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Immigré, ¡ESSO!, Bumbac Joe

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Madison-based band Immigré have promised to finally work on a proper recording in 2018, but for the past couple years they've gigged at a respectable pace and made a strong impression around town with their propulsive and nuanced interpretations of Afrobeat, channeled through both originals and obscure covers. The grooves come from a couple other directions at this show, thanks to two Chicago acts. ¡ESSO! braids the funky ferocity of Afrobeat with a host of rhythmic and melodic ideas that draw on Afro-Latin musical traditions, capturing the multi-layered echoes of a diaspora. On their 2017 album Juntos, the band takes multi-layered percussion and call-and-response vocals as a starting point, but threads in everything from cutting surf-rock guitars to sleek filter-sweeping synths. Producer and DJ Bumbac Joe combines an equally broad sonic and geographic reach with the pulse of house music. —Scott Gordon