Saturday, October 3, 2009

Don't Miss The Real Deal

One of the reasons why our fall "roots" festival has now gone Global is to take advantage of the wealth of international artists already in the upper midwest for world music festivals in Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, Cedar Rapids, and the granddaddy of them all, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival in Bloomington, Indiana. These festivals all fall within the same two week period, and we all work together in choosing artists to perform.

One of the "buzz" bands to emerge from the other festivals this year will be coming to The Cedar this coming Wednesday night: Parno Graszt from Hungary. These guys are the real deal... "They do not use sources of Gypsy music; they are the source itself," says Songlines magazine.

This is one time where we have the unusual benefit of being able to catch a favorite of the other festivals before they leave the country. Don't squander the opportunity!

As far as our own faves, the unanimous staff pick for the high point of our first Global Roots Festival was the Friday night show with Forro in the Dark and Bajofondo. It really was an incredible show.

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