Chance The Rapper Plans Free Festival

Fact – Chicagoans always give back their city. This statement is true as Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper announces a new free festival Teens in the Park dedicated to Chicago youth. Held at Chicago’s Northerly Island, the festival will feature performances from Donnie Trumpet, frequent collaborator and right hand man for Surf, notorious Chicago emcee DLow, and Donda’s House, Kanye West’s non-profit. Event is open only to those aged 13-24 with the exception of adults accompanying teens.

For more information or registration click below:

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion

Wed, Jun 24, 2015 04:00 PM

Register at Livenation

Redd’s Wicked Apple 6.5.15 -“The Most Wicked Party” [Recap]

Thalia Hall had a huge mission as over 200 people lined up outside for “The Most Wicked Party”. Curated by Redd’s Wicked Apple and AFROPUNK, every designer, writer, music head, and foodie (yeah, they turn up too) backed up the streets of Pilsen to get in on the action. With nothing more than a simple RSVP it was a mad house as people scrambled the doors at 8 pm. Myself included cause you know, Chicago people run on that late late time.

Redd's Wicked Apple comes to Chicago. Photo Credit: Redd's Wicked Apple
Redd’s Wicked Apple comes to Chicago. Photo Credit: Redd’s Wicked Apple

Starting off the pre show was Hebru Brantley and Max Sansing whose live paintings set an unusually calm contrast to that of the hyped DJ’s. Cause let’s face it, how many times in one’s life can one shake their butt cheeks to OG Maco’s “U Guessed It” and still have art literally being created before their eyes? Yeah, zero. Nevertheless, the twerk and paint brush ambiance was definitely the vibe as the show geared up to introduce Chicago’s very own, Holt.

No stranger to the city, Holt and his guitarists pushed out some fire tunes as the crowd slowly got tipsy off the Mango and Apple beers. With his ode to history making artists (The Clash, Misfits, Sex Pistols, etc), Holt jams out with the crowd as he sings and entertains us with brief sentiments about love, crazy hoes, and living up to one’s dream. Cause let’s face it, isn’t that the daily struggle for anyone our age? The cars, clothes, hoes…I suppose *insert deep thinking Drake gif*

Holt performs on stage at Thalia Hall. Photo Credits:  Redd's Wicked Apple
Holt performs on stage at Thalia Hall. Photo Credits: Redd’s Wicked Apple.

Another Chicago native was comedian Hannibal Buress who took the stage after Holt. A tough act to follow, Buress got his joke bars up as he talked about morning wood, rappers, and his anti-selfie rules with police officers. What should have been a 40 minute set, Buress left the stage after 15 mins. WHAT? But we wanted more dick jokes! All well. An odd line up as it was, I felt Buress should have hosted the event instead of headlined. Nevertheless, the show went on as the crowd backed their asses up in anticipation of Danny Brown.

Hannibal Buress gets his joke bars up. Photo Credit: Redd's Wicked Apple
Hannibal Buress gets his joke bars up. Photo Credit: Redd’s Wicked Apple

What I believe is Danny Brown‘s second time at Thalia Hall, if memory serves me right his last appearance left him with a pretty ugly stage dive (I think he got elbowed in the face? Correct me if I’m wrong). This time Danny Brown played it safe as he closed out the show. Rocking a typical black attire and flexing his new grills (diamonds from my angle),  Danny didn’t disappoint as he pumped out personal favorites like “25 Bucks” and “Dip”. Also to Danny Brown’s DJ Raymond Noodles, shout out to you for dropping your whole ass laptop. You still got everyone going, it ain’t even an issue.

Danny Brown shuts down "The Most Wicked Party" on a Thursday. Photo Credit: Redd's Wicked Apple
Danny Brown shuts down “The Most Wicked Party” on a Thursday. Photo Credit: Redd’s Wicked Apple

Thanks again AFROPUNK and Redd’s Wicked, Thursday was the turn up for Chicago!

Lightening in a Bottle – Review

Our 1st festival in California: Lightening in a Bottle was a success!! It turned out to be our favorite festival to date. Located in Bradley, CA — lasting 4 days, curated by a team of artistic innovators who showcase work yearly at Coachella’s Renegade stage and also the creators of Burning Man in Nevada. (see our gallery up top for an inside look at our experience)

Lightening in a Bottle 5.30.15
Lightening in a Bottle 5.30.15

Yoga, art installations, tea rooms, sound baths, cooking classes, health conscious workshops, fire breathers, burlesque + aerial trapeze, and musical performances are just a small list of what this festival had to offer. As for the music this year’s headliners included Flume (first US show as a headliner), RL Grime, SBTRKT, and ODESZA.

My favorite performance of the weekend was the Lucent Dossier Experience — taking the audience on a whimsical visual adventure. Their set was a sequence of mini skits set to music. There was fire, clowns, aerial acrobatics, puppetry, provocative love stories and break dancing.

For a glimpse of what we experienced check out their sizzle reel below:

It was incredibly refreshing to be surrounded around such an intuitive, eco and social conscious group — embracing raw, creative and authentic self expression (this year’s attendance reached 20,000). The festival grounds featured 3 stages, and an abundance of themed villages; teepees, bright colored ribbons, rustic woodlands, cozy poufs/pillows/rugs laid out on the ground, and floating tea pots are just a couple of the spacial elements transforming what was a barren national park into an mystical kaleidoscope of exploration.

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50+ artists were featured. Every corner of the festival grounds was carefully planned to feature unique art at every turn whether previously created or being created right before your eyes through an array of mediums.

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*Festival perks
– Relaxation sessions
– FREE H20 everywhere
– Healthy, all natural bites: from burgers to tacos, acai bowls, fresh pressed juices, breakfast burritos…

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*Fun fact: After 9 years of friendship New Belgium + the LIB team collaborated to create a new beer making it’s debut at this year’s festival “Lightening in a Bottle, Berliner Weiss”

a beer to inspire all to gather, dance and celebrate while soaking in the sun

Can’t wait to check out what the Do LaB does next, chances are we’ll be there 🙂

Maks G + Heather
Maks G + Heather