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The Blues Hip Hop Experience


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Join us for a one-night only concert exploring the rich blues legacy of Chicago and its parallels to hip-hop. Music has long served as a vehicle to give voice to the plight of the people, and to their triumphs. Two all-American genres have played a critical role in sharing stories of African Americans and everyday people: Blues and Hip Hop.

Back by popular demand, the evening is co-hosted by three-time Grammy-nominee and hometown blues hero, Billy Branch, and award-winning journalist and PBS TV personality, Sylvia Ewing. Billy's band, The Sons of Blues will be joined by an all-Chicago collection of vocalists, hip-hop artists and performance poets. Guest vocalists include blues artists Lucy Smith and Melody Angel, hip-hop collective artists avery r. young, international music star Ugochi, and hip hop artists FM Supreme, Sense, HSHBRWN and Urbanized Music featuring Amina Norman Hawkins and Coolout Chris!

The concert is dedicated to the memory of Nick Charles, a longtime member of Billy's Sons of Blues band and a protegee of Howlin Wolf; Koko Taylor the Queen of the Blues; Gwendolyn Brooks muse of poets and artists in Chicago and champion of youth everywhere; and finally, to the young people of Chicagoland who should gain strength from and carry on the legacy of Charles, Taylor, and Brooks.