Havana Blue Ticket Winner Announced

Our friend David Linton just won a pair of tickets to Havana Blue. Don’t miss this amazing World Premier!

“Both Chaves and Davis (and the dancers and musicians who work under their direction) have made important contributions to Chicago’s cultural life. It’s a pretty safe prediction that with ‘Havana Blue’ they will create an important and exciting work of cross cultural and cross discipline expression.” -Arte Y Vida

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Fernandito, My College Years and Nueva Trova…

By Omar Torres-Kortright

It’s hard to remember the mid 1990’s at the University of Puerto Rico without the music of Fernandito Ferrer. For us who lived those times at the UPR, Fernandito’s voice and guitar somehow represented the causes that most struggling students identified themselves with: the right to free education, independence and freedom of expression.

I was a fan of Silvio Rodríguez, El Topo and Roy Brown long before Fernandito emerged in the scene in 1996. However, I can say that I fell deeply in love with Nueva Trova after listening to Fernandito singing Silvio’s classic “Ojalá” in San Sebastián Street, surrounded by the artists, musicians and poets that are now leading the scene in the island. Then I realized that Fernando’s original compositions can be as captivating as those made famous by the Nueva Trova giants of Cuba and Puerto Rico.

I recently received a call from Fernandito. He invited me to his show this Friday, April 12, 2013 at La Bruquena. It’s been a long time since his last appearance here. I will definitely be there to check it out. I can’t think of a better way to bring back good memories and learn about Fernandito’s new musical projects. No se lo pierdan.

Bajofondo Does it Again!

By Omar Torres-Kortright

There are few artists that can pack a show on a cold Monday night in Chicago, let alone two shows. But when Bajofondo scheduled their US tour for the release of their new album “Presente” and offered the least popular night of the week for their Chicago performance, Old Town School of Folk Music’s Mateo Mulcahy did not hesitate. After all, Mateo produced Bajofondo’s 2009 show at the House of Blues for the Mar Dulce Tour with great success. The main risk of this presentation had to do with a different formula this time around, which included a smaller seated venue, two shows instead of one, and that day of the week that every promoter dreads.

The efforts around this show included a collaboration with WYCC’s Musicology Series recorded live at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The good news for those who missed the show last Monday is that it was recorded for posterity and it will air sometime in the month of April along with a number of other live shows that comprise this incredible live music series. That’s precisely why Bajofondo (who normally don’t play at seated venues) agreed to perform at the Gary & Laura Maurer Theater, one of Chicago’s most intimate concert halls. The result of this unique agreement was an up-close-and-personal (almost religious experience) for the fans.

Enjoy the pictures (by Omar Torres-Kortright) and don’t miss the Musicology Series at OTS.

The inaugural season of Musicology: Live from the Old Town School of Folk Music debuts Friday, April 19, 2013 on WYCC at 9:00 PM (CST) immediately following Austin City Limits.

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