UPCOMING SHOWS


2 SEPT 2009: SUMMERDANCE | Chicago, IL

WEDNESDAY 6P | Free! All Ages

Please join us in Washington Park on Chicago's Southside for this free event sponsored by Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs. The night begins with dance lessons from Kimosha Murphy, and kicks off the African Festival of the Arts.

Click here for the SummerDance site


18 SEPT 2009: Lawrence University | Appleton, WI


19 SEPT 2009: The Frequency | Madison, WI

SATURDAY 9p | all ages

The Forward Music Fest, this night is with South Africa's BLK JKS


26 SEPT 2009: Buckman Arts Center at Saint Mary's Episcopal School | Memphis, TN

SATURDAY 8p | all ages

Click here for the Buckman Arts Center site





RECENT SHOWS


NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SUMMER 2009

13 JUNE 2009: 20th Marquette Waterfront Festival, Yahara Place Park | Madison, WI

17 JUNE 2009: Belly Up Aspen | Aspen, CO

18 JUNE 2009: Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO

19 JUNE 2009: Corazon | Santa Fe, NM

20 JUNE 2009: Solar Culture | Tucson, AZ

21 JUNE 2009: Rhythm Room | Phoenix, AZ

23 JUNE 2009: The Echo | Los Angeles, CA

24 JUNE 2009: Hotel Utah | San Francisco, CA

26 JUNE 2009: Mississippi Studios | Portland, OR

27 JUNE 2009: Vancouver International Jazz Festival | Vancouver, BC

28 JUNE 2009: Vancouver International Jazz Festival | Vancouver, BC

29 JUNE 2009: Triple Rock | Seattle, WA

2 JULY 2009: SummerFest | Milwaukee, WI

3 JULY 2009: 80-35 Festival, Western Gateway Park | Des Moines, IA

4 JULY 2009: Saturday In the Park | Sioux City, IA

4 JULY 2009: Saturday In the Park After Party | Sioux City, IA

9 JULY 2009: Festival International de Jazz de Montreal at Scene - Stage Alcan | Montreal, Quebec

10 JULY 2009: Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park Bandshell | New York, NY

11 JULY 2009: Kingsborough Community Colllege Outdoor Bandshell | Brooklyn, NY

13 JUL 2009: SPACE GALLERY | Portland, Maine

14 JUL 2009: GREAT SCOTT | Allston, Massachusetts

16 JULY 2009: DC9 | Washington, DC

17 JULY 2009: Club Cafe | Pittsburgh, PA

18 JULY 2009: Taste of River North | Chicago, IL

2 June 2009: Park West | Chicago, IL

TUESDAY 7.30p | Please join us as we play this show with the great Malians Amadou and Mariam!


25 APR 2009: CHARLESTON | 2076 N. Hoyne, Chicago

SATURDAY 10.00p | Please come join us for our a special show, just like we used to do at this great venue--the place where the band got its start!


17 APR 2009: EMPTY BOTTLE | 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago

FRIDAY 10.00p | Please come join us for our Record Release Show

Click here for the Empty Bottle site


21 MAR 2009: CSPS Legion Arts| 1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids IA

SATURDAY 8.00p | Please come join us at this great arts center in Cedar Rapids

Click here for the CSPS site


20 MAR 2009: CEDAR CULTURAL CENTER | 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis MN

FRIDAY 8.00p | Please come join us for our Twin Cities debut!

Click here for the CEDAR's site


24 FEB 2009: MORSE THEATRE | 1328 W Morse, Chicago

TUESDAY 8.00p | Please come join us for Chicago Global Warming presented by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs--a sampler of the best world music in Chicago featuring Steve Gibbon's Gypsy Rhythm Project, Son Jorocho group Fandanguero, and the West African dance music of the Occidental Brothers. Come out and thaw out on this February evening. Early!

Click here for the MORSE THEATRE's site


EAST COAST TOUR: JANUARY 2009

06 JAN 2009: CLUB CAFE | 56 South 12th Street, Pittsburgh

07 JAN 2009: KENNEDY CENTER Milennium Stage | 2700 F Street, Washington DC

08 JAN 2009: MIDDLE EAST | 480 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Mass

09 JAN 2009: IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL | 20 Center Street, Northampton, Mass

10 JAN 2009: SPACE | 538 Congress Street, Portland, Maine

11 JAN 2009: globalFEST 2009 at WEBSTER HALL | 125 East. 11th Street, New York


29 NOV 2008: SCHUBA'S | 3159 N Southport, Chicago

SATURDAY 10.00p | We return to one of our favorite rooms in Chicago! Last time we played it was a great party, so you won't want to miss this one. We're playing with our friend W.W. Loman. Please come and enjoy the evening with the band as we play our last Chicago show of a very busy year!

Click here for SCHUBA'S site

Click here for w.w.loman's MySpace page


26 SEPT 2008: MARTYRS' | 3855 N Lincoln Ave | Chicago

FRIDAY 10p | OBDBI play our first club date in months, after so many fetival slots. We're joined by our good friends the Eternals. They're one of the most respected bands in Chicago, and they always make it a killer dance party. This night is one we've been planning for years. If you haven't seen them--you must! The E's play at ten, and then the O'Bro's play a long dance set. You've gotta catch this one.

Click here for the Martyrs' site

Click here for the ETERNALS' page



3 SEPT 2008: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park | Chicago

WEDNESDAY, 6:30P | The Occidental Brothers play in Frank Gehry's beautiful outdoor pavilion in Millennium Park as part of the Department of Cultural Affairs' "Chicago Blockbuster Week". We share the bill with our good friend Andrew Bird who will close out the night.

Click here for information on Chicago's "Blockbuster Week" shows"

Click here Andrew Bird's website


21 AUG 2008: Skinner Park | 1331 W. Adams | Chicago

THURSDAY 5:30p | We play a free outdoor show. Bring the little ones!


16 AUG 2008: Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago | 111 S. Michigan, Chicago

SATURDAY, 1p | The group plays a special showcase in this acoustically pristine room. We're the museum's guests as they celebrate their "Passport to Africa" exhibit. Please mark this one on your calendar!

Click here for the Art Institute site


14 AUG 2008: SUMMERDANCE | 601 S. Michigan Ave |CHICAGO

THURSDAY 6.30p | Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l Live on the Spirit of Music Stage in Grant Park, come early for dance lessons, and stay late for two sets of African dance music set against the Chicago skyline

Click here for the SummerDance site


8 AUG 2008: Art Institute of Chicago Cafe | 111 S. Michigan | Chicago

FRIDAY 5:30p, 3 sets | Crazy 8's on this 08/08/08 gig. The trio plays a quieter African jazz in the lovely outdoors area of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Click here for the Art Institute site


2 August 2008: Asamoah Outdooring Party

SATURDAY ALL NIGHT | This is a semi-private event, but will be an enormous party for the Ghanaian community living in Canada and the US. It is the outdooring celebration for our drummer’s new son. If you are interested in attending, please send us a message for more information.


26 JULY 2008: Smith Park | 2526 W Grand Ave | Chicago

SATURDAY 5p | The band plays a stripped down, jazzier gig in this lovely westside park. Kofi and Josh can’t be there, but Jeff Greene is sitting in with Greg, Rambo, and Nathaniel.


20 JULY 2008: Pitchfork Festival | Union Park | Chicago

SUNDAY 5p | OBDBI play the year's most-anticipated festival along side the cream of the contemporary independent music scene and honored elders. Including, but not limited to, Animal Collective, !!!, Dinosaur Jr., Extra Golden, Vampire Weekend, M. Ward, Spiritualized, and Public Enemy recreating their classic "It Takes A Nation of Millions" album.

: Pitchfork Media


18 JULY 2008: Live on KEXP | Chicago's Engine Studio and Webcast

FRIDAY 1p | The OBDBI broadcast live from Engine Studios on Seattle’s great independent radio station KEXP. You're invited to the studio, too. Follow this link to reserve a free seat to watch the recording session live!

: KEXP Live Broadcast


13 JULY 2008: Clark Street Festival (Clark between Morse and Touhy), Chicago

SUNDAY 5:30p | Please join us for this great northside street festival.

1 JULY 2008: Welles Park (Western/Montrose)

TUESDAY 6.30p | Who doesn't love a Gazebo? It’s outside, casual, and of course free. Bring the little ‘uns.


25 JUN 2008: Town Square (Damen/Belle Plaine)

WEDNESDAY 6.30p | We play a free outdoor show. Bring the little ones!


21 JUNE 2008: Old Town School of Folk Music | 4544 N. Lincoln, Chicago

SATURDAY 8p | We perform one song to open up this night paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Seem unlikely? Wait until you hear what we have in store! Call for reservations at 773.728.6000

Click here for the OTSFM page

31 MAY 2008: "Do Division" Street Festival | corner Division/Damen | Chicago, Illinois

SATURDAY | The Occidental Brothers play festive African rhythms as this hipster fair. No white belt required!

Click here for the Do Division site


30 MAY 2008: Art Institute of Chicago Cafe | 111 S. Michigan, Chicago

FRIDAY 5:30p, 3 sets | The trio plays a quieter African jazz in the lovely outdoors area of the Art Institute of Chicago. Special guest Marcus Evans on this one.

Click here for the Art Institute site


23-24 MAY 2008: Pete Miller's | 1557 Sherman Ave | Evanston, Illinois

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9p, 3 sets | Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l play two nights at one of Chicagoland's great jazz venues. Come for dinner at one of the northside's great restaurants, and hang around for the music.

Click here for the Pete Miller's site


9 MAY 2008: Park West | 322 West Armitage | Chicago, Illinois

FRIDAY 8p | Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l help celebrate the release of a new cd by our friends Funkadesi. Also featured is DJ Redlox who will take the night out.

Click here for Funkadesi's website

Click here for the Park West website


14-15 MAR 2008: Pete Miller's | 1385 Meacham Road, Schaumburg | Illinois

FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9p, 3 sets | Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l play two nights. Come for dinner at Schaumburg's best restaurant, and hang around for the music.

Click here for the Pete Miller's site



23 FEB 2008: CHARLESTON | 2076 N. Hoyne

SATURDAY 10p, 2 sets | Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l return to the Charleston for another barn-burner.

Click here for the Charleston's site



29 DEC 2007: CHARLESTON | 2076 N. Hoyne

SATURDAY 10p, 2 sets | Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l return to the Charleston for another barn-burner.

Click here for the Charleston's site



28 DEC 2007: Pete Miller's | 1557 Sherman Ave | Evanston, Illinois

SATURDAY 9p, 3 sets | Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l debut at one of Chicagoland's great jazz venues. Come for dinner at one of the northsides great restaurants, and hang around for the music.

Click here for the Pete Miller's site



14 DEC 2007: MARTYRS' | 3855 N Lincoln Ave

FRIDAY 10p | OBDBI play with great local band Corporate Ex.

Click here for the Martyrs' site



15 SEPT 2007: Dubuque Museum of Art | 10th and Jackson Street in the Warehouse District

SATURDAY 7p | OBDBI take it to Dubuque, Iowa with our good friends at the Chicago Short Film Brigade. They'll roll some of their favorites and then we'll shake it down with a taste of Chicago Afropop.

Click here for the Voices from the Warehouse Website

Click here for the Film Brigade's website


08 SEPT 2007: Martyrs | 3855 N Lincoln Ave

SATURDAY 10p | OBDBI play with great local band Lovers In Arms.

Click here for the Matryr's site

Click here for the TIXEM site

Click here for LOVERS IN ARMS myspace page


26 AUGUST2007: BUCKTOWN ARTS FEST

Sunday 5:00pm | Check the Fest site for other performers and exact location

Click here for the Festival site


12 AUG 2007: Millenium Park: CHICAGO

SUNDAY 5p | GREAT ILLINOIS PERFORMERS Festival with lots of great bands. 11AM - Coat 12PM - Joshua Abrams 1PM - Lanterna 2PM - Darin Gray 3PM - Bill Dolan Ensemble 4PM - Poster Children 5PM - Occidental Brothers

Click here for details about the whole event!

10 AUG 2007: Empty Bottle: CHICAGO, IL

FRIDAY 10p | The OBDBI play African music for you, with guests guitar ace Billy Dolan and dj Wayne Montana (the Eternals). Come out for this night of killer guitar music!

Click here for the Empty Bottle site


9 AUG 2007: Twiggs Park: EVANSTON, IL

THURSDAY 7:30p | Hosted by Evanston's Starlight Concert series.

Click here for directions and details


5 AUG 2007: Hideout: CHICAGO, IL

SUNDAY 7:30p | Hosted by the Chicago Short Film Brigade. OBDBI guitarist Nathaniel Braddock spins classic African music along with dj Josh Abrams as part of this premier screening of Andrew Bird's new video for his song "Imitosis".

Click here for the Hideout's website

Click here for the Film Brigade's website


29 JUL 2007: Bickerdike Park, 1461 W. Ohio St: CHICAGO

SUNDAY 2-4pm | Come out for this casual gig with guests Haitian Congero Jean-Christophe LeRoy, and bass-ace Joshua Ramos sitting it!


26 JUL 2007: SUMMERDANCE: 601 S. Michigan Ave: CHICAGO

THURSDAY 6.30p | Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l Live on the Spirit of Music Stage in Grant Park, come early for dance lessons, and stay late for two sets of African dance music set against the Chicago skyline

Click here for the SummerDance site


15 JUL 2007: Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln

SUNDAY 1p | Folk and Roots Festival


14 JUL 2007: Clark Street Festival

SATURDAY 6p | The stage is at the corner of Clark and Touhy


30 JUN 2007: Charleston 2076 N. Hoyne

SATURDAY 10p, 2 sets | Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l return to the Charleston for another barn-burner.

Click here for the Charleston's site


27 JUN 2007: Town Square (Damen/Belle Plaine)

WEDNESDAY 6.30p | We play a free outdoor show. Bring the little ones!


22 JUN 2007: Martyrs | 3855 N Lincoln Ave

FRIDAY 10p | OBDBI play with the incomparable Rebirth Brass Band.

Click here for the Matryr's site


12 JUN 2007: Welles Park (Western/Montrose)

TUESDAY 6.30p | We've finally landed that long sought-after Gazebo gig. It’s outside, casual, and of course free. Bring the little ‘uns.


25 MAY 2007: Hideout | 1354 W. Wabansia

FRIDAY 9p | This is an anniversary party thrown for/by Chicago’s great independent media source GAPERS BLOCK.com. Also, the Heaven Seventies, dancing with DJ Mary Nisi, and other delights.

Click here for the HIDEOUT

Click here for Gaper's Block


28 APR 2007: SCHUBA'S | 3159 N Southport, Chicago

Saturday 10.00p | We return to one of our favorite rooms in Chicago! Last time we played it was a great party, so you won't want to miss this one. We're playing with ALLA again, and the most excelent DJ Bugalu spinning deep African cuts.

Click here for SCHUBA'S site

Click here for Alla's MySpace page


11 APR 2007: HotHouse | 31 E. Balbo, Chicago

WEDNESDAY 8pm | We play with the great band from Benin, GANGBE BRASS BAND--reserve your tickets soon!

Click here for the HotHouse website


28 MAR 2007: Old Town School of Folk Music | 4544 N. Lincoln, Chicago

WEDNESDAY 8.30p | We perform two sets as the featured artist in this great venue’s Afrofolk series. The event is free and all-ages, but it is ticketed! If you can’t get reservations (they often “sell-out”) come any way—they’ll get you in!

Click here for the OTSFM Afrofolk page

...or call for reservations at 773.728.6000


24 FEBRUARY 2007: CHARLESTON | 2076 N. Hoyne, Chicago

Saturday 10.00p, 2 sets | We return to the Charleston on the last Saturday of the month. Sorry we've missed a few--we've been busy with other gigs.

Click here for the Charleston's site


17 FEBRUARY 2007: Martyrs | 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Saturday night 9.00p, with ULELE | We're really excited for this one with our friends in Ulele. It'll be an all-night dance party, we reckon... Special thanks to Bruce for setting this one up.

Click here for the ULELE site

Click here for the Matryr's site


18 JAN 2007: SCHUBA'S | 3159 N Southport, Chicago

Thursday 9.00p | We play with ALLA, one of the hippest bands in Chicago right now. Come on out and dig the scene in one of Chicago's best venues.

Click here for Alla's MySpace page

Click here for SCHUBA'S site


22 DEC 2006: HotHouse | 31 E. Balbo, Chicago

Friday 10pm | We play with Ted Sirota's killer band, Rebel Souls. Our altoist Greg Ward will be playing in both bands that night!

This is a CD RELEASE show for us. We play second--come on out and dance the night away!

Click here for the HotHouse website


15 DEC 2006: CHARLESTON | 2076 N. Hoyne, Chicago

Saturday 10.00p, 2 sets for the Charleston Staff's Holiday Celebration

Click here for the Charleston's site


25 NOV 2006: CHARLESTON | 2076 N. Hoyne, Chicago

Saturday 10.00p, 2 sets

Click here for the Charleston's site


24-5 NOV 2006: Logan Square Auditorium | 2539 N. Kedzie, Chicago

Friday-Saturday 8.30pm | The Empty Bottle presents this ALL-AGES show with our friend Andrew Bird! Andrew is a remarkable songwriter, and dazzling violinist, and he'll be playing a lot of new material from his forthcoming new record.

Click here for the Empty Bottle website


11 NOV 2006: Hideout | 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago

Saturday 9pm | This is Dace-a-thon and fundraiser for our friends at the Chicago Short Film Brigade--a great new Arts organization started by Xan Aranda. MC for the night is Pearly Sweets, we're the band, and there are a number of celebrity DJ's including ReMINDER aka Josh Abrams!

Click here for the Chicago Short Film Brigade website


10 NOV 2006: DarkRoom | 2210 W. Chicago, Chicago

Friday 9.30p | African Dance party presented by Mwelwa Musambacine and SUNNYSIDE UP! Productions

Click here for the DarkRoom's website


22 OCT 2006: Chicago Marathon | race-side at the corner of Adams and Ashland, Chicago

Sunday 8.30a-Noon | we play for the runners and for fans!

Click here for the Chicago Marathon website


30 SEPT 2006: CHARLESTON | 2076 N. Hoyne, Chicago

Saturday 10.00p, 2 sets

Click here for the Charleston's site


17 SEPTEMBER 2006: Logan Square Auditorium | 2539 n. kedzie, chicago

Chicago World Music Festival Gig with Mamadou Diabate and Oliver Mtukudzi

Click here for the Chicago World Music Festical site


29 AUGUST 2006: Martyrs | 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Tuesday 9.00p, with guestsHostile RootsAlgernon

Click here for the Matryr's site


26 AUGUST2006: BUCKTOWN ARTS FEST

Saturday 6:00pm | Check the Fest site for other performers and exact location

Click here for the Festival site


26 AUGUST 2006: CHARLESTON | 2076 N. Hoyne, Chicago

Saturday 10.00p, 2 sets

Click here for the Charleston's site


19 AUGUST 2006: Firkin | 515 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville

Saturday 9.00p, 2 sets

Click here for the Firkin site


29 JULY 2006: Firkin | 515 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville

Saturday 9.00p, 2 sets

Click here for the Firkin site


26 JULY 2006: 205 N. Michigan Ave | CHICAGO

Wednesday 11.30a, 2 sets


22 JULY 2006: CHARLESTON | 2076 N. Hoyne, Chicago

Saturday 10.00p, 2 sets

Click here for the Charleston's site


08 JULY 2006: Chicago Folk And Roots Fest

4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Staff Stage, Chicago

Satuday, 5.30p

Click here for the Festival Schedule


08 JULY 2006: TreVia

1575 N Milwaukee

Satuday, 9, we play 11.30, $5


22 JUNE 2006: R O D A N

1530 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

Free/donations

Thursday 10p

Click here for the R O D A N site


25 MAY 2006: R O D A N

1530 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

Free/donations

Thursday 11p


13 MAY 2006: the Charleston

2076 N. Hoyne, Chicago

Toubab Roots Band (Brush-Braddock-Lawler) plays traditional West African baliphone music, followed by a set by Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int'l.

Saturday 10.00p, 2 sets


26 APR 2006: HotHouse Chicago

HotHouse JAZZ WITHOUT BORDERS series:

WEDNESDAY 8.00p, two sets

Click here for the HotHouse Site


21 APR 2006: Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington, Chicago

LUNCHBREAK at the Randoph Café

FRIDAY 12NOON, Free