July 13, 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!
Yesenia Alvarez – 6:00p
Upon looking at her, you can tell she is different with her blue hair and fashion-forward attire. She is also a different sound coming out the radio than what people have been used to. Chicago native, Yesenia “Betty Boop” Alvarez born to Duranguense mother, and father Michoacano, is the soft-voiced, young, fun, and social media savvy on-air talent heard Monday through Friday 12am-5am on WLEY. She graduated with distinction from her broadcasting program. Yesenia has gained an enormous amount of experience in a short amount of time by interning for La Ley, working as a co-host on 1450AM, assisting to “La Bola de la Mañana,” and the current “Vacilon del Mandril” morning shows. She delivers up-to-date news and gossip while motivating her listeners with her bubbly personality. Unlike what you’ve seen or heard, Betty Boop is the breath of fresh air heard through the airwaves of La Ley 107.9 Banda y Mas!
DJ Ricky Dubs Presents The Monthly Cipher – 6:30p
If your father, Robert Kelly of the R&B/Gospel/Soul group “The Kelly Brothers,” performed alongside Funk & Soul legends like James Brown & Sam Cooke, chances are being a product of your environment meant only one thing…following the path of musicianship set directly before him. Chicago-based Hip-Hop artist Neak draws vivid verbal portraits which find inspiration in the spirit of U.S. culture and his own deep-seating personal experiences. Naming Nas, Mos Def, Common, Lupe Fiasco, MF Doom, Elzhi, Jay-Z, etc. as his main lyrical influences, Neak preserves the aesthetics of true-to-life Rap; authenticity, originality, and excellence all evoke a heartfelt emotion for listeners of his music.
Je$$e, a Filipino American hip-hop soul artist coming out of Chicago’s westside wears multiple hats as a lyricist, vocalist, and carries producer duties for a group he is better known with, theWHOevers. Taking a short hiatus from the group for creative differences Je$$e displays his solo material expressing love for R&B, hip hop and future soul bounce music very muscle reminiscent to the stylings of popular radio collection Soulection. Through the work of theWHOevers the group has distinguished themselves among some of the most well-known acts in the city of Chicago through the creation of a style and sound that honors its roots, but also explores the new frontiers of the culture. Je$$e solely hopes and plans to break more barriers and keep the wave running as promised.
Pierce Elliott is a African American hip hop artist from Waukegan, IL. He is a Columbia College Chicago alumni and just released his first album “The Commute” on Apple Music, Soundcloud, Spotify and all digital outlets. “The Commute” is inspired by his 1 hour commute to school to finish his major in music business management, while juggling being a hip hop artist outside of class.
Jesse W. Johnson – 7:00p
Jesse W. Johnson plays hooky-yet-dark rock & roll with the tiniest little twinge of country twang. Johnson is a veteran of the Chicago scene, having reached local acclaim fronting rock trio Jet W. Lee. As a solo artist, Johnson presents tight, muscular songcraft with beautiful melodies and surprisingly dark lyrics. Most of all, Johnson does something not so common today, tell a story, and it’s thoughtful word choice in his music that helps the listener personalize each song. Jesse W. Johnson & Coyote Scream are touring the country this summer in support of his 2nd full-length album, American Dumpster.
The Speed Babes 7:30p
Lo Fi Chicago punk band Speed Babes was formed on a bet by Jesse Ewan when he said he could write and record an entire record in under 24 hours that was better than a record being played at that moment by a coworker. He then went on to write and record Let’s Go Explode, a 12 song record, in 18 hours. The album was recorded entirely on the iOS GarageBand on his iPhone. A few of his old bandmates from Lasers and Fast and Shit (Ewan was the original guitarist in that band) prodded him into making this new project into a live act. Ewan did not really feel like it, but for some reason he said yes and Speed Babes became a band.
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