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World Music Festival
BLK JKS, Fool's Gold
Sunday September 20, 2009
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Location:  Bottom Lounge
1375 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-6775
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Time:  9pm  
Age:  18+  
Cost:  $12
Styles:  World
Performers:  BLK JKS, Fool's Gold  

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If you're looking for a way to ease into the new sounds of the World Music Festival while still staying true to your inner American, LA's Fool's Gold should be your first foray. The collective's grooves are rooted in African and Middle Eastern rhythms (guitar-centric, not horn-heavy) but with plenty of Western pop influences to keep things from getting too, you know, weird. The opening - and addictive - track on Fool's Gold's new self-titled release, "Surprise Hotel," is a perfect example of how the group makes hemispheres meet on the dance floor.

South African band BLK JKS has four members, but it sounds as if there could be about ten. The sound isn't necessarily big, but it's densely packed with influences ranging from psychedelic rock and dub to jazz and funk. In a sense, this is the sound of a country mining its musical past to come up with something wholly new. Fortunately, you don't have to be familiar with the history to enjoy the present.(Ben Rubenstein)

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