Tuesdays at the Triangle 2016 season ends August 30


Vance Okraszewski and the rest of the Polish Triangle Trio will close out the 2016 season

Enlivening the gateway to four neighborhoods* with drums, strings, horns, singing, dancing and so much more entertainment, Tuesdays at the Triangle, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will end the 2016 season with the Polish Triangle Jazz Trio (PTJT) on August 30.

Led by drummer Vance Okraszewski, the PTJT will include Patrick Williams on bass and Jo Ann Daugherty on keyboard.

Vance, Patrick and Jo Ann have been friends and musical collaborators for almost 20 years, playing in a wide variety of musical situations. The PTJT is a great vehicle for us to share the joy we feel making music together with a diverse audience and hopefully put a different and interesting spin on jazz standards.


At a break between "sets" people chill out around the Triangle

"We are so appreciative to have our very own musical group," says Mieko Yoshida, President of the Polish Triangle Coalition. "This is the second year that they have helped us celebrate the end of our summer season and we look forward to another wonderful musical evening.

"Helena Madej, owner of Podhalanka, 1549 W. Division, will also bring homemade pierogi once again to add to the celebration."

"Our fourth year of entertainment has been our best ever," said Kapra Fleming, who has once again spearheaded the talent roster. "We have had a great mix of some of the neighborhood not-for-profit organizations that are happy to show off their talents in the neighborhood and some of the best young jazz composers in the city."

Sponsors have helped in these endeavors as well. While it is not a large some, PTC has been able to provide a stipend for the professional groups. This year's entertainment sponsors include: Activate! Chicago, Fletcher Jones Chicago, House of Two Urns Bed and Breakfast, Podhlanka Restaurant, SSA #33 and Mieko Yoshida.


Junius Paul Ensemble on Aug. 23 with Paul on the bass

The Entertainers
This season began with Cimbalovka Moravska from the Old Town School of Folk Music's 77 Beatson May 17. Students from Near North Montessori School delighted the crowds on May 24.


Bozo Trio performing in June

Ishmael Ali Zghoul of Zebec returned to the Triangle to the delight of his fans and friends on June 7. Many looked forward to the Latino Poets" Night with the Latino Experimental Theater Company on June 14 but Mother Nature had her way with the schedule and they were rained out.

The Bonzo Trio brought rhythm back to the Triangle on June 21, followed by the Chicago Symphony Yourth Orchestra Steel Drum Band on June 28.


Adventure Stage did chalk talk...with a message

A major change of pace came in with Cremona Music on July 5. There seemed to be no kind of music that didn't sound good on the violin and keyboard duo that Tuesday.


Mazurka Wociechowska**

Changing pace yet again, Mazurka Wociechowska enveloped the Triangle in Slavic folk music, singing and playing her accordion. According to a Pulaski Park neighbor, she sang Romania songs perfectly, though she is Polish.

Matt Ulery's LOOM--Jazz hit the Triangle the next week, July 19. International Anthem--Jazz brought the Junius Paul Ensemble on both July 26 and Aug. 23, each time with a different group.

Adenture Stage's Trailblazers were back to intrigue and charm audiences on Aug. 2 along with the ChiME guitar students.

Then Taiko Legacy, Japanese drummers, thundered into the Triangle space on Aug. 9. Happily CAN TV was on hand to record the experience so you can enjoy it now…below.


Breezy Rodio with his drummer

While everyone was looking forward to having the Nigel Mack Band on Aug. 16, a personal family emergency caused Mack to ask a friend to step in for him. Breezy Rodio with his guitar and a drummer came into the Triangle and captured the tapping toes and hearts of all within hearing distance. He played a full two hours then split for his regular gig at the House of Blues. He plays at Buddy Guy's and other venues around Chicago and beyond.

If you have missed any or all of this splendid line up of awesome free entertainment this summer, you have one more chance on Aug. 30.

More than Entertainment


Special time is shared between dad and daughter

Over the last four seasons, the community is building around the event. Visitors come from all over the world.

Mothers and dads play with their children while others play with their four-legged friends. People stop and run into friends. It is exactly what that public space is meant to be...respected, fun, used and enjoyed by everyone.


This young lady is determined to build something while listening to music.

More audience members are "repeaters" to Tuesday events. They have been chilling out, sitting or standing and enjoying the entertainment. Some add to their enjoyment by eating Phil Vucinic's Cevapcici Chicago Balkan sausages cooked on site; Pierogi from Pohdalanka Restaurant; or another tasty offering from the new vendor on the Triangle, The Doorstep.


Some "children" have four legs and lick when joyous!

All of us who are part of the Polish Triangle Coalition are working toward a permanently transformed Polish Triangle and we look forward to seeing you at Tuesdays at the Triangle on Aug. 30 and for the entire next year season.

You are encouraged to be involved in our ongoing work to revitalize this historic location. Check out the PTC website and be in touch.

*Wicker Park, Pulaski Park, Noble Square and East Village are the neighborhoods that converge at the Milwaukee, Division and Ashland triangle

**Photos courtesy of Kapra Fleming


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