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!

Trudell ‘Focused On The Sky’ Mixtape

Chicago’s very own Trudell has released his DJ MoonDawg-sponsored mixtape titled ‘Focused On The Sky.’ Being from Chicago, we know it’s a good one.

The 26-year-old emcee uses music to tell stories about the good and bad of Chicago as well as his own inner struggles. Growing up in a single parent household, he can relate to many of those who share the experience as him. Luckily, he has his music to keep him sane. He puts his passion into writing, education and music – a true role model in the Chicago area.

When Trudell isn’t in the booth, he’s in the classroom teaching students and opening their eyes to how important education is.

The mixtape, with already 100,000 downloads, gives listeners a chance to close their eyes and imagine what Trudell feels inside. Touching on many personal topics, you will at least relate to one (or more than one) song off of ‘Focused On The Sky.’

Listen to his entire mixtape here. You won’t be disappointed. What are you waiting for? Press play and enjoy some real Chicago music.

Wanda Vista renderings revealed

Photos via Studio Gang
Photos via Studio Gang

Last night, Chicago starchitect firm Studio Gang Architects revealed the new renderings for the Wanda Vista — a 93-story complex to feature 405 luxury condominiums and 169 hotel rooms in the Lakeshore East development right on Lake Michigan. The Wanda would top out at 1,144 feet, making it the third tallest building in Chicago.

View the four new images in the gallery above, with the Wanda Vista hoping to transform the Chicago skyline by 2019.

I am always intrigued by the architect’s inspiration, and at the reveal event last night, principal Jeanne Gang said her latest project is inspired by the frustum shape seen in ice cubes or Toblerone chocolate, via DNAinfo. The article continues:

Together, the three frustums will create eight corners at street level, but the tallest part of the building will be the skinniest among its super tall peers in Chicago. Gang said the thinness of the tower will enhance exposure to natural light and cast less shade below. 

“Tall buildings, oftentimes, they’re just a reflecting box and singular,” Gang said. “Here, we’re trying to work with texture at various scales so that from a human standpoint, you can see this variation.”

Moreover, Gang said Monday the design is meant to mimic the reflection of light off Lake Michigan, via ArchPaper. This sparked the light bulb for me even more, imagining the wonderful, cinematic relationship of the Wanda near the waters of Lake Michigan itself.

It’s important to note that the project, though expected to be completed by 2019, still a number of city approvals like a zoning change. Pending approval, Magellan hopes to start construction next year with a 3+ year estimated timetable of completion.

Wanda Vista 8 (c) Studio Gang Architects

Wanda Vista 10 (c) Studio Gang Architects

Many times projects don’t make it beyond computer screens, but irregardless in this case, I admire Gang’s design for the Wanda and how it would incorporate into the Chicago skyline as a whole. I believe it would be a beautiful addition and ultimately bring other benefits aside from aesthetic. Early reports say the Wanda would create 420 permanent jobs and generate $19 million in new real estate tax revenue for the city. Plus, the tower would connect to the city’s underground pedway system, and Upper Wacker Drive would run through the bottom of Wanda, connecting to Waterside Drive and the rest of Lakeshore East, again via DNAinfo.

Let’s hope this clears all the hurdles for construction!

In the meantime, for more of my commentary and coverage on Jeanne Gang’s keynote speech at the 2014 AIA Convention, click here (see: Purpose is the process.)

For more info on the Wanda, see Studio Gang’s website here.

Wanda Vista 9 (c) Studio Gang Architects

Lollapalooza 2015 Lineup

Ain’t no surprise that half of these people are coming through to Chicago once more. With tickets selling out in minutes, be sure to stay up on that phone and computer game for your 1 day passes. While you at it, pop out some Steel Reserve, it might be a minute. Good luck y’all.

Friday, July 31
Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Father John Misty, Cold War Kids, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, BROODS, MisterWives, What So Not, SZA, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, DESTRUCTO, BØRNS, BADBADNOTGOOD, Mighty Oaks, Bear’s Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thorton & The Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School Of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips

Saturday, August 1
Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Eazy, Walk The Moon, Tyler The Creator, The Tallest Man On Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death From Above 1979, Toro Y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, CAKED UP, Hermitude, Wet, HOLYCHILD, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mt. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, SNBRN, Elle King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, COIN, Danny Weinkauf, School Of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips, The Helmets

Sunday, August 2
Florence + The Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters And Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, NERO, Kygo, Twenty One Pilots, Nicky Romero, Marina And The Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, ODESZA, LOGIC, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand Of Oaks, MOON TAXI, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMA’s, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, The Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, VERITE, JackLNDN, ZEBRA KATZ, The Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In The Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School Of Rock AllStars