World Music Bands


House & Lawn Concerts

Tired of the cost of going out or a music venues late-night schedule? Bring the music to you and your friends! All you need is a lawn or a large room and your friends. Add on a pot-luck dinner for an intimate, enchanting, acoustic night of world music fun.

To make sure folks connect with the powerful roots music, the band teaches and leads circle and lines dances when circumstances allow it. The audience is encouraged to drum along on percussion as well as sing along. The entire family, from toddlers to seniors, gets to join in the very accessible fun!

Choose the ethnic style or styles that you prefer for your event by clicking on the bands title. Please note that, in general, the composition of all our bands is drawn from the same pool of musicians.

Jutta & the Hi-Dukes (tm) performing as a quintet at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Jutta & the Hi-Dukes

These eclectic troubadours play everything from magical medieval Danish songs to dance-invoking Danubian grooves to delightful Dixieland ditties. Wolves, rabbits, ravens, and nightingales abound. “… listeners will find it hard to keep from leaping up to dance” so, when asked, they lead you thru fun yet easy trad circle / line dances. This Earwig Music Company artist has something for every mood, from quiet background for private parties to engaging music for fests and concerts.

Ensemble M’chaiya as a quintet standing along a brick wall.

Ensemble Mchaiya

Traditional Roots and Gypsy Beats to move your heart and feet! The uplifting energy of Chicagolands first revival Klezmer band will get your heart and feet dancing to its eclectic repertoire of hot Klezmer tunes with Gypsy grooves, swinging Sephardic and Yiddish songs, and energetic Israeli dance tunes.

Terran’s Greek Band  (tm) leading a dance

Terrans Greek Band

Greek music beyond boundaries — Rembetica, Laïki, Demotiki, Eipirotika, and more…

Nordland Band  (tm) at a Field Museum of Chicago exhibit opening

Nordland Band

Warm music from cool lands to melt your heart — Scandinavian music from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland.

Razzemetazz  (tm) as a trio


Swingin’ Songs from Pops Golden Era — Swing, Tin Pan Alley, Dixieland, Bluegrass, 50s Rock, and more…

Les Beaux Chemins (tm) as a duet – Jutta Distler playing violin, Terran Doehrer playing guitar. Photo by Dan Tong. Copyright Modal Music, Inc.

Les Beaux Chemins

This unique French language music program, with everything from Medieval and French Canadian songs to Edith Piaf-style Cabaret “Chansons”, will add sparkle and fun to your event.

Die Chicago Stadtmusikanten (tm) as a trio – Jutta Distler playing mandolin, Terran Doehrer playing guitar, Zoi Doehrer playing drums. Photo by Photo by Betina Distler. Copyright Modal Music, Inc.

Die Chicago Stadtmusikanten

An eclectic German language music program by Jutta & the Hi-Dukes that ranges from Medieval songs to Oktoberfest Blasmusik-style tunes with a fresh approach to this traditional music!

Still life of some of the instruments played.
Some of the instruments played: Mandolin, Guitar, Darabuka, Tupan, and Kaval.

Unique sound

Most of our musicians are multi-instrumentalists, a fact which allows the band to create an ever changing color, but whatever the sound, every number grabs your attention, gets your feet tapping, urging you to dance.

Flexible and affordable

We fit the bands size to your budget, needs, and interests.

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Folks say…

[Their] music is exciting, and listeners will find it hard to keep from leaping up to dance.” Natalie Wainwright, Arts & Life reviewer, Round Table

…such a wonderful show! Not only was your performance entertaining, but also informative and instructive, which is what we were hoping for in a university environment. … everybody had a wonderful time. Thank you again for a great show!” Michael B. Cosmopoulos, Ph.D., Fellow, Academy of Science St. Louis, Professor of Archaeology, The Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Professor in Greek Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri

You get Gypsy music, music from Spain, Israel, everything. Finland! What more could you ask for? Not only is it entertaining and educational but you get up and dance and get a little sweaty, which is awesome! … Book them! Amazing!” Enthusiastic librarian

Your performance was truly amazing and we are very glad that you could be part of this special event.” Juan Carlos Acevedo, Outreach Coordinator, Wheeling Park District

Thank you so much for performing at our Bishop Hill Folk Festival! We have heard nothing but compliments about your music.” Todd DeDecker, Bishop Hill Heritage Association Administrator

Their artistry and sense of musical history is infused in their delicious tracks. I like [their] intelligent approach to music as well as the old world flavor of what [they] do.” Terry Loncaric, entertainment writer and poet

After over twenty years of focusing on rootsy Blues acts, I decided to branch into World Music because of this eclectic band. Their enthusiastic and authoritative approach to music convinced me to sign them to the Earwig Music label. Their CD, ‘On the World Beat’, is a fine overview of their work. I imagine you will find Jutta & the Hi-Dukes(tm) as exciting as I do!” Michael Frank, owner of Earwig Music Company.

I am not exaggerating or giving empty words when I say your performance was my favorite ever.” Ashleah White, Reporter for The Current, University of Missouri – St. Louis, Nov. 28th, 2015

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