On Sunday October 30th HotHouse along with Alhambra present jazz violinist Steve Gibons with his unique Eastern-Western Chicago group the Gypsy Rhythm Project. Joining Gibons will be guitarist Mike Allemana, drummer Tim Mulveena, and bassist Dan Delorenzo and cimbalom guru Nicolae Feraru. Romanian Gypsy culture has one of the richest musical legacies in the world, full of jazz harmonies and booty-twitching rhythms and the Gypsy Rhythm Project communicates the best of it. This HotHouse at Alhambra concert might be Nicolae Feraru's last performance with the band before moving back to Bucharest, Romania.
Alhambra is located at 1240 W Randolph St, Chicago Visit website for Tickets and Info
Intrigued by the history and art of Alhambra, the eponymous palace and cultural mecca of southern Spain's Moorish Granada, Chicago physician Nasar Rustom created the space to bring the culture, art, and splendor of Alhambra to the City of Chicago. Dr. Rustom commissioned artisans from Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco to recreate the Moorish style of art for the hand-carved wood furniture, sculptures, rugs, stone mosaics, arabesques, and crystal chandeliers that adorn the space, augmented by a large collection of artifacts assembled over the course of many trips to the Middle East and North Africa. Since opening in 2007, Alhambra Palace has offered its visitors a unique experience of fine dining and entertainment, ranging from Middle Eastern singers to Latin salsa and tango.
HotHouse was founded in 1987 as a Chicago forum for global artistic expression -- with a special focus on under-represented multi-arts and educational activities that showcase innovative artists working in the margins of the commercial market. Outreach to underserved populations across metro Chicago is a key priority, along with producing events that amplify a variety of progressive social movements. The New York Times wrote of HotHouse, "Few clubs anywhere offer a wider range of first-rate world music, from wildly vibrant Afro-pop to avant-garde jazz than HotHouse." And a "Best of Chicago" award opined, "From European avant-garde jazz acts that don't even play in this hemisphere to performance art to world music to the city's more esoteric acts, [HotHouse] has consistently pulled in some of the planet's most innovative acts." The project broke ground in the city in a range of endeavors, from showcasing Cuban artists at the height of the blockade to serving as a forum for groundbreaking Avant garde jazz artists.
HotHouse has maintained two award-winning cultural centers, with the first catalyzing Wicker Park's cultural offerings (1987-1995) and the second spurring creative development in Chicago's South Loop (1995-2007). The board of directors is currently pursuing plans to build its third site.