DJ Mwelwa will kick off Bastille Day to the sound of the great French classics from "C'est si bon", "Les Champs Elysées" or "A Bicyclette" to more contemporary songs. Come and let yourself be transported from the bustling vitality of Paris streets to the sunny atmosphere of Provence to give you the true meaning of our "joie de vivre".
DJ Mwelwa is influenced by cultures and people across the globe. He is recognized across music circles as one of Chicago's best international and world music DJs. Mwelwa's assorted global mix includes reggae, forro, kizomba, salsa, bachata, samba, merengue, afrobeat, cumbia, ndombolo, rai, soukous, calypso, zouk, house, soca, and various types of Arabic, Indian & African varieties. Mwelwa also plans and promotes events as a part of Akasuba.
Come and enjoy glass of wine or a cool crisp French beer as Marick & Elaine revisit French style cabaret music to the sound of the accordion and a certain Quebecois flair.
Robert Swan & Martha Carés have put together a show called "La Vie en Rose," The Songs of Edith Piaf, in this the 50th anniversary of her passing. The songs they will perform are excerpts from the show they will present July 14 at The Space, in Evanston at 2pm.
(Tickets available at www.evanstonspace.com)
Robert has performed in opera companies around the country, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Broadway. He is probably more generally known for his work in film and television, including Hoosiers, The Untouchables, Miss Marple, and many more.
Martha Carés is grand prizewinner of the International Bel Canto Opera competition. She has performed in opera companies around the world. She is probably best known for her 1,000 plus appearances in Phantom of the Opera directed by Hal Prince on Broadway.
They will be performing in the company of Frank Caruso, who has served as music contractor and/or conductor for many recordings, live shows and many commercials on radio and television. Frank is currently teaching jazz students at North Central College in Naperville and Elmhurst College in Elmhurst.robertswan.net evanstonspace.com frankcarusomusic.com
This is a time to thank all the sponsors and staff that made this event possible, followed by both national anthems sung by Robert Swan: The Star Spangled Banner and La Marseillaise
Elegant, fun, creative dances from Offenbach to contemporary jazz. Presented by Tina Mangos Dance-Arts (Ballroom/Latin • French Cabaret & Choreography)
Part gypsy, part jazz, part French... ALL Attitude
Paris la Nuit heats up your night — mixing up jazz, gypsy, chansons, latin, tango & pop into one fantastic French-y performance.
Repertoire spans original compositions as well as Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Gorillaz, Barbara, Guns N Roses, Benabar, Paris Combo, Django Reinhardt, Arthur H, Jacques Brel, le Percolateur, Radiohead, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more—served up with a sultry twist of Pink Martini.
Paris la Nuit's musicians are as diverse a blend as their catalog — showcasing members from the Paris Conservatory, America's esteemed Jazz Universities, Aruba and the streets of the Windy City itself.
KEOPS is a jazzy/funky band composed of Ella (Vocals), Manu (Drums), Maxime (Guitar), Michael (Guitar), and Meredith (keyboard). The band members met each other at Lilly's bar in Chicago. First it was about jammin' and chillin, then they decided to create a band. The folks play jazzy cover songs and are decided to perform every weeks in open-mics.
Ella is more into jazz music, Michael and Maxime into rock and funk and Meredith loves classical and pop. This melting pot of music styles makes Keops what they are today: a sponge opened on any musical influences. Friendship is part of the band. The main purpose of Keops is to have fun and make people enjoy, groove and forget about their worries during the time of a performance. Be there on July, 13th !
Edith Yokley is a violinist from Chicago. Ms. Yokley is a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta and Soulful Symphony in Baltimore. She has performed with such artists as Barry White, Mos Def, Nancy Wilson, Andrea Boccelli, Smokey Robinson, Common, J. Lo, and Diana Ross to name a few. Ms. Yokley has appeared on the Oprah, Today, and Conan O'brien Shows.Edith is a contractor in New York and Chicago having contracted ensembles for such notable venues as the Apollo Theater and Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as recording sessions in New York. Edith is the orchestral instructor for the Apostolic Church of God’s youth Orchestra, violin instructor at the Merit School of Music, and maintains her own private studio.