SOUND CULTURE -101 This weekend I attended an awesome show case in celebration of Sound Culture’s 5 year anniversary/ official party of CIMM fest (Chicago International Movies and Music). Both floors of Subterranean were taken over exposing great latin ska, afro punk and electronic vibes! Artist included headliner from Quebec’s Boogat, local band Los Vicios de Papa and Esso Afrojam Funk Beat. Downstairs there was Soulphonetics, FEX and Las Selectas. SOUND CULTURE -23 So a little background, (off their mission statement)  Sound Culture is an independent presenter of cultural music. They make performances by World artists possible here in the city of Chicago. They make efforts to promote and celebrate ethnic diversity and foster multicultural understanding through music. Chicago Tribune has called them “Chicago’s savviest cultural players”. They have been do this since 2009 and have presented to date over 300 live programs of World Music and Jazz in over 20 venues around Chicago from artists representing over 40 countries. SOUND CULTURE -61 To stay connected like there facebook page here: Here is Boogat

“There is no talent” – Scott Dikkers of The Onion

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This past week, I attended a Leadership lecture by the very chill and insightful Scott Dikkers. He is the founder editor of The Onion, and the longest serving editor-and-chief. The Onion is an American media company and new satire organization. The Onion comments on current events, both real and fake. They run satirical articles reporting on international, national, and local news. They started in Madison Wisconsin then moved to New York and are now based in Chicago.

The main lesson I learned from this lecture is summed up into Scotts following statement, “there is no talent.” Scott left us hanging. I wanted to know what exactly he meant by this? I’m thinking this guy has something really cool to say, (and he did). Scott means, that none of us should solemnly rest on our talent to be successful. People who are passionate are the ones to model after. I asked him what he meant. Scott explained with an  example about a former member of The Onion. He was a talented guy but depended on his talents and doesn’t share the same success stories as other Onion writers. I suppose “there is no talent” means there needs to be passion.

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Gentlemen Hour 1 Year Anniversary @ Efebinas Cafe

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This past week, I celebrated UIC Radio’s The Gentlemen Hour 1 Year Anniversary! With the help of No Manches Clothing Co. this event was a definite success. Filled with awesome performances ranging from rap, indie rock to ska at Efebinas cafe in Pilsen’s. The event featured performances by J1S, Malafacha, You Are Here, One Man Down and Siul of Gold Fires.

All of these artists were once featured on the Gentlemen hour with Memo (host of the Gentlemen Hour). All in attendance were treated to an “unplugged” performance. If you aren’t familiar, an unplugged performance means the artists are challenged to simplify their music usually playing acoustic instruments or going a capella. Needless to say to anyone there, this unplugged event had a very intimate feel to it. Continue reading “Gentlemen Hour 1 Year Anniversary @ Efebinas Cafe”