Thursday, June 10, 2010

Eclectic Weekly Music Performances at Chicago's Little Bucharest Bistro

Patrons of Little Bucharest Bistro (3661 N. Elston Ave., Chicago; 773-604-6900) are in for a treat as they dine on authentic Romanian cuisine with a contemporary twist and enjoy complimentary musical entertainment every week. There is no minimum fee or cover charge for the music, although a $10 suggested donation for the artists is appreciated. The live music line-up for June includes:

Every Thursday: June 10, 17 and 24
Steve Gibons Gypsy Rhythm Project and Friends: Chicago based Jazz/Ethno violinist Steve Gibons brings together jazz players and traditional Roma musicians to wed elements of Jazz and Gypsy folk music. Gypsy Rhythm Project produces compelling, energetic music from Romania, the Balkans and the Oriental Gypsy world. To learn more, visit and

Friday, June 11
The second Friday every month, enjoy the Singer’s Showcase with Carla Gordon and Friends. With local artist, Beckie Menzie at the keyboard from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., listen to singing members of Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Visit for more information.

A bonus after-hours special performance, 9:30 p.m. to midnight, features noted Detroit, Mich. singer Mark Randisi, on a rare visit to Chicago performing Sinatra jazz and beyond. The popular Italian singer is joined by jazz keyboardist Bill Meyer’s trio. For more information, visit or

Friday, June 18
Vocalist extraordinaire Daphine, (formerly known as Holly McGuire) with Paul Mutzbaugh on keyboard: "It’s been a long time and we just need to hang together." Find out why 300,000 attending Poland's "Woodstock" gave her seven ovations and wouldn't let her go.
Friday, June 25Enjoy Latinisé, featuring the talented Andrea Else providing Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian musical entertainment with guitarist James Cornolo and special guests from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Saturday, June 19
Listen to Brazilian violin music from the SolAranja Trio from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. SolAranja is a Chicago based trio comprised of violin, Elisabeth Johnson, accordion, Robert Cruz and bass, Joey Spilberg. A deep love of world music brought this group together, as they join forces to infuse their gypsy, Arabic and Latin styles into the seductive rhythms of traditional Brazilian choro, samba, and tango. Learn more about SolAranja Trio at

Saturday, June 12 and 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Poignant singer/songwriter/guitarist Diana Mosquera, from the band Vagando, takes the early evening stage for solo performances of tunes that reflect many global musical influences. Learn more about her at .

Every Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Enjoy rumba, Latin pop, Middle Eastern music and other musical styles from Chicago’s hottest International style dance band, Vagando, performing every Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Little Bucharest Bistro. To learn more, visit


Sunday, June 13 and 27, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
New to the line-up is contemporary jazz guitarist, Lee Alec Barrie and his Virtual Band Project. Barrie brings his fluent classical, electric and guitar synthesizer solo talents to life with fully orchestrated recorded accompaniments he produces in his studio. Relax with his varied program of original compositions, smooth jazz radio favorites, instrumental R&B and pop and Bossa Nova every other Sunday evening in June. To learn more about Lee Alec Barrie, visit

Complimentary Limo Service
Parties of five or more who spend a minimum of $200 can take advantage of Little Bucharest Bistro’s complimentary limo service to and from the restaurant. To make reservation for this unique experience, contact Little Bucharest Bistro at (773) 604-8500.

Little Bucharest Bistro
Little Bucharest Bistro is open seven days a week for dinner: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, Noon to 3 a.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 3 a.m. Little Bucharest Bistro accepts all major credit cards. Street parking is available. For additional information, please call (773) 604-8500 or visit

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