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Chicago Renaissance Timeline

Chicago Renaissance

2017
April 27

HOW SOCIAL EXPERIMENT PRODUCER & TRUMPETER NICO SEGAL FORMED JAZZ FUSION GROUP THE JUJU EXCHANGE

HOW SOCIAL EXPERIMENT PRODUCER & TRUMPETER NICO SEGAL FORMED JAZZ FUSION GROUP THE JUJU EXCHANGE
For 23-year-old Grammy Award-winning producer/trumpeter Nico Segal, progression has often come from home. Whether physically or..Read More
April 25

CHANCE THE RAPPER CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY BY HOLDING SPECIAL CHARITY EVENT WITH FRIENDS: RECAP

CHANCE THE RAPPER CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY BY HOLDING SPECIAL CHARITY EVENT WITH FRIENDS: RECAP
Reflecting on a historical year-long run that saw him ascend to the national throne, win..Read More
April 20

WHITE MYSTERY CONTINUES TO EVOLVE, KICK ASS WITH NEW ALBUM, ‘FUCK YOUR MOUTH SHUT’

WHITE MYSTERY CONTINUES TO EVOLVE, KICK ASS WITH NEW ALBUM, ‘FUCK YOUR MOUTH SHUT’
It took about twenty minutes into their set for Francis White to stand up and..Read More
April 6

KNOX FORTUNE EMERGES FROM BEHIND THE SCENES

KNOX FORTUNE EMERGES FROM BEHIND THE SCENES
It’s Mid-February In Beverly Hills And Already The Night Is Getting Long. Taking a long..Read More
February 14

FROM UNDERSTUDY TO LEADING MAN AFTER A JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY, KAMI STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

FROM UNDERSTUDY TO LEADING MAN AFTER A JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY, KAMI STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
“He’s wearing that jacket again,” was all I could think as I approached Kene Ekwunife..Read More
January 4

CHICAGO RENAISSANCE CONTINUED: MEET THE CITY’S NEXT WAVE OF MUSICIANS

CHICAGO RENAISSANCE CONTINUED: MEET THE CITY’S NEXT WAVE OF MUSICIANS
As The Clock Neared Midnight On December 31, 2016 Kaina Castillo, Clutching A Microphone In..Read More
2016
December 1

SABA’S WESTSIDE TALES: CHICAGO ARTIST OFFERS RELATABLE VOICE ON ‘BUCKET LIST PROJECT’

SABA’S WESTSIDE TALES: CHICAGO ARTIST OFFERS RELATABLE VOICE ON ‘BUCKET LIST PROJECT’
As the first snow of December laid its foundation outside my window, I found myself..Read More
November 24

TALKING TO NIKKO WASHINGTON, SAVEMONEY’S CREATIVE FORCE

TALKING TO NIKKO WASHINGTON, SAVEMONEY’S CREATIVE FORCE
Originally Appeared on TheseDays in September 2016 By now, SaveMoney has emerged as a force..Read More
October 4

THE ENDLESS TOUR: HOW DJ OREO PLAYED THE SUPPORT ROLE TO CENTER STAGE

THE ENDLESS TOUR: HOW DJ OREO PLAYED THE SUPPORT ROLE TO CENTER STAGE
It’s nearing ten o’clock and DJ Oreo is tucking a pink towel into the neck..Read More
September 25

HOME TEAM • GETTING TO KNOW IAN EASTWOOD

HOME TEAM • GETTING TO KNOW IAN EASTWOOD
As we continue along this ever-expanding idea of a Chicago Renaissance, it’s undeniable that the..Read More
August 11

BEYOND THE THEORY: TOWKIO RIDES A .WAV OF HIS OWN

BEYOND THE THEORY: TOWKIO RIDES A .WAV OF HIS OWN
Originally Appeared on TheseDays in July 2016 It’s the Fourth of July and I’m sitting..Read More
August 5

‘WAVE DON’T DIE’: CHICAGO’S ACTIVIST MUSIC SCENE HOW A NEW GENERATION OF ARTISTS & ACTIVISTS ARE AFFECTING THE WORLD

‘WAVE DON’T DIE’: CHICAGO’S ACTIVIST MUSIC SCENE HOW A NEW GENERATION OF ARTISTS & ACTIVISTS ARE AFFECTING THE WORLD
Originally Appeared on TheseDays.News (August 2016) It’s a scene that’s becoming all too familiar in these turbulent..Read More
July 7

CARRYING THE PURPLE TORCH: ERYN ALLEN KANE CONTINUES HER SOULFUL MARCH FORWARD

CARRYING THE PURPLE TORCH: ERYN ALLEN KANE CONTINUES HER SOULFUL MARCH FORWARD
Originally Appeared for TheseDays in July 2016 Five minutes before taking the biggest stage of her life,..Read More
June 22

BRANDON BREAUX: THE MAN BEHIND THE COVER ART OF ACID RAP, 10 DAY & CHANCE 3

BRANDON BREAUX: THE MAN BEHIND THE COVER ART OF ACID RAP, 10 DAY & CHANCE 3
(Originally Appeared for TheseDays) At this point, it’s a sort of foregone conclusion that Chance The..Read More
June 21

WHAT CHANCE THE RAPPER’S ‘COLORING BOOK’ MEANS FOR CHICAGO AND THE FUTURE OF MUSIC

WHAT CHANCE THE RAPPER’S ‘COLORING BOOK’ MEANS FOR CHICAGO AND THE FUTURE OF MUSIC
It’s nearing ten o’clock on May 12 and I’m sitting in a line of bumper..Read More
March 9

ARTISTIC EMPATHY: KWEKU COLLINS MOVES TO THE FRONT OF THE CLASS

ARTISTIC EMPATHY: KWEKU COLLINS MOVES TO THE FRONT OF THE CLASS
(Originally Appeared for TheseDays News) At a time when most of his peers are hunting down..Read More
February 15

OP/ED • KANYE WEST PASSES THE TORCH TO CHANCE THE RAPPER WITH ‘SNL’ PERFORMANCE

OP/ED • KANYE WEST PASSES THE TORCH TO CHANCE THE RAPPER WITH ‘SNL’ PERFORMANCE
Here in Chicago, there are two distinct movements when discussing the local hip-hop scene. For..Read More
February 13

THE EVOLUTION OF JAMILA WOODS

THE EVOLUTION OF JAMILA WOODS
It’s not all that difficult to read what Jamila Woods is thinking or feeling. To..Read More
January 19

KAINA CASTILLO STEPS TO THE FRONT OF THE STAGE

KAINA CASTILLO STEPS TO THE FRONT OF THE STAGE
Age: 20 • Neighborhood: Irving Park • Follow: Twitter // Soundcloud The beautiful thing about Chicago as a creative outlet has always been the..Read More
2015
June 5

SURF’S UP! DONNIE TRUMPET, NATE FOX, AND PETER COTTONTALE DISCUSS ‘SURF’

SURF’S UP! DONNIE TRUMPET, NATE FOX, AND PETER COTTONTALE DISCUSS ‘SURF’
Last Thursday night, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s album Surf appeared as a free download on..Read More