Throwback Thursday: Chicago Blues Native, Paul ButterField

Chicago lay claim to many great music renaissance, blues being one of them. Great icons have been inspired by Chicago Blues style, most notably the Rolling Stones, that was crowned by artists such as Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and more. While many of those men lived in Chicago for a significant portion of their music careers and had great influence in cementing the Chicago blues sound, they were all born in either Mississippi, St Louis or Louisiana. This Throwback in mid December we celebrate one blues artist native to Chicago born on the 17th in 1942.

It the big names, Muddy Waters, Berry, Dixon, Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, that get credited mostly with Chicago Blues style. Paul Butterfield on one hand, had his own influence on the genre as well. Growing up in Hyde Park he had an early musical influence with an associate of the Chicago Symphany Orchestra and an inclination towards the Blues. A knee injury that kept him from a sports scholarship would steer Butterfield towards a career in Blues.

Paul Butterfield would start to attend Chicago Blues clubs where he would be directed by Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and Otis Rush themselves. He would move onto create is own authentic style of Blues with his harmonic instrumentation as key tool in his influence. Butterfield in many ways opened the door for white audiences, rock and country fans, to be more connected with blues; not by replicating the blues culture sound but making his own. His would create the racially integrated Paul Butterfield Blues Band, accumulating a couple of successful albums and playing Woodstock 69, following up with Better Days band and solo work afterwards. Towards the end of his life he would be playing alongside Muddy Waters and Better Days, accidentally overdosing at the age of 44 in 1987. His legacy would earn him a spot in the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Fátima Valle ‎AKA Fafa

A beloved character at Ever Evolved studio who is currently residing in Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates. Mostly known as Fafa, she graced us in Chicago with her presence and talent for a good few years before returning to the homeland, creating a good relationship with producers and other music artists at Ever Evolved and else where. Releasing a few tracks during her time here as well, she is still moving strong artistically outside of the states and in the Emirates! Getting interviewed, performing live on different stages and releasing new music, Fafa is really developing as an artist and she is only getting started!

Her voice is as strong as it is magic, it can envelope a room and penetrate your soul if you have had the chance to hear her in person. You would have to fly all the way across the ocean for that, or you can check out her Youtube channel (linked below) where she has been releasing covers of her favorite tracks, recently uploading a live on stage performance video. Taking her artistic expression to the next level with a music video for her single THE SKY CRIES WITH ME mid November, she sings about her bout with depression. Creating the song a few years back in ’16, it can be a reminder that even a playful character such as Fafa, who was inspired to music through Disney movie playlists, can have their low moments. Check on this video and your people!

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Artist of the Week: Jai the Artist Debut LP

There is a first for everything and for any artist it is always a big milestone. Coming out of Ever Evolved Studio, Jai the Artist has been hard at work to hit a very important milestone! Jai has been on such a journey to make it up to this milestone you would be surprised to find that her most recent release, Fluffy’s Playground, is the debut project. From her singles to events and travels, Jai put in real effort into making this project quality.

Upon hearing Jai skillful lyricism and composure on the mic you instantly recognize this woman is as seasoned as a veteran emcee. Although her debut project, she is no stranger to the mic. She may have done more in the making of this project than many people do in their dreams! Releasing singles to tease the project, only a couple actually making it onto the Playground. Jai also been hitting up venues left and right to get recognized from the West Coast Los Angeles to the East Coast, Florida.

All that experience can really put you in the right mindset to execute a debut project of this quality. Getting every detail right to the production value and collaborators. In Ever Evolved studios with RhymSter on production the whole way through, making every beat crisp and hard hitting. Also featuring artists like Bunny Liiu, Italo, Essse Guey, and Radcliff Music to add some raw lyrical credibility for those doubters! Fluffy’s Playground takes you onto a ride through hype, raw street bravado to beats to chill and smoke too. A trophy of a debut project, available to stream everywhere.

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Cofresi Brings Storyteller Remix To Life With Live Video

When you think of Haywyre you can already expect some abstract sounds with his creative style of dubstep and future bass. Then to have Cofresi come in to remix one of his tracks from his PANORAMA LP is a whole ‘nother level of greatness. What is interesting is Haywyre rocks the keyboards while Cofresi kicks it with percussive instruments and now, with Cofresi’s live performance video of Haywyres STORYTELLER, they both have live videos to compare! To see the two work it in their own style is something else and Cofresi brings in so much energy with his percussive rendition.

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Throwback Thursday: Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet First Europeans To Explore Chicago

Many of us already know about the first man to permanently settle in Chicago at the mouth of the river. Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable is credited to be first non-native settler and founder of this great city, but there were a couple of previous European settlers to come to be the first to explore it. About a hundred years before Jean Baptiste would reside on the river, Jacques Marquette from France and Louis Jolliet from Quebec traveled through the territory and recognized its significance.

Jolliet left Quebec after coming back from studying in France to trade with Native. Following a year he meets Marquette, a Jesuit missionary and the two begin work together. In 1673 they both gather a group of men and head to explore the Mississippi towards the Golf of Mexico. At Arkansas, they turned back toward the Great Lakes fearing a run in with Spaniard Colonists after finding many Natives with European trinkets.

On their way back they found their way to the Illinois River where they learned of a shorter route to the Great Lakes. They reached the Great Lakes at what today is Chicago, by way of the Chicago Portage. Later the Jolliet and Marquette would split and Marquette would head back to Illinois with his men. In 1674 they would be the first to spend a winter in what would be Chicago today. Marquette would die a year later near Starved Rock at the age of 37 from dysentery acquired by illness from the Mississippi travel.

Discoveries made in 1673

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Radcliff Music is the Black Scorpion.

Radcliff Music has really outdone himself with this latest visual release in collaboration with Canon Montana. BLACK SCORPION is quickly approaching ten thousand in views after only being out a couple of weeks! Hats off to one of the pillars of Ever Evolved and Chicago hip hop, Radcliff Music! With a simple yet structurally perfect flow, a hard beat by Frekwenzy and a high quality visual, Radcliff Music is executing on all angles! Hard work really pays off and after 8 projects deep of releases it is looking like this video is jump starting a long deserved buzz.

I drop this music, fuck the check, I’m grinding for a purpose, I’m beating every odd and that’s how I know I deserve it!” Radcliff Music puts it plainly in front of your face; he stays low key, puts his energy into the music, nothing else and it shows. He raps like himself, in his own voice, he does not imitate gimmicks or pick up and flip trends. Every single song, Radcliff Music is purely flowing the literature over instrumentals that he has acquired throughout his life. “Better not pass your time with bullshit, I hope you working!” Hip hop is about the long game now and the artist that blows up over time leaving a paper trail of a dense catalog full of consistent quality music; that artist perseveres and cements a legacy.

Congratulations Radcliff Music, Black Scorpion is in permanent rotation.

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Jada Lott

An up and coming artist in Chicago on more than just one side of creativity. Jada Lott is a music artist and model making herself known in grand fashion. Combining the two arts that can make a live performance entertaining both visually and through audio. With a performance at Innjoy in Wicker Park it was evident, she has a lot up her sleeve!

Local Chicago music tycoon Moe Cyrus set up a Toy Drive consisting of a full lineup of talented female artists at Innjoy, Miller Lite even had to get in on it. Just around midnight on a Monday night Jada still has a room filled to see her perform. Creating a spectacle on stage with a backup choreographed dancer, turning a short performance into a memorable one! Filling the room with vocals of exclusive songs, her debut single PLUG featuring Syl Messi is set to be released shortly after the New Year, starting off 2020 on a high note!

Preview the track and follow links below.

Here A Preview Of My First Single Plug ft Syl Darius Matthews Messi 💕Dropping 1/14/2020 On SoundCloud 🔥 Save The Date 📆Like/Share/Comment

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Khid Nando Is Ready & Prepared For 2020

There is another rising artist is coming up in Chicago making moves to fulfull his vision. Khid Nando is ready to take on some spotlights, showing out more and more with new music. From quietly achieving open mic platforms to confidently grabbing the mic in the studio, this Khid is starting to take big steps to becoming a great artist. He got some more up his sleeve too, to follow up on his current releases, he is just getting started!

One good point about Nando is his ability to be serious yet have fun with his music. Earlier in year being the known as just Nando simply, he released AGAINST THE GRAIN, a more introspective project you can listen to, to get to know the artist personally. His most recent release A DAY AT THE KHARNIVAL is just that, a metaphor to be playful! Take a listen to the lyrics and you will be joining in on the fun.

With a beat like KHARNIVAL it is easy to jump around to and have fun with lyrically. His earlier release I AIN’T GONNA LIE takes on a more calmer beat, a more deeper tone as Nando goes on about romance and a fantasy! Really experimenting as an artist with the content of his lyrics and energy of his music, he looks to be on a good path. A path leading to the release of his EP KILLING TIME early in 2020, he continues to grow and you should follow!

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Artist Of The Week: K3NSWAY

At first glance, just as anyone, you may not know what it is to K3nsway aside from the fact that he dresses well. Far from just well dressed he is a talented Hip Hop artist, not just any ordinary either. More of a conceptual artist as his songs take you through the motions. Many of the ideas sit in the titles of his track like TORTURED MAN and HERE COMES THE TRUTH and NIGHTMARE. Recently he released two more tracks follow more of his personal story through music.

As stated, his titles play on the song idea and these two are no different! His most recent X FILES is most definitely not about some ghosts. Equally as scary though, he runs through his thoughts of ex lovers. DEEP MASON may be more metaphorical as a Mason is either a about stone or Freemasonry. Maybe he just goes as hard as both? Either way its a track packed with raw bravado that will get your head boppin.

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Feelin’ Free With Louis the Child at Aragon Ballroom

It was quite unexpected. Ending up in the middle of the dance floor at Aragon Ballroom bouncing to Louis the Child‘s endless anthems. Without even realizing they were back in Chicago for another Friendsgiving event, fate has brought us to the Sold Out Saturday night show. With the help of who can only be referred to as Alex, an eccentric looking character with a patched up pink leather long coat and tattoos on his shaved head, at this point in time with the amount of information there is.

The Aragon Ballroom marquee is lit as well as their big title light that can be seen from blocks away. The fans are making their way off the train and packing up next to the taco vendors under the train at the end of the line. We make our way to the alley where Alex makes his appearance with a big smile to the two familiar girls in the group. Guiding us back and forth to grab tickets for us, all the while security is hassling and giving orders, like a great host Alex readies our group for grand entrance in no time.

Making way to the dancefloor and Louis the Child has their openers rocking the nearly packed (at this point) ballroom. As one act ends we see a familiar pink character make his way onto stage. It is none other than Alex, getting behind the DJ booth as KAMI flashes on the LCD monitors. Turns out he is the DJ for the SAVEMONEY Chicago artist out and as a music reporter for Ever Evolved, the only one to realize the significance of the experience. KAMI in natural fashion, takes over and hypes everyone up. Spitting bar after bar over raw beats, getting everyone jumping.

Louis the Child always has these Friendsgiving events it seems and every time they brings out deserving talented Chicago locals to perform with them. With a massive following of their own, it is like a show of thanks to the city to put everyone on. Well deserving fan base as well as Louis the Child have a talent in creating such an euphoric atmosphere with their music! KAMI may have hyped up the crowd, but the show belongs to the hit makers and they lit up the crowd as soon as they walked out!

A great part of their success is their ability to read and connect with their crowds and their fan base in general. Their music is trendsetting to put it plain and simply. They switch up the vibe with the crowd accordingly from their energetic tracks like LOVE ft Elohim, SPACE JAM, OHHH BABY and of course BETTER NOT with Wafia. They then bring in down in between like a roller coaster with more laid back tracks like their Death Cab remix, Slow Down Love and even throwbacks from releases way back. Unfortunately unable to finish their full set, surely they played strongly into closing off Saturday night Thanksgiving weekend in great fashion. Having everyone feeling FREE for the night, like their latest single with Drew Love

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