Running an open mic is no easy task, one might think that all you need to do is gather a few talented people and presto you’re a success however that isn’t always the case. Solace Souls Coalition recently celebrated 3 years of running their open mic with their anniversary show and as always they didn’t disappoint. If you’re familiar with the show that they typically put on for an anniversary you know what I’m talking about. It was filled with great features and of course their finale which was infused with style and energy! Solace Souls Open Mic first came onto the scene January 2015 and consisted of Jeronimo, Restore and Black Diamond. They later on decided to expand and create a coalition of other like minded leaders to build with and grow the open mic. Solace’s original home was at the Spoken Word Lounge in the Bridgeport Arts Center. The founding members of the Solace Soul Coalition were: Black Heaven, Royal R’Kitec, Mocha Chocolate, B Good, Grindz and Andre Taylor. The original thought behind Solace was to gather a team of people with amazing talent, to build their artistry to a master level, give them business sense and knowledge, broaden their artistic ceilings, and the collective gives back to the community through their artistry, time, finances and materials. As time goes on things grow and Solace has definitely grown throughout the years and birthed a new branch of their family tree called Solace Minds based in Kankakee IL The family now consists of Jeronimo-Danielle Harris, Restore, Black Heaven, Wisdom Speaks, Grindz, Deonta Turner, Royal R’Kitec, Amber Whitted, Mahogany Ashford, Tamiko Jones, Jasmine Bettyboo Brumfield, Matt Brooks, Keep It Smooth, Kent Wade, Young Pat and 8:54. Solace Souls is definitely a talented cast ensemble of talented individuals who bring their own uniqueness to the collective. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for them and what they have coming down the line. Stay tuned for more on Solace Souls as we will be sitting down with them soon to hear more about the Solace Souls Story. As for now check out scenes from their anniversary show!
K Love once again dazzles with her annual birthday show. When you have a BIG personality it’s natural that some around you will feel inadequate in your space. As usual she dropped a trail of gems all through the production. Check out scenes from Unapologetically Intimidating!
Can you think of that one song that no matter when you hear it , it never goes out of style? What about that article of clothing that can stand the test of time and trends? Pedal Pusher Vintage Shop & Swap hosted by Kelli Stewart on Jan 13th not only showcased great vintage pieces but it offered a great atmosphere with wonderful people. Ms. Stewart has been showcasing vintage pieces for 10 years and has spent time doing so on the East Cost and more recently in the Austin community where she is originally from. She created a warm welcoming atmosphere with great pieces, food and discussion. It was like a personal shopping experience with old friends. Everyone in attendance seemed to enjoy themselves and were able to pick up some timeless pieces. Kelli’s event was not just all about shopping, participants also brought items to the event that they could swap for other ones with extras going to the Franciscan House a shelter serving Chicago’s West Side. To keep up with Pedal Pusher Vintage make sure to follow them on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PedalPusherVintage/
Royal Architect kicked 2018 off honoring the Queens at his open mic with the theme ” A Woman’s Worth.” There was an all female line up! The event was hosted by E.B.O , DJ Dani was on the 1’s and 2’s and the evening’s features were Blaque ButterFli and Complicated Simplicity. It was a great way to kick off the new year. The hosting was energetic, the features were dope and of course there was room for open mic participants to do their thing. The Venue was The Smoke Filled Room at 3359 West 79th Street. The location was very nice and owners and service was great. Royal Architect A.K.A Ron West is a true lyricist, at any given time you can see dropping bars on his live feed or supporting various artist on the Chicago poetry scene. Make sure that you follow his work on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wowopenmic/ The next open mic will be held at the same location on February 8th at 7pm As always make sure that you follow openyonated.com on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Openyonated/ and @MrOpenyonated on all social media.
“Pour One Out” returned with a new set of storytellers sharing their stories of jumping off the cliff (Metaphorically speaking) The event was once again held at the Volumes Book Store located on 1474 North Milwaukee. There was a diverse set of storytellers all sharing their experiences of how they jumped off cliffs and took chances in various ways. It was a great topic to start the new year ! Everyone came in their own way, some stories made you laugh some made you cry and others made you simply reflect on life. Kudos to all that attended and participated!
At Ease Sunday kicked of the 2018 season with a packed house of Chicago’s finest! January’s open mic was featured by OP SAV and Jessie 5000 Check out some of the stills and video from the event! More images and video can be found on the Openyonated.com Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Openyonated/
THE SHOW MUST GO ON! That is a famous saying in show business, when unplanned things start to happen the train cannot stop. This is the exact mindset that Chicago Stellar nominated poet, educator, recording artist, activist, etc etc had. His resume would take up the majority of this review if I listed it. One thing that does stand out is his diligence in the face of challenge. Marco hosted the 2nd installment of Loved by You in the midst of challenge. It was a cold Chicago day and on days like this tons of things can happen but on this day LOVE would prevail and allow Marco to deliver a well packaged event. First I must admit that I am not a fan of Winter and initially I had no plans to go anywhere after attending a funeral earlier in the morning. However, it is a new year and one of my goals is to attend a variety of events. First off the panel that was selected was fantastic, a better panel could not have been chosen for this event. The panelist were: Rasheeda & Donald Alford II, Silvia & David Dickerson, Quincee & Ryan Booker and Mai & Mark James Heath. The group consisted of young progressive people ranging from 3 to 17 years of marriage. They offered wonderful advice, were very transparent and handled the questions that Marco had for them like winners. It was obvious that this was a quality panel that was not holding back. On top of the panel you had immense talent ranging from spoken word, wonderful melodies and acoustic guitar. Enlisted to compliment the discussion was DJ Reese, world renowned guitarist Law Jones, recording artist Corey Barksdale, Tamika Renell, and D’Juan James. When the event began the purpose stated was to create a safe space where people could talk about love, share and talk. I would say that the goal was accomplished. To sum it all up, it was a fantastic early afternoon event that poured love and positive vibes into those that attended. If you are looking to follow Marco’s work you can do so on Instagram at @Marcothepoet Those are my 2 cents you can follow openyonated.com on all social media at @Mropenyonated and be sure you like our Facebook page ! https://www.facebook.com/Openyonated/ Below is a snippet of video from the event. I forget my SD card so pardon the cell phone footage.
The Artist Lounge is a dope traveling open mic hosted by Awthentik Poetry ad Domenti. Their latest set was held at the 345 Art Gallery in West Garfield Park Chgo, IL. The location was dope and featured outstanding art and of the open mic featured some of Chicago’s best. Check out some of the stills and video. You can follow the Artist Lounge on Instagram at @theartistloungechi
Next Showcase Chicago brought a ton of talent together under one roof to compete for some great prizes! The contestants consisted of singers, rappers and spoken word artists from the Chicagoland entertainment scene. All of them were talented and had the privilege of putting on their best efforts for a panel of experienced record executives and artists. Check out some of Chicago’s talent from the Next Showcase Chicago!