Sunday, September 2, 2018
Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden for a free, all-ages show with Indika Reggae Band and special guests, DJ Papa G and Radio Free Honduras, part of Navy Pier’s free music and dance series, Live on the Lake!
Indika Reggae Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7pm – 8pm
DJ Papa G
4:30pm – 5:30pm & 6:30pm – 7pm
Radio Free Honduras
Latin Folk Rock
2pm – 3pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica Courtney started his musical career playing keyboard in a gospel band at age 12. He picked up the bass at age 16 and by age 19 went to play on cruise ships for the next 7 years. After moving to Chicago, he joined Indika band in 1997.
Under his leadership Indika has performed extensively throughout the midwest and has backed an array of top reggae acts including Gregory Isaacs, Everton Blender, Frankie Paul, Ritchie Spice, Richie Stevens, Christopher Martin, Luciano, and Gramps Morgan just to name a few.
Charlie Baran has lived a life of music. Before moving the the United States he was a founding member of the legendary Honduran musical group Banda Blanca, who’s song “Sopa de Caracol” became the #1 Billboard Top Latin Songs hit in 1992. Now a maintenance man at a Catholic grade school by day, Charlie has kept his musical flame glowing largely through acoustic solo performances around Chicago for the past ten years.
Charlie Baran is a true virtuoso. No one sees him perform without recognizing the presence of a true master – an heir to a rich tradition of Honduran music, as well as a guitar slinging showman and a gifted songwriter whose skill transcends all genres. But throughout most of his career he has existed in the shadows – until the formation of Radio Free Honduras.
Radio Free Honduras is a diverse collective of Chicago musicians, all united under one goal – supporting the artistry of Charlie Baran and bringing this tremendous talent into the spotlight where it belongs. Founded by Dan Abu-Absi, longtime guitarist for JT and the Clouds and Birds of Chicago, Radio Free Honduras plays mostly Baran originals, but their live shows often feature a wide variety of reimagined cover songs. This band provides Charlie with the wide musical pallet his talent (and songs) deserve. Abu-Absi has gathered a large, revolving collective of some of Chicago’s most talented musicians; lively percussion, eclectic instrumentation, and rich harmonies all provide the backdrop, allowing Charlie to do what he does best – stunning guitar work, tapping into what seems a limitless supply of energy and enthusiasm for music.
Charlie Baran has lived a long and storied musical life – but very few are familiar with his side of the story. Radio Free Honduras has made it their mission to change that.
This free, all ages concert is presented as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free summer music series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.
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