World Music festival
Hey does anyone know of any food related events associated with this? Or where the performers are eating?
For those interested the schedule for the festival is linked below
On Friday I went to HotHouse (31 E Balbo) to hear Habib Koité, a guitar player from Mali. Great music and an all around great time.
Food from Dekegar, the Liberian/soul food restaurant in Pilsen (1530 W 18th St), was being served from the room behind the bar. I had a little sample of just about everything on offer. Nearly everything had been cooked a very long time and most of it was very good. A small turkey leg was beyond tender but fantastic. The fish unfortunately was overcooked by about half a day. Beef shank (I think) was good. Great red beans and decent rice. Plantains and sweet potatoes were both cooked beyond recognition but were excellent. I had a little dab of their homemade Scotch bonnet paste, probably the hottest thing Ive had in years ("Are you sure?" she asked as she doled out about an eighth of a teaspoon). Dont miss this if youre a hot food fan. Food was $8 a plate, a very good deal.
I know Dekegar will be back at HotHouse on Thursday the 27th for Black Earth Ensemble (with Nicole Mitchell, flute). I dont know if it will be as crowded as last Friday but if you want food Id suggest getting there not long after the 7pm showtime.
I forgot to ask whether HotHouse would have food on other nights (seems very possible but Id be sure to call). I dont know about the other venues but I wouldnt be surprised if some might have food too.
I cant recommend these events highly enough. Lots of free stuff too.
re: Rene G
Hey Rene and others.
for those of you interested in the festival you may want to sign up for the City dept. of Cultural affairs e-mail update. They e-mailed me corrections to the schedule that is out everywhere (due to the 9/11 events). Including the fact the Koite had scheduled a second show yesterday in garfield park. You can do it off the main page (link in earlier post)