*** Their notable experience and active work in performing for grassroots community organizations and volunteer programs has helped raise awareness and vital funding for important after-school, immigrant justice, humanitarian, and fair housing programs across Chicago and Illinois. Members also spearhead free all-ages library programs for adults, kids, and families, music educational presentations, and workshops focused on cultural recognition in music and poetry for all ages.

¡ESSO! (El Sonido Sonic Octopus) performs Afro-Latin and roots rock inspired dance music. Described by critics as tropical funk and cumbiaton, the ethnically diverse crew of musicians, lead by guitarist/producer Armando Pérez, establish driving polyrhythmic beats while combining swirling wah guitar, deep bass, brass horns, group singing, and urban poetry all in a raw eclectic mix of fresh energetic sounds. All members bring a potent and vital musical contribution to the band's unique "afrojam funkbeat" distinction. Inspired by Chicago's storied soulful blues, legendary jazzy house, and global fusion heavy-hitters, the group deliver their performances with purpose and verve; unifying listeners through music, dance, and collaborative spirit.

They've played for notable music festivals including: Ruido Fest, Chicago World Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, Clark Street Festival, South By Southwest (SXSW), Festival Cultural de Zacatecas (MX), Villapalooza and many annual street festivals across the US..

¡ESSO! AFROJAM FUNKBEAT

ESSO has shared the stage with grammy winners: Cafe Tacvba, Natalia Lafourcade, Bomba Estereo, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisibles, Kinky, as well as Songhoy Blues, La Santa Cecilia, El Sonido Gallo Negro, Los Rakas, Chicha Libre, Saul Williams, Jeremy Sole, Jenny & the Mexicats, Gaby Moreno, Alice Russel, Euforquestra, and Boogat. 

Members: Armando Pérez (guitar/vocal), Kevin Miller (saxophone), Dan Lieber (drums/percussion), Ezra Lange (bass), Diana Mosquera (vocals), Puerko Pitzotl (percussion), Jess Anzaldúa (percussion), Luis Tubens (vocals), Matthew Davis (trombone), Jasmine Malika Luevano (vocals), and special guests. 

AFRO LATIN FUNK