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Friday, June 10, 2011

Okka Fest

Tonight @ Sugar Maple, 9 p.m.

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Sugar Maple and Palm Tavern owner Bruno Johnson is passionate about two things: beer and free jazz. For the third year in a row, he'll host an assortment of free jazz and improvisational music by artists signed to or affiliated with his long-running Okka Disk record label at Okka Fest, a three-day run of performances at his bars. The Ken Vandermark Trio and the vibes/bass-drums trio Sun Rooms share a show Friday night at the Sugar Maple. Mats Gustafsson performs Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Palm Tavern, followed that night by the Jason Adasiewicz/Mats Gustafsson duo and Made to Break at the Sugar Maple. Afternoon performances from Christof Kurzmann and the Chicago Double Quartet close the festival on Sunday.