Tues Oct 21
3 PM - Tony Lucca
6 PM - Payton Live
8 PM - The Gala Presents: Fill In the Blank
Weds Oct 22
12 PM - The Foreign Resort
1:30 PM - Right the Stars
For Discussion: October 21, 2014
LOVE! Binkey's (second) favorite subject. Whitney and Binkey talk with artists of all art forms about what it means to love your work, be inspired by love and heartbreak, how hate plays a role in daily life and of course, learning to love oneself. We're joined by Sam Trump, Joshua Gunty, Angelique Nelson and Maggie Vagle.
In the Studio: October 21, 2014
Sam "Trump" Harris | Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Sam "Trump" Harris is a trumpeter and singer/songwriter from Houston, TX, and has been a student of music for over 20 years. Now residing in Chicago, Trump is currently touring part-time with live HipHop/Jazz/Soul band, Sidewalk Chalk, and spends most of his downtime promoting his solo work. He has been highlighted at several artist features and radio shows throughout Chicago such as The Gala, Soul Speak, New Cypher, Tweak Central Lounge Radio, and Fearless Radio. Trump has been recently performing around Chicago on ukulele with his acoustic sextet, "The Acoustic Audile" to promote is latest project, SAM TRUMP PLAYS THE UKE! (http://samtrumponline.com/ukelele)
Throughout his original music, Trump wants to remain innovative, but also convey a preservation of down-home soul. Trump plans to remain a professional educator and continue to write, perform, and expand as a musical creator.
Joshua Gunty | Founder & Director, Consensus
Artist-Producer-Organizer Extraordinaire, Joshua Gunty is Founder & Director of Consensus, a new arts-based peacebuilding center on Chicago's southwest side. Joshua has also served as a public benefits legal advocate for LAF, and he is the Editor of Notre Dame's Journal of Undergraduate Research on Mexico. Meanwhile he has been building momentum among Chicago's arts communities as a musician, poet, sound engineer, and curator. With his signature blend of lyrical mysticism, intricate guitar, and audio prowess, Joshua's art (http://woodwardmusic.com/ ) will sway you like a delta flowing into the sea of experimental expression.
Angelique Nelson | Poet, Yogi, Lover
Angelique Nelson is a lover of life and a liver of love. Her ardour for writing is primarily inspired by her experiences as a bodyworker, energy healer, and student/teacher of yoga. All of these passions she wields as tools for getting people in conversation with themselves and others. Her writings often find focus on the exploration of relationships we have with our environment, and how the words we use to tell our stories can shift our perspective and change our experience. Find more of Angelique at the soon-to-be-blog, also at every open mic ever in the city of Chicago.
Maggie Vagle | Singer, Songwriter
Maggie Vagle was born into a family of musicians in Minneapolis MN. She spent her earliest years singing with her parents and sisters. Her love and passion for music brought her to Chicago to study Vocal Jazz at Columbia College Chicago, where she graduated in 2008. She believes in the transformational and healing aspects of music. Currently she co-fronts band Sidewalk Chalk, touring all over the nation and bringing the love and inspiration through her voice.
What is Fill in the Blank?
The Gala is an ever-expanding community of artists that holds completely independent monthly events intended to inspire collaboration. FitB is a new performance, promotion and discussion platform by The Gala through a partnership with Fearless Radio. Together, we seek to share and promote the work of our community and provide a space to discuss art in all aspects of life--policy, education, media, history. Fill in the Blank is whatever you want it to be; the phrase gives each person, artist, community the space to create something new. We are what you are. Let’s make something together.
Who we are
A compulsive eye-roller, head-shaker and giver of smirks, you can count on Whitney Capps for some strong opinions. Whitney’s day job is and almost always has been in youth development, beginning her career in arts-integrated after school programming through Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Community Arts Partnerships. She currently works for the University of Chicago helping awesome CPS students prepare for success in college. She has a degree in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California and considers herself an amateur artist in many disciplines, among them jewelry design, trapeze, writing, cooking, filmmaking and ukulele (she knows half of one song). As a part-time artist, a full-time arts consumer and someone who works with artists daily, art in Chicago is definitely her thing.
Lawrence "Binkey" Tolefree accents his poetry with captivating lyrics and soulful melodies. His passion for performance and seemingly endless energy are fueled through fantastically rowdy fans that enjoy his sense of humor. Binkey’s accomplishments include: 2006 MGD Freestyle Champion, BET New Face Finalist, Jokes and Notes Open Mic Stand-up Winner, Mixtape Mondays Rap Battle Champion, founder of Just-Us Improv, actor in numerous plays at Chicago Theatre, DuSable Museum and Apollo. His band, Deep Fayed is a fixture in the Chicago music scene, frequently caught at the Tonic Room, Darkroom and at Lincoln Hall. Deep Fayed has been building momentum and creating a buzz of party-blasting greatness, drawing in hip hop and jam enthusiasts alongside lovers of jazz and neo-soul. Not content with just performing, Binkey is committed to using his skills to mentor the next generation of poets, performers and writers. He teaches writing comprehension in Chicago Public Schools.
Two guys meet at a bar and a band is born. It’s a story as old as beer on tap. Like all good stories, Immigrant Union’s started with a few drinks. And… maybe a few dozen more drinks. The story got a little more interesting when the duo started turning simple chords and melodies into completed songs. And then polished recordings of those songs. And empty bar rooms into epic parties. And music loving barflies into lifelong friends.
Saturated in beautiful harmonies and rousing chord progressions alike, the music of King Washington can be described as a throwback to when rock n' roll was a songwriter's game and at the same time praised for its modern sensibility and innovation. It has been compared to Grizzly Bear, REM, Bon Iver, The Talking Heads, Radiohead, Mott The Hoople, Kings of Leon, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Fleet Foxes, Muse, and The Beatles.
Though Curtis McMurtry is only 23 years of age, many of the characters in his songs seem to have given up on life decades ago. His debut solo album Respectable Enemy (due out August 2014, produced by Will Sexton and engineered by James Stevens) chronicles the narrations of unapologetically bitter individuals still haunted by the ghosts of lovers and friends they have long since driven away.
Lia Mice premieres “Our Heavy Heart” video on Entertainment Weekly and announces CMJ Shows. Lia also announces a set of New York shows including a tonight With Ryn Weaver! Her new album I Love You is out November 4th on Old Flame Records.
R&B songstress Ashanti debuts her music video for her new track “Early in the Morning”. Featuring emcee French Montana, “Early in the Morning” is the newest single from Braveheart, her first release since 2008--available now!
Stufy the Sidekick: As children, many people gave life to their stuffed companions, bestowing upon them names and personalities. As these children grew, their sincere attachment to their inanimate comrades often dwindled or disappeared completely...but little did the world know that the conglomeration of these imaginary personalities would be made manifest in the form of a wandering dream-being collectively imagined by everyone.
For Discussion: Tuesday, October 14
We talk health & wellness from a holistic perspective. Life is tough, it more so if you're not taking care of yourself. We talk to health and wellness professionals to give you tips and tricks to keep your body and mind in peak performance.
Headlining over 1,000 shows to date, TWIZTID: potent concoction of hardcore hip-hop, rock, horror cinema and theatrical styling is the formula brewed by – the diabolical duo of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide, who rose from the Detroit underground to seize the world by the throat with their sinister lyrics and infectious beats, and now reign supreme as a self-operated media giant and one of the world's most popular independent hip-hop acts, with twelve major albums/Eps released to date and more than one million albums sold worldwide, all of which have charted on Billboard's Top 100.
Eliot Bronson Self-Titled LP out October 21 + Fall Tour Dates!
Little May’s self-titled debut EP out Tuesday, October 14th on Capitol Records.
Songs for Shelter Me is available on iTunes and Amazon!
DAVID BOWIE IS a huge success having sold out in several major markets including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Denver, Austin and Seattle. Cinemas added later screenings due to the demand. In addition, it was the top performing film of 2014 at both Landmark and Reading Cinema chains throughout the U.S.
Former SYMPHONY OF MALICE Guitarist Releases New Solo Album Darkest Hours (The Rebirth)
Brazilian-born guitarist GUS SINARO is fast establishing himself as a worthy warrior in the world of heavy metal. After founding and fronting the successful metallic thrash act Symphony of Malice, SINARO is about to take on the heavy music world with his own eponymous project.