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Zenizen, Madison McFerrin, Sirr Tmo, Traxman


  • The Elbo Room 2871 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL, 60657 United States (map)

Zenizen is on tour! We're doing a split bill with Teklife // soul x footwork

Zenizen: https://soundcloud.com/zenizen
"Comprised of the talents of Opal Hoyt, this Alaska-born, Brooklyn-raised musician grew up to become a force of nature, blending future sounds with a soulfulness rarely heard on the airwaves these days. Influenced by J Dilla, Flying Lotus and others, this New York City-based wunderkind has been ripping through audiences with her contagious musical landscapes, poetic lyricism and psychedelic grooves." -- Okayplayer

Madison McFerrin: https://soundcloud.com/madisonmcferrin
"Madison McFerrin is a born and bred Soul artist who combines the story telling once revered in the past with the sound of the 21st century. Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, she has spent her life cultivating her style through studying and playing. As the co-founder of the funk/soul group Cosmodrome, she spent her college years touring the Eastern US playing venues large and small, from legendary NYC club The Blue Note, to Bonaroo, opening up for Emily King and Hiatus Kaiyote, all of which helped land the attention of notable artists such as Chick Corea and Questlove of The Roots. She then joined the SpiritYouAll band led by her father, jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin, as a background and featured vocalist from 2013-15 for his global tours. With the hope of bringing old soul into the popular music of today, Madison has gone about curating her own individual sound while honoring the many influences that cam before her. With the help of both her brother, future-soul producer Taylor McFerrin, and producer Softglas, she is working on her debut EP You & I (release date TBD) to make her statement as a Soul artist."

Traxman: https://soundcloud.com/traxman-2
" Traxman is from the West Side of Chicago and one of the longest serving producers working in Footwork with releases stretching back to the glory days of Ghetto House on Dance Mania records in the nineties. He’s also one of the co-founders of Chicago’s two-decades-old Geto DJz clique and a member of DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn’s Ghetto Teknitianz crew and was one of the creators of the legendary mixtapes on coloured cassettes which were the prototype for Footwork’s evolution. His unique brand of Footwork is very strongly rooted in Chicago’s history of Soul, Funk, House and Ghetto Trax; he’s a veteran and renowned crate digger who has provided the sample sources for many of Footwork’s classic tracks over the years. His deep knowledge of music (check the mixes he occasionally throws up on the net) makes him one of the city’s most versatile and skilled DJs and producers."

Sirr Tmo: https://soundcloud.com/sirrtmo
"Sirr Tmo is one of Teklife's most mysterious producers. He stands out from most footwork sounds one might here, dwelling deep in the solar plexe's of the mind. Coupled with his music, Tmo''s footworking skills are chiseled in stone, and rememebred as stuff of legend, in Chicago's South Side "Battlegrounds."