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“Khusugtun Mongolian Ethnic Ballad Group – March 2017”

In Art, Events, music, photography, University of Chicago on March 18, 2017 at 6:25 am

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“Khusugtun Mongolian Ethnic Ballad Group (March 2017)”

In Art, Events, music, photography, University of Chicago on March 17, 2017 at 10:18 pm

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Back in the High Life / NBA 1987 #memories

In music on July 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The song “Back in the High Life Again” by Steve Winwood immediately makes me think of the closing montage to the 1987 NBA finals (which I watched every second of as a 12 year old, even making my own VHS copy of the series).

Thanks to the magic of youtube,  here it is:

Music of Turkey: Middle East Music Ensemble #uchicago

In Art, music, University of Chicago on December 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm


Sunday Night at the Logan Center for the Arts!





Ari Brown Quintet @ Hyde Park Jazz Fest

In music on September 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm


Victor Garcia Septet – Hyde Park Jazz Fest

In Art, music, University of Chicago on September 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

While the Hyde Park Jazz Festival doesn’t officially begin until Sept 29, this past Friday was the Festival Gala and a performance by the Victor Garcia Septet at the Logan Center for the Arts. I sat out the Gala (mostly because I didn’t feel like dressing up for it, free ticket or not), but attended the concert which was solid (if having perhaps too many solos).


Saul Williams at Bottom Lounge, Chicago 3/20/2012 // @saulwilliams

In Art on March 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I’m fortunate enough to have gotten the chance to see Saul Williams (wikipedia) perform 8 or 9 times in the past decade, and he remains one of my favorite artists.  His new album – Volcanic Sunlight – played much better live than it did on the record, and the night’s set list was a nice mix of material from his entire career.   Very glad that I made it out a Tuesday night show!

Here are a few photos I took at the show:

Chuck D @ DuSable Museum #chicago

In Art on February 7, 2012 at 6:00 am

A few photos  from last weeks discussion with Chuck D at the Dusable Museum.

Chuck and his wife Professor Gaye Theresa Johnson (UC-Santa Barbara) discussed contemporary issues around race, politics, and culture.  Afterwards, Professor Griff joined Chuck for a little “Fight the Power“.


Chimes of Freedom – 4CDs! #bobdylan #covers

In Art on January 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I’m a sucker for Bob Dylan covers, and the latest offering is a 4 CD collection that benefits Amnesty International — so it was a pretty obvious purchase for me.

That said, it’s a fairly extensive set, so it might be weeks before I can say anything coherent about it overall.

Netflix Streaming: Fela – Music is the Weapon, Konkombe – The Nigerian Pop Music Scene

In Africa, Film on January 2, 2012 at 8:56 am


Some 70s African Music Recommendations from the Netflix Streaming Catalog:

Fela Kuti:  Music is the Weapon

Fela is at his charismatic talented best in this short documentary highlighting his rise, situation, and talents.

Konkombe:  The Nigerian Music Scene

Another short documentary on African musicians that highlights the 70s in all their glory and the variety of the Nigerian music scene in particular.  Interesting enough on it’s own, it’s particularly good as a compliment to “Fela Kuti:  Music is the Weapon” to see Fela in context.