Frank Orrall DJs this Wednesday

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents
GLOBAL SOUL: WORLD BEATS & TREATS – 8pm -2am – Free, no cover
Hosted by DJ Joe Bryl with Special Guest Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering/Thievery Corporation
960 W. 31st St., Chicago, Il. 60608, 773-890-0588

Thanks to all of those who joined us last Wednesday for the third offering of ‘Global Soul: World Beats & Treats’ at Maria’s. Our guest DJ was Brian Keigher (aka DJ Warp) of the Chicago Cultural Center/World Music Festival who treated us with his percolating world beats . This Wednesday December 22 we will be joined by Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering. Frank has just returned from a major world tour tour with Thievery Corporation, in which he’s both percussionist and vocalist. While touring, he’s been digging for rare records on his free time. So expect some unknown pleasures from his set this Wednesday.

Dec. 22 – Frank Orrall: Poi Dog Pondering/Thievery Corporation

Founding member of Poi Dog Pondering, Frank Orrall began his musical journey in Hawaii; then moving stateside to Austin, Texas in 1987 releasing Poi Dog Pondering’s EP Circle around the Sun on the independent-label Texas Hotel Records. The band signed to Columbia Records, where their first album and EP were re-released as a single album. They released two more albums while in Austin, Dreaming Like a Mountain and Thinking Like the Sea and Volo Volo. In 1992, the band relocated to Chicago and began to incorporate elements of house music into their style developing a loyal local following. Named best band by Chicago magazine in 1997, Poi Dog Pondering has released two studio albums and two live albums on its own label. Frank is also a member of the Chicago house music band 8fat8.

Frank is also a percussionist and singer for the well respected electronic group Thievery Corporation and has just returned from its fall 2010 tour. Frank, with members from Poi Dog composed music in 2007 for the Chicago Cinema Forum’s screening of Mario Peixoto’s Brazilian avant-garde silent film ‘Limite’  (1930)besides performing with the Chicago Sinfonieta, composing and performing a “remix” of Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” at the Chicago Symphony Center in 2005.

Following week:

Dec. 29 – Vanessa Beck: People’s DJ Collective

The event is free and all house cocktails are priced $1 less than they normally are. VJ Merkaba has created a visual backdrop to enhance the experience. We hope that you can drop and warm yourself up to the hottest rhythms from around the world.

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