Return to City Winery

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


First Show of 2018: MLK Day at City Winery w/ DJ REDLOX

This polycultural party returns to City Winery with their first public performance since their 21st Anniversary Concerts last month! Come enjoy a dining, concert, and dance experience set to a live Bolly-Reggae-Bhangra-Funk-Caribbean explosion!

Funkadesi proudly hails from Chicago, representing the diverse multi-ethnic communities within the city. What distinguishes Funkadesi as a group is each band member’s unique and uncompromised cultural/musical contribution merging to create one unifying sound and vision. Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2014 named Funkadesi the Best International/World Music Band 2014. Contagious fun!


JUST ADDED: DJ Redlox returns from a year and a half in Indonesia.  What will he cook up? There is only one way to find out!


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.

LIFT Fundraiser at Flower Firm!

Hear six-time Chicago Music Award winning Funkadesi and share your support for the students of LIFT.

LIFT Benefit Concert
May 6, 2016
The Flower Firm  451 N. Wood St. Chicago, IL 60622


6:30PM: Doors OpenFunkadesi LIFT
8:00PM: Live Auction
10:00PM: Raffle Winner Announced

Tickets $50

Ticket price includes hor d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic refreshments.

ABOUT LIFT:  Leading India’s Future Today (LIFT) is dedicated to developing leadership excellence in motivated and talented youth in Tamil Nadu, India. LIFT provides quality education and a home environment for youth with high potential who would typically be denied schooling due to limited access to resources. LIFT students and staff are committed to transforming their society from within to help combat poverty, unemployment, and disease. Visit to learn more about LIFT’s history.


Benefit Concert with Funkadesi 5/6/2016

First Weekend of 2015 @ Fitzgerald’s!

Funkadesi Live

Happy New Year indeed! Extend the party, maintain your new year’s resolutions (or break them with aplomb) . . .

Come check out Chicago’s award-winning
bhangra reggae bolly funk experience . . .
live at Fitzgerald’s
(6615 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn — 10 minutes west of downtown, just next to Oak Park)
Sat, Jan 3, 8pm doors, 9pm music!

This will be Funkadesi’s first show of 2015, coming off the heels of a fantastic 18th Anniversary celebration! One of the coziest venues in the greater Chicago area, Funkadesi LOVES Fitzgerald’s!!!!

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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!