Kicking off 2018

We’re finally bringing our friends ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat up from Chicago to introduce them to our audience here in Madison, and who better to spin tunes throughout the night than the DJ who introduced us to them, Bumbac Joe! This is going to be a fun night, but the venue is small and will likely sell out, so be sure to arrive a little early! RSVP on Facebook

Doors @ 8pm
Show @ 9pm
$10 21+

¡ESSO! (El Sonido Sonic Octopus) performs Afro-Latin and roots rock inspired dance music. Described by critics as tropical funk or cumbiaton, the ethnically diverse crew of musicians, lead by guitarist/producer Armando Pérez, establish driving polyrhythmic beats while combining swirling wah guitar, deep bass, brass horns, group singing, and urban poetry all in a raw eclectic mix of energetic sound. All members bring a potent and vital musical contribution to the band’s unique “afrojam funkbeat” distinction. Inspired by Chicago’s storied soulful blues, legendary jazzy house, and global fusion heavy-hitters, the group deliver their performances with purpose and verve; unifying listeners through music, dance, and collaborative spirit. *Awarded “Best New Band” and “Best International/World Music Act” in 2016 (Chicago Reader)
More: www.essoafrojamfunkbeat.com

Bumbac Joe, is a Chicago based DJ/producer whose beats and grooves summon listeners into the fire of Latin American dance. Taking his sampling, looping and remixing into the studio, this beatmaker transforms folkloric rhythms into topical beats and brings marginalized music onto the contemporary dance floor.

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Swirling, repetitive guitar patterns, deep, funky bass lines, and a monstrous percussion section lay the foundation for the searing melodies of the horn section, accentuated by pulsing electric piano comps. The sum total is a sound so massive, a beat so infectious, that audiences can’t sit and watch. The dance floor draws them in while the groove takes hold.