Mdou Moctar & Ode at World Music Festival Chicago

Event Information

Date & Time:Sat, 09/16/2017 - 9:00pm - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 12:00am
Ticket Price:Free

Toureg Rock music and Indie Rock combined with elements of Balkan Folk will come together for an unforgettable performance at by Mdou Moctar and Ode at World Music Festival Chicago! The FREE concert will be held at Chicago's eclectic music space Martyrs'. For more updates, visit and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter @WMFChicago #WorldMusicFestChi #ChicagoIsOne

Event Schedule:
Doors open at 9:00p.m.
Show begins at 10:00p.m.

About Mdou Moctar:
Nigerien singer and guitarist Mdou Moctar represents a new brand of Tuareg music, producing a sound and aesthetic that advances the bluesy, guitar-based modes popularized around the globe by Tinariwen with the sort of consumer-grade recording technology that’s turned the Saharan in a musical hotbed beyond its arid climate. Before Moctar had access to professional recording studios he created his stunning 2008 album Anar with cheap electronics—rudimentary drum machines, needling synthesizers, and gobs of Autotune vocal treatments, which transformed his modal moans into space-age laments. He achieved global fame when one of his tracks turned up on the influential compilation Music from Saharan Cellphones. Christopher Kirkley, a resident of Portland, Oregon, who released that collection on his burgeoning Sahel Sounds imprint, has shepherded Moctar’s stunning career, first producing the lacerating guitar-drenched follow-up Afelan in 2013.The most audacious move from the pair came two years ago when they conceived of a Saharan update of the legendary Prince film, Purple Rain, shot on a portable HD camera amid the mud-brick dwellings of Agadez. The music from Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, which translates as “Rain the Color Blue With a Little Red in It”, as there is no word for purple in Tamashek, doesn’t much like Prince, other than Moctar’s sizzling guitar heroics, and the film’s plot makes adaptation for the conservative culture of the Sahara, but there’s no missing the point that music can provide salvation.

About Ode:
Brothers Robert and Davor Palos decided to name their Chicago-based band Ode, Bosnian for “to leave,” as a way to memorialize their roots. They grew up in Bosnia, but sought a new life in Chicago, and this five-piece rock band decidedly embraces the sound of America in its smoldering grooves and moody atmosphere, with deft propulsion offered by drummer Daniel Crane, bassist Elliot Taggart and rhythm guitarist Nikola Dokic. As heard on the band’s recent debut album Hotel Bristol, Ode draws influences from a variety of alt-rock icons such as Alice in Chains and Nick Cave, but there’s no missing the fact that the Palos brothers retain the strong flavor of their homeland, particularly in the nimble melodic guitar patterns played by Robert, which tap directly into a rich legacy of Balkan folk, while singer Davor mines a theatrical style somewhere between vintage Scott Walker and Bono. Together the quintet moves seamlessly between shimmering balladry and muscular hard rock, as a dynamic lattice of guitar work pivots between airy arpeggios, beefy power chords, and elaborate unison runs in unusual time signatures. Ode doesn’t wear its Eastern European influence brazenly, but enfolds those ideas naturally within its highly tuneful, unapologetically dramatic attack. It’s no wonder its recent record release concert touched on a wide variety of multimedia elements, as the music seems to convey the full impact of a theater piece rather than a simple rock concert.

Venue Information

Address:3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL
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