Immigré are an Afrobeat / Afrofunk band from Madison, Wisconsin making their Chicago debut at Old Town School. Swirling, repetitive guitar patterns, deep, funky bass lines, and a monstrous percussion section lay the foundation for the searing melodies of the horn section, accentuated by pulsing electric piano comps. The sum total is a sound so massive, a beat so infectious, that audiences can’t sit and watch. The dance floor draws them in while the groove takes hold.
“You wouldn’t trust just any group of Americans to play Afrobeat and make it actually work, but the 10 members of instrumental band Immigré approach it with extensive knowledge of the music and a grasp of what it takes to actually pull off this challenging, brash, funky genre. The EP the band put out last year includes covers of songs by Amadou & Mariam and The Rail Band, but also an original called “Jakumaba” that is more than convincing, from its bright, skitting guitar melodies to the horn section’s balance of driving harmonies and bouncy solos.” —Tone Madison