Tonight's a busy night in the Chi and we'll be out and about — first at UIC for the 2nd annual Primo Dance Troupe Showcase. All proceeds go to Saturday Place so bring your dancing shoes and enjoy what's sure to be amazing, choreographed performances, and also say hi to us at our table and get some FREE giveaways!
We're also sponsoring Mikkey Halsted's headlining show at The Shrine with Don Cannon and a series of dope Chicago openers including Tree, the Save Money Crew, and newly added: YP. You'll see #TeamGowhere up there tonight as well!
Follow us on Instagram where we'll be posting pictures of our fun night out — we'll also be at Chance The Rapper's private Acid Raps listening party in between so lots going on today!
WBEZ & Vocalo Present: 5th Annual Winter Block Party
Sidewalk Chalk, Add-2, & Psalm One
Sat, 2013-01-26 12:00
Metro (3730 N. Clark St.)
event producer WBEZ & Vocalo
event sponsor Gowhere Hip Hop, City Of Win, & Local Chicago Vendors
WBEZ & Vocalo present the 5th Annual Winter Block Party.... Hip hop fans, keep this day open on your calendar.
During the day, stop by the Metro from 12pm - 6 for a celebration of hip hop arts complete with B-Boy/B-Girl dance battles, a screening of "Benji" from Coodie & Chike, a poetry/storytelling slam, and a hip hop marketplace filled with local vendors (say hi to us! Gowhere Hip Hop will have a booth. Get some fresh gear from City Of Win. And more!). These day events are FREE!
Then, come back at 8pm for a series of performances from Sidewalk Chalk, Add-2 - hosted by Psalm One, Vocalo's Jesse Menendez, & Kevin Coval. Hope to see you there!
The itinerary for the day events:
Main Floor || B-Boy/B-Girl Dance Battle Prelims
Upstairs || A screening of "Benji" directed by Coodie and Chike
Main Floor || B-Boy/B-Girl Dance Battle Semis
Upstairs || Screenings of selected local Hip Hop music videos
Main Floor || B-Boy/B-Girl Dance Battle Finals
Upstairs || Solo Tip: An Exploration of Hip Hop Theater and Storytelling (The Public Square and YCA)
Tomorrow, we're ballin' for a great cause! We're happy to be sponsoring and playing in a 5-on-5 basketball tournament to benefit The Cure Foundation - all proceeds will be going to accomodate breast cancer patients and contribute to help find that cure.
There will be 16 teams and a host more of supporters to shoot some hoops, enjoy DJ and performances, and just have fun! Come on out to Skokie and join in on the support - you'll get to see #TeamGowhere ballin' and at our booth as well so be sure to say hi :)
Big shoutouts to Classick Studios & Elementary Clothing for putting this all together for the sixth straight year - this cause is near and dear to them and they got even more great things on the way for this event and beyond.
TONIGHT - the first of three GWHH-sponsored events this weekend is happening in Chicago. It's DOPE Christmas - the second show in E-Train's return home for the holidays. He'll be headlining the bill, with Young General hosting all night. Be sure to get there early after 8 because rising hip hop acts like M.L.A., The Boy lllinois, and Rich Jones will be on stage and on time. And these are all cats I'd personally suggest for your playlist - and everyone above is definitely going to bring a dope live show. It takes place at Debonair - a great and intimate venue for high-energy fun. Hope to see you there!
Photos by: Dartise (Additional photos: GWHH's Chris Shields & Scott Shniderman at New Era)
Last week, we threw our first of more events to come at the New Era Chicago flagship store downtown - a FREE show, nay! Experience.
Gemstones headlined "Elephant In The Room LIVE!" - the first time he performed tracks from his new mixtape (a must-DL), which included remixes of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" and Fun's "We Are Young". Additionally, Gem performed many verses a capella style, to really drive home his eye-opening messages of building a relationship with God as well as the ills of society and the music industry. It's quite frankly the first, and only hip hip show we've all been to, that began with a blessing and ended with everyone joining hands in prayer. Yup, literally everyone. It was a powerful series of moments to say the least.
Adding to the experience was the live art during Gemstones' performance from Janeen. You can see her creation in the photos - a painting entitled "Gemstones" that was inspired by the words he was intensely delivering to the packed store. We'll have our own, in-depth video covering it all coming soon, but for now, get a glimpse of what went down with the amazing photos above and a bonus guerilla-style video of Gemstones performing "Crazy" below.
For the first time ever, Gemstones is going to perform material from his new mixtape, Elephant In The Room, and we teamed with New Era to present this performance LIVE and FREE for you! Just drop in the New Era store downtown on 207 S. State St. between 7 and 9 tonight!
You'll also get to experience some live art by Janeen Kern, with music provided by Shade 45 & Power 92's DJ Averi Minor, and host Julian On Da Radio keeping things funny and entertaining. #TeamGowhere will be rockin' heavy, so come visit our table and take advantage of FREE giveaways, food, and beverages as well! Hope to see you tonight