Upcoming Shows


 

Caravanserai at City Winery

SUN January 20th

Caravanserai
An evening of music, dance, drinks, and special guests!

City Winery Chicago
1200 W. Randolph

Featuring:

Lamajamal

Black Bear Combo

Dj Warp

Mid East Dancer Erika Ochoa

A caravanserai was an ancient motel, giving weary Silk Road travelers a safe place to park their camels, count their furs, and maybe even sip on some wine. Hot food, hand-washing stations, and live music were a must. Luckily for us, sans camels, Chicago has all those things, without having to experience the austere life styles of the vagabonds of yore. So, grab your headdress and gold coins, lace up your leggings, and join us for a night of music and dance that celebrates the weary traveler in all of us!

For tickets please visit citywinery.com/chicago

Show begins 7pm
TIX: $12


 

Past Shows


 

SAT September 15th

Nostalgia ~ Özlenen Melodier ~ Benefit Concert for the Turkish American Women Scholarship Fund
Old Town School of Folk Music
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
4544 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL
Reception begins 7 pm
Music begins 8 pm
TIX: $25/23/21

SAT September 22nd

ArtReach Fundraiser
Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
EVENT 5-10 pm
Lamajamal 7 pm
TIX: $35
All proceeds help provide art experiences to under-served communities in the Chicago area. The event will feature: Live auction, Silent auction, Art scavenger hunt, Hands-on art for all ages, Tasty local refreshments, and Live music.

THURS September 27th

CHICAGO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall
78 E. Washington St
8 pm | FREE

SAT September 29th

PINEAPPLE DANCE STUDIO
7518 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL
8 pm | $5

MONDAY February 20th, 2012

Millennium Park
Chase Promenade North Tent
Luminous Field by Luftwerk
Lamajamal performs....
1 PM | FREE

More info available here


 

THURSDAY March 15th, 2012

Art Institute of Chicago
in Fullerton Hall
Echo Effect Event
Lamajamal performs....
6 PM | FREE

More info available here


 

SATURDAY April 28th
& SUNDAY April 29th

Festival International de Louisiane

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SUNDAY April 29th
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Monday, September 27th, 2010

World Music Festival Chicago: 2010 present

Selim Sesler featuring Lamajamal, Balkano! PLUS: Jim Stoynoff
Martyrs, 3855 N. Lincoln, Ave., Chicago, IL
8pm | $12

More info available here.


 

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Whole Foods Market - Lincoln Park Rhythm and Foods Music Festival
1550 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL
5pm | FREE


 

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Family Fun Festival Presented by Target
Millenium Park Chicago, Chase Promenade North
1pm | FREE


 

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Takin' It to the Streets: Urban International Festival
Marquette Park, 6700 S. Kedzie Ave. Chicago, IL
12:15pm | FREE

More info available here.

 

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Lamajamal opens for Rachid Taha
Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago IL
9:30pm | $15 advance $18 door

More info available here.


 

Friday, April 30th


Event:Little Bucharest Restaurant


 

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Event:Global Activism Expo 2010@ UIC Forum


 

Sunday April 11th, 2010

Event: Gary's Birthday
Venue: Quenchers


Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Event: Martyrs with our friends Balkano & SolAranja
Venue: 3855 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Show: 10pm
Cost: $10


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Event: Skokie Public Library presents World Arts Series
Venue: Petty Auditorium, 5215 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60077
Show: 3pm
Cost: FREE


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Event: Hot Summer Nights Music Series with Lamajamal & Erika Ochoa
Venue: Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL
Show: 6-8pm
Cost: FREE *Parking Rates Do Apply

More info available here.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Event: Art Institute Chicago
Venue: Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
Show: 1pm
Cost: FREE with admission

More info available here.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Event: Lamajamal on WGN News at Noon


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Event: Hot Summer Nights Music Series with Lamajamal & Erika Ochoa
Venue: Botanic Gardens 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL
Show: 6-8pm
Cost: FREE *Parking Rates Do Apply

More info available here.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Event: Chicago Turkish Festival
Venue: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, Chicago
Show: 1:15pm
Cost: FREE

More info available here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Event: Chicago Turkish Festival
Venue: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, Chicago
Show: 1:15pm
Cost: FREE

More info available here.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Event: Music Without Borders: Lamajamal
Venue: Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Cafe, 78 E. Washington, Chicago
Show: 12:15pm
Cost: FREE

More info available here.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Event: Radio M presents Lamajamal & Chicha Libre
Venue: Martyrs, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Show: 9pm
Cost: $10

More info available at Martyrs and Chicha Libre.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Event: Lamajamal & Doppler Shift (Good Friday)
Venue: Quenchers, 2401 N Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Show: 9pm
Cost: FREE

More info available at Quencher's and Doppler Shift.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Event: Oakton College Cultures Week
Venue: Oakton College Room C140, 7701 N. Lincoln, Skokie, IL
Show: 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: donations accepted

More info available here.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Event: Lamajamal Belly Dance Party With Dance Accompaniment
Venue: Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60660
Show: 10 & 11pm
Cost: $10 donation

More info available here.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Event: Cafe Finjan
"Cafe Finjan is a series of interfaith arts exchanges, begun in 2002 by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs as a part of its Jewish-Muslim Community-Building Initiative. The series establishes points of contact and nurtures a greater understanding between Jews and Muslims of Chicago while creating spaces for Chicagoland Jews, Muslims, and others of diverse background to come together and give voice to their identity and experience as a part of a larger community. "Finjan", a word of both Arabic and Hebrew, is a metal pot for brewing coffee in the traditional Middle Eastern style, not only in the home, but also on a campfire with comrades gathered around for warmth."
Venue: Corteylou Commons, DePaul University, 2324 N. Fremont, Chicago, IL
Show: 4-8pm
Cost: $5-10 donation

More info available here.


Event: Passport to the World: Greece (Kraft Free Family Nights)
"Chicago Children’s Museum and the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center invite you to explore Chicago's Greek community through music, dance, art, and the universal language of play!"
Venue: Chicago Children's Museum @ Navy Pier, 700 E Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Show: 5-8pm
Cost: FREE

More info available here.

Friday, November 21, 2008

IMAN presents Community Cafe: Illuminate at Parkway Ballroom - 4455 S. King Dr., Chicago, IL

The Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) is a community-based nonprofit that works for social justice, delivers a range of direct services, and cultivates the arts in urban communities. More info here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Darkroom - 2210 W. Chicago, Chicago, IL

Lamajamal with Eastern Blok, Conductive Alliance opens. More info here.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

the Hideout - 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago, IL

Lamajamal followed by a late night DJ set with Josh Abrams. More info here.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Martyrs - 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

The Chicago World Music Festival & Martyrs Present Baba Zula & Lamajamal. Chicago showcases the best of international music at the 10th annual World Music Festival: Chicago 2008, Friday, September 19 through Thursday, September 25, 2008. The multi-venue festival showcases both traditional and contemporary music from many diverse cultures. The 2008 festival line-up features more than 60 events at 28 venues. Events include a mix of free and ticketed concerts, live radio broadcasts, in-store performances, and more. More info here and here. Purchase tickets here.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Logan Square Auditorium - 2539 N Kedzie

Balkan Beat Box & Lamajamal. Bringing together a diverse group of artists that features members of FIREWATER and GOGOL BORDELLO, BALKAN BEAT BOX honors their Mediterranean roots with a hybrid style of dancehall hip hop and Jewish klezmer music. This exotic fusion of styles has earned them much attention, with the Chicago Sun-Times stating, "instead of gazing into the navels of other cultures, these mélanges pull the whole weight of the world forward, always forward." Local gypsy surf band LAMAJAMAL opens. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Global Union Festival 2008, Humboldt Park - Milwaukee, WI

Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14, 12 noon to 7:00 p.m., Humboldt Park, FREE! Summer's last great party is back! This year, artists from India, Mali, Brazil, Russia, Iran, the Congo, and Cuba turn Humboldt Park into the red hot epicenter of the universe. Read more about this year's line-up in our study guide. More info here.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Chicago Public Radio presents A Preview to Chicago's World Music Festival at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater - 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL

Radio M host Tony Sarabia is joined on-stage by World Music Festival’s Mike Orlove for a taste of this year’s Festival, with Indian Classical music by Habib Wardack & Puran Vyas, and performances by Mar Caribe and Lamajamal, the night will include conversations with the musicians and a special one-night-only collaboration.

The evening will begin with Indian Classical music by Habib Wardack, playing the rubab - a lute-like musical instrument from Afghanistan - and Puran Vyas, playing the tablas - a popular Indian percussion instrument. Then Mar Caribe will take the stage, they combine Spaghetti Western, gypsy jazz, and bluegrass with a mildly tropical twist. Next, Lamajamal will bring an Eastern influenced sound to the stage – incorporating sounds from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Peru, and Spain, the band says their dedicated to the survival of traditional music and the creation of creative, soulful world music. Between them the diversity of Chicago's World Music Festival will be exemplified! But before it’s all over, get ready for a true world music experience as everyone returns to the stage for a group performance you won’t soon forget.

After the Preview, plan to join Tony Sarabia for a special treat – head across the street to Soirée (2438 N Lincoln Ave) where he’ll be spinning some of his favorite music from around the world, just for you. It’s like listening to Radio M – only live!

Tony Sarabia

As host of Radio M, Tony explores world cultures and people through music and sounds. As the Senior Editor of Arts, Culture and Architecture for Chicago Public Radio, Tony regularly reports for the CityRoom on these issues and more.

Mike Orlove

As the Senior Programs Director at Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Mike is the coordinator of World Music Festival, as well as Chicago’s SummerDance program, and books the year-long array of cutting edge local, national, and international acts that perform at the Cultural Center.

World Music Festival Chicago

Chicago showcases the best of international music at the 10th annual World Music Festival: Chicago 2008 – Friday, September 19 through Thursday, September 25, 2008. The multi-venue festival showcases both traditional and contemporary music from many diverse cultures. The 2008 festival line-up features more than 70 events at over 20 venues, and includes both free and ticketed events.

For more information, please visit www.wbez.org, www.cityofchicago.org/WorldMusic, and www.worldmusicfestivalchicago.org/preview.


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