We spoke with David ‘Itzi’ Nallah, the sweet, kind and brilliant soul behind one of the most popular dance parties in the city of Chicago – CumbiaSazo – regarding this weekend’s event. Taking place tomorrow at Double Door, the night’s lineup includes Bleepolar and Precolumbian.

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What began as a sporadic and nomadic dance party has turned into one of the biggest dance parties of its kind in the US. Taking place every fourth Saturday of the month at Double Door in Wicker Park, Cumbiasazo gets down by showcasing artists making strides in the tropical and global bass movements from around the world. Because of the reach of the event, we’ve enjoyed music by artists like Uproot Andy, Lido Pimienta, Nickodemus, Krudas Cubensi, Sotomayor and so many more.

Along with the music, there are the additional cultural, spiritual, gastronomic and visual layers that encourage further exploration. From vendors sharing their crafts to live painting and even locally-sourced food purveyors, Cumbiasazo is a well-rounded manifesto of the power of love.

Before I get too cheesy, I’ll let David explain what’s going on with this month’s party…

itzi“June 25th’s party will be joyful and emotional. An entire art show is happening on the dance floor with 20+ live artists and visual arts vendors featuring folks like Yvette Mayorga, Hoda Katebi & Afro x Naut. As always it’s a Latinx and people of color-centered showcase, but most of all with creativity and diversity in mind as we work on rehearsing for the world we want to live and dance in,” he says.

(You see what I mean about the love! :::heart melting:::)

“Music-wise we’re all over the place but that’s nothing new– kicking off with house music from Caveman and a cumbia feature from Austin TX’s Adzua-Gette, and moving up in the night on both floors thru global/bass and Latinx underground artists like Chicago-bred, Texas-based Ang.g, one of the world’s most significant genderqueer DJs in Philadelphia’s Precolumbian (representing Lima, Peru), and of course Bleepolar coming all the way from Bogotá, Colombia.

The heartbreak of the #Orlando club shootings will be on our minds and hearts but coming together and moving through music on the dance floor and asserting our safe(r) space and selves in the midst of it all will be much-needed, more than ever,” he explains.

RSVP early for a discounted cover and let everyone know. Trust me, this is a beautiful place where music, art, culture and dance come together for us to revel in joy for a few hours. Come to forget your worries, to dance the night away surrounded by amazing energy and let the power of music set your soul free. (I can’t help the cheese, y’all!) More info below!

Saturday, June 25, 9PM­-3AM

DOUBLE DOOR (both floors)

1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago

21+ // ✓Main floor accessible ✓Gender­-neutral bathroom ✓Coat-checks

$10 WITH RSVP at http://do312.com/cumbiasazo / $15 day of / $20 VIP

Featuring:

// BLEEPOLAR (Bogotá, Colombia)

// PRECOLUMBIAN (Cut ‘N Paste, Philadelphia/Peru)

With:

// ANG.G (Peopels DJs, Austin TX)

// ADZUA-GETTE (Austin TX)

// CAVEMAN

// SOUND CULTURE (Future Rootz)

// AFROQBANO (Future Rootz)

// CALIXTA (CumbiaSazo)

// CUMBIASAZO Crew live (Itzi Nallah, Tifflove, caliXta)

Percussion by:

¡ EL TIMBALES !

Live painting by:

¡ IVAN VAZQUEZ !

¡ JENNY VYAS !

¡ RAVEN !

Visual Artists & Vendors Market:

¡ Yvette Mayorga !

¡ Twenty Thou !

¡ Hoda Katebi !

¡ Bodega18 !

¡ AngMir Designs !

¡ Tarot by Laura !

¡ Limba Gal !

¡ Afro x Naut !

¡ Eco Boutique by Alejandra !

¡ La Tribu !

¡ Colectivo Mariposas !

¡ Crimson Heart !

¡ Native Goods !

¡ GlitterGuts Photobooth !

Food by:

¡ Eating is for Winners – Gabriella Giovanna Parra !

MC/Hosted by:

// LOGAN LU

$10 WITH RSVP at http://do312.com/cumbiasazo / $15 day of / $20 VIP

VIP print-at-home tix include skip-the-line and access to the VIP balcony. You can get those at www.doubledoor.com. Everything else is just pay at the door- thanks!

About BLEEPOLAR

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Luis Felipe Hernández a.k.a. Bleepolar explores rythms from his native Colombia along electronic influences. His musical proposal is loaded with raw sounds that evoke ancient landscapes, rivers and popular colombian culture in contrast with synthetic elements that give a unique touch to his production and performances. By collaborating with different artists from around the world, he now has a place among the growing Global Bass comunnity.

Bleepolar’s productions have gone a step forward by teaming up with artists like Leah Rosier (Netherlands), Marlon Ash- er (Trinidad & Tobago), Steff Kalloo (Trin- idad & Tobago), Kosta Kostov (Bulgary Germany), Caballo (Canada, Colombia) Mr. Pauer (USA), Umoja (Netherlands), El Freaky (Colombia), Dany F (Colombia), Anthony B (Jamaica) Pernett (Colombia) ChocQuibTown (Colombia) among others.

About PRECOLUMBIAN

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Precolumbian is a Philadelphia-based genderqueer DJ, musician, and media activist. Weaving together her Immigrant Andina and Queer/Trans ancestries, her work operates as a medium for empowerment, decolonization, and community building. She has been transforming dance floors from Brooklyn to Mexico City, sharing the stage with Big Freedia, Kid Sister, Niña Dioz, Zuzuka Poderosa, Cakes Da Killa and others. Precolumbian was honored with the 2013 Leeway Transformation Award for her innovative work… in the club.

About CUMBIASAZO

Chicago’s sporadic & nomadic Cumbia & Tropical Bass gathering, since 2011.

www.cumbiasazo.com

www.facebook.com/cumbiasazo

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