Get ready for ESSO’s residency at Emporium in Wicker Park!

Once a month “El Sonido Sonic Octopus” invites their favorite bands and brethren from around the Midwest to come to Chicago and get down to rep their cities: Madsion WI, Grand Rapids MI, Indianapolis IN, Chicago IL. This first show features Immigré (Funky Afrobeat out of Madison WI)

¡ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat
Back from their second tour through Mexico in early 2018, ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat are set for a busy year in the states and abroad behind 2017’s sensual full length studio album “Juntos” (Sonic Octopus Records). The band balance their time on the road with select appearances in their home city of Chicago, while collaborating with national and local organizations to perform for social justice programs and community events around the US. They return to Emporium in Wicker Park with “The Midwest Connect” a residency focusing on bridging the gap between bands from the Midwest and the Great Lakes.

ESSO performs Afro-Latin and roots rock inspired dance music. Described by national outlets as tropical funk and caribbean dance, the ethnically diverse crew of urban musicians, lead by guitarist/composer producer Armando Pérez, establish pulsing polyrhythmic beats while combining swirling wah guitar, deep bass, brass horns, group singing, and spoken word poetry all in a raw eclectic mix of fresh energetic sounds. All members bring a vital musical contribution to the band’s unique “afrojam funkbeat” distinction. Inspired by Chicago’s storied soulful blues, legendary jazz house, and global fusion groudbreakers, the group deliver their performances with purpose and verve: unifying listeners through music, dance, and collaborative spirit.
Voted Best International/World Music Act -Chicago Reader

Find more and listen to their music at www.essoafrojamfunkbeat.com

Immigré (Madison, WI)
Big, funky Afrobeat band out of Madison, WI. Laying down serious rhythm & bringing all the people together onto the dance floor.

Puerko Yakaa Yayauhqui Pitzotl (Puerko-Palooza)
You got to see it to believe it. We love our dear percussionist and so do these incredible bands who come together one night to celebrate a milestone. Don’t miss it! Featuring: members of Los Vicios de PapáDoum Sound, and Ecos Del Pacifico Afrocolombia