Red Bull Music Festival Chicago is excited to announce Valee as the latest addition to its diverse musical line-up. The Chicago-born rapper will take stage with headliner Tierra Whack for her Whack Factory performance, on Tuesday, November 26th.
Performing music off Whack World, the audiovisual album that shook hip-hop and cemented Whack’s status as one of the most original new artists working today, the immersive Whack Factory will give audiences a peek into Tierra’s mind in all its colorful and bizarre glory with supported acts by Valee.
The return of Red Bull Music Festival Chicago celebrates stories of art with impact, highlighting purpose-driven creatives who are inspiring community and creative change through their work. As the official closeout to a year of exciting global editions of the Red Bull Music Festival, the Chicago edition highlights the stories and influence of artists from the city and beyond.
The 2019 Chicago festival edition begins with Gramaphone 50. Honoring 50 years of the legendary record shop and its indelible impact on Chicago’s house music scene, the festival presents an all-night dual-venue takeover at Metro and smartbar with a stacked line-up of DJs that includes Derrick Carter, Ron Trent, Colette, DJ Heather, JR of the Molemen, G Most, Jesse De La Pena, Justin Aulis Long, DJ Psycho-Bitch, Hector Lopez, Michael Serafini, Garrett David and many more.
Chicago native, professor and social practice artist Theaster Gates curates Black Monastic, a live event at the picturesque Garfield Park Conservatory that will explore the history of black sounds via a collaborative performance with leading Chicago musicians Kiara Lanier, Ben LaMar Gay, Joshua Abrams and more. Gates’ Rebuild Foundation seeks to preserve black art, music, culture and physical spaces and this event extends this important practice. Complementing Gates’ curation is Peter CottonTale, best known as Chance the Rapper’s musical director; CatchPeter presents Praise Break with The JuJu Exchange, Ron Poindexter and Jay Arnold, bringing together a host of young talent infusing gospel into Chicago’s current sound.
For the first time ever in his home city, Lupe Fiasco will perform the entirety of his 2006 debut studio album Food & Liquor. A hip-hop record that was unlike any other being released during its time, Food & Liquor represented a new era of Chicago rap, with the reverberations of its influence still being felt today.
Smino has made waves in the Chicago music scene with his deliberate blend of future funk and melodic rapping. For Red Bull Music Festival Chicago, he collaborates with producer Monte Booker and other artists from his Zero Fatigue collective to take the stage in their hometown city at Chicago’s Thalia Hall for a one-of-a-kind group performance.
Things will get whacky at the Concord Music Hall when Tierra Whack presents Whack Factory. After a breakout year of inventive music and creative output, Tierra Whack brings her psychedelic brainscape to the stage for this, her Chicago headline debut and the premiere of her latest, grand-scale live format. Performing music off Whack World, the audiovisual album that shook hip-hop and cemented Whack’s status as one of the most original new artists working today, the immersive night will give audiences a peek into Whack’s mind in all its colorful and bizarre glory.
Jamila Woods offers a stripped down look at her latest acclaimed project with Legacy! Legacy! Unfolded. The personal examination of her acclaimed studio album will expand on its tribute to the black artists that have shaped Woods’ life and art. Woods will perform in The Geraghty, exploring the album augmented by film collage, found footage, audio clips, photographs and new commentary.
Friday & Saturday 11/29 – 30
The festival closes with a two-day celebration of John Walt Day. Created by rapper Saba and his Pivot Gang collective, John Walt Day is a remembrance dedicated to fellow Pivot Gang member John Walt. For the third year running, Saba and Pivot Gang will put on a tribute concert to celebrate Walt’s life and legacy. 100% of the ticket sales will go to the John Walt Foundation, which was launched by Saba and Walt’s mother to offer mentorship and scholarships to young artists in Chicago.
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