Occidental Brothers Dance Band International
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9PM // $10 // 21+
The Occidental Brothers’ blend of high-energy soukous, rootsy Ghananian Highlife, and African Jazz conjures the sound of the golden age of the African guitar band. Founded in Chicago, the group has collaborated with musicians from Ghana, Congo,and Zambia. Bandleader and guitarist Nathaniel Braddock was a faculty member at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music for ten years and is a veteran of Chicago’s indie rock scene. Now living in Cambridge, Mass, he also leads Trio Mokili and Air Congo. Co-founder and alto saxophonist Greg Ward is a highly praised jazz musician who released his “Touch My Beloved’s Thought” to critical acclaim in 2016, and "Stomping Off From Greenwood" in 2018. Greg Artry plays drums and bass duties are handled by Chicago’s beloved Joshua Ramos. The Occidental Brothers have energized festival stages in Europe and North America and are currently developing a a new collaboration with Ugandan-American choreographer Edisa Weeks in 2020.
2319 W Belmont
Chicago, IL, 60618