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Navy Pier Hosts World Music Festival Chicago

September 12, 2011

Navy Pier welcomes international musicians to the Landshark Beer Garden to rock around the world from September 16th to 18th as part of the 13th annual World Music Festival Chicago. Three days of ethnic/folk music ensembles will showcase traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures.

As always, there is no cover charge at Chicago’s best beer garden! Check the schedule and come check out the free sample of world music from Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Senegal, India, Nepal, Taiwan, Ghana and Bulgaria. Don’t miss a chance to see these special performances!


Landshark Beer Garden – Friday, September 16

 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Café Antarsia (Egypt/Greece/US)

“… the intoxicating Balkan rhythms composer Nikos Brisco has laced through his score for a feisty gypsy band, and (with) the historic subject matter complete with warring factions, bloodthirsty brothers and dangerous seduction, it seems that…the duo may have a little masterpiece on their hands.” ~ From Arts Cure Magazine 2005

8:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Primitive (Chicago)

Primitive is a new 5-member project by Chicago percussionist John Yost, a master facilitator, rhythmist and educator, and has performed and recorded internationally.


Landshark Beer Garden – Saturday, September 17

 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

House of Waters (Ireland/Senegal/India/US)

House of Waters is a New York-based band with a global sound. Drawing inspiration from Africa, India, South America and jazz, the band is, as TimeOut NY states “a sight to behold.”

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Kutumba (Nepal)

Kutumba is a folk instrumental ensemble, group of six professionals from Kathmandu. Having come together for the preservation of their culture and art, Kutumba wishes to spread love and joy of Nepali folk music throughout the world.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Chai Found Music Workshop (Taiwan)

Chai Found Music Workshop is a traditional Taiwanese and Chinese music ensemble from Taipei/Taiwan.

8:00 pm -9:45 pm

Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana/US)

With a lightning-fast mind, the political boldness of Chuck D, and the sixth groove sense of Fela Kuti, the Ghanaian-born, New York-based MC, composer and producer Blitz the Ambassador unleashes psychedelic Afrobeat colors and triple-time rhymes.

Fireworks at 9:00 pm!


Landshark Beer Garden – Sunday, September 18

 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Opposition Party  (Chicago)

The Opposition Party is a ten-piece Chicago musical collective, centered around performance of polyrhythmic music, particularly the cross-pollination of African music, Jamaican reggae and dub and American funk and jazz.

 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Bulgarika featuring Nikolay Kolev  (Bulgaria)

Bandleader Nikolay Kolev is a famous gadulka virtuoso from the village Karavelovo in the Rose Valley of


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