Tuesdays at the Triangle kicks off its 2017 season May 23


Tuesdays at the Triangle, the 14-week performance series, produced by the Polish Triangle Coalition (PTC), kicks off its 5th season Tues., May 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Located in the triangle formed by Milwaukee, Division and Ashland, the season ends on Aug. 29 (note: no July 4 performance). 

Taste of Chicago, Jazz Fest and House of Blues are but a few of the venues where some of this summer's performers can be seen in large spaces. But, Tuesdays at the Triangle makes it possible for everyone to enjoy their talents in an intimate space, free of charge. 

This year's lineup continues to intertwine music, performance, poetry and dance by professionals and local not-for-profit groups. "We are very pleased that sponsors have made it possible to provide stipends to most of our performers this year," says Kapra Fleming, PTC's Treasurer. "The sponsors are SSA #33, Activate! Chicago, Podhalanka Restaurant, Fletcher Jones Mercedes-Benz/Audi and 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins." 

Opening Tuesdays at the Triangle 2017
First up, at the May 23 show from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the NNM band and dance students return to delight the audience with their talents and enthusiasm. 


NNM band performing in the Triangle last year

Mexican folk music called Son Jarocho by Ida y Vuelta’s will take over the stage from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ida y Vuelta will pepper the Triangle with traditional “sones,” dating back over 300 years as well as their own arrangements and original tunes. 

The sounds will be a fusion of African, Spanish and Indigenous music and poetry with instruments native to the Veracruz region. They include jaranas (8 string small guitars), requinto (lead 4 string guitar), leona (acoustic bass) and zapateado (percussive foot tapping) along with cajón (wood peruvian box) and quijada (donkey jaw). 


Tuesdays are nights for bonding too

The next 13 evenings
Enlivening the Triangle with different cultural experiences for the next 13 evenings, these are the scheduled performers:

  • May 30 – Steel drums & Island sounds: Music 
  • June 6 – Noche de Poesía – Latino Poets Night
  • June 13 – Vivian Garcia: Music 
  • June 20 – Sean Cleland Irish Duo: Music
  • June 27 – Ishmael Ali Zghoul: Jazz 
  • July 11 – 5:30 Trail Blazers: Theater
  • July 11 – 6:30 ChiME (tentative)
  • July 18 – Nigel Mack Band: Blues
  • July 25 – Taiko Legacy: Japanese Music with AIRMW
  • August 1 – Chicago Cossacks: Ukrainian/Russian Music and Dance 
  • August 8 – Matt Ulery’s Loom: Jazz 
  • August 15 – Michael Malis Trio: Jazz 
  • August 22 – Polish Triangle Jazz Trio: Jazz 
  • August 29 – Breezy Rodio: Blues 

It's not just humans that enjoy Tuesdays at the Triangle

The PTC encourages the audience to bring their lawn chairs and plan to stay and enjoy each entire evening. Several food sources are located within a block radius for those who might enjoy dinner along with the entertainment. 

Though food vendor Cevapcici will not be at the first performance evening, owner Phillip Vucinic says that he "will be back!"


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