Celebrate Clark Street!

July 16th, 2015

The OP hits Celebrate Clark Street on Sunday, July 19! Come on out and boogie!

Mamadou and Youssou at the Vic Chicago

October 23rd, 2014

Here’s a quick video of Mamadou Mbengue joining none other than Youssou NDour at the Vic in Chicago last month. Awesome! Catch Mamadou with the OP next at Red Line Tap, Oct 30.


Fine Times @ Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest

August 18th, 2014

Dancing in the streets at the Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest last night! Mark and Mamadou rocked it. See everyone Sept 2 at Martyrs with DJ Toast!

Photo by Sarah Kaulas

Gettin The Fever @ Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest

July 17th, 2014

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest

June 23rd, 2014

This Sunday, June 29, the Opposition Party funks up Logan Square!

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest



May 27th, 2014

Andersonville Midsommarfest

Sunday, June 8, at 3:00pm, the OP hits the Andersonville MidsommarFest Center Stage with special guests Victor Garcia (trumpet) and Jean LeRoy (percussion), as well as Mamadou Mbengue (percussion) and Mark Ford on vocals!


Opposite People @ Martyrs

May 27th, 2014

Gettin Down with Mark Ford at the Transatlantic Throwdown May 22 at Martyrs

Transatlantic Throwdown

May 10th, 2014

At Martyrs on May 22, we create some transatlantic vapor trails with Swamp Heat & Despotic Hall of Fame!

Transatlantic Throwdown


best wurst ever

September 16th, 2013

On Friday, September 20, at Noon 2:00 PM, The OP will take over Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago with 11 pieces of W. African Funk.

The scene: WurstFest, A Culinary Event to support the Chicago Music Summit

Local Food, Local Brews, Local Music!

We’re joined by special guests Mark Ford on vocals and Mamadou Mbengue on Talking Drum!

[ UPDATE: ] The time of the show has been changed to 2:00 PM.


Thursday, Aug 8 – Hideout Dub

July 10th, 2013

Thursday, August 8, The Opposition Party joins Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub and the Drastics at the Hideout! Three acts pushing out heavy dub sounds. One of the best bars around.

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