October 26th, 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!
Bria Royal – 6:30pm
Bria Royal is a multidisciplinary artist from the west side of Chicago whose brain is hardwired in such a way that necessitates art and visual aesthetics as a mode for making meaning out of the world around her. She considers her paintings, comics, and animations to be the result of a radical healing process that she hopes others will benefit from seeing unfold, and an attempt to construct intersectionally black and indigenous mythologies for ourselves and our future liberated descendants. Much of her work centralizes black and brown womxn and femmes as identities in constant solidarity with the elements of our natural world due to parallel experiences of exploitation and resistance. bria is also a 2016 graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied Communications, Film and Psychology, and she uses those fields to guide her approach toward creative modes of storytelling through technological innovation. bria currently works for the youth media production organization Free Spirit Media curating opportunities for West and South Side youth to explore diverse forms of digital arts and expression. She is also deeply invested in the liberation of black and brown communities of color worldwide and organizes alongside fellow Chicago movement artists as a member of For The People Artists Collective. Alongside the arts, bria often facilitates workshops around themes of restorative and transformative justice, and issues related to mental health in activist spaces.
Jam Session Artist, PMartt- 7:30pm
As Chicago’s music scene continues to emerge into the national music spotlight, there’s one artist who has taken his pop and hip hop sensibility to an international level. Pmartt is the new sensation, whose sound rivals Akon, Flo Rida and Sean Kingston, with melodic pop tempos and a hip hop vibe.
Pmartt was born Martial Njiemoun in Cameroon, Africa. Pmartt came to the United States at the age of 10, barely speaking anything other than his native tongues of French and Bamoun. As time progressed, Pmartt began to learn the English language, later on leading him to discover his passion for music.
Pmartt has been determined to conquer the ears of his fans around the nation performing at national events, concerts, music conferences, festivals, fashion shows, talent shows and much more. Pmartt has featured in venues that are nationally respected such as South By Southwest. Pmartt has written, recorded, and performed new material tirelessly, making a name for himself in the hot independent music scene across Chicago. While doing so he simultaneously continues to rub elbows with A-List stars that inspire promote and increase awareness of his unique sound.
After releasing his single “Caught In Love”, his career has begun to heat up as the single followed up with a music video and requests for major performances throughout Chicago and beyond.
He was recently casted on MTV’s new docu-series, “Time’s Up” which premiered on MTV in March 2014. Airing in over 7 countries, including Holland, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Switzerland, UK, Pmartt’s single “Caught In Love” is also featured on the show. PMARTT has opened up for major acts such as R&B superstar Lloyd, Jeremih, Travis Porter and Kendrick Lamar’s TDE.
Pmartt’s successes continued with being nominated for the Afro Entertainment’s New Comer Award, obtaining a Bachelor’s in Music Business from Columbia College Chicago and performing at Manifest which is one of Columbia College’s largest artist showcase in the Midwest.