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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.
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, and Seal. 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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