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

Redd’s Wicked Apple -“The Most Wicked Party” ft Holt, Danny Brown, & Hannibal Buress

Come chill with some of the best curators of art and music as “The Most Wicked Party” stops by Chicago on June 4th. Organized by AFROPUNK, the time is now to catch some of your favorite artists getting turnt on some Redd’s Wicked Apple and spit game at the Tumblr babe you’ve been thirsting. With appearances by newly signed G.O.O.D Hollywood Holt aka Nigel Holt, Danny Brown, Hannibal Buress, and artist Hebru Brantley, y’all better bust our your google maps to get in on the action. Look out for an exclusive recap from yours truly as Thursday night gets lit.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork returns to Chicago with a killer lineup featuring Chance, Vic Mensa, Run The Jewels, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, A$AP Ferg, and more. 3-Day’s are sold out but you can still snag single day tickets – jump on it.

Towkio @ Metro 5/15/16

The SaveMoney Army has been churning out hits and providing a platform of success for each of its members. We have grown accustomed to the unique sounds each SaveMoney has provided as the city of Chicago continues its support of the city’s most prolific Hip-Hop stable. The latest SaveMoney member to headline Metro was none other than Towkio, accompanied by DJ Spinn and Kehlani. This event was truly a passing of the torch-like event and Gowhere was there to provide some highlights that are shown below.

Kehlani

The Bay-area songstress rocked the crowd from beginning to end with her R&B and Hip-Hop fused lyrics that made the most unfamiliar follower of her music become instantly invested in her sound. Her set was hot! It was a mix of the sexualized lyrics accompanied by backup dancers that left a jaw dropping impression on the Chicago listeners. Kehlani made it perfectly clear that she is one of the fastest rising R&B upstarts in the country for a reason and her music and vision of where she is headed are perfectly in tune with her ambition and relentless dedication to her fans.

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Till The Morning

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How That Taste

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The Way

Towkio

All eyes were of SaveMoney’s Towkio as the Mexican-Japanese emcee headlined Metro for the first time and he surely did not disappoint. The world was at his feet and crowds rocked and echoed to every tune as Towkio showcased the greatness behind his full length debut project, WAV Theory. His set began with his most familiar and polarizing track “I Know You” that put him on the map as an undiscovered soloist finding his identity and culminated with bringing out his SaveMoney brethren Chance The Rapper to close off the show with his his “Heaven Only Knows” that also features Eryn Allen Kane. That wasn’t just it. Throughout his set Towkio brought out various SaveMoney members such as Joey Purp and Kami De Chukwu to perform “God In Me”, amongst other Leather Corduroys gems.

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Photo: @WhoDough

I Know You

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Photo: @WhoDough

God In Me

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Sunday Candy

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Photo: @WhoDough

Heaven Only Knows

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The show was very energetic from start to finish and showcased how much passion Towkio indeed has towards his craft and his fans. It was very emotional and reflectional for the Chicago emcee as he was able to look back and see how far he has come and how much he has grown in the 2 year process behind the creation of his project. Most importantly, at the end of the show fans left with the reminder that Towkio has emerged as one of SaveMoney’s brightest artists and that as he continues to release music will his legacy continue to grow within our city’s music scene.