Medical Miracle is an indie dreampop/rock duo formed in Chicago by Richard Yepez and JD Miralles. Inspired by slowcore melodic vocals along with combining shoegaze and edgier guitar tones invoke feelings of emotional release and forgotten angst.
Street Dove is an indie pop band based in Chicago, IL that combines elements of indie rock, synth-pop, psych rock, and dream pop. The band is made up of Cody Fenske (songwriter, rhythm guitar, vocals), Alex Hendrickson (keyboards and samples), Brennan Tremblay (drums and samples), Curtis Ryan (bass), and Sam Allyn (lead guitar).
WOLFRAM (pronounced “wul fruhm”) is an American rock band out of Avondale, Chicago. The band was formed in 2021 by vocalist and guitarist Ryan Fritz, drummer Brian Nielsen and and later joined by bassist Marc “Marquez” Palomares. Nielsen’s departure was replaced by Vic “Vulgar” Pedraza in 2023
A Chicago collective of musicians that know how to rock! You can catch them Every Friday playing at the Power Hour! open mic in Wicker Park.
Clarence Williams is an up and coming comedian from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can find him performing stand up at bars, cafes and clubs all over the Midwest. His comedic style consists of short stories and one-liners with a dark and dirty twist. Not one to make the audience the target of his jokes, Williams prefers to keep his humorous focus on clever wordplay and witty punchlines.
Darrick J, from Chicago, has been in comedy since 2014. His style is a personable one, making people laugh by turning real, culturally-infused anxieties into hilarious stories. He runs an open mic called Laughs in Lakeview, and has produced/performed at The Laugh Factory Chicago, Riddles Comedy Club, Comedy Shrine, The Comedy Bar, Zanies Rosemont and a variety of venues across Chicago and the midwest!
Watchtower remains on the most over-the-top prog metal outfits of all-time. Their songs often came off as excuses to shred away and show off their member’s instrumental prowess, and although the group remains quite obscure, they (along with Dream Theater) spawned countless musical offspring by the ’90s — Spock’s Beard, Dali’s Dilemma, Cairo, Ice Age, Royal Hunt, etc. The Texas-based band first came together in the early ’80s, drawing inspiration from such established challenging rockers as Rush and Iron Maiden — and featuring the lineup of frontman Jason McMaster, guitarist Ron Jarzombek, bassist Doug Keyser, and drummer Rick Colaluca. 1986 saw the release of the group’s debut album, Energetic Disassembly, as Watchtower immediately built a cult following in Europe, where prog metal is widely worshipped.
Just before recording sessions were to begin for Watchtower’s sophomore effort, McMaster left the group to join Guns N’ Roses-disciples Dangerous Toys, and was replaced with former Hades vocalist Alan Tecchio in time for 1989’s Control and Resistance (a demo of McMaster singing the Control songs became a hot item in fan trading circles). The band split shortly thereafter after Jarzombek came down with an ailment that affected his hands, as not much was heard from the group or its members until the late ’90s, when McMaster rejoined the band for a huge metal festival in Germany, which led to further shows opening for Dream Theater and a planned third album in the works. In 2001, Watchtower issued a collection of unreleased demos on the Monster label to tide fans over until a proper third studio effort appears. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
At one moment delivering crushingly massive riffs, only to jump at the next turn, galloping along with shades of classic power metal taking hold and leading the way. All the while focused on incredibly memorable songs, with catchy hooks and singalong choruses.
MOURN THE LIGHT is incredibly proud to have signed a worldwide record deal with ARGONAUTA RECORDS.
GYMSHORTS is from Rhode Island and like the band’s home state frontwoman Sarah Greenwell is a petite powerhouse that marches to the beat of her own drum. Endearingly rebellious, fiercely independent, and hellbent on causing a commotion, Greenwell embodies the kind of rambunctious unpredictability that has personified some of pop culture’s most legendary troublemakers; a little bit Bart Simpson, a hint of Kevin McCallister, and a dash of Dennis The Menace form the inspirational foundation of
GYMSHORTS’ particular brand of punk n roll, smoked to perfection in the back of Jeff Spicoli’s van.
GYMSHORTS are a sarcastic grin and a pair of bloodshot eyes behind pitch-black Wayfarers in the back row of class, a best friend and a bad influence all rolled into one.
GYMSHORTS takes musical cues from a deep well of sources, with touchpoints that range from trailblazing new wave punks The Nerves to sassy turn of the millennium bad girls The Donnas tossed into a creative woodchipper with midcentury surf guitar and wooly, flannel wrapped grunge. The resulting sound is ragged and raw and immediately magnetic, rough and tumble with the kind of lived-in authenticity of a scuffed-up pair of skate shoes. A sturdy platform for the band’s unabashedly unique identity that is equal parts bratty and wise, tightly wound and poised to launch in nearly any direction at a moment’s notice.
Blistering speed and high-octane thrills characterize a GYMSHORTS’ live set, like a juiced-up NASCAR laying a righteous burnout in the winner’s circle, a springy mosh of unbridled exuberance that has earned the band coveted spots supporting Death Valley Girls, Tacocat, La Luz and many others on tours stretching across the globe from Texas to Thailand. As buoyant ambassadors of plucky stick-it-to the-man attitude, GYMSHORTS never fail to leave crowds sweaty and satisfied in the aftermath of a ferocious blitzkrieg bop, decimating eardrums in a whirlwind of maximum volume sonic debauchery with an enthusiastic heart of gold. GYMSHORTS’ catalog is available on Bandcamp and your favorite streaming platforms. Pick up their LPs and 7”s at your local record store and don’t miss an opportunity to party hard with GYMSHORTS when the band comes to your city.
Elijah LeFlore is a multitalented musician and award-winning filmmaker from the Southside of Chicago, IL. He bridges the gap between modern hip-hop and R & B. Rooted in a strong musical foundation, LeFlore’s mother is a talented writer and poet. LeFlore began playing the violin and trumpet at an early age, and he was introduced to hip hop at seven years old. His musical influences span genres, including artists such as Stevie Wonder, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and Andre 3000. Beginning as a fun activity between friends, LeFlore would participate in freestyles in school. He began pursuing a career in music at the age of 16. LeFlore’s SoundCloud includes more than two dozen singles and loose tracks as well as his 2014 debut EP called “Lucid Dreams”– a hip-hop-infused coming of age tale chronicling his road to success. LeFlore is a member of “The Lucky Six” Chicago collective known as NuWorld, a label whose aim is to present a new perspective in the local music scene. In 2018, LeFlore’s short film, “Shaded Smiles,” won the Best Indie Filmmaker category at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Awards . LeFlore maintained his prolific run in 2021, releasing six singles. LeFlore released his debut album, “Sunset Radio,” Jan. 25, 2022. Follow him at the social media links below for updates and announcements.
Ine’a J, also known as The Pen Fairy, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Chicago’s very own rising gem has been shining in the music scene with her sultry voice, illustrious pen game, and radiating music.
Debuting her first single “4EVA” in December of 2021, Ine’a is well on her way as her projects have already received press from Lyrical Lemonade, The Ghetto Flower, Vocalo, Real Ones, and more. “Planet J” her preeminent 6 track EP, released in 2022, created such a captivating era for the artist and her fans performing around Chicago and leading into heavily anticipated future releases.
Not only is she musically talented, but Ine’a is well rounded as an educated scholar holding an MBA and BSBA from Loyola University Chicago and the University of Missouri at Columbia. Ine’a J is also a businesswoman with her brand “The Repertoire” on ineaj.com encapsulating all of her creative talents including fashion, music, modeling, as well as e-commerce retailing. The Repertoire has received press from Vox Magazine, Who We Are Now Project 2020, and The Christian Science Monitor. Her brand promotes “Embrace the uncomfortable & Walk with purpose” as something we should all be reminded by.
Follow her along her music journey directly on instagram @ineajofficial to enjoy a little fairy dust everywhere she goes.
The Dread Crew of Oddwood is a folk metal band known for its pirate-themed music played exclusively on acoustic instruments. They have dubbed this unique style as Heavy Mahogany. By infusing the raw energy of heavy metal with Celtic folk music, The Dread Crew of Oddwood’s Heavy Mahogany style has carved a distinct and popular niche in the heavy metal community. They riff and shred on the accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, tin whistle, toy piano, upright bass, and “Oddkit”, while weaving grandiose tales of comrades lost, bloody sieges, drunken debauchery, zombies, airships, and time travel!
CANDLEMASS is a Swedish epic doom metal band formed in Stockholm in 1985. They are multi-grammy winners back home and were also nominated for a US grammy in 2019 for Best Hardrock/ Metal performance.
The band’s debut album “EPICUS DOOMICUS METALLICUS” was released in 1986 and is considered a classic of the genre together with the follow up “NIGHTFALL”. Both albums are often featured when influential records of the decade are listed.
CANDLEMASS remains one of the most important and influential bands in the history of doom metal. Constantly touring they still sell out venues from Tokyo to L.A. Relentlessly the band’s unique brand of heavy, epic, powerful music continues to resonate with fans of metal all around the world even today, 38 years after the birth in northern Stockholm suburbia Upplands Väsby.
The latest album “Sweet Evil Sun” was released on Nov 12 (2022) by Napalm Records.
Leif Edling – bass
Johan Länquist – vocals
Mats “Mappe” Björkman – guitar
Lars “Lasse” Johansson – lead guitar
Jan Lind – drums
5th son, Chicago native, soulful voice, dark melodic songs, inspire, break your heart.
From ‘All & All’ that sounds Elliott Smith inspired and ‘Whiskey Misery’ that channels a simple blend of Nick Drake and Radiohead, Aimont Moon seems to wear his heart on his sleeve. Lyrically, his fearlessness, openness and introspective mindset gives you a hard truth and warmth about the duality of life and mind. Paired with the warm, melodic and harmonic major/minor progressions sets the foundation for the soulful vocals to set the tone of pain, redemption, love and reality in these songs. There’s a darkness and a light in the music of Aimont Moon.
DREW DELNEKY AND FRIENDS
Drew Delneky, a Chicago native, is a songwriter, music educator and performer. He holds a Bachelor’s in Musical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago
Mad Rose, a Minneapolis-born, Chicago-based singer-songwriter, has spent over three years crafting emotive melodies inspired by indie artists such as Julia Jacklin and Mitski. With two projects out on Bandcamp and more in development, Mad Rose’s music weaves a narrative of loneliness, love, and yearning.
Formed in Chicago in 2021, 50k Check is an Indie Rock/Pop band that blends psychedelic, lounge, groove, pop, and punk influences. Live, the band is all about creating a vibe to fill the room and bring a crowd into a different world for a while. Songs build from pin-drop quiet to all-encompassing layers of sound, others peel a song, layer by layer, to reveal their essence.
50K Check is Kelly Torch on vocals, Mason Payne on guitar, Kisira Hill on bass, Karl El Sokhn on drums, and David Greene on keys.
Hey you, Kellye here…a bit about me, I’m primarily known for my stand-up comedy and acting. I’ve been featured on Comedy Central, TBS, NBC, FOX, WGN, and more. Check out my reel here. Some fun things I’m doing or have done: NEW MOVIE ALERT “Cherry” Starring Tom Holland is OUT NOW! Costar on Final Season of Empire. Taraji handed me my ass…or should I say Cookie Costar on Season (8) of Chicago Fire I play a hostage negotiator, with a gun and everything! Correspondent for the Comedy Central Podcast ‘South Side’ I host a bi-weekly show ‘Be less Petty’ Comedy Self-Help podcast LIVE on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. The Chicago Sun-times named me “Chicago’s BOLDEST comedian”…I’d agree!
FUN FACT: I was an electrician in the U.S. Air Force (Unexpected…right?) AND…Living out my parents dream; I am the self-proclaimed love child of Oprah Winfrey, Richard Pryor, Bernie Mac, and Lucille Ball. If you can picture that. My primary goal is to motivate and inspire through performance and communications of any form. So whether you’ve seen me live as a stand-up comedian, or at a storytelling show, caught my latest podcast, or read something I’ve written online, the themes are all the same; real-life experiences expressed in a sometimes comedic fashion. In a nutshell, I love to share my life as a mother, a woman, a daughter, a wife, a comedian, a writer and all the in-betweens. Wanna know more weird intimate thoughts? Check out my Blog! Be less Petty (where I’m usually very petty)! Stay safe, stay sane. Enjoy 2021 cause it’s not 2020! xoxo – Kellye