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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Seu Jorge and Amadou & Mariam at Millennium Park, Chicago

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I heard someone mumble that Millennium Park is more impressive than Red Rocks. Now I've never been to Red Rocks so I can't back that up. But it's nice to hear that the Millennium Park sound system is in the same league. Frank Gehry and the acoustic engineers are geniuses.

It's hard for me to find the superlatives to describe tonight's free show at Millennium Park. Seu Jorge was terrific, but Amadou & Mariam were simply brilliant. How many times have you felt the urge to spontaneously jump out of your seat and shake your butt to the beat? There were kids and grannies getting up and getting down also. It was a unified vibe unlike anything I'd experienced before, outside a rave. I am not exaggerating when I say that the majority of the crowd was out of their seats and dancing, and those that weren't were bouncing and bobbing joyfully.

This is Seu Jorge performing Ziggy Stardust.
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Seu played selections from this album as well as Rebel, Rebel and Ziggy Stardust. He also picked the winner of the Brazil-France game. Brazil 4, France 0.
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Amadou & Mariam simply rocked. They didn't even play 'Senegal Fast Food', but I didn't care. They played an energetic 75-minute set, then came back for three encores. As the night wore on, the crowd actually got more into it and the dancing spread across the seating area and into the lawn.
amadou & mariam music
amadou & mariam music
amadou & mariam music

DJMonsterMo | 10:49 PM |


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