THE FLABBY HOFFMAN TRIO
n the great tradition of The Monkees, The Partridge Family and Josie and the Pussycats comes a band actually built around a TV series. Not only does Flabby Hoffman star in their own weekly television series in Chicago (Thursday nights from 11:30pm to 12:30am on CAN-TV Cable Channel 19), but the titular figurehead of the band, Flabby H. himself, is a true activist who believes in and is attempting to instigate a modern day revolution driven by the empowerment of the righteous as a methodology for change in a world gone horribly wrong due primarily to the co-opting of media by elements of the pathological aristocracy. One can of course find the Flabby Hoffman Trio (which depending on the evening is anywhere from a four piece to eight piece band) performing and/or tooling around at nearly every decent club in town once in a while, where the Flabby Hoffman team of volunteers and cross-dressing harlequins are responsible for booking each of the bands that perform at the club for the evening in what is called The Flabby Hoffman Caravan. The Flabby Caravan is a series of shows throughout the Chicago rock circuit with about 300 gigs under its belt which features tons of great organically driven music (usually a four band line up) as well as prize giveaways, occasional comedic and acoustic tweener acts, a freaky host, customized event programs and more all of which is videotaped to gather footage for the Flabby TV series. The Flabby Hoffman Trio itself, unlike the TV bands mentioned at the top of this description who were primarily designed for teeny boppers and lumberjacks, looks to appeal to all of the disenfranchised of the world. Those pushed to the side by a mainstream media which seems like an electronic Spanish Inquisition forcing us to conform or be tortured. A mainstream cultural indoctrination device that seems more concerned with turning everyone into a mindless robot than encouraging truly creative people to create. With their hard rock, riff oriented, axe blistering antics and soul stirring lyrics, there is no doubt that this band is not in the mood to compromise. Will this trio get crushed by the weight of the imposing forces in control of our culture, or will they learn how to thrive in a world run by sociopaths that seek to crush every last vestige of individuality… If you would like to be part of this effort, join us on the TV series, join us on our efforts at movies productions and webisodes, fool around at a Flabby live show, do some original productions and help make this thing resonate…be my guest.
Nikki Lynette is an indie artist whose style is equal parts hip hop, alternative, and pop. Her self-produced tunes have been featured in popular shows on MTV, Fox, Hulu, and more and have garnered digital and print features for publications like Billboard, Bust, and Vibe. Her work has been featured in media ranging from Spike Lee’s hit Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It” to Poo-Pourri’s viral commercial “Imagine,” which won Nikki her first American Music Producer Award. Nikki Lynette fuses activism into her songs and performances and has created a lane for her music that is uniquely her own. She is currently developing a series of shows centered around her “Get Out Alive” social movement that raises awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.
Gaining the majority of her industry experience writing and touring with other artist as a background vocalist. Chicago’s Alt/Rocker Esh makes a splash taking center stage. With her dynamic, emphatic delivery, Esh moves hearts and hips; with her glam/punk rock sartorial style. One must not forget Esh’s four piece band that packs hard-rocking compositions with powerful guitar-, bass-, and drum-driven punches. Just enough sauce to allow the pint size rocker the freedom to stir up a host of emotions from the affectionate to the aggressive. If Esh’s upcoming EP is any indication of that which is to come from her first album, it will be a big year for her. Shes already one of new artists to watch in 2012.
20 MARK HELGA
20 Mark Helga was formed by Phineas Gage in 2007. She turned her first trick in April 08 to lively crowds in the Chicago area. Helga has enjoyed playing the party and club scene around the city. Helga can be found strutting the classic venues in Chicago including Double Door, Cubby Bear, Underground, Elbo Room and a variety of special events and Chicago Street Festivals.