Join us for ‘Beyond the Music’ on July 28th from 1 – 2 PM. This event is free! Reservations are strongly recommended & can be made below. Please select the ‘outdoor patio’ option.

Stay afterwards for cooking demo & dinner with Chef Dudley Nieto! Tickets can be purchased below.

Beyond the Music

“Beyond the Music: A Music Geography of Mexico Foodways Edition” is unique opportunity to journey through Mexico’s geography, food and culture with live Mexican folk music. Join two-time GRAMMY nominated Sones de Mexico Ensemble and award-winning chef Dudley Nieto, on a journey to explore Mexico’s geography through a musical and culinary experience.

This series is free and open to the public and is presented in collaboration with local organizations throughout the U.S. following Sones de Mexico Ensemble’s touring schedule. This program sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sones de México Ensemble

Chicago’s premier Mexican folk music band since 1994 with a GRAMMY and a Latin GRAMMY nomination under their belt. The Chicago Tribune says “[They] move seamlessly between styles and instruments playing with rock’n’roll energy without sacrificing cultural authenticity.” The quintet is presently formed by multi-instrumentalists and singers Juan Díes, Zacbé Pichardo, EricHines, Lorena Iñiguez and Irekani Ferreyra.

Chef Dudley Nieto 

Dudley Nieto, award winning chef and published author, has endured as a culinary prodigy. He has been the executive chef at some of the most popular upscale restaurants in the country, including Chapulín, Rojo Gusano, Zocalo and Eivissa Pintxos in Chicago, Rosa Mexicano and Bartaco in New York, among numerous others. Mexican cuisine has been designated Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO as “a comprehensive cultural model that encompasses agriculture, ritual practices, ancient skills, culinary techniques and the customs and traditions of the ancestral community,” and it hasn’t become popular by accident. Traditional Mexican music has been transmitted in similar ways.