Summer Set Music Fest [Recap]

I had heard some mixed reviews of Summer Set’s first two years, from free margaritas in year one to damn near a police state in year two. Needless to say, free drinks are very tight and police peeking over your shoulder are oh so not. Well, there were no free drinks. And while the festival ticket itself was surprisingly affordable, we were charged for camping. And then we were charged for parking. And then there wasn’t anyone checking whether we actually paid for camping or not… And security wasn’t even checking wristbands to get in camping OR the festival! It seemed as though security was solely interested in checking bags and overly frisking girls who were already wearing next to nothing. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the final day of the fest when ladies were being checked by ladies, and men by men – what a concept. It took 5 hours to drive through the initial security checkpoint, before arriving to a campsite with no workers/volunteers/anyone directing people where to go.  I stopped asking people questions after being on site for a couple hours because nobody had any answers. Not even the people sitting at an “Information” booth knew anything about shuttles to campsites, whether there was a media tent, or when the festival gates would open. It was the most frustrating first day of any festival I’ve ever been to. But then there was music. Good, sweet music.

Schoolboy Q lit it up before Wu – arms flailing during “Hands On The Wheel” and bucket hat boppin’ for most of Oxymoron.  And Chi town was well represented at Summer Set, clear when ProbCause set fire to the intimate saloon with a high energy thats not easy to pull off early on in the day – salute. Danny Brown didn’t get any head but was weirdly entertaining, as usual. Aside from hip hop, Manic Science, Russ Liquid, Chromeo, Cherub, Claude VonStroke, and Bassnectar all blew me away. And as far as misses go, we missed Chance. Everyone did. Chance’s Acid Rap was playing in campsites so often it almost felt like the whole fest was pre gaming for a Chance show. Tyler The Creator was put in his spot last minute, and frankly the festival may have been better off had he also not shown up. He spent more time heckling people than rapping. Luckily FlyLo followed Tyler, bringing a much needed boost of… uhh…  music to the Main Stage.

After getting past the bullshit, it became clear that Summer Set has the potential to be a destination festival. The site is golden. With a lazy river just a stones throw from the festival grounds, you can walk or take a shuttle to Apple River where you can spend the morning or afternoon just floatin.’ On site, there were four areas to catch music (the Main Stage, Saloon, Big Top, and Grove Stage) with campgrounds surrounding almost all of them (as opposed to other festivals where there is generally only one entrance, by my count there were at least three at Summer Set). This is an ideal situation in that there was rarely a line to get into the fest, and most campsites ended up being “good spots” (so lining up to get into the campgrounds the morning of isn’t necessary). I hope Summer Set continues to grow, with more music, vendors, and fans next year. With more art, vendors, and better organization and execution, Summer Set may just become the best way to end the festival season in years to come. For now, we look to North Coast.

Rihanna Glows for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

For the July/August issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, none other than Rihanna Fenty is gracing the cover… And she looks, as always, STUNNING.

Rihanna, who whether we realize or not is cultivating herself into a fashion icon, was donned in Middle Eastern attire, covered up head-to-toe with traditional garments drowned in shimmering, beautiful jewels and detail.

The photographs were shot by Ruven Afanador, who is apparently Rihanna’s new favorite photographer.Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 12.28.17 PM

#GWHHRecap: Social-Con WINTER Fashion Show

Back at it again in Chicago. Social-Con hosted yet another fashion show. This time it was all the neccesary fashions that you need for the winter season. This time around, the crowd was even larger than last (and the Fall show was huge). Just before the show started, the place was rocking with some of the hottest music in the night life scene. As the crowd grew hugry for the show, the music started to turn up even more. The anticipation in the building was at an all time high!

Although there were many fans of this show that filled Lumen, clothing lines and many people of the fashion industry filled the venue too. As if this wasn’t enough, there were all sources of media, photographers and other companies there at the venue to learn a little bit of what fashion apparel was hot and would be sported throughout the area of Chicago and other locations of the U.S.

As the show started and the lights focused on the center stage, the crowd roared with excitement. As each model step forward to show off the winter’s fashion apparel, the crowd made sure to show love for the amazing gear that was worn along with the sway on the stage, presented by the models.

The show was a huge success. From the DJ keeping the crowd going, to the model fresh sway presented on stage, to the amazing fashions sported on the stage, I have to say that this was another DOPExHYPExFRESH event!

Big ups to all of the clothing designers, models and DJs that participated in such an amazing event. Also, big ups to the homie Marcus Shadden for host another DOPE fashion show and getting the place rocking as he kepping the crowd live as he cut it up on the 1’s and 2’s.

If you missed this show, take a look at the photo slide show above, it will give you a bit of what you missed.

Photos By: @Camcorder_Banks



Inside the Yeezus Pop Up Shop: Chicago

Yesterday, Who DoughMaks G, and I made our way to the Yeezus Tour Pop Up Shop to experience another outlet of DONDA design, just one day after we caught the show itself at the United Center. Here is a look inside the shop featuring our photos of the merchandise for sale, the space in general, and my cool Vine to bring it all together. Salute to Virgil AblohDon CKanye, and the whole DONDA crew — I really enjoyed the all-white, minimalist space. So clean.

The Yeezus Pop Up Shop is open through Friday — 46 E. Oak St. Stop by if you’re in the Chi.