We first told you about Yassir Chadly several years ago he was in a band called the Mo Rockin Project. Hes Moroccan! At this weekend's Arab Cultural Festival, hes one of the headlining musicians, performing traditional Sufi gnawa music along with Bouchaib Abdelhadi and Ensemble. Instruments with awesome names include gimbri, qarqabas, darbukkah, fretless banjo, tarija, and bendeer. The festivals theme is Souq el Arabi the famous bazaar of the Arab world: Think a real-life version of that scene in Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much. Expect gorgeous wares including jewelry, textiles, and artwork as well as folkloric dance performances, special delicacies, and an atmospheric transformation of the park into an open-air market. The festival kicks off the city's official Arab Heritage Month, and features information booths from local Arab and Arab-American organizations.
Oct. 2-3, noon, 2010