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October 9, 2012 by joesonotheque

Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar and Global Soul Productions presents
Special screening of CULT OF THE COBRA/EXOTICA 2046 collage film by
Elaine Layabout & Richard Pierson
Featuring Global-trotting DJs Joe Bryl and Clark Quente
Wednesday, October 17 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover
960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, Il. 60608 – 773.890.0588 – http://www.community-bar.com

While Chicago makes its slow journey into chillier temperatures
Maria’s (960 W. 31st St.) continues pumping up the heat with its
monthly world beat residency titled “Jungle Boogie: Big Beats From The
Tropics”. Taking place on Wednesday, October 17 (and continuing every
3rd Wednesday of the month) “Jungle Boogie” will focus on the funky,
soulful and dynamic diaspora dance rhythms of the Caribbean, South
America and Africa.

For this months residency JUNGLE BOOGIE will be screening a new
hour-long exotica musical video titled CULT OF THE COBRA/EXOTICA 2046
produced by Elaine Layabout with special jazz jungle remixes by
Richard Pierson. Combining rare footage from ethnographic
documentaries, opulent Hollywood productions and little seen travel
films with remixes of tropical jazz and world beats (e.g. Herbie Mann,
Lalo Schifrin, Rufus Harley, Chico Hamilton) CULT OF THE COBRA/EXOTICA
2046 will take all armchair safari-ers on a journey to mythical

Elaine Layabout (video) is a musician, writer, photographer, vintage
image collector, and indie filmmaker, who has spent most of the past
ten years in Los Angeles working in every phase of film production,
from page to post. She was omnipresent in the L.A. indie rock scene as
a musician, videographer, and booker, and is best known for curating
and hosting the post-punk roots series “Elaine Layabout’s Hella
Hipster Hoedown”. Now living in Chicago, she has found inspiration
through Richard Pierson’s exotica jazz mixes to animate stories of
unbound and dangerous desire.

Richard Pierson was born at mid-century in Northwestern Iowa.  He grew
up in Wisconsin and attended Lawrence University (Appleton, Wis.),
California Institute of the Arts (Burbank campus 1971), and University
Of Wisconsin- Madison.  After graduation from broadcasting school, he
worked primarily as a radio station continuity director,
surreptitiously spending Sunday mornings in the empty station
production studio replacing spent reels of previously recorded
Evangelical sermonizing with overdubbed experiments in disco mix.  He
returned to a previous side-job as club DJ during the disco boom of
the late ’70s, finding a position in the entertainment and recreation
Mecca of Somerset, Wisconsin, known for its prohibition past as a
bootlegging stronghold of the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, and rumored
to be remnant of French-Indian Metis heritage.  He moved to Chicago in
1981 and the rest is Metissage history including performances of
original poetry and/or rap over live jazz at the original Artful
Dodger (on Milwaukee Avenue), Post-Modern All Nighter–a 1983 spinning
session on Powerplant’s rubber-band suspended decks in the now-defunct
Riverside Club, and considerable crate digging in discotecas and
botanicas, sometimes accompanied by DJ Joe De Jesus.

Headed by global soul specialists and world beat ambassadors DJs Joe
Bryl and Clark Quente, “Jungle Boogie” will be a tropical and topical
overview of the wide ranging jamming sounds that fill up the hot-spot
discos in the tropics. We begin our excursion from the crescent-shaped
Caribbean islands of Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba and Trinidad to the lands of
the subcontinent South America of Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil and
Argentina and cross the Atlantic touching down in its motherland of
Africa in Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Angola and South

This polyrhythmic passport to adventure will feature the captivating
and percolating rhythms from the soulful sounds of Rocksteady, Reggae,
Dub, Calypso, Zouk, Soca, Steelband and Ska; the Latin-tinged tones of
Rumba, Salsa, Son Cubano,
Mambo, Cumbia and Reggaeton; the uniquely Brazilian styles of
Samba,Bossa Nova, Axe, Choro and Funk Carioca to finally the street
style grooves of Highlife, Afro-beat, Makossa, Township Jive and

But the main purpose of the night is to elevate your feet while we
educate your mind into the spirit of this tropical discotheque that
we’re dubbing “Jungle Boogie”. As the Kool & the Gang song says, “Get
down, get down, Jungle Boogie (Get it)”.

Each evening will feature a revolving series of select rare videos
from our archives featuring live performances from the southern
hemisphere. Maria’s expert mixologists will also concoct some tasty
treats to put you in the right mood and groove to quench your thirst
after putting on some sweaty south of the border dance moves.

Festivities begin at 8PM and continue until 2AM. There is no cover.


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