Dec 23: CumbiaSazo! ft. Sound Culture + Esso Afrojam Funkbeat

cumbiasazo december 2016 poster


Last party was really super with Boi Jeanius + Lester Rey y Los Leones! We’re so excited about our upcoming December holiday edition- this coming *Friday, Dec 23rd we’ve got a big desserts potluck in store for the party plus our buds Sound Culture and Esso Afrojam Funkbeat will rock the main stage. Featured craft vendors will fill the space so you can get your last minute gifts while supporting local artists. Friends in town? Be sure to invite them via the Fb page. Thanks for another fantastic year of positive partying & creative community- we love you CumbiaSazo fam!

FRIDAY, December 23, 9PM­-2AM
DOUBLE DOOR (both floors)
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago
21+ // ✓Main floor accessible ✓Gender­-neutral bathroom ✓Coat-checks ✓TVDL not usable for ID ✓Tribal IDs accepted

$10 WITH RSVP at / $15 day of / $20 VIP

Featured Guests:
// SOUND CULTURE (Future Rootz, Chicago)

Also With:
// NEWLIFE (FEX, Oakland, CA)
// DJ BETO (iBomba, Brooklyn, NY)
// ANGELFUK (The Ponderers)
// CALIXTA (CumbiaSazo)
// CUMBIASAZO live set (Tifflove, Itzi, caliXta, El Timbales)

Live Painting by:
// Darien Wendell
// Tanya Mawasi

Featured Artists & Vendors:
¡ Wild Sugah by Cher Jey !
¡ Reiki with Martha !
¡ Rootid Jewelry !
¡ Native Good Co. !
¡ Eco Boutique Glass Terrariums !
¡ Twenty Thou !
¡ Calli Calli !
¡ Zihuapochteka !
¡ Daaka Jewelry !
¡ Zihuapochteka !
¡ Anj Natasha !
¡ Tarot by Billie !
¡ GlitterGuts Photobooth !
More TBA

Hosted by:
// Logan Lu

$10 WITH RSVP at / $15 day of / $20 VIP

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



Born and raised in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood David Chavez (DJ Sound Culture) has always had a great affinity for world cultures and deep music. His passion for both has to a large extent laid the path in front of him for most of his life. In the DJ booth Sound Culture is a cultural chemist of sorts, exploring the world’s sounds and finding the threads that tie us all together globally. From Bhangra to Balkan Beat, African Soukous to Latin House, he knows how to navigate your auditory senses. His live mixes are both dynamic and seamlessly cohesive and whether you’re a world music enthusiast or dance floor regular, he keeps things interesting.


Cultural consciousness, unity and celebratory dance are the ideals behind multicultural musical outfit ¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat. The Chicago based ensemble perform a unique interfusion of Afro-Latin inspired compositions and jams. Influenced by the global troubadours and subversive thinkers of an emerging counterculture in the 70s and 80s, the band pays homage to the traditional and progressive while taking their own step forward.

The rustic rhythms of Fela spiced with the textures of Fania blend with an improvisational ritual resembling the Funk Brothers; all from the streets that birthed house music. ¡ESSO! has experimental roots with live musicians setting the stage for soul singers, “coro” group singing, and poetic emcees. This platform has cemented into a diverse group finding an outlet at global street festivals and venues with an impassioned heart on its studied sleeve.


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