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Emporium Chicago - Arcade Bar Venue
1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622
This show is a celebration of Black History Month, and a benefit for #LetUsBreathe.
The #LetUsBreathe Collective is an alliance of artists and activists organizing through a creative lens to imagine a world without prisons and police. The Collective operates the Breathing Room space, a Black-led liberation headquarters for arts, organizing, and healing on Chicago's South Side
About the artists:
Gem Tree never betrays her heart. As an artist that focuses on movement, balance, and flow, Gem Tree's unique hip-hop and R&B flavor offers a wisdom beyond her years.
After growing up in St. Louis and migrating to Chicago, Gem Tree gravitated toward music and dance as a means to express. Her choreography shows diversity, strength and passion. Tree's expression echoes the styling of artists Lauryn Hill and Janelle Monae.
The vibrations she creates through melody and choreography are healing, both for her as an artist, but for music lovers in her own Chicago music scene. Gem Tree is one of many vibrant artists inhabiting the city, and will use her most recent release «Gem and I» as a confident step forward into her future content.
LEGIT is a hip-hop artist from Chicago, Illinois. As a fanatic of both hip-hop music and culture, LEGIT was inspired to begin a music career during his freshman year of high school. Since then he has grown to gain national attention. In July of 2011 LEGIT released Coloring Outside The Lines; his most successful project up until that point. In December of the same year he released a video for a song from Coloring Outside The Lines titled “A Nigger in Northface”. The video, which depicted the trials and tribulations of an interracial couple, went viral almost as soon as it was debuted, landing posts on most major online hip-hop outlets (HipHop DX, Illroots, Worldstar HipHop etc.) and garnering hundreds of thousands of views. This earned LEGIT a firm position in Chicago’s budding hip-hop scene and market. In September of 2012, LEGIT released a compilation mixtape titled “Feliz Sabado”. This was a collection of songs that he released weekly over the summer, most notably featuring collaborations with fellow Chicago talents Tink and Chance The Rapper. In 2012 LEGIT also began performing with his live band Silent Party Music. In early 2014, LEGIT released «Thief in the Night», which was an EP hosted by DJ Oreo. Since then LEGIT has been pretty quiet, working on his next full length project «SURPRISE». To serve as a teaser for this project, in late 2017 LEGIT liberated another EP, this one titled «Maudlin». Comprised of a blend of RnB, Soul, and Pop both production wise and vocally, Maudlin marked a shift in sound for LEGIT.
RED (b. 1991) is a musician from St. Louis, Missouri, currently based in Chicago, IL. She attended Columbia College College 2009-2011. In 2011, she founded The Highness Collective, a group of women musicians fusing different genres to produce eclectic music renditions. With The Highness Collective RED played at Metro, Double Door, SoHo House and The Taste of Chicago. As a solo artist, she uses vocals and instruments to express self-love and sensuality through a black queer perspective. The result is feel-good music fusing soul, funk, Afro beat and R&B reminiscent of black musicians before her.
With DJ Decibel + Damon Williams