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Eken Park Festival 2018 (free)

  • 700 block of Mayer Avenue 700 Mayer Avenue Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Tani Diakite and Cris Plata are among the highlights at this north-side gathering. Info

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The humble but sturdy Eken Park neighborhood in the shadows of the old Oscar Mayer plant has a family-friendly summer festival of its own, and it's worth venturing over to catch a couple gems of Madison music. Tani Diakite & The Afrofunkstars (3 p.m.) centers around Mali native and longtime Madison resident Diakite using the kamale n'goni, a harp-like gourd-based instrument, to create fleet sprays of melody over the band's multi-layered percussion and Afrobeat-inspired incorporation of funk elements, as captured on the 2012 album Dalonkan. Cris Plata (1:30 p.m.) draws on his roots as a Mexican-American from South Texas to create a mix of straight-up country and Mexican folk. The festival also includes blues-influenced singer and guitarist Raine Stern (noon), hip-hop band Bird Eye (5 p.m.), and ska-punk smartasses Something To Do. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: August 17
Later Event: August 19
Lykanthea, Olyvia Jaxyn, Chants