Chicago Afrobeat Project Kicks Off Fall West Coast Tour on Friday, 10/29

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Chicago Afrobeat Project's high-energy dance music hits Kansas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona on its 13-date tour. In advance of the band's new album "Nyash Up," a free download of a track is available to 50+ confirmed Facebook guests for each event.

Fresh from headlining extraordinary Felabration events, Chicago Afrobeat Project kicks off its 13-date fall west coast tour on Friday, 10/29 at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, Kas.

The tour is set to feature Chicago Afrobeat Project injecting its unbridled energy into new material from its forthcoming CD "Nyash Up," due out in early 2011. The band is giving away an unreleased track off its next record to confirmed Facebook event guests, once each event is confirmed with at least 50 guests.

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Chicago Afrobeat Project's fiery blend of danceable funk, rock and afrobeat has been lighting up the country for more than eight years, and with media attention fluttering around Broadway's debut of the new musical FELA!, co-produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith, the spotlight on afrobeat music has never been brighter.

Chicago Afrobeat Project's confirmed 2010 fall tour dates are:

October 29 - Lawrence, Kas. - The Bottleneck / with Hearts of Darkness
October 30 - Denver, Col. - Quixote's
October 31 - Denver, Col. - Quixote's / with Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Shakedown Street
November 1 - Salt Lake City, Utah - Urban Lounge / with SLAJO
November 3 - Seattle, Was. - Nectar Lounge
November 4 - Olympia, Was. - Eastside Club Tavern
November 5 - Bend, Ore. - Silver Moon Brewery
November 6 - Portland, Ore - The Good Foot
November 9 - Eureka, Calif. - Red Fox Tavern / with The Lowdown
November 10 - San Francisco, Calif. - The Boom Boom Room
November 11 - Los Angeles, Calif. - On the Rox (at The Roxy)
November 12 - TBD
November 13 - Phoenix, Ariz. - The Compound Grill

Chicago Afrobeat Project has released three studio albums to date and is currently completing its fourth, "Nyash Up," for release in early 2011. As a result of its eight-year history, the group's sound has coalesced into a distinct interpretation of the afrobeat music pioneered by Fela Kuti in Nigeria in the early '70s. The influence of the genre's politicized and polyrhythmic roots are evident, while the group's urban-crafted musicianship injects an edgy, improvisational element into the songs structure.

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