DJ RomaSoul's Chicago Event Blog

Tuesday
Apr152014

The International Balkan Invasion: Vivian Garcia, Radiohiro, RomaSoul

The Balkan Invasion is a monthly party in the downstairs lounge of Wicker Park’s Subterranean.
Every 3rd Saturday of the month for almost 4 years now resident DJ RomaSoul has been bringing together djs, bands, artists, musicians and of course dancers whose origins span the globe. RomaSoul brings the balkan beats while monthly guests bring a variety of global dance groove styles leaving the dance floor always packed and moving. For this months Balkan Invasion we have:

Live music set by Vivian Garcia 10:15pm

With a background in Latin America rhythms, and studies of traditional flamenco both at the Old Town School of Folk music and at the Escuela Carmen de las Cuevas in Granada Spain, Garcia quotes "I am a singer who plays guitar, not the other way around...It is in Madrid that I begun writing my own music and as life would have it composing in English. I have been a gigging musician since 1999." She will present us with some rumbas flamencas and of course awesome new original work.

Guest dj sets by Freakeasy’s Radiohiro 11:30pm

Starting off as a punk rock drummer at 16 and selling out Chicago’s famous music venue the Metro 30 years ago, Radiohiro aka Matt Fusello has transformed and reinvented himself in the music world many times. A drummer, dj, producer, and organizer, he’s worked with international superstars such as the late Cheb I Sabbah, and Natascha Atlas. He is also one of the founding members of the unbeatable, unstoppable, and easily best underground party in Chicago the Freakeasy, which takes inspiration from Burning Man. Fusello’s dedicated work with Burning Man for almost 20 years has earned him a spot on the senior staff of this incredibly large and well known event. His musical influence spans across the globe as well. Often working with Chicago’s MC Zulu through breaks, drum and bass, and dubstep styles he mixes in reggae, hindi and middle eastern samples and it is grand.

http://viviangarcia.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/VivianGarciaFlymariposa
https://soundcloud.com/dj-romasoul
http://www.freakeasy.net/

Downstairs lounge of Subterranean
10pm-3am
21+
$5
See you on the dancefloor!

Sunday
Mar302014

Underground Balkan Fest 2014!

Hello! Hello! You are cordially invited to join us for the 2nd Annual Underground! Balkan Fest April 5th 2014. If you attended last year, you know how fun it was. If not, come out this time for sure!
We are celebrating the arrival of Spring and all the fun things it brings! Such as the rebirth of life, new beginnings and of course culture! What a better time than the Spring to showcase some of the music and art we have been working on through the dark Chicago winter months ☺ Also it is my, Maja Bijedic, aka Dj RomaSoul’s birthday so don’t hesitate to get me a shot of Rakija… I'm setting up 2 whole rooms of fun stuff for us to enjoy and awe at, @ the HQ Gallery in Wicker Park 1914 Milwaukee Ave 3rd floor!
Hope to see you there!

Artist and Performers:

Galina Shevchenko Art + Motion
http://www.gsterritory.com/
Hana Kulovic of StudioVEZ
https://www.facebook.com/StudioVEZ
Ognjen Krosnar Exhibition and Performance Artist.
MIKA Mixed Media Earthrising Designs
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Earthrising-Designs/535934319764777
Iris Iris Pasic Paintings
http://www.chicagoartistsmonth.org/featured-artists/iris-iris-pasic-0
Davor Ara Paintings, Live Art
PET PEEVE – Carpathian Rock!
Byzantine Time Machine
http://byzantinetimemachine.wordpress.com/
http://www.petpeevemusic.com/
Romasoul Live Jam w/ members of Black Bear Combo and Ode
https://soundcloud.com/dj-romasoul
Faye Kabian Balkan beat dj styling’s
Tribal Belly dance performance
And more TBA!

+Rakija Cash bar (unheard of Rakija selections, Shljivovitz, Kruskovac and more)
+Complimentary Kolache
+Gossamer Smoking booth
+Big White Chair
+ awesome and professional staff & the rest of the amenities of the lovely HQ gallery…

Please be respectful of the venue, do not loiter out front, you can smoke inside, and please enter and leave quietly!

21+
$10

Friday
Feb212014

Black Bear Combo, Raya Brass Band unleash the brass motherload

9pm - $7 - 21+
Black Bear Combo - Raya Brass Band - DJ Romasoul

Black Bear Combo is a raucous mutt channeling the common energy between Balkan brass, punk rock and free jazz. Since 2002 they have played rock clubs, basements, weddings, funerals, and festivals across the country, Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, and a couple of Halloween parties at the White House. You will dance.

Since 2008 Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences with its energetic brand of soul shaking, border defying dance music. Given the way these five musicians electrify clubs, festivals, underground parties, and even subway cars with their riotous performances, it’s no wonder that they’re often mistaken for a band twice the size. The members of the band all bring their unique voices to the group, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, out jazz, and a host of other international sounds. When they put it all together, this hard working band gets straight to the point, dancing and sweating, shouting and crying alongside its audience.

Balkan Beats with a lot of Chicago influence... DJ Romasoul is originally from Sarajevo, but has been residing in Chicago since 1995. Creating a mixture of global sounds, electronica and house music Dj RomaSoul aka Maja Bijedic has made people dance across a wide variety of venues in Chicago.

3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60613
Monday
Feb172014

Thursday 02.20 RomaSoul @ Revolver Bar!

Back to where it began! This Thursday I, Dj RomaSoul, will be throwing down at the Revolver Bar! (Formerly Xippo Lounge) 3759 N. Damen, Chicago IL

Get ready for hearty servings of…
Balkan Beats !
Electro Swing !
Transnational Bass !

All Night Long
No Cover
Special guests to come!

http://www.mixcloud.com/majabijedic58/
https://soundcloud.com/dj-romasoul
http://culturalconfusion.squarespace.com/


About:
Romasoul is originally from Sarajevo, but has been residing in Chicago since 1995. A mixture of global sounds, bass and house music all laced with balkan gypsy flavor are served up in a dancefloor ready style. RomaSoul curates and is the resident of the Balkan Invasion every 3rd Saturday at the Subterranean in Chicago, she is also the producer of the Underground! Balkan Fest.

Monday
Feb102014

Ode re-joins the Balkan Invasion! 02.15.2014

It has been a while since Ode and DJ RomaSoul have come together to bring you a fantastic night of music, dancing, and drinking! Ode has some new tunes guaranteed to make you groove :) RomaSoul will be in full spirits. Do not miss this!

About Ode:

Ode is a five piece group made out of sticks, strings and memories that stare at them from the past, like sling shots, drawn back, ready to let go any time something goes wrong. But they stick together, bass or no bass, rent or no rent, slowly but surely they are mistaken for a gypsy ensemble that plays rock'n'roll- punk and Bolero ballads, maintaining that yearning and earning just enough so they don't burst in tears when they are exposed to clean cut jib jab joints and late night star dusting.

https://www.facebook.com/odemusic
http://www.odemusic.com/

About RomaSoul:

A mixture of global sounds, bass and house music all laced with balkan gypsy flavor are served up in a dancefloor ready style. RomaSoul curates and is the resident of the Balkan Invasion every 3rd Saturday at the Subterranean in Chicago, she is also the producer of the Underground! Balkan Fest.

http://www.mixcloud.com/majabijedic58/
https://soundcloud.com/dj-romasoul
culturalconfusion.sqaurespace.com

Subterranean downstairs lounge
2011 W. North Ave
21+
10-3am
$5