OUTDOOR CONCERTS AT HARPER COURT - FIRST THURSDAYS JUNE - AUGUST
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Chicago poet, educator, producer, and radio chat show host, Mario is the host/Executive Producer of News From the Service Entrance with Mario Smith on WLPN-LP Lumpen Radio in Chicago and the host of the Silverroom’s Randomly Selected podcast.
He was featured in the Chicago Reader’s The People Issue in 2022. His poetry appears in the books Power Lines: A Decade Of Poetry from Chicago’s Guild Complex and The Break Beat Poets published by Haymarket Press.
Jeremiah Collier's REUP Band forms a different sound to all genres of music while still appreciative of the basics of musical interpretation, with a little twist being added here and there. We strive to push music out to the people and to those who are understanding of the artistry of creativity from this Black art form given to the world.
Flowers for the Living is an artist collective curated by its founder, Harold Green. Green started a YouTube series of love poems in February of 2010. By 2014, the series grew into a blossoming artist collective that came to be known as Flowers for the Living. Flowers for the Living now boasts a nine-piece band, three background singers, a roster of some of Chicago's most dynamic singers, with Green as the front man.
Flowers for the Living released their first full length LP (Bouquet of Beautiful) in 2021, but is primarily known for their unique covers which incorporate Green's original spoken word, making it a novel artistic experience. Flowers for the Living's YouTube covers have gained national and international fanfare and has garnered close to 900,000 views, but there is nothing like seeing the act live.
Bonita Appleblunt is a DJ and Audio Engineer originally from Ohio, currently working and making sound waves in Chicago.
They’ve played at numerous locations around the city including The Promontory, Soho House, Subterranean, Virgin Hotels, among many other spots. They specialize in exploring the lineage and inspiration of modern and underground music genres with their African roots.
Opal Staples is a force of nature, with a presence that commands any stage. Her gift shines brightest when she sings. As a professional singer, she has garnered industry wide acclaim by giving her flawless voice to The Oprah Winfrey Show, McDonald’s, Verizon, and FOX top-rated show Empire, The Chi, Chicago PD, and the new drama series 61st. She is BET’s Sunday Best Top 5 and her discography includes work with award winning artists Ramsey Lewis, David Foster, Stevie Wonder, Seal and R. Kelly. She leads the Opal Staples Orchestra, a 22-piece musical marvel whose focus is on classic and contemporary music. Her graceful spirit makes her a joy to work with. Experience Opal Staples today
DJ Mr. Jaytoo is musician/artist based in Chicago rocking for over 30 years. He is DJ for The Primeridian, founding member of the PCP All Stars, resident DJ for Fever, Niceness, Funk Y Fuego, Worth on the Sabbath, Heavyweight Soul, Vinyl Envy, and The All Vinyl In Store Series, as well as contributor to LSD Radio. Full time live wire and picture drawer.
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