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The Entertainment

Streetfood Artistry provides a performance platform for indie artists across all genres.

 

Featured VIP Performer @ 2pm in the lounge

Meisha Herron

Meisha has performed at Buddy Guys’ internationally renowned Legends, the “Artist of the Wall” Arts Festival, 2012 Chicago Half Marathon, 2012 NASCAR Finals, House of Blues, Chicago Cultural Center and many other local and regional venues. She has appeared with many of the best of Chicago and yes, even well-known artists such as ”Daughter of the Blues” Shirley King; on stage at popular venues such as The Joynt and The Martini Club. Lately, she’s been strumming with two projects: a jazzy female ensemble and a variety show band.

She is recognized as a multi-instrumentalist – community educator & humanistic artist, who’s enlightened as well as touches hearts with her lyrics and musical gifts, working in Church, community –at- large, disabled, seniors as well as Not For Profit music programs for at risk youth in inner-city locations. Lastly, Meisha has recently released a self-produced CD entitled “Meisha Herron, Live Volume 1,”(YouTube under her name),which contains eight tracks of earthy, upbeat urban pop songs with a bluesy, soulful twist.

 

Mainstage Performances

Dacia @ 3pm

As far as she can recall she has been singing. At the young age of five, she began singing to the masses. This was only the beginning as this Chicago native went on to perform at various events around the city including US Cellular Field, the Taste of Chicago, traveling the country and abroad to Vienna, Austria.

Currently, Dacia is co-producing, arranging, and writing her first album. She has graced many stages around the city of Chicago and looks forward to touring across the country and abroad. Dacia lives to spread a message of love and inspiration. She lives her life to be an example that you can be young, fly, and faithful. Dacia’s music is a summation of her life and experiences and adoration for God. She infuses pop, r&b, jazz, hip hop, and acoustic sounds.

Dacia is a lover of all music and gets inspiration from various artists including, Anita Baker, John Coltrane, John Legend, India Arie, Lauryn Hill, Mary Mary, The Roots, and many more.

 

DJ Alvin Black III  @ All friggin day

DJ Alvin Black III, a Chicago native, has been a member of the fig media DJ collective since the summer of 2007. Primarily working in the private events world, Alvin has also held residencies at the W Hotel Lakeshore, W Hotel City Center, and Angels and Kings in the Hard Rock Hotel.  He has done opening sets for Bon Jovi and Jennifer Hudson.  The Museum of Contemporary Art has recently made Alvin as their go-to DJ for the long running First Fridays, having him DJ seven over the last year and half. Experiences partnering with percussionists, electric violinists, and even a flutist, he has been able to create something unique with them in his live sets.

Able to play a wide range of music, Alvin mixes the familiar with the unknown when he spins.  A fan of world rhythms, funk, and soul, as well as an avid salsa dancer, he incorporates this sound in his sets as much as possible.

 

DJ Violin  @ 4:30pm

Edith Yokley Gregorski is a violinist from Chicago.  She is a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta and Soulful Symphony in Baltimore. She has performed with such artists as Barry White, Andrea Boccelli, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Common,  J. Lo. Ms. Yokley has appeared on the Oprah, Today, and Conan O’Brien Shows. Edith received her bachelors in violin performance and music business from Northwestern and her masters degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where as a violin fellow, she studied with Professor Paul Kantor. She has been featured on several CDs including Alicia Keys, Faith Evans, Common, Donnie McClurkin, Joe, and does session work in both Chicago and New York.  While in New York Edith played shows on Broadway. Edith is a contractor in New York and Chicago having contracted ensembles for such notable venues as the Apollo Theater in New York, Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Edith started her company DjViolin.com upon moving back from New York and now travels all over the country performing live improvisation with DJs.

 

M.A.D.D. Rhythms Teens @ 2:30pm + The Company @ 5:30pm

Is a phenomenal TAPdance collective whose “SOLE” purpose is to spread the Love and Joy of TAP worldwide. What started as Bril Barrett’s formula for giving back, is now a full-fledged performing arts company, quickly gaining a reputation for representing the true essence of tap: RHYTHM! The company is composed of young, versatile tap dancers from all over Chicago. Their ages range from 18 to 33, and their backgrounds are as equally diverse.  The one thing they all have in common is a love for “the dance”.

 

PMARTT @ 2pm

Pmartt is Chicago’s new international artist who is ready to ignite his music career in the blaze of great pop artistry with hip-hop sensibilities much akin to Akon, Flo Rida, and Sean Kingston. Born Martial Njiemoun in Cameroon, Africa, Pmartt came to the United States at the age of 10 barely speaking anything other than his native tongues of French and Bamoun. As he learned the English language his interest in music sparked; discovering his verbal knack of rhyme and rhythm. Pmartt blends the fun, catchy and eclectic sound of pop with a melodic hip-hop crossover. This superstar embarked to conquer the ears of his fans around the nation performing at concerts, music conferences, festivals, fashion shows, talent shows, and many more. Currently, Chicago’s cold winter has proven as a hot season for Pmartt’s career heating up with a music video for his latest single “Caught in Love”, major performances around Chicago and a showcase at the famed South by Southwest Conference and Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.

 

Soul People @ 3pm

Chicago’s hottest soul, funk, hip hop and house band for more than seven years. Soul People has musical roots in classic soul, and diverse influences from jazz, rock, old and new-school soul and hip hop. Above all Soul People have their own distinctive sound, instantly recognizable, characterized by hypnotic grooves, and a gritty edge straight from the streets of Chicago. Soul People have performed a wide variety national and international recording artists including Common, Ice Cube, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Dwele, Bilal, Omar, Grammy winner Estelle, Renee Neufville, Grammy nominee Syleena Johnson, Jaguar Wright, and Liz Fields and leading Chicago talents such as Yaw, Tiaybe, H2O Soul and SB. Far from being a generic backing band, Soul People always bring their distinctive flavor to the stage and work hard to bring out the best in an artist’s music and performance.