The middle of September is a great time to be in Chicago. You can take in the 10th Annual Eli’s Cheesecake Festival on September 16th and 17th and the 8th Annual World Music Festival Chicago which runs from Thursday, September 14th through September, September 21st.
On Sunday, September 17th, you can experience the best of both when the World Music Festival Chicago comes to the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival. This is the 3rd consecutive year that the World Music Festival has brought outstanding talent to our free Festival and we welcome the opportunity to highlight these performances on the northwest side and on the Wright Campus.
This year, we will first feature Heather Maxwell & Afrika Soul at 2:45 on Sunday on the U.S. Cellular Main Stage. Maxwell, a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Virginia’s Music Department has a PHD in Ethnomusicology and African Studies from Indiana University. She lived as an undergraduate in Ghana and later lived in Mali for three years as a Peace Corp Volunteer. According to Maxwell, “talking through song, may not be an especially new concept in places where much of the population cannot read,” but Maxwell notes that “musicians can share progressive ideas that might otherwise not be politically popular” “You can say a lot in music that can slide by because it’s a song.”
Our second World Music Festival Chicago performance is at 4;15PM by Son Trinidad on the U.S. Cellular Main Stage.Son Trinidad is the single fused voice of Latin, folk and jazz. The rhythm of Latin music, the powerful
expression of folk, and the spontaneity of jazz are present in the sounds of this young band. The combination of five essential elements; guitar, bass, percussion, trumpet and voice, create the quality of sound to be expected of a large ensemble. Together, they radiate a progressive electric and acoustic guitar mix with raw percussion beats blended with a warm and contemporary bass. Melodic, laid-back jazz lines in the trumpet contrast with firm yet mellow vocals. Son Trinidad has performed all over Chicago including The Hot House, Club “ñ,” Rumba, The Old Town School of Folk Music, the Chicago World Music Festival, and more