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A celebration of the history and heritage of Pilsen from its Czech origins to its largely Latino present. Enjoy music and art from Prague and from the local community, discover the neighborhood’s past through the eyes of its early residents, and experience the vibrant cultural life that continues to define Pilsen today. The Prague Days Chicago festival explores the rich legacy of cultural exchange between sister-cities Chicago and Prague, opening with a unique cross-cultural evening of music and art: Ondřej Havelka and His Melody Makers will play retro hits from Pilsen’s early days as a mostly Czech neighborhood, and offer an authentic glimpse of the music and style of the Big Band swing era.
Official website: http://www.melodymakers.cz/
¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat is a Chicago-based fusion band cofounded by Armando Pérez, a Mexican-Chicagoan guitarist and composer/producer. Known for their blend of AfroLatin-Funkbeat-Cumbiaton, ¡ESSO! brings together some of the city’s funkiest live musicians in a celebration of international culture and unity. Official website: http://www.essoafrojamfunkbeat.com/
Vivian García is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter. Her musical journey has taken her around the world from studying rumba flamenca rhythms in Granada, Spain to jamming with international folk musicians in Madrid, and back to Chicago where she performs her own compositions and sings with global bands like ¡ESSO! Official website: https://viviangarcia.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bed
Paintings by Prague and Chicago artists and a gallery of historical photographs will be on display on the first and second floors. (Exhibit opens on June 10 at 6:30 p.m.)
Prague Days Chicago is presented by the City of Prague, City of Chicago, Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Consulate General of Mexico and the Prague and the Mexico City Committees of Sister Cities International.