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Banks the Genius Faces the Music

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Banks the Genius Faces the Music

At first glance, Rob Mefford, 23, doesn’t appear as a typical “rapper.” With long brown hair tucked and hidden under his black snapback and his tight black jeans, his appearance screams “skater.” But underneath his dark exterior lies Banks the Genius, an up-and-coming local Chicago rapper who’s grasping the challenges of being young and aspiring […]

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Little Yellow Dog Grows Up

Little Yellow Dog band has only been together since Dec. of 2013. They’ve learned about what it takes to become successful in the music industry and most importantly, how to stand out. Dakota Buyka, who is a Columbia College student and the leader of Little Yellow Dog says it all started back in 2011 when […]

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Chicago Jazz Man Kahil El’Zabar Launches “OOHnow” The Culture Revolution

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Chicago Jazz Man Kahil El’Zabar Launches “OOHnow” The Culture Revolution

On Dec. 16, legendary musician and native Chicagoan Kahil El’Zabar is launching OOHnow, a global culture network/e-commerce platform for the arts, at its premier one-day art and music event, “The Culture Revolution.” The event is from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Venue One, 1034 West Randolph Street and will feature headliners, who are masters of […]

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Columbia’s C.U.M.A. Plays Tribute to the 90s and Millennials

Columbia’s Urban Music Association (C.U.M.A.) is a student-run organization that dedicates its time to helping students learn about the music industry, as well as giving students the opportunities to network and gain contacts from the industry. This year C.U.M.A follows its tradition and pays tribute to some of the biggest acts during the ’90s and […]

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Columbia College Musician Finds Calling

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Columbia College Musician Finds Calling

To find your true calling in life at an early age can either be coincidence or a stroke of luck. For Rebecca Brunner, being a musician was all about exact timing, location, constantly evolving and learning from her idol Alicia Keys. “When I was super young, my mom showed me this video playing on TV, […]

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Vactioner’s Kenny Vasoli brings summer sunshine to the Chicago winter

For self-dubbed “nu-hula” artist Kenny Vasoli of the band Vacationer, the positive, “good vibes” sound of his music is a direct reflection of himself. “Writing that way is sort of a good reminder to keep myself in that mindset,” Vasoli said before his Nov. 11 show at the Metro in Chicago. “It’s easy to get […]

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M Lounge Preserves Live-Music, Customer Care in South Loop

Dimmed lights, velvet seating and serene jazz all transform what used to be an old office space into a mature, mellow oasis that houses Chicago-based artists, carefully crafted cocktails and a “Cheers-like” atmosphere reminiscent of the 1990s TV sitcom. Husband and wife duo Reginald and MaryAnn Marsh introduced the South Loop community to M Lounge […]

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