Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar and Global Soul Productions presents JUNGLE BOOGIE: BIG BEATS FROM THE TROPICS Featuring Global-trotting DJs Joe Bryl and Clark Quente With the temperatures reaching record highs in Chicago; so does the dancefloor action heat up at Maria’s (960 W. 31st St.) with the monthly world beat residency titled “Jungle Boogie: Big Beats From The Tropics”. Taking place on Wednesday, July 18 (and continuing every 3rd Wednesday of the month) “Jungle Boogie” will focus on the funky, soulful and dynamic diaspora dance rhythms of the Caribbean, South America and Africa. Headed by global soul specialists and world beat ambassadors DJs Joe Bryl and Clark Quente, “Jungle Boogie” will be a tropical and topical overview of the wide ranging jamming sounds that fill up the hot-spot discos in the tropics. We begin our excursion from the crescent-shaped Caribbean islands of Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba and Trinidad to the lands of the subcontinent South America of Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina and cross the Atlantic touching down in its motherland of Africa in Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Angola and South Africa. This polyrhythmic passport to adventure will feature the captivating and percolating rhythms from the soulful sounds of Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, Calypso, Zouk, Soca, Steelband and Ska; the Latin-tinged tones of Rumba, Salsa, Son Cubano, Mambo, Cumbia and Reggaeton; the uniquely Brazilian styles of Samba, Bossa Nova, Axe, Choro and Funk Carioca to finally the street style grooves of Highlife, Afro-beat, Makossa, Township Jive and Afro-funk. But the main purpose of the night is to elevate your feet while we educate your mind into the spirit of this tropical discotheque that we’re dubbing “Jungle Boogie”. As the Kool & the Gang song says, “Get down, get down, Jungle Boogie (Get it)”. Each evening will feature a revolving series of select rare videos from our archives featuring live performances from the southern hemisphere. Maria’s expert mixologists will also concoct some tasty treats to put you in the right mood and groove to quench your thirst after putting on some sweaty south of the border dance moves. Festivities begin at 8PM and continue until 2AM. There is no cover. For further information contact Joe Bryl at 312.493.5807 or joebryl54@gmai.com