Return to City Winery

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


Inaugural 5th Ward Fest of Music, Food & Jobs! Spotlight Issue: Youth Gun Violence

Funkadesi Primo Photo Pavi Val LloydWHEN: Saturday, August 27 from noon to 8 p.m.

FUNKADESI plays circa 7pm!!!!

Meet Our Community: Inaugural Fifth Ward Festival of Music, Food and Job Opportunities
2016 Spotlight Issue: Youth Gun Violence

Twiggs Park (Simpson St and Bridge St)

Performers: Kweku Collins, Manwolves, Chainsaw Dupont, Funkadesi, and more.

Meet Our Communtiy/Fifth Ward Festival is a food, fun and resource fair for all of Evanston, hosted by the Fifth Ward, to bring Evanstonians together. A wide variety of booths by local organizations will address the need for jobs and job training, mental health care, voter registration, and more, all of which contribute to empowerment and can help reduce gun violence. Police and firefighters will be on hand to share information about public service jobs and mingle with the community. Our hope is that this is the first of many events highlighting gun violence and sharing resources to combat it.

Stay tuned for more details!

Sponsored by: Ald. Delores Holmes, Fifth Ward residents, Family Focus, Evanston, CEBA – Central Evanston Business Association, Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Dear Evanston, James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Northwestern University,Mark Vend, Unitarian Church of Evanston/REAL, Valli Produce, Erie Family Health Center, Youth & Opportunity United, Youth Job Center, First Bank & Trust, Rep. Robyn Gabel, Rep. Laura Fine, State Sen. Daniel Biss, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, and more.

Funkadesi Anniversary Concert Fri, Dec 6 with Trio Mokili and more!!!

Funkadesi celebrates 17 years!!  Back at one of Chicago’s finest sounding music venues that has hosted Funkadesi all these years . . . MARTYRS!  9pm show.  $15 in advance; $18 at the door.  21+.  Opening for Funkadesi that night is

Trio Mokili  (inspired & jazz-influenced interpretations of African dance songs, featuring members of Occidental Brothers).

Thrilled that long-time  Funkadesi friend and trans-global groovemaster


will be spinning before and after the live music!!!!  In keeping with Funkadesi tradition, many more guest musicians & dancers will also be featured.  A not-to-be-missed event!!!!

Martyrs’ is at 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., just south of the Irving/Damen/Lincoln intersection.  Ample parking available.  Great food at Martyrs’ and nearby!


Drums from Around the World: Workshop in the Woods at Blissfest

Join Funkadesi drummers Sunday 11am for a fun, interactive Drums from Around the World: The Indo-Afro-Caribbean Connection at the Blissfest Drum Kiva . . . in the woods!

This exciting interactive workshop will highlight North Indian drumming; Latin/Caribbean rhythmic traditions (spanning Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, & other Latin/Caribbean countries); and West African & African-American rhythmic traditions.  After each of these skillful percussionists teaches the various rhythms through multi-instrumental demonstration, they show how cultures can interact through rhythm.  The workshop then involves teaching the audience how to chant the rhythms of each rhythmic tradition, thus creating the Indo-Afro-Caribbean connection.   The workshop climaxes with a flurry of improvisation by the Funkadesi drummers on top of the audience’s chant.

4 drummers