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Emporium Chicago - Arcade Bar Venue
1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622
FREE SHOW // 21+ // 1366 N MILWAUKEE AVE
¡ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat
¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat is a dynamic musical ensemble formed in Chicago in 2013. They perform a variety of roots rock inspired dance music from North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean Islands. The ethnically diverse musicians establish energizing polyrhythmic grooves and combine biting twang guitars, thumping bass, with the strength of brass horns, group singing, and urban poetry.
¡ESSO! was awarded «Best New Band,» and «Best World/International Music Act» by the Chicago Reader's Poll in 2016. Their latest album offering, Pueblo Unido, is a remix album of their debut record. Fresh back from an appearance at SXSW and their first festival date in México, ESSO is planning a national tour in the Summer of 2017 to bring their music to new listeners across the states and beyond.
Sam Pace (Austin, TX)
For six years Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit have been making a name for themselves as a force to be reckoned with. As regulars in the Austin music scene and road dogs famous for their relentless 50-city U.S. Tours- the band has an old school work ethic with the chops to match.
Over the past three years Sam has been peppered throughout the Austin Music Awards annual Top-10 lists. He has placed Top-10 for Musician of the Year, Best Song, Best Album, Best Album Art, Best Rock Band, Best Blues/Soul/Funk Band and two years in a row for Best Guitar Player and Best Male Vocals. Sam’s voice and guitar playing are the signatures of the sound. His booming baritone and soulful growl give the music a powerful edge; while his heavy, swinging guitar and thick, luscious tone has been described as “a marriage between Peter Green, early Clapton, and early Hendrix.”
“As far as high energy shows are concerned, Austin music fans could not do much better that Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit”
– Greg Ackerman, Examiner