This Week – August 17th, 2017

August 10th, 2017 Join us for our weekly show featuring all Chicago music, Thursdays from 6-8pm on 88.7FM WLUW or streaming online at wluw.org!

6:00pm – Small Tines

Small TinesSmall Tines is the synthpop/post-punk project of Chicago natives Todd Baran and Andy Angelos.

The echoing synth lines and driving rhythms of their previous work, under the moniker When Clouds Attack, have been streamlined, resulting in a new aesthetic that is decidedly sparse. This dedicated space leaves room for Baran’s more personal lyrics to resonate.

8/26 @ Louder House

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6:30pm – Ro$$ Mac

Ross MacThe First Wall Street Rapper. Period.

Hailing from the Southside of Chicago, Ro$$ is doing more than many other rappers his age. He is the first artist to publicly maintain a career on Wall Street after graduating from an Ivy League University, while quickly emerging as one of Chi-town’s up-and-coming MCs. Ro$$ Mac debuted on a collaboration with his brother, award-winning songwriter Sayyi on the single “What We Doin”, a track by Grammy-nominated producer Soundz. He is also co-founder of traveling brand DRILL, hosting sell-out events across the country. Ro$$ has performed for 1,000+ sold out crowds in New York, Philly, Atlanta, L.A., Miami, and Chicago, including shows with Juvenile, Twista, Jeremih, Fat Joe, Madeintyo, The Cool Kids, and more.

His latest singles “Solo” and “Faygo” featuring Asa2Times has gained support from his hometown WGCI 107.5 and Power 92.3 radio stations, as well as is in rotation on Shade45 Sirius XM radio. Ro$$ Mac is set to release his debut EP The 10K and will perform alongside T.I. on a fall 2017 tour sponsored by Coor’s Light.

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7:10pm – Julio Englewood

Julio EnglewoodMarcus Thomas (Born Oct.11, 1981), better known by his stage/street name Julio Englewood is a rapper from the Southside of Chicago, IL. Julio has recently started his own record label IamEnglewood LLC. In which he will headline along with super producer Tony Baines.

Julio was born in Chicago, but partially raised on the west coast in LA. Until the spring of 1992 after the riots started to outbreak he found himself back home to one of the most violent neighborhoods on Chicago’s Southside. Where Julio became a member of the Black Disciples in the Englewood area. Throughout his life Julio always used his music as an escape to vent his personal life struggles on instrumentals.

In 95’ Julio started making music & joined the Cyanide Crew with members such as Rhyme Fest, Griffen, Memo of Moleman, Jagane, & TueKennedy. Due to the fast pace of Chicago streets Julio was forced to put his rap career 2nd & the streets first just to provide for his family. Julio got back on track & released his 2nd mixtape Welcome to Englewood 2 in 2009. Since then he has been engineering artist such as Shawnna, Ebone Hood Rich, Bo from YMCMB, Rocky Fresh from MMG, etc.

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7:30pm – Chip Ratliff

coverAlthough Chip Ratliff has planted his feet solidly on funky ground, he is dedicated to not just rehashing classic funk jams, but to taking funk & soul to new heights. This talented bassist/writer/producer’s music has all of the great characteristics of old school funk, but it also absorbs the best of contemporary soul, rock, urban blues, jazz, and hip-hop to propel his music forward. . . producing music he calls “HipFunk”! This has led Chip into a new chapter in his music career with the formation of his original funk/soul/urban blues/rock project, Chip Ratliff & the Electric Chittlin’ Stew! With this band, Chip takes his own ≈originality and talent, infuses it with the sophisticated funk and showmanship of Prince, the tightness of any one of James Brown’s bands, the grit and excitement of Chicago Blues, the extended live jams of a Parliament-Funkadelic show, combines it into one big pot and serves it hot!

Born and raised in Chicago, IL , Chip wrote his first song (along with his uncle, bluesman Fernando Jones who is only 1 year his senior) at the ripe old age of 6! Chip had no choice but to absorb the rich music scene all around him. Having a musical family didn’t hurt either. Chip’s grandfather played guitar with B.B. King in the late ’40’s & early ’50’s; his father played everything from blues to funk all night, every night on the family hi-fi; Chicago Blues legend, Lefty Dizz, is his cousin; and his uncles were accomplished singers and musicians. When most kids would spend Sunday afternoons after church playing outside or watching T.V., Chip (with bass in tow) and his uncles would have weekly jam sessions at his grandmothers house. . . either learning the latest jam or revisiting a classic cut until they were forced to shut it down! So, to say music is in his blood, would be a bit of an understatement.

Chip cut his teeth at the feet of Chicago Blues masters. Sharing the stage with a list of who’s who, including Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Lefty Dizz, Ronnie Baker Brooks, members of The Lonnie Brooks Band, Fernando Jones, the legendary Willie Dixon, and countless others, Chip gained invaluable experience in musicianship, performance, and composition that has propelled him into the dynamic artist that he is today. He has excited audiences worldwide with his sincere, high energy live performances, and exceptional (often dazzling) bass playing. He has contributed soundtrack work for films, scored a local television commercial, been featured on radio (WGCI, WXRT, WVON), television (WGN, WBBM, WLS), has created a multi-media educational program called Funkoustic (fun-koo’-stik), and is founder of the New Rhythms & Arts Festival – a festival designed to showcase fresh new talent from the Chicagoland area.

Members of Chip Ratliff & The Electric Chittlin’ Stew are no less than some of the most talented musicians and vocalist available! They’ve played and sang with artist such as, R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Black Eyed Peas, Chaka Khan, and many others.

Bottom line: this band is hot and tight! If you miss a performance, don’t say you didn’t know!

8/26 @Shorefront
$20 // All Ages

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