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Old Town School of Folk Music, Lincoln Square Wednesday August 26 2015
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One of the world's most enthralling live acts, Tinariwen are an 11-strong band of Tuaregs from the Sahara who perform in their traditional robes, sing mostly in French and Tamashek, and use electric guitars to play exciting, mesmeric and intoxicating desert blues. They've sparked a renewed interest in Saharan music, and in other bands from Mali such as Tamikrest. Their latest, Emmaar, released in 2014, was recorded in an American desert, at Joshua Tree, and features members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chavez.

Venue name: Old Town School of Folk Music
Address: 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Cross street: between Sunnyside and Wilson Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 10:30am–8:30pm; Fri–Sun 10:30am–5pm; closed Sun.
Transport: El stop: Brown to Western. Bus: 11, 49, 78.
Price: $36-$38
Event website: https://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2015/08-26-2015-tinariwen-8pm/
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