Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l

Saturday, September 28, 7:15-8:15pm

West Stage at Midway Plaisance & Ellis

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THE OCCIDENTAL BROTHERS’ blend of high-energy soukous, rootsy Ghananian Highlife, and African Jazz conjures the sound of the golden age of the African guitar band. Founded in Chicago, the group has collaborated with musicians from Ghana, Congo, and Zambia. Bandleader and guitarist NATHANIEL BRADDOCK was a faculty member at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music for ten years and is a veteran of Chicago’s indie rock scene. Now living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he also leads Trio Mokili and Air Congo. Co-founder and alto saxophonist GREG WARD is a highly praised jazz musician who released his Touch My Beloved’s Thought to critical acclaim in 2016, and Stomping Off From Greenwood in 2018. GREG ARTRY plays drums, and bass duties are handled by Chicago’s beloved JOSHUA RAMOS. The Occidental Brothers have energized festival stages in Europe and North America, including Poland’s Made in Chicago 2017, Chicago World Music Festival 2016, Chicago Jazz Fest 2011, Nijmegen Music Meeting NL 2010, Moers Fest DE 2010, Ottawa Bluesfest 2010, Toronto AfroFest 2010, GlobalFest 2009, the Montreal and Vancouver Jazz Festivals 2009, and Pitchfork 2008. The group will present a new collaboration with Brooklyn-based choreographer Edisa Weeks in 2020.

The musicians:

Greg Artry (drums); Nathaniel Braddock (guitar); Joshua Ramos (bass guitar); Greg Ward (alto saxophone)