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Enjoy A World Music Friday With L’Orchestre Super Vitesse

By Michele Lenni in Arts & Entertainment on May 13, 2010 5:20PM


If you are looking to culturally broaden your musical horizons, Subterranean's downstairs lounge is the place to be this Friday. The evening is another installment of their recently started bi-monthly World Music Fridays featuring bands that incorporate music from a vast array of countries and cultures into their sound.

This Friday features L’Orchestre Super Vitesse, a band that concentrates on bringing sounds from the orchestras of post-independence Guinea, Mali, and Senegal. L’Orchestre is led by former Chicago Afrobeat Project and Occidental Brothers Dance Band International member, Antonio Carella, who has studied in Paris with West African guitar master Abdoulaye Traoré and played in Barcelona with Malian Kamlengoni player Ibrahim Kanté.

The band will definitely fill the lounge's small stage area with its eight members, including a three-piece-horn-section. Other members have played in such touted Chicago bands as Mucca Pazza, Capitol Rock and Maine East Rhythm Project. We expect to hear a rich, full sound out of these guys ebbing and flowing with horns, guitars and bumping African beats.

Rounding out the evening are Spain’s DJ Chavez and Chicago radio host Shannon Harris, spinning dance driven world beats that are bound to keep our bodies moving into the night.

Friday, May 14, Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W North, 10 p.m., $5, 21+