Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park for a free concert featuring Chicago Afrobeat Project as part of Water Colors, a live jazz music series presented in partnership with Navy Pier.
Chicago Afrobeat Project is a 10-12 piece world music ensemble that breathes the uniqueness of Chicago into sounds of afrobeat pioneered by Fela Kuti and Tony Allen in the late '60s and '70s. Unique to this performance, the band created a set called «Chicago Afrobeat Project Plays '70s Lagos,» where the band channels a number of different sounds of '70s West Africa through a Chicago musical lense. Get ready to dance.
The Chicago Afrobeat Project (CAbP) began 15 years ago. In 2002, a group of musicians sharing a common inte...rest in West African rhythms that could be combined with Chicago house, indie rock, hip-hop, or jazz to form new avenues for musical experimentation. Today, CAbP has performed hundreds of tour dates, and released four studio recordings, placing them at the center of the emergence of the North American afrobeat scene. The collective’s latest release, “What Goes Up” features special guest and legendary innovative drummer Tony Allen, as well as many Chicago vocalists. Drummer Brian Eno plays kit on all 10 tracks, recording his signature beats behind the band and vocalists. This collaboration makes Chicago Afrobeat Project the first American afrobeat band to produce a full-length studio record with Tony Allen.
Family friendly & free