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Alex*Cuba 8pm show, with DJ Warp 6-8pm - 10/9
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Cuban Soul Rock. Singer-songwriter Alex*Cuba hails from Artemisa, Cuba (1 hour west of Havana) and resides in Smithers, B.C. (14 hours north of Vancouver). Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. Alex is on the vanguard, crafting a cross-cultural sound that mirrors his geographical journey. Not tied to tradition, this Cuban-Canadian prefers his vintage Gibson over el sencerro (cowbell) anytime. Forgoing conventional stereotypes that typify much of the Latin music landscape, Alex is instead defining his own “Latin Soul” genre. Like the handful of unique, genre-defying artists before him, Alex’ uncompromising “go your own road” approach was difficult and lonely at first, but is now beginning to pay dividends. He has won two JUNO Awards (2006 and 2008) and a SOCAN Award (2009) in Canada, a Latin Grammy Award (2010) for Best New Artist, a BMI Latin Award and was nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award in the Best Latin Pop Album category.
DJ Warp (Brian Keigher) has become a staple international and electronic music DJ playing at various clubs, venues, festival and events throughout the Midwest and US. With a unique ear for turning listener onto the latest in cutting edge dance music and various styles of international music, DJ Warp has been lucky to share the bill and support some of the world's top touring talents of many styles including; Manu Chao, Baaba Maal, Konono No.1, Art Of Noise, Four Tet, Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Bebel Gilberto, Talvin Singh, Prefuse 73, Amadou & Mariam, Cheb I Sabbah, Vieux Farka Toure, Khaled, Etran Finatawa, Seum Kuti and Egypt 80, Red Baraat, Watcha Clan, Mark Farina, Chicago Symphony Orchestra members, Biz Markie and Bassnectar just to name a handful. He has performed at Old Town School of Folk's Folk & Roots Fest, World Music Festival: Chicago, Love Fest San Francisco, Noisepop Chicago, and was recently the special guest DJ for the 2012 globalFEST afterparty at Joe's Pub in New York City. Brian looks to use DJing as another form of musical expression in an effort to continue his life mission of turning people onto damn good music.