World Music festival
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)