Gypsy, Old-Timey and Eclectic Music finds in Chicago

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Two upcoming events that may spark an interest with your inner “Gypsy Punk”:

I. The other evening while venturing out, my partner and I came upon Charleston Bar at 2076 North Hoyne Avenue. The 23 year old bar with its copper ceiling, heavy ornate cherry woodwork, antique mirror décor and an actual vintage photo booth, about which we were told to “use at your own risk” due to it blurring images, easily sparked interest in this Steampunker. Did I mention that all the light fixtures had Edison bulbs in them? While being sold on these aspects alone, we also noticed that the chalkboard of upcoming events listed “Gypsy Jazz” every Thursday night (of course, there will be more info posted after our attendance to the evening, to be sure). I would most definitely encourage all of you to attend. Events and venues like this will only last if they pull a crowd. So please come out, if not just for the music, then at least for the gorgeous surroundings.

II. Summers in Chicago feature many free outdoor concerts.  Come join us at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion as Millenium Park kicks off its concert series with a bang as they open with Balkan Beat Box.  The Israel-born, New York based duo, Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat, play Mediterranean-influenced music that incorporates musical stylings from Eastern Europe and the Middle East mixed with New York electronica. While they consider themselves more “world music” they are most definitely one of the core bands of the gypsy punk movement.

Opening for them is The Very Best, an afro/pop/indie dance group hailing from Africa and the UK.

The concert is set for Thursday June 3 with a start time of 6:30. I hope to see you all there!

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