Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

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The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) has been an integral part of Chicago’s cultural and gay communities since 1983. For the last three decades, we have entertained audiences across the continent with innovative musical programming exploring everything from love to politics to the sometimes fabulous, sometimes challenging world of being gay-often all at the same time. Our always-memorable performances have included original musical revues; five popular productions celebrating the Sidetrack show tune experience; full-length book musicals including The Wizard of Oz, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore and our original work – Ten Commandments – The Musical; traditional choral concerts and intimate cabaret presentations-all punctuated with our signature joyous irreverence.

CGMC has traveled extensively across North America, representing Chicago in cities including Montreal, New York, Denver, Miami, Los Angeles and New Orleans. We have also brought entertainment back home, hosting choruses from across the United States and Europe to sing with us here in Chicago.

Most recently, CGMC proudly sang “America the Beautiful” for the Illinois Marriage Equality Act bill-signing ceremony and was the featured guest choral performer for the star-studded concert, Broadway Rocks, with the Grant Park Music Festival in 2011. Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2001 and currently has four cd-recordings available: Cool Yule, featuring jazzy holiday selections; I Will Be Loved Tonight, a collection of our favorite love (and not-so-in-love) songs; Favorite Things, our second celebration of holiday music; and So Happy Together: Festival Gems, featuring all live performances from our appearances at the last three quadrennial GALA Festivals. CGMC has performed the National Anthem multiple times at world-famous Wrigley Field and for the WNBA Chicago Sky.

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Betty Who

Betty Who

To understand where Betty Who currently stands in her career, it’s best to imagine her as she often stood as a kid: solo, in front of the bedroom mirror, belting out hits, dancing like everyone’s watching. Because as the Australian pop queen walked away from her record deal and in to her first independent album, she had a single mandate: “I am going to be the most me I can be.” That is, in part, why her third full-length statement is simply called Betty. It’s pure her: a brilliant swirl of pop—’80s, Y2K, and hyper-modern strains—that encompasses everything from intimate artful fare to darkly sexy bangers to full-on wedding reception shout-alongs. What’s more, these are songs about grown-woman emotions delivered by someone who rediscovered the drive and verve that fueled her rise through music in the first place. As Betty says, “It all came back to joy.”

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There’s a reason Betty was tapped to remake the Queer Eye theme song for the uplifting series’ second season. It’s the same reason she’s soundtracked Pitch Perfect and made the Glee cast swoon, and that a certain legendary flash mob proposal video went viral to the tune of her 2012 debut single “Somebody Loves You.” Joy has always been in the music, but for Betty, her twelfth feeling had faded. “I didn’t understand how damaging it was to feel like I was never living up to expectation,” she says of her time on a major label. “When you’re in the middle of it, you think it’s driving you. When I came out the other side, I realized, no, I was devastated.” She wanted to handpick her team, sink or swim by her own choices, and share music while it’s fresh. With Betty, she did all of that and made an album that, as she puts it, “I’m more proud of than I could possibly say.”

The world got a taste of that with Betty’s first independent single “Ignore Me,” an uplifting ode to moving on set to warm, indie-tinged electropop. Likewise, synth-streaked dance cut “I Remember” takes on something sad—the dissonance that can bubble up in a relationship—and finds the sweetness there as Betty coos, “I don’t want perfect, I want you.” Our heroine not only split from her label in 2017, she got engaged, and the thrill of realizing you could spend your life with someone rings out on “Marry Me.” The song’s exuberance was inspired by the unabashed pop (namely Katy Perry) Betty loved as a teen. Meanwhile, the vintage JT-evoking “All This Woman” addresses a would-be lover but is really about Betty’s acceptance of her own body: “This is me saying to the man or woman I’m standing opposite, ‘This is what I want and you’re crazy if you don’t want it too.’”

These songs spilled out with a similar assuredness—among them, early teaser “Taste,” which Betty has described as “a little rock ‘n’ roll with just a touch of vampire fetish,” and Betty’s first official single, the achingly up-close, acoustic-powered “Between You & Me.” The process began in sessions between runs of her famously vibrant, intensely choreographed tour. She’d planned to write more when she came off the road, but instead realized she already had an album’s worth of songs she adored. So rather than iron them out in high-profile studios around Los Angeles, she absconded to a rental in Palm Springs with her two of her best friends, artist/producer Pretty Sister and decade-long collaborator Peter Thomas. They finished Betty in 10 days between shared meals and streaming sunshine. “It was one of the best times of my life,” recalls Betty. “I swear I’ll never make a record any other way.”

But that setting conjures the beginning of Betty Who, when the woman born Jessica Newham studied cello at Berklee during the week, then took the first train out to Providence so she could spend all weekend inventing her sound at classmate Peter’s family home. And that hustle itself mimics a theme of Betty’s childhood in Sydney: while her classical training began at age 4, she devoted every free second to Britney, Christina, *NSYNC, and MJ. The voices, the moves, the lyrics, the spectacle—she ate it all up, especially that feeling the best pop gives you: “When you hear it,” says Betty, “and go, ‘Oh my God, you literally wrote this about me.’ I’ve wanted to make music like that ever since.” In that spirit, Betty gives us what we need most right now: an excuse to dance in the mirror, license to trust our instinct, and knowledge that joy is never too far away.

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Too White Crew

Too White Crew

Tired of the same old Classic Rock, Country, 80’s Cover, 70’s Disco, and Generic “Party” Bands?

More than a party band, more than a tribute band, Too White Crew is a full-blown rump-shakin’, rhyme-makin’ old school hip hop experience like nothing else you’ve ever seen!

A tasteful tribute to the fun hip hop and party anthems of the 80’s, 90’s, and early 00’s, featuring an all-live six piece band, MC’s, and “Fly Girl” dancers.

Every city has their fair share of cover bands but there’s nothing like this anywhere in the country. TWC is a truly unique entertainment experience. This is legit!

The performance is artistic and respectful of the music with a party atmosphere packed with wild impromptu comedic moments that you just can’t forget.

So when you get hungry for some old school jams, just stop, collaborate, and listen.

The Txlips Band

The Txlips Band

The TxLips is a Black Woman rock band that came together to represent for women of color.
The Txlips bring energy and a constant reminder that women rock.

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Atlanta-based fusion indie rock band The Tulips is bring all the #BlackGirlMagic in their tunes. When they’re not back rapper Diamond, they’re making waves in Atlanta’s vibrant indie music scene. In the video below, they open up a Paperboy Studios set with an edgy, intensified cover of Beyonce’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” Their own biography states, “The Tulips is an all girl fusion rock band that came together to represent for chocolate women. The Tulips bring energy and bring you some bad ass music.” With a mission like that and the music to match, what more could you ask for?

The Jersey Girls

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This is a story of friendship, passion, and love for music…

Diana and Sonya are originally from Bulgaria, and Iris is from Ukraine. The girls moved to the United States seeking better opportunities and a brighter future.  All three of them started singing at a very young age and performed as solo singers with a variety of different bands. They met in 2016 by coincidence, but now they believe that everything has happened for a reason.  Once they realized that they all shared the love of harmonizing and their voices fit perfectly together, they knew they were on to something great!

Iris’ angelic voice hits impressively high notes with full strength in the Jersey Girls’ pieces.
Sonya’s genuine, yet powerful voice brings an extraordinary range to the table.
And Diana Jadé fills out the sounds with a soulful, raspy quality.

Soon after they met the three of them began practicing four days a week while working day jobs and simultaneously performing gigs on the weekends. They became best friends and spent almost every day together –  singing, dancing, shopping, traveling and most importantly, planning their future and their musical journey together.

​Almost two years later, all the hard work, sleepless nights, road trips and uphill battles finally started paying off. The Jersey Girls have now proudly become one of Chicago-land’s most popular and beloved cover bands. They were invited to perform the lead piece from the soundtrack of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls” on FOX television in the summer of 2017. The same year they also appeared two times on Chicago’s very own channel –  WGN, performing a dance/pop medley and Christmas music. In November, 2017 the Jersey Girls had their debut on the national music scene performing a sold-out show in PARIS Hotel, Las Vegas. In the summer of 2018 they toured the country, performing state fairs, festivals, and theatre shows in over 15 states.The Jersey Girls are now, as venue owners often like to say – “raising the roof” every weekend  in the Chicago-land area and all around the Midwest. With their harmonies, choreographies, eye-catching costumes, and high energy performance they easily become the heart of every celebration. Expect to see them on the stage, on the dance-floor, by the bar, or even at your table!
​They are best known for their energetic interactive performances where guests often feel as if they are part of the show.

​Whether they sing in front of ten, one hundred, or one thousand people, the Jersey Girls bring their full energy and vocal capacity to EVERY show and put a smile on EVERYONE’s face in the audience!

Pabllo Vittar

Pabllo Vittar

Brazil’s most famous drag queen, Pabllo Vittar, was always fascinated by the feminine universe. When she realized that drag queen could also act and sing she decided she could do that as well. It all worked out great.

She was born in São Luis (Maranhão) in November 1st 1994, Phabullo Rodrigues da Silva – birth name – made her first TV appearance as Pabllo Vittar in 2014, for a local TV in Uberlândia/Minas Gerais, where she lived in her teenage years. But it was only in 2015 that she started to get attention on social media, after releasing “Open Bar”, a Brazilian version of Major Lazer’s “Lean On”. In less than a month the video hit a million views on YouTube.

Already a superstar on the LGBTQ community, she started to have mainstream attention in early 2017, when she released her first album “Vai Passar Mal”, with the brazilian hits sensations “K.O.” and “Corpo Sensual”. Being invited to sing in Rock in Rio with Fergie and the release of “Sua Cara” with Major Lazer and Anitta brought even more attention to her.

In 2017 she was the first Brazilian artist to have three songs on Spotify top 5 (“K.O.”, “Corpo Sensual” and “Sua Cara”) and, in 2018, her second album, “Não Para Não”, was the most streamed album in the first 24 hours, with more than 3 million plays.

“I started drag because I was always fascinated by the feminine universe. When I found out that there were drag queen acting and singing I thought: that I can actually do!” Pabllo says.

In 2018 she got her place in important vehicles around the world, like Billboard Social 50, Paper Magazine and was the first Brazilian artist to present “Beauty Secrets” by the American Vogue.

In the past 2 years she was nominated to 27 awards, including a Latin Grammy (first drag queen nominated to a Grammy Award) and EMA (Europe Music Awards) in 2018. Of those she won 7 of them, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year on the main Brazilian awards. Also in 2018 she was the only Brazilian on the top 20 of the most played albums of 2018 on Last.Fm.

Miss DJ Meg

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Miss DJ Meg is a young and energetic individual who is known to pack any and every dance floor! Her career began at a mobile DJ company located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL when she was just 15 years old. It was this company that immersed her into the marketing of DJing. There she DJed various parties, and corporate events, including a party for one of Oprah Winfrey’s top producers, which Oprah attended.

She has spun in large-scale productions such as the annual Taste of Chicago, Taste of Lincoln and Pitchfork Music Festival. Some notable clients and companies that she has played for include Georg Jensen, Walgreens, Victoria’s Secret, Skinnygirl Cocktails, GUESS, Voli Vodka with Pitbull, Macy’s, H&M, Atia’s Project Ladybug and more!

She has had the pleasure of playing for such big names as, Lil Jon, Wynter Gordon, Vince Vaughn, Steven Spielberg, Jeremih, Chicago Blackhawks and Bulls players, Common, Bethenny Frankel, Dina Manzo, Trey Songz, Estelle and many more.

Miss DJ Meg was also the winner of the 2013 SceneTap APP’s DJ competition and named one of the 10 DJ’s on The Chicago Sun Times 2014 Top 10 DJ list. She is currently spinning in high-end clubs all over Chicago and has played internationally at the Utopia Music Conference in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

Miss DJ Meg was recently named the first ever female mixmaster on B96 radio in Chicago. After joining the B96 team, she was asked to open for Ariana Grande at the B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash. Over the course of just a couple years, her career has skyrocketed and continues to grow!

Miss Foozie

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With her world famous greeting “Hello Pineapples!” and loving heart bigger than her hair, it’s impossible to imagine Chicago without Miss Foozie. She is a Character Artist, hostess, entertainer, producer, animal lover and a famed personality and household name in the city’s LGBT plus community and beyond for over 27 years, she’s won several awards, including nods from several publications. Miss Foozie is about fun and loves to involve the audience and hear them laugh. No matter if she’s performing onstage, socializing with bar patrons or prancing joyfully throughout the neighborhood, she spreads happiness and love to everyone who crosses her path. She has big plans for expansion and is embarking on a journey to win more hearts across the country.

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Leann Rimes

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LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 44 million albums, won two Grammy® Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Rimes is the youngest recipient of a Grammy® Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the “Best New Artist” category.

Rimes has placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 13 of which are top-10 hits, and has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” which went #1 in 11 countries, and “How Do I Live,” which is the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Having released more than ten studio albums, three compilation albums and two greatest hits albums in her illustrious career, Rimes sets her sights on releasing her most personal album yet, Spitfire, in spring 2013. Her first single from the new album, “What Have I Done,” will be released December 10, 2012.

Rimes is as an accomplished actress and author, including writing two children’s books Jag and Jag’s New Friend, as well as the novel, Holiday in Your Heart and the inspirational book What I Cannot Change. She also has a new book in its beginning stages focusing on life’s crossroads. LeAnn has long-supported a variety of charity organizations including advocating for the National Psoriasis Foundation, The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and StandUp For Kids. She most recently began work with The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

 

Leland

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Mississippi-bred, LA-based Brett McLaughlin, aka LELAND, is the songwriter behind many of your favorite pop gems of the past few years, including most of the standouts on Troye Sivan’s debut Blue Neighbourhood (including the hit “Youth”) plus “My My My!” and “The Good Side,” the new singles from Troye’s forthcoming sophomore album. Leland also penned a majority of Daya’s stunning debut Sit Still, Look Pretty, Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan’s “There for You,” Sabrina Carpenter’s “Why” and Selena Gomez and Gucci Mane’s “Fetish,” to name a few. In 2017, Leland released “Mattress,” an “anthem about unrequited queer love set against soaring electro-pop production” Out Magazine) which solidified him as a budding pop artist in his own right. Leland is also a composer and is executive producing several film soundtracks out this summer, all while continuing his role as one of the music composers for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

 

Don’t Speak

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Don’t Speak: A No Doubt Tribute is a full-band experience with keyboards & horns performing hits from the entire No Doubt repertoire – an energetic & dynamic performance that provides hours of live musical entertainment.

DJ Vlad

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Now, as a practicing commercial litigation attorney, Vlad has been the open-format Resident DJ at D.S. Tequila on Saturday nights since 2016, when he helped start #DSLate. Vlad is also a monthly resident at Electric Hotel, ROCBAR, and Uproar in River North.  DJ Vlad has performed at venues all over the city, including Scarlet, ProgressBar, Splash, LIQRBOX, The River Kitchen and Bar, Old Crow Wrigleyville, Clutch Bar, Happy’s Bamboo Bar & Lounge, Maxbar, Play Chicago Kitchen & Cocktails, HVAC Pub, Tavern on Rush, Whiskey Sky (W Chicago Rooftop), Bar Umbriago, Newport Bar and Grill, and many others.

By fifteen, Vlad’s DJ business had grown, and he founded his first mobile DJ company, employing a staff of DJs, dancers, event coordinators, and audio/visual technicians. Vlad trained several young, aspiring DJs and held mixing and dancing workshops for entertainers and emcees. Before graduating from high school, Vlad’s company was performing at over 50 shows per year, from corporate events, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, to high school dances, fundraisers, and local social events. In addition, DJ Vlad was booked at 17+ and 18+ club events, including several performances at the Warehouse nightclub and pop-up events such as Raver’s Fantasy, Club 500, and Existence.

In college, as tailgate chair of his fraternity, Vlad revolutionized the tailgate scene at Indiana University by putting on a complete performance on the grassy tailgate fields across from the stadium, with a generator, speakers, lights, and a live DJ. Soon, all of the other fraternities began putting on performances of their own. Shortly thereafter, Vlad landed his first residency as the Friday night headliner at Brothers Bar & Grill.

DJ Metro

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A force to be reckoned within the club scene, DJ Metro is undoubtedly one of the most respected DJ’s to come out of Chicago.

Since the age of 8, Metro has always had a special love for being a DJ, and has dedicated more than 15 years to trying to become known as of the best in nation. Not only has he climbed his way into being one of the most respected club/live DJ’s, he’s also making his mark on his second love. Chicago Radio. “Being apart of just any DJ mix show was never the goal or objective. Being a part of THIS DJ team, on B96, with THIS group of DJ’s, was always the goal. Now we just have to be patient and see what’s next”

His patience has clearly paid off. As of October 2014, Metro was asked to come on board with none other, then the Chicago Bulls. Every home game, in front 25,000 people inside of the United Center, you can see Metro behind the turntables playing music for people of all races and backgrounds, as the “Official Chicago Bulls DJ.”

DJ Metro has supported and shared the bill with all types of international acts such as Rick Ross, Juicy J, Lil John, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Justin Bieber, Afrojack, Aventura, Wisin Y Yandel, and recently played at the United Center for Sade and John Legends personal parties. He has played around the nation from Alaska to Florida, and recently won an Ortofon DJ Battle sending him to Ibiza, Spain. On an every week basis, he plays at all types of clubs, spanning from the largest College Nightclub in the city, the largest teen clubs, and some of the sexiest Industry Nights in Downtown.

As you can clearly see, this is only the beginning of what looks to be a very long career for the Chicago native. Plans of working on his own production, plus expanding his nightclub residency in clubs around the nation, have already begun.

Adam Barta

Adam Barta

Adam Steven Barta (born September 21, 1979) is an American actor, reality star, and musician from the Bronx, New York. He has had multiple charting singles on the Billboard dance chart, and is known for his duets and viral videos with reality stars and media personalities such as Alana Thompson (Honey Boo Boo) from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Farrah Abraham, Margaret Cho, Nadya Suleman (Octomom), Tan Mom and Jonah Falcon.

Barta is also known for his collaborations with artists like Kathy Sledge (of Sister Sledge) and music videos featuring comedic stars such as Lisa Lampanelli that often land him in the press on sites such as TMZ. In 2017, he starred on the WE tv series Dr. Miami. In 2018 he released a single called “Peep Me Tonight” with hip-hop star Mariahlynn from the TV series “Love and Hip Hop New York”.

In 2018 he also released the viral hit, “Free 2 Be Me” with “Tan Mom” Patricia Krentcil which Howard Stern called an “earworm” and “the greatest song of all time.” In December Howard announced the music video had hit over a half million views in the first few days, as one of their most viewed videos of all time.

Alex Newell

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The wildly talented Alex Newell is one of those brilliant artists with powerhouse vocals that comes around once in a lifetime. While best-known for his powerful performance as ‘Unique Adams’ on Fox’s “Glee,” Newell is now making headlines as he makes his Broadway debut in the revival of “Once On This Island,” which opened December 2017. Alex breaks barriers as ‘Asaka’ Mother of the Earth, which has traditionally been a female role. He steals the show with “Mama Will Provide” which New York Times says is “sung to rattle the roof by the ferocious Alex Newell”, and Entertainment Weekly raved “is a highlight and one of the show’s most memorable and most cheered moments.”

Newell was launched in to the national limelight in 2011 when he booked a guest role on Fox’s hit series, “Glee,” due to his success on the Oxygen competition series, “The Glee Project.” He won audiences over with his portrayal of transgender student, ‘Wade “Unique” Adams’ which ultimately secured him a series regular spot on the show.

Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Newell grew up in the small town of Lynn, just north of Boston. He notes that although his neighborhood was rough growing up, it was a melting pot of culture. He was exposed to dozens of different races, religions, and fine arts from a very young age, something that would help fine tune who he is today and what his career goals would be in the future. He found his love for music in church; his father was a deacon and his mother ran the choir. Every Sunday he would attend church and sing gospel songs with the choir. The styles of gospel music, dominant vocals blended with soul and the expression of personal beliefs were ingrained into Newell and he was able to start exploring and honing his talent. When Alex was six years old, his father passed away from cancer and he took refuge in song. By high school Newell had landed at a private Catholic academy with an impeccable arts program. It was here that he decided he knew what he wanted in life: to be a Broadway star, and to be on stage. He surrounded himself with music, and dedicated much of his life to concert choir – which was a crash course on every type of music he could think of. He dabbled in Opera, Jazz, A Capella, Chamber, Modern, and many other styles of music.

Newell learned from his work on “Glee” that perhaps his dreams of being on Broadway were not his only dreams, as his eyes were opened to the possibilities in television and in film. He has booked several projects over the years including two pilots, the independent feature, “Geography Club” (Huffington Pictures), and has performed in several theater productions. Alex is also signed to Atlantic Records. He released his EP, “POWER” and toured with Adam Lambert in February 2016, and his music was featured as a primary story point on HBO’s Martin Scorsese series “Vinyl”.

When not working, Alex loves to cook, shop, and has a passion for interior design. He also is a self-proclaimed YouTube addict. On the charity front, he supports the American Cancer Society, and is a role model and inspiration for LGBTQ teens worldwide. His personal goals include giving people motivation to be whoever they are, no matter how different, and to never change for anyone. He currently resides in New York City with his beloved dog, Nugget.

The Flat Cats

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The Flat Cats, based in Chicago, IL, play a range of vintage and modern music rooted in the hottest swinging jazz and blues, contemporary classics, and timeless standards. Whether you choose to listen, tap your foot, or cut a rug on the dance floor, you are sure to be entertained! The group is comprised of six talented musicians with years of performing, arranging, and composing experience.

The Flat Cats have performed at many different venues and events throughout the Midwest, including Navy Pier, The Drake Hotel, Arcada Theatre, Willowbrook Ballroom, Pete Miller’s, Green Dolphin Lounge, and the Summer Dance Series in Grant Park. The band has also backed legendary singing groups such as The Drifters and The Crystals at major venues like The Chicago Theatre, Star Plaza, and Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. In 2009, The Flat Cats were featured on the WGN Chicago Channel Nine morning news show.

The Flat Cats perform their music equally well in any environment, from cocktail music for your dinner event to a full theater/stadium show for thousands. The variety of our music library allows us to tailor our style and sound to fit your special event. From weddings to corporate parties to a feature act for your festival, The Flat Cats deliver quality entertainment for all ages.

Steve Grand

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July 6, 2018, marked the release of the long-anticipated sophomore album from Steve Grand, not the end of me.  It hit #2 on the iTunes Pop Chart, #10 on Billboard’s Independent Album Chart, and #78 on Billboard’s Top Album Chart. It was released independently on his own label, Grand Nation LLC. The album includes 12 new tracks, all written and composed by Grand. It also features alternate versions of 3 of the songs. Grand says of the tracks, “This album is autobiographical; very personal, somber and reflective. Writing this album was an exercise in catharsis.” He says, “I’m more unfiltered on this album and explore some of the internal and external challenges I’ve faced over the last few years.”

The album’s title track, “not the end of me”, is a song Grand wrote when a long-time relationship was coming to an end.  “Breaking up can be long and drawn-out, painful and ugly.  This one certainly was,” Grand said.  “It was trying and exhausting, (and) this song deals with all of that, as well as the resolution that this is ‘not the end of me.”

Grand also predicts “don’t let the light in” will be a favorite among his fans.  “I wrote it within the last few months before I became sober.  At that time, I was reflecting on the way I had been living my life over the last few years that my song ‘All-American Boy’ blew up, in 2013,” he said.  “I felt isolated and realized I was dealing with that isolation in some unhealthy ways.”

With the release of his first album, All American Boy, in 2015, Steve Grand broke the mold for the traditional singer-songwriter.  Having self-funded a viral video of the title track, then fan funding the release and creating a vocal and energetic fanbase, the openly gay artist from Chicago created a place for himself in the music industry and hasn’t looked back since.  The past 3 years have seen Grand touring across the world, gathering new energetic fans, and creating new music.

With over 18 million views on YouTube, a #3 and #10 album on The Billboard Independent Album charts, and one of the most successful music Kickstarter campaigns ever under his belt, Grand has not just broken the rules, but he has changed the game in how to be a successful singer-songwriter in this era. His album, not the end of me, is available on Steve Grand’s website, at all live shows, and across all digital download and streaming platforms.

Sixteen Candles

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Experience the nostalgia and energy of the greatest decade of music – the 1980’s!! Entertaining audiences since 2003, Sixteen Candles travels the country to bring 80’s music to life in full force for a memorable and exciting concert experience that you won’t soon forget.

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Sheila E.

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Sheila Escovedo picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three. Sheila delivered her first solo performance to a live audience two years later and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world. Best known to music fans as Sheila E., she became a top session and touring musician before the age of 20, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun, Marvin Gaye (on his final world tour), Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Nicks among others.

Sheila E.’s producing, arranging, and performance talents have been showcased throughout the music and film industry with appearances on, The Academy Awards, The Latin Grammy Awards, BET Awards, The American Music Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, The Summer Olympics, WOW Awards, ALMA’s, and The Image Awards just to name a few. In 2014,  Sheila  released her literary biography Titled The Beat of My Own Drum, and her solo album,  ICON. Following Prince’s death she released  the single Girl Meets Boy in memory of the late, great, Prince.

Sheila E. continues to produce and perform music throughout the world. Her current studio project and tour, ICONIC, is Sheila’s continued contribution to the music industry and her efforts in awareness to social issues and humanitarianism. Sheila E. is CEO of the entertainment company StilettoFlats Inc. located in Los Angeles California.

Rod Tuffcurls/Bench Press

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Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press is a peak experience band from Chicago. With a focus on bone-crushing 3 part harmonies, laser-sharp musicianship, and a top tier light show, Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press is a live performance powerhouse. The band carefully curates each show from a truly eclectic and massive repertoire in order to cultivate an unclassifiable experience of joy and entertainment for everyone in attendance. Go see Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press!

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Queen Explosion

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If you’re a fan of the sound, look and wow factor of that crazy little 70’s British band called Queen then get ready for Chicago’s #1 “Queen” Tribute Act, The Queen Explosion! They will rock you!

Peach and Party Noire

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Carnival has always been a loud, proud celebration of culture and tradition across the world, with people flooding the streets unapologetically in their boldest and brightest to rejoice in their community. We’ve been offered an amazing opportunity to make our Carnival event just that. With almost 1000 people interested in attending our event, we’ve decided to do it bigger and better and stay true to the heart of this significant cultural event that means so much to so many. Get ready for Peach x Party Noire Present: Pound the Alarm, a queer ode to Carnival – An all-day takeover of Market Days on August 11th! We are giving you a huge main stage with full production and a full 10 hours of POC & Queer programming in the streets of Chicago.

With this pivot, this means many things… all ages and suggested donation ONLY. Allowing us to proudly present this event to be accessible for all! All tickets for our original Carnival event will be refunded.

This is a historic moment for our POC and queer community in Chicago to make our presence and voice known on North Halsted, with two of your favorite queer collectives giving you a stage with incredible production, full stage design, DJs, dancers, surprise performers, and more. Spread the news and help us make our mark on August 11. More details to come on this day to remember.

Molly Farrelly

Molly Farrelly

Molly Farrelly is a Chicago based international performer. She specializes in Soul and Jazz and has a background in improvisation and cabaret. Molly performs all over Chicago and just came back from her first tour in Puerto Vallarta Mexico! No show is ever too big (or too small) for Molly 😉

Meghan Murphy

Meghan Murphy

Meghan Murphy is an actor/singer/producer/solo artist currently performing in the worlds of Theatre, Music, and Cabaret. Her incredible range of talents has taken her all over the world, creating and performing in countless musical theater shows and concerts, delivering her long-running one-woman show, The Big Red Show, and singing in her Chicago-based blues band, Everybody Says Yes.

Macy Gray

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Rubies hold a special place among the world’s rarest natural treasures. The most sought-after of the corundum family, the gemstone’s crimson hue instantly catches attention—as if extracting passion from the earth itself and crystallizing it in mineral form. Similarly, Macy Gray occupies a rare space in the canon of modern music.

That unmistakable rasp, unshakable grasp on soul, and funky spirit ensured her status as a 21st century icon since her arrival with the triple-platinum How Life Is in 1999. Selling over 25 million total albums globally, winning a GRAMMY® Award and two BRIT Awards, collaborating with everyone from Ariana Grande to Galactic, and enchanting fans all over the world, her voice has consistently resounded throughout pop culture. Eternally enamored and enthralled with her voice and presence, a devout fan base that transcends genres, generations, and creeds celebrates her work—album after album and tour after tour.

Most recently, 2016’s Stripped earmarked a creative high point, garnering unanimous acclaim from Vogue, Vice, and many more. At the same time, she remains a force of nature on tour, selling out venues in nearly every corner of the globe two decades into her storied career. Macy’s talents resound beyond music as well. She starred in Tyler Perry’s Black Reel Award-winning For Colored Girls and would grace the screen everywhere from Brotherly Love and Cardboard Boxer to NETFLIX’s hit Fuller House. Moreover, she made a now legendary appearance in Training Day alongside Academy® Award winner Denzel Washington—one of many on-screen hallmarks.

Now, her tenth full-length album, RUBY [Artistry Music/Mack Avenue], reaffirms and reasserts that signature rarity millions continue to treasure.
“I love the gem ruby,” she explains. “It’s so regal. I really wanted a title that would stick. The stone is also red of course, which is my favorite color. It’s rich and has history. It’s classic—and so is this album.”

Lynne Jordan & The Shivers

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In a city brimming with classic blues and jazz divas, Lynne Jordan stands apart. Not only do her soaring vocals dip effortlessly into blues, jazz, funk, rock and even country but her bawdy personality wins over any crowd. Her talent so dazzled the Second City that the late Chicago film critic Roger Ebert declared her his “favorite diva.” Backed by her sizzling band The Shivers, Jordan quickly developed into a Chicago institution, playing jazz and blues clubs, swanky lounges and even the charity circuit throughout the country. She brought her special brand of storytelling, raw humor and performance to New York and Atlanta with her sold-out show, “A Musical Tribute To Nina Simone.”

Although Jordan’s nuanced singing and standout style echo Simone’s musical legacy, the singer’s warmth and grace point to her Midwest upbringing. Growing up in Dayton Ohio, Jordan came from a family of church-going singers who encouraged humility. She down-played her big voice until she was singled out to star in school musicals. From then on, there was no way to hide her gifts. Arriving in Chicago to study at Northwestern University, Jordan promptly changed her major from journalism to theater and has been performing non-stop ever since. She performed as an Arts Ambassador representing the City of Chicago in Moscow and Kyiv and has graced stages throughout Europe and South America and is currently featured in the Jazz Opera, “Don’t Worry, Be HaRpy” by French composer Isabelle Olivier. The cast of four U.S. singers and an all-French orchestra triumphed but the real challenge for Lynne was when she portrayed all four characters in a solo tour de force performance. “I was terrified at first, but the experience was exhilarating!” The show returned to Paris for a third tour in June 2016. She has released two CD’s to date and is featured on recordings by Tom Waits, Urge Overkill and several compilations, most notably a tribute to Janis Joplin: “Blues Down Deep: Songs of Janis Joplin” which also featured Etta James, Otis Clay, Taj Mahal & Koko Taylor.

Boasting an effervescent selection of music and stories for her Nina Simone tribute, Jordan sold out Chicago’s City Winery and did the same in New York and Atlanta. “For so long, I was told to nail my music to a genre or language and like her, I never did. I will sing in English, French, Hebrew or Japanese. It’s the song and the story that matters. To me, she represents the indie spirit of individuality and inclusiveness.” Showcasing all that individuality, Jordan offers up an eclectic array of music to the audience as they get to experience the multi-faceted diva glory—alongside the excellent musicianship and energy of her band the Shivers – which Chicago has been enjoying for decades. She has written a one woman show with LA playwright Andrew Barrett. A GREAT BIG DIVA and reading from the script in December 2017.

She has recorded with Tom Waits; The Punk group Urge Overkill; Alligator Records Blues artist Toronzo Cannon; featured amongst Taj Mahal, Etta James, and Koko Taylor on Blues Down Deep: A Tribute to Janis Joplin and her own CD’s: Bit o Fun and Holiday Shivers. Lynne performed in Jazz Operas in Europe, performed her own one-woman show,  and is a featured vocalist with Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues.

Lynne has traveled the world with her band the Shivers including a life-changing performance in Kyiv, Ukraine in Freedom Square before an audience of 250,000. Jordan has performed her works at numerous Live lit (storytelling) shows in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Moscow, Rio, Riga, and Paris and is featured in the book: Chicago Storytellers, From Page to Stage.Because she is a popular entertainer in Chicago, she has honed her storytelling skills with every song, in every concert and event, and created a one-woman show “A Great Big Diva” that includes her wonderful stories and music.

Lynne is a 3Arts Make a Wave Artist, and recipient of the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago: Outstanding Achievement in Music – Rhythm & Blues award in 2017-2018. She is currently enjoying a “Diva Residency” as an artist in residence at the Raue Center for the Performing Arts in Illinois. Lynne is presently working on two new recordings: one includes original material from Corky Siegel, Toronzo Cannon, and John Cameron Mitchell and the other is exclusively classic blues tunes from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s.

 

Joe Gauthreaux

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As one of the most sought after DJs and Producers in the industry, Joe Gauthreaux (pronounced GO TROW) has a resume full of club appearances and main events that spans the last 15 years – with the list ever growing. He has played almost every major circuit event all over the world, including Winter Party Festival, Black Party New York, White Party Miami, Song Kran Bangkok, New Year’s Rio at The Week, Atlantis Cruises, among others. A staple at major clubs across North America, Brazil and Asia, while holding multi-year residencies in several key markets across the world, his name is synonymous with having a driving and  unique musical experience.

His production career has included official remixes of major dance artists like Steven Redant, Leo Blanco, Tony Moran and Kristine W., not to mention mainstream top 40 artists like Adele, Rita Ora, Blondie, Troye Sivan, Justin Bieber, & Brian Justin Crum. Most recently, his big room progressive-tribal remix of Diana Ross’ classic anthem “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” with Brazilian producer DJ Leanh, has taken the circuit by storm, with major support from many leading DJs.

Constantly evolving, Gauthreaux has now taken his music to the next level with his own house music label “Prop D Recordings,” with his 2014 debut single “Bye Felicia” featuring Mitch Amtrak reaching number 5 on the Billboard Dance Chart, making Gauthreaux an official Billboard Recording Artist. Follow up singles “February (Our Last Kiss)” featuring Abigail, and “The Urge In Me” featuring Inaya Day, rose even higher, peaking at numbers 4 & 3, repectively . He also wrote and produced the sleeper hit “You Are My Family,” also featuring Inaya Day on vocals, which has turned into a modern day gay pride classic. The heartfelt anthem has united crowds all over the world with its important message of family and brotherhood.   As both songwriter and producer on his original productions, Gauthreaux is a major creative force to be reckoned with in the dance music industry.   As for where he goes next, he says “Challenging myself is the only way I know how to keep growing.  Staying still or moving sideways has never been of interest to me – I’m always looking forward.”

Whether you are expecting big vocals, house rhythms, progressive-tech beats, or tribal drums, Joe Gauthreaux will have you experiencing a musical journey you won’t ever forget.

Jake Shears

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JAKE SHEARS is the lead singer of the multiplatinum-selling glam rock band Scissor Sisters. Born in Arizona, he grew up in the Seattle area before moving to New York City, where he studied fiction writing at The New School. He wrote the music for Tales of the City, a 2011 stage musical based on Armistead Maupin’s bestselling book series of the same name, and will join the cast of Kinky Boots on Broadway in the role of Charlie Price in January 2018. Jake Shears recently finished his debut solo album, which will be released in 2018. He divides his time between Los Angeles and New Orleans.

Jaimie Wilson

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Emerging in 2015 as his true self, Jaimie Wilson, better known as Tboy on Instagram, began to publicly document his medical and social transition, from being assigned female to becoming the authentic male he is. Being born into a very religious and conservative family, coming out as trans was anything but easy. Jaimie found that creating music helped him work through his emotions and talk about things that he might otherwise not be able to.  “I take these life experiences and put them all in my music, the good and the bad” Jaimie states in an interview with New York Times. He credits his loyal followers on both Instagram and TikTok for helping make his music dreams become his reality.

Inaya Day

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Whether it’s Hip Hop, R&B, Funk, or House music, she’s in there. You’ve heard her voice on Mousse T’s “HORNY”, on “NASTY GIRL”, and “KEEP PUSHIN”, but we must go on to mention a few others like, “I AM THA 1”, “STAND BY ME”, “GLAMOROUS LIFE”, “SHOUT IT OUT”, “MOVIN UP”, “BREAKAWAY”, & “NATURAL HIGH”. She’s had numerous UK, Aria, and Billboard top tens, (including 6 Billboard #1 dance-charters), and is still going strong!

Who is she? She’s Inaya Day!

Besides writing for herself, Inaya has written for Bootsie Collins, Randy Crawford, and Missy Elliot, to name just a few. In addition to house music, Inaya writes, records and performs gospel, musical theater, jazz, hip-hop (Queen Latifa, MC Lyte, Missy Elliott, Sean Puffy Combs, Big Daddy Cane, etc), and R&B. Seeking to gain more control over the fate of her music, Inaya started her own record label, Ny-O-Dae Music, from which she’s released the titles, “HIGHER PLACE”, “CHASE ME”, “THAT NIGHT”, “ONE WAY” (which graced the ARIA chart in 2011 and 2012), the reggae-flavored, “JUMP UP & DOWN”, and “LOOKING FORWARD”.

Inaya also had a moment in film when she acted and sang as “Jiffy” in “WHO SHOT PAT?” with Sandra Bullock in 1989.

It’s no wonder that this card-carrying member of the Actor’s Equity Association, groomed in church and musical theater (THE WIZ, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, etc), would become one of the most prolific writers and frequently heard voices on the Universe’s dance floors.

Listen out for Inaya’s music, including her collaboration with Crystal Waters & Stonebridge, “LONG DAY”, her collaboration with Marc JB of Bimbo Jones, “EVERY BREATH” (w/mixes by Bimbo Jones, Frankie Knuckles, Tony Moran, GoldLock & Octagon) Billboard #6 “STRANDED” with Dirty Disco, and her 2016 Swishcraft Music release “DO WHAT WE DO” with Bit Error & Country Club Martini Crew, on a dance floor near you.

Icona Pop

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When Caroline and Aino first met at a party in 2009, it was ‘love at first sight’. Determined to create “the best band ever”, their musical collaboration started on the very next day, and they had their first gig three weeks later. They quickly released their first single ‘Manners’ and the future wonder of Icona Pop was officially formed.

The duo’s big breakthrough can be described with one phrase: ‘I Love It’. The 2012 monster hit (which dominated many top lists in the Western World, and appeared on several TV- and talk shows), became a milestone for Swedish pop music. The song had big success worldwide, especially in the US, where the single sold over 2 million copies and reached US Platinum sales.

Other great hits by Icona Pop are ‘All night’, ‘We Got the World’, ‘Girlfriend’ and ‘Let’s Go’ ft. Tiesto. Icona Pop is greatly awarded for their musical brilliance. For instance, they’ve received prizes and titles like “Swedish Breakthrough of the Year”, “Group of the Year” and “Song of the Year” (‘I Love It’). On 26 May 2015, the duo released the single ‘Emergency’. The song peaked a few weeks later on the Billboard Dance Chart, making their second single to top that chart after ‘All Night’. The song was also featured in the video game FIFA 16. In July, the EP Emergency was released. It includes the critically acclaimed “First Time” and the smash-hit ‘Clap Snap’.

The girls have toured with mega stars Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and One Direction. On February 23rd, 2016, Icona Pop performed their single, ‘Someone Who Can Dance‘ at the Grammys in Stockholm. Caroline and Aino are though not only known as cool icons and great singers, they are also known for being talented songwriters that write the majority of their own songs.

Summer saw the act drop long anticipated single ‘Girls Girls.’ Among the huge tastemaker support, Entertainment Weekly commented: “This buoyant, rosé-soaked tribute to throwing down with your gal pals will have you saying “I love it!” all over again.” 7m streams later and setting the duo up for a marker appearance on Swedish TV show “Så Mycket Bättre” (So Much Better), Sweden’s leading female pop provocateurs have never looked stronger.

After touring the world during the summer of 2018 – now, Icona Pop has released a collection together with Swedish clothing brand Gina Tricot along with new pop-dance single – Rhythm In My Blood. A party anthem which will leave no one standing still. The entire collection has a vibrant party pulse, which is exactly what you need to boost energy on dark fall days, according to Icona themselves. Disco, glitter, pop, power and rock’n’roll – inspiration for the collection comes directly from Icona Pop’s sizzling music career, where the stage is their own catwalk. Now the girls are focusing on writing new music – planning on coming back with full-fledged power during 2019.

Hello Weekend

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Hello Weekend is a nonstop, hit after hit, party band. They not only bring high-energy sound with Christina’s heart stopping vocals, but they bring a captivating stage presence and an overall transfixing performance, the likes of which, you won’t soon forget!

Hello Weekend strives to keep you dancing with a wide ranging set list that covers everything from Gaga to Guns N’ Roses, Bruno Mars to The Beach Boys and performs countless festivals, weddings, private and corporate functions each year. When working with clients our number one goal is to truly provide an unforgettable Hello Weekend experience!

Hello Weekend delivers the goods and will have you wanting more! This group not only allures with their infectious stage performance, but will wow you with their raw musical talent. You’re sure to have an amazing time that will leave you shouting “Hello Weekend!”

Feathered Beaus

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Chicago’s own cabaret act made up of Kylie Bear, Olin, Kiki and Dustin. The beaus sing the gambit of music styles from blues to jazz to musical theatre to pop! They do it all with style, sassiness, humor and dazzling vocal harmonies.

Established and incorporated in 2007, the Chicago Cabaret Project began entertaining and stimulating audiences at various venues throughout  the city of Chicago. The momentum gained after years in the cabaret scene marked a significant presence for the ensemble among the theatre and entertainment professionals of Chicago, garnering praise and admiration for their beautiful vocal stylings and their ever exciting and provocative, sexy presentations.

In 2012, The Chicago Cabaret Project reincorporated as The Cabaret Project. Continuing the spotlight in the following years, the troupe has worked all over the Chicagoland area, Lake Geneva (WI), St. Louis (MO) and Puerto Vallarta (MX).

Emily Blue

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Emily Blue is a rare flavor of pop. Glitchy, sophisticated, and infectiously catchy, the Chicago vocalist and writer draws inspiration from Maggie Rogers, FKA Twigs, and Sylvan Esso. Her most recent release, nicknamed #BubbleGumAcidPop, features the dual-single “Blackberries // Rico Acid,” which gives a small but powerful preview of Blue’s (and producer Max Perenchio’s) capabilities. Her love of quirk and color expand into the new visual for “Rico Acid,” which premiered July 21 via ELEVATOR magazine. Look out for a very packed 2017 for Blue, whose musical direction may lean into even stranger territory.

“Emily Blue plays sugary-sweet pop songs that will stick with you long after her session ends.” – Daytrotter / Paste Magazine
“Our favorite new music of 2017. . . Blue’s knack for melody pairs well with her glitch pop arrangements and unique take on relationships and life.” – It’s All Dead

Elaine Dame

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Chicago jazz singer Elaine Dame sings – and people stop and listen. Since 1996, the woman Time Out Chicago calls “a jazz dynamo” and “a gem in the city’s vocal jazz scene” has been turning heads and capturing attention at the nation’s finest clubs and venues. From her multiple appearances at the world-famous Rainbow Room, Michael Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Triad Theater and The Metropolitan Room in New York City to her performances at the 2015 and 2017 Chicago Jazz Festivals, to headlining venerable jazz venues across the country, Elaine brings her virtuosic interpretations to vintage vocal gems and modern standards alike.

It’s the joy she exudes with every note that makes Elaine’s performances unforgettable. A graduate of The Theater Repertory Program at California State Northridge, Elaine worked for years in Chicago’s theater scene before turning her whole focus to jazz. She’s a singer who understands the importance of stage presence. It’s no wonder the Chicago Reader wrote, “Ms.Dame has a winning stage presence and chameleon-like vocal flexibility.”

Comes Love, Ms. Dame’s debut recording on the blujazz record label was released to wide critical acclaim and international radio play. “Her joy in the act of singing is obvious throughout the entirety of Comes Love. Dame combines a freshness of approach with an unaffected fondness for the music she sings. The result is a clear-eyed approach to her material that remains accessible to a broad cross-section of listeners, potentially enlarging the audience for jazz,” says Jazz Improv Magazine.

Elaine’s sophomore recording You’re My Thrill was released on December 1st, 2014 and has garnered rave reviews. Neil Tesser, Grammy award-winning writer, and author, The Playboy Guide to Jazz said this: “Elaine possesses an exacting, exhilarating command of melodic lines and emotional currents. It helps that she has pinpoint intonation: in performance, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard her miss her mark, even on difficult leaps or drops in a melody line. But she handles those intervals with a dancer’s grace and a nuanced attack, which allow the line to unfold seamlessly. She floats through a melody without any apparent effort; to appreciate her musicianship, listen to most other singers handle the same material (you can practically hear them sweat). And Dame’s phrasing manages to wed an improviser’s expressiveness with a welcome fidelity to the words and their meaning. I think if a saxophone could speak, it might sound like this.”

For the past twelve years, in addition to her consistent work as a jazz singer, Ms. Dame has been a private jazz vocal instructor and was honored to have been a 2013 teaching artist at Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Summer Jazz Academy, where she taught scatting workshops. Ms. Dame has also presented jazz clinics at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she presented clinics: Jazz Singer PR Bootcamp and Stage Presence and Stylizing the Standards.

Elaine also performs for Chicago weddings, Chicago corporate events, private parties, and fundraisers. She has provided music for such corporate clients as BMO Financial Group, Meyer Corporation, and Philips Healthcare, to name a few.

While her ensembles range from a guitar and vocal duo for cocktails and dinner to a full octet for dancing, Elaine is most often found performing with her trio or quartet for Chicago corporate events and Chicago weddings. The musicians she works with rank among Chicago’s finest: a pianist who played with Dizzy Gillespie and Joni Mitchell, a guitarist who accompanied Barbra Streisand on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and a saxophonist who toured with Frank Sinatra whom the New York Times describes as in the virtuoso range.

To book Chicago jazz singer Elaine Dame for your event, call 773-296-0831 or click here. You may view samples of Elaine Dame’s club performances, read reviews from previous clients, read the press or view her extensive song list.

DJ ZEL

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ZEL is an open format DJ who hails from Carol Stream, IL. She is affiliated with CAS Music Group, Scratch Music Group, Deftal, and Method Musicis. DJ ZEL is now based in Chicago and she currently works as the official DJ for the Chicago White Sox!

DJ XP

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DJ XP specializes in spinning Latin bass, hip hop, and club music. He was born in Texas, grew up in Florida, and now resides in Chicago. XP often performs at the Berlin Nightclub and the Beauty Bar Chicago

DJ X-tasy

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Born in Mexico City, but raised in the northwest side of Chicago IL. Julio Gomez, also known as D.j. X-tasy, had a passion for music since the age of eight. His ability to mix different genres and decades of music has made him one of Chicago’s most talented and favorite DJs!

Today, D.j. X-tasy holds residencies all over the city and suburbs. Make sure to follow him on all social media to stay up to date with his latest appearances.

Known for his unique and diverse talent, Julio Gomez (DJ X-Tasy) has been in the LGBTQ community for over ten years.

DJ X-Tasy debuted in the LGBT+ community since 2009 with one of the longest long running 18+ nights, “Wild Thursdays.”

His unique way and ability of mixing different genres has given him the ability to rock any crowd no matter the race or age, and has made him one of the best in Boystown!

With his ability to mix different eras and genres of music, he can pretty much rock any club or venue he gets to perform.

DJ Tess

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Tess moved to Chicago in 2002 from Baton Rouge as a visual artist, but eventually turned to the music scene for creative expression. In 2011, she co-founded award-winning dance party, slo’mo, and holds multiple residencies in the city, including soho house and the ace hotel. Tess is known for her vibrant energy on stage, mixing old school into contemporary music and all-around dance party magic.

DJ Sandra Suave

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Sandra Suave’s career began in 2004 as Co-Founder of B.BLYSS! Productions. She has been producing events for the past 12 years. Sandra Suave and her partners began cultivating a new type of nightlife. High quality cultured events at exclusive venues across the city. This opportunity opened the door for Sandra Suave as a DJ. She spent the following years studying and learning from some of the most versatile and finest dj’s in the city.

Given her range of music, she is able to spin at a variety of events. She has been featured on a variety of radio shows including Power Style Radio, The Hip Hop Project, and WCRX.

Sandra Suave has played at well known venues across the city of Chicago including The IO Godfrey, Simones, The House of Blues and The Foundation Room, SubT, The Promontory, Progress Bar, East Room Chicago, Punch House, and The Shrine. She is also a dj at Cage and Aquarium and Scratch Events.

Over the past 4 years she has been a guest DJ aboard Carnival Cruise Line for Festival At Sea. She has rocked crowds at festivals such as Cuban Fest, Backlot Bash Chicago, Pride Fest North, and My House Music Fest Chicago.

Corporate clients include RedBull, H&M, Carson’s, CellMark, DreamTown Realty, & The Center on Halsted.

A few years ago, Sandra Suave decided to dive deeper into the art form of djing/turntablism and is a graduate of Scratch Academy.

With the skills she possesses and her desire to continue to grow as a DJ, there is no telling where her talents will take her next!

DJ Rae Chardonnay

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Rae Chardonnay Taylor is a DJ and Arts Administrator with a background in events management and production.  She began DJing in 2010 and has since held residencies at venues in Chicago including Underground Wonder Bar and The Promontory and has circulated many private and public events to share her musical styling techniques. She is the Founder of Black Eutopia, a series of segmented programming intended to cultivate space for marginalized communities. She is also a co-founder of Party Noire. Rae utilizes her passion for activism to create community outreach and development strategies through event coordination. Her involvement in programs  at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Stony Island Arts Bank,  School of the Art Institute and various arts organizations have catapulted her career in unimaginable ways. She is dedicated to encouraging a life of open-minded learning and expression.

MUSICAL EXPLORATIONS INCLUDE HOUSE FROM AROUND THE WORLD, SOUL, FUNK, DISCO & HIP HOP FROM THE NEW AND OLD SCHOOL. RECENTLY NOTED AS CHICAGO’S BEST DJ BY THE CHICAGO READER, SHE IS DEDICATED TO MAKING BACKS SWEAT ON THE DANCE FLOOR.

Rae Chardonnay Taylor is graduate of Columbia College Chicago, holding a B.A. in Arts Management.

DJ Nina Flowers

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Jorge Flores, aka NINA FLOWERS, was born in the city of Bayamon Puerto Rico in 1974.He began his career in music in 1989, where he became a resident Dj at one of the most prestigious clubs in the Caribbean, Krash Klub Kafe. As a DJ/Producer he brings an infectious understanding of how to bring music alive on the dance floor.As a recording artist he has collaborated with some of the most talented Dj’s/Producers/Remixers of this new Era in music. Today Nina Flowers holds Dj residencies in several cities in the US and, and he continues to captivate fans around the globe with his powerfully engaging connection to the audiences, and his progressive sound filled with tribal beats.“The lights, the music, the stage, and the crowd – putting it all together – magic in the making” – Nina Flowers

DJ Mary Mac

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DJ Mary Mac was introduced to the art of turntables and mixing by her older brother while he practiced daily in the basement of their family’s Queens, NY home. Barely a teen, and yet highly intrigued by the techniques of the many notable DJ’s of that era, Mary Mac began working diligently to hone and perfect her skills behind the wheels. With a combination of natural talent and passion, she quickly made a name for herself as a sought-after female DJ. Needless to say, this was quite ground-breaking in the predominantly male-driven industry.

During the early 90’s her career was further ignited while attending Mitchell College. As a full-time student, she began spinning for college parties in the area. This earned her the coveted position of Music Director at Eastern Connecticut State University’s radio station where she remained for the next two years. Following her reign at the radio station, she began to earn solid credibility. By the mid 90’s, she had managed to establish a “rooted recognition” which then led her to valuable opportunities that were key in her growth as an artist of the turn-tables.

Since then, Mary has been exclusively requested to play at various national events and celebrity parties offering a seemingly endless and impressive list that includes birthday parties for Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Queen Pen as well as promotional release parties for Cassidy, Fatty Koo, Dead Prez, Hush Magazine, Monica, and Clipse. She has played for multiple other artists and events as well. Mary most recently has been pairing up with the renowned Madonna for new mixes. Catch DJ Mary Mac spinning at the Norhtalsted Market Days this year!

DJ Little Lisa

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Little Lisa is the bass player for the CATFIGHT cover band. However, she enjoys moonlighting as a DJ spinning hip tunes for parties!

DJ Dan Slater

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Dan Slater is an Australian DJ and Producer based in the United States.

After years in the club scene as one of the most in demand dancers and show producers, Dan’s love of music eventually lured him onto the decks – and this new chapter has gained him the attention of promoters and clubbers around the world.

He has been bringing his upbeat, chunky house sound to dance floors across the globe, and his talent for sculpting the energy of a party is in a league of its own. He draws from the progressive sounds of the European club scene, as well as the Latino fire of South America as he moves seamlessly between house, circuit, tech and deep house.

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He kicked off his DJ career as winner of the Sydney Mardi Gras DJ Spin-Off Competition. Since then he has gone onto sets and residencies at some of the biggest parties around the world including; Winter Party Festival (Miami), White Party Palm Springs, Matinee USA, XLSIOR Mykonos, WE Party (Madrid), White Party Week (Miami), Brüt (London), The Zoo Party (San Diego), Heaven (London), Hydrate (Chicago), Munich Pride, Taurus (Santiago), Nightingale (Los Angeles), FFF (Tel Aviv), The Week (São Paulo & Rio de Janeiro), Prism Festival (Toronto), Jubileo (Mexico City), BORDELLO (Lausanne), Joining Hearts (Atlanta), San Francisco Pride, ANGEL (Shanghai), PAPA Party, Stereosonic, Sydney Mardi Gras – the list goes on…

Dan’s foray into the studio for production has seen him produce remixes for Cher, Alfie Arcuri, Carmen Elektra, Nat Conway, Britney Spears, Paulini, Ultra Nate and Marcia Hines. His first release, ‘Minute Of You’ saw him collaborate with JimJam, and featured soul diva Nalaya. Dan’s next releases ‘Sold My Soul’ and ‘Respectable’ are with Australian singer-songwriter, Zoë Badwi.

DJ Cut Cuz

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It’s your favorite cousin! DJ Cut-Cuz is a female DJ from the Westside of Chicago. She is the First Female DJ to graduate from Scratch Academy Chicago in 2013. Currently, she is a Teacher Assistant at Scratch Academy Chicago. DJ Cut-Cuz has played all over Chicago with sponsored companies such as RedBull and Bose. She was also a performing DJ at Ahh Fest 2016 along with holding residencies throughout the city. Let your favorite cousin take you on a musical journey!

DJ Bonita Appleblunt

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Bonita is a Chicago based DJ that spins in an open format. She is also the resident DJ for AMFM.

DJ Anne Louise

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DJ Anne Louise from Sao Paulo, Brazil, DJs at many fun parties around the world!

DJ All The Way Kay

DJAlltheWayKay

Caryn Robinson, or KayKay for short, maintains a dual DJ & Design practice which are both influenced by the cultural aesthetic of her hometown, Chicago. She matches beats with seamless transition and produces sets that are as sonically varied as her city’s streets. Designer by trade and DJ by craft, KayKay produces experiences that seduce the audience and lures them into her meticulously cultivated audiovisual realm. She believes that while a DJ’s skills can be sharpened, musical taste cannot be taught. While her first love is House, she is an open format DJ with an extensive collection of music that represents the best of Disco, Hip-Hop, R&B, Slow Jams, Dancehall, Baltimore Club, Vogue, Blog, Rock & Roll, Trap, Twerk and Chicago’s homebred sounds Drill and Juke.

She has been the reigning queer female DJ of the Chicago scene for more than 10 years and has held residency at numerous Chicago bars and nightclubs, including, but not limited to: Not Safe for Wallflowers at the Shrine (Lesbifriends), Illuminaughty at Progress Bar (Lesbifriends), Honey Pot at Progress Bar (Chicago Twerkit Authority), Cirque de la Femme at Lincoln Tap, Menace2Sobriety at Subterranean (Lesbifriends) and the infamous Dirty Girl Thursdays at Berlin and the Lakeview Broadcasting Co. (Chicago Dirty Girls).

Her most recent collaboration mixtape “Roller Rank” (in collaboration with Rabid Vinyl Monks’ White Owl) is currently featured on the JUGRNAUT (Chicago’s premier street wear boutique) website. Her music is also featured on the Chicago based queer erotic calendar Q-We’re’s homepage, and has been broadcasted on WCRX Chicago’s Underground Radio on their programs “Masters In the Mix,” and “The Scene.”

She was also featured by the Chicago Reader for their column “In Rotation,” in which local music scenesters share their current interests with a citywide audience. KayKay also has a cameo in season 12 of Oxygen’s the Bad Girl’s Club, which contains footage of her residency at Progress Bar’s weekly queer ladies night, Honey Pot. Her events are frequently advertised in the press, including the Huffington Post, Do312, the L Stop, the Windy City Times and the Chicago RedEye. From the confines of the booth she has orchestrated the convergence of dancing bodies at parties like: Slo Mo’ at the Whistler, Bump & Grindcore at Beauty Bar Chicago (recently named by The Chicagoist as one of the top 8 dance parties in the city), Dollhouse Fridays, Dusty Grooves at Cobra Lounge, ISTILLLOVEHER at Subteranean, Stardust at Berlin, Femistry by BBliss at the House of Blues Foundation Room, and Queerer Park at Beauty Bar Chicago.

She has worked as the headlining DJ for several events, including: The Chicago Pride Parade Red Eye float, Back Lot Bash: Chicago’s Ladies Pride Weekend (2012 – present), the Chicago Reader Pride Cruise and Chicago Reader People Issue Party (2012) and the Halfway to MichFest Party (2011 – present). She has also shared the stage with the likes of Ruby Rose, Brenmar, Flosstradamus, Kid Sister, Psalm One, Hollywood Holt, Million Dollar Mano, DJ Tittsworth, DJ Gant-Man, Zebra Katz, Njena Reddd Foxxx, Big Dipper, God-des & She, Aneesa of MTV’s The Real World Chicago, Leisha Hailey of The L Word and Uh Huh Her, and Whitney Mixter of The Real L Word. All the Way Kay has also been an official DJ of the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby Team.

Deborah Cox

Deborah Cox

Deborah Cox possesses one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. The Grammy Award nominated, multi-platinum R & B/Pop recording artist and actress recently blew the roof off theatres as she starred in the Rachel Marron role originally played by Whitney Houston in the new musical “The Bodyguard”. She made her Broadway debut in the leading role in Elton John and Time Rice’s musical “Aida”, receiving rave reviews. In 2013, she yet again demonstrated her wide range through her emotional portrayal of Lucy in the revival of hit Broadway musical “Jekyll & Hyde”. In 2016 Deborah starred as the legendary Josephine Baker in the original musical “Josephine” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre.

Since beginning her career as a background singer for Celine Dion, Deborah has recorded six award winning and critically acclaimed albums and has written for and been recorded on numerous soundtracks. As with Whitney Houston, Deborah’s first recording contract was with Clive Davis at Arista Records and that self-titled debut album went platinum, earning her an American Music Award nomination. She later collaborated with Houston to record the duet “Same Script Different Cast” for Whitney’s greatest hits CD.

From her second CD. One Wish, came the double platinum “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here” – which held the record for the longest running #1 R & B single. After 14 weeks at the top of the charts, Deborah earned a Billboard Music Award nomination for R & B Single of the Year, an NAACP Image Award nomination, A Soul Train Award, A Lady of Soul Award and 3 Juno Awards including a Best Female Vocalist Juno nomination. Deborah received Two Genie Awards nominations for Best Achievement in Music – Original Song for the movie, Love Come Down. She was nominated for a World Music Award in 2010 for the song Leave The World Behind.

The Canadian born star has an impressive list of #1 Billboard hit records, including thirteen #1 songs on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. Deborah has been recognized for her longstanding commitment to the LGBT community. In April 2019, she received the NGLCC-NBIC Icon Award and the Luminary Award from the University of The West Indies. In January 2015, she received the Out Music Pillar Award. In 2014, she received the California State Senate Award and in 2007, she received The Civil Rights Award from the New York Senate for her efforts in the fight for Human Rights and Equality. The Harvey Milk Foundation at the 2015 Diversity Honors honored her for her efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community. On June 12, 2016, she was given the Liberty Bell and Proclamation in Philadelphia by Mayor James Kenney to proclaim June 12 as LGBTQ Philadelphia Pride Parade and Festival Day.