Garaj Mahal - Chop Shop.2033 W. North Ave Chicago,IL
01/11/2019 9:00 PM - 01/11/2019 11:00 PM
When you hear your first Garaj Mahal note, leading into an innovative fusion of funky jazz with a tasty world music flare, all other thoughts leave your mind as the music takes you on an unforgettable voyage. Fans return to experience the band again and again because they know they will always hear something new and progressive from four first-class musicians.
Featuring guitar and sitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, world-renowned bass master and educator Kai Eckhardt, Garaj Mahal combines a century of musical experience to create a sound that's always new, freshly infused with a wide spectrum of musical expression, and always smoking hot.
Touring extensively since their formation in 2000, Garaj Mahal continues to earn critical acclaim and a growing fanbase thanks to their ability to deliver serious "shut-up-and-listen" grooves while simultaneously bringing the dance floor alive. Their collective musical experience allows them to constantly push the envelope of composition and improvisation. Garaj Mahal's sound – a convergence of jazz-style improvisation, mystical Middle-Eastern atmospheres, and danceable American funk - attracts music lovers from all parts of the spectrum and creates a profoundly unique experience.
Each band member dedicates every drop of his education, history, and life-long passion for music to their audience every time they step on stage. The band member's virtuosity is no surprise when you look at even a few of the amazing artists they've performed and/or recorded with over the years, including Dizzy Gillespie, John McLaughlin, Sting, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Holland, Bela Fleck, Chick Corea, Steve Smith, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Les Claypool, Trey Anastasio, Umphrey's McGee, MMW, Steve Kimock, and Michael Manring. Garaj Mahal's output is the result of years spent honing their musical relationship on the road and following the band’s return from an extended hiatus, Garaj is already accumulating rave reviews around the country.
Fusing a mix of funk, rock, jazz, and more, Spare Parts is a Chicago based group rapidly gaining international acclaim. An eclectic list of influences ranging from Weather Report to The Beatles fuel the creative engines of Spare Parts, both live and in the studio. In addition to their successful weekly residence at Alive One Chicago, the band has played at festivals from Wakarusa and Summer Camp, to Festival de Jazz in Lima, Peru to name a few. Spare Parts is sought after in every type of market, pleasing the discerning ears of music aficionados and general listeners.
The band's broad musical scope has landed them opening spots for acts such as George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Liquid Soul, Fareed Haque, Marco Benevento, and The Jazz Mandolin Project. Spare Parts has also shared the stage with artists including bassist Victor Wooten, SNL/Tower of Power saxophonist Lenny Picket, Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band drummer Terrence Higgins.
Spare Parts has recently released their finest work to date on their album, "Trio". The tracks receive regular airplay on jazz DJ Russ Davis's "Moja Radio," WXRT, WDCB, and other fine independent stations across the country. The band's previous two albums "Exit 54" (2003) and "Brain Candy" (2006) have sold out of physical copies and enjoy continued radio play.
Spare Parts remains focused on expanding musical boundaries while attracting new listeners from all walks of life and leaving them thirsty for more. See you at the next show!