Nine local musicians to see at Chicago summer festivals
Fest season is in full effect, and On The Town has a fest guide coming soon. Meanwhile, here's a hot local-performer planning guide to get you through the summer. -- Jessica Hopper
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Safaafir at Chicago Arabesque( June 1, 2012 )
This Oak Park-bred trio performs maqam, which is often referred to as the classical music of Iraq, with beginnings that may date to the eighth century. Jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar leads the group (along with his sister and her husband) singing haunting laments that he learned in Europe studying with exiled Iraqi master musicians.
June 25 at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. Free; chicagoarabesque.com