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Leah Shoshanah at Cultivate Urban Rainforest
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Leah Shoshanah at Cultivate Urban Rainforest

Join us November 2nd for a special live performance by Chicago Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Leah Shoshanah!

Doors open at 7:30pm | Performance at 8pm (2 sets)

Online tickets in advance are $20. There will be a sliding scale of $10-$20 at the door.


Leah Shoshanah is a Chicago-based singer, songwriter & guitarist whose soulful, original music was recently introduced to German audiences in the Sailing Conductors' new movie, Blown Away. Daughter to a classical musician and visual artist, Leah's songs paint impressions of life growing up as a Jewish woman in a midwestern metropolis, of balancing the comforts of home and family with the fire of a traveler's heart and the desire to build a better world. In concert, she creates an experience that echoes the American Folk traditions of Joan Baez and Leonard Cohen; with sing-a-longs and stories alongside her beautiful songs.

Leah has released two albums, which draw from folk, rock and jazz. Her most recent release, Brave Woman, is "a reminder that we all must carry on in the face of adversity and never stop creating art, speaking out, and living for ourselves" (medium.com). To watch the music video and learn more about Leah, visit: www.leahshoshanah.com.

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HAPPY TO SEE ME: A Summer garden of stories, songs, story-songs, and songs that tells stories.
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

HAPPY TO SEE ME: A Summer garden of stories, songs, story-songs, and songs that tells stories.

Come join singer-songwriter Naomi Ashley and theatre artists David Kodeski and Edward Thomas-Herrera at Cultivate in HAPPY TO SEE ME, a summer garden of stories, songs, story-songs, and songs that tells stories.

Featuring guest musicians John Szymanski, Chris Schoen, Jenny and Robin Beinemann, along with poet Cin Salach and performance mavens Rachel Claff and Chloe Johnston.

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble Be Known! Tour
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble Be Known! Tour

Cultivate is proud to host the legendary Ethnic Heritage Ensemble during their Be Known! 2019 tour.

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has toured internationally as well as recorded enumerable celebrated projects over the last 45 years. The current line up , featuring Corey Wilkes/trumpet , Alex Harding/baritone sax , and the bands founder, Dr. Kahil El’Zabar/multi-percussion/composition, is guaranteed to inspire audiences.

The EHE is a must see ensemble, making history with each performance. They are 21st century Griot, making Great Black Music for the Mind, Body, and Spirit!

Price: $18 in advance | $25 at the door

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Jimmy Bennington & Steve Cohn International Record Release | With special guest Mike Harmon on bass
Jul
22
7:00 PM19:00

Jimmy Bennington & Steve Cohn International Record Release | With special guest Mike Harmon on bass

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Cultivate is excited to host Jimmy Bennington & Steve Cohn for their international record release show! Special guest Mike Harmon on bass.

Jimmy Bennington is a self-taught artist who began playing professionally in Texas, 1990. Mentored by late John Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones during the last decade of his life, Bennington was eventually hired as Jones' band manager/drum tech, touring the world as part of the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine (2000-2002). Since then, Bennington lived on the West Coast for several years (1997-2006), and has now made Chicago his current home base (2006-Present). Jimmy has performed and recorded with legendary artists such as Julian Priester, Perry Robinson, Ed Schuller, Bert Wilson, Ken Filiano, Steve Cohn, John Blum, and Daniel Carter. Notable performances include Andy’s Jazz Club, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Tampon Gallery in Paris, the ShapeShifter in NYC, and the famed Fred Anderson’s Velvet Lounge.

Bennington celebrated 28 years in the music field this past May.

  “….Bennington’s unique sound and loose drumming, which doesn’t follow traditional rhythmic patterns and leaves quite a bit of room to freedom.”  - Alain Drouot, Down Beat Magazine


Ever innovative, pianist Steve Cohn has developed a unique style of improvisation over the course of his career which has taken him across styles of jazz as well as around the world. With over 25 recordings in his name, Steve has played with the likes of Eddie Henderson, Sonny Simmons, Reggie Workman, Barry Altschul, Oliver Lake, Fred Hopkins, Bruce Ditmas, Denis Charles, William Parker, Bob Stewart, Frank Lowe, Karl Berger, Steve Lacy among many others. He has performed his own works at venues such as New York City's Miller Theatre, the Newport JVC Festival, the Great American Music Hall, World Shakuhachi Festivals and other festivals and tours in Europe, Estonia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the USA.

"Cohn's intricate counterpoint and drama-infused harmonies are equally effective on muscular jazz-hued sprints and pointillistic passages. His cogent use of ethnic instruments goes well beyond stock poses of texture and transcendentalism. There are few American pianists who have Cohn's talents" - Bill Shoemaker, Downbeat Magazine

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