After one hell of a winter, the Midwest needs an easy-going night of sexy reggae jams to groove us out of that winter mentality. Chicago outfit, Akasha, are taking over the Hideout this Friday evening, and for more than just heating the venue up. The outfit is releasing their newest CD, Joy Song, this evening, and my dancing shoes are already tapping in anticipation of the tunes. The album incorporates elements of the band’s trademark reggae, but this time around with a new emphasis on neo-soul and synth-based new wave. The album features cameos by prominent Chicago musicians, JC Brooks and Illuminati Congo.

For a quick and tasty sampling of Akasha’s music, check out the video below. You really get a taste for what the outfit is about, from reggae jams to soulful vocals to steady indie percussion.

Also playing this evening are SPARE PARTS and Geri X.

To join in on the fun, grab a crisp dollar bill (or ten) and head to the Hideout on March 21st, or grab a crisp credit card and pick up your tickets digitally. Doors open at 9:00PM with the celebration kicking off at 10:00PM. Will you be there to celebrate this awesome release?

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