Very excited to share this with you!  Beyond many performance option, Funkadesi is expanding its reach in addressing inclusion, equity, and belonging in a deep way .  .  .  through our music, and our 23 year journey as a multicultural band . . . .

Learn to connect more deeply to yourself, to others, and engage in important conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion and much more. Small and large group trainings custom-designed through expert training, facilitation, and hands-on multicultural drumming. Contact: Dr. Rahul Sharma / / 773.220.6711 /





SOLD OUT Fri, 1/17, 8pm Funkadesi at Evanston Space!

Thurs 1/23 National Day of Racial Healing — Funkadesi’s Rhythm Ambassadors lead an experiential drumming celebration with Ugochi! FREE!

Sat, 2/1 Live at legendary FItzgerald’s — $15!  8:30pm show – 2 sets.  6615 Roosevelt Dr., Berwyn, IL.

Fri 2/7 Free & Family Friendly Juicebox Series, Chicago Cult Ctr, 11-11:45am

Sat 2/8 Free & Family Friendly Juicebox Series, Garfield Conservatory, 11-11:45am

Thurs 2/13, ACAID reception, School of the Art Institute

3/9-13 Week-long Holi (Spring Festival) Residency, Latin Lower School

4/30 Private Venture Capital Workhop & Performance

6/5 Jamming Jean Festival, Levy Center, Evanston


Thu, 1/2, 7pm. Chicago Music 2020: Funkadesi & Friends Featuring PHENOM, Amyna Love, Nicholas Barron, Ugochi, Chicago Bucket Boys, Renee Ruffin & More!                                                                  

12/8 23rd Anniversary Concert

9/28 Chicago World Music Fest @ Concord Music Hall

10/5 LIFT 10th Anniversary Gala, 6-10pm, Amazing Space,

10/6 First United Methodist Church Arlington Heights 9:30am service

10/16 Upwardly Global Gala, Venu West

11/14 Dr. Rahul Sharma & Funkadesi’s Rhythm Ambassadors Experiential Keynote at Illinois Psychological Association’s Annual Convention:  Making Meaning Making Music

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Funkadesi 22nd Anniversary Concerts!



As always, this show will feature special guest artists!

(FYI, this is the late show. There is also an earlier show at 6pm. For more information visit

All Ages, Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm

Table Seating: $22 Advance, $24 Door

General Admission: $18 Advance, $20 Door

The 10-Time Award-Winning FUNKADESI blends Indian music (bhangra, bollywood, folk) with reggae, funk, and Afro-Caribbean grooves. The Chicago-based band’s “one-family” vibe makes for an enthralling live shows & interactive workshops. President Barack Obama noted: “Funkadesi really knows how to get the crowd fired up! There’s a lot of FUNK in that DESI!” For the past 20 years, Funkadesi’s vision has been clear. This festive, virtuoso experience of cultural unity wows crowds through danceable grooves and brings communities together through education & dialogue.


AICAD Citizens Bash at Sullivan Galleries

5-7pm Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St.

members of Funkadesi featuring latin guest artists! Check out the amazing exhibit while listening to music!

Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas

August 27 – December 8, 2018

Talking to Action investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the United States and throughout Latin America while attempting to build a direct dialogue with artists and researchers across the hemisphere to discuss shared concerns. Talking to Action focuses on the collaborative, dialogically-based form of art making that is most often referred to as “social practice” with roots in public practice, community-based, participatory, relational and socially-engaged art. Consequently, the artists in Talking to Action explore a range of trans-disciplinary practices, blurring the lines between object making, political and environmental activism, community organizing, and performance.


Details for this epic performance, Saturday 8pm at Lindblom Auditorium (6130 S. Wolcott):

Featuring a cast of hundreds, including:
Live The Spirit Jazz Ensemble

Soul Children Gospel Choir
Ben Lamar
Phenom Poetree, Inc.
Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids
Paul Cotton West African Drum & Dance
Maggie Brown
Foli Dambe

The Bucket Boys
Idy Ciss
Emcee Skool
Lindblom Acapella Choir

Music Moves Students and Community Members from:
Real Men’s Charity
The Beat Bank
Let Your Rhymes Inspire Creativity
IGrow Chicago
Old Town Fiddlers
And special guestsQuantumEnglewood_poster_082118

Return to City Winery

Funkadesi returns to City Winery!  6pm doors; 7:30pm show.  2 sets!