 4.29

April 29, 2016 at Studio Paris Nightclub in Chicago.


Greg Andrews was just fourteen years old when he given has first set of turntables. By the age of sixteen, he had become DJ Ruckus and established himself as a fixture in the Miami and New York club scenes. Now, nearly a decade later, DJ Ruckus is America’s most in-demand celebrity deejay.

While still a teenager, Ruckus traveled to Morocco to perform at Diddy’s birthday party. A legion of celebrity fans was born. Today, the world’s biggest stars including Ruckus’ cousin Lenny Kravitz, Oprah, Jay-Z, Steven Spielberg, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Alicia Keys, Nas, Shaquille O’Neal, and Steve Nash routinely hire him to perform at their private parties.

Known for his effortless ability to fuse hip-hop, rock, electro, house, soul, funk, and reggae, Ruckus’ deep passion for music was established at an early age. “I grew up in a very musical home. My parents had an incredible record collection. From The Beatles to Curtis Mayfield, we were always listening to and learning about music at home. When I play, I aim to share my love of music with the crowd.”

A favorite of the fashion glitterati, Ruckus’ client list boasts the likes of Louis Vuitton, Prada, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, and Gap. His signature high-energy sound has also lead him to play for the industry leaders in the media, film, sports, and art including Museum of Modern Art , MTV, GQ, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Disney, Miramax, the NBA, UFC, the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Address: 59 W Hubbard St, Chicago
Ruckus - 4.29

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