Posts Tagged ‘underground’

JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

Ok, so maybe I am slightly biased (since Sarah is such a good friend of mine) but when Chicago Magazine recently listed her as one of the top five nightlifers to watch in Chicago, I knew that my successful friend was getting the acknowledgment that she richly deserves!

We started out, Friday night, at Crimson Lounge where Sarah and team will relaunch Maven‘s Diva Series. After we had our fill of “Girl Talk” Sarah led us over to Underground where we danced, laughed and partied the night away! Benjamin Newby, manager and good friend of Sarah’s, made sure that we all had a great time!

Congratulations, Sarah! You deserve it!

PS: We’ll definitely be watching YOU!

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team
Ah, the glorious week is upon us! If you’re as big of a sci-fi dork as I am, you would give your firstborn alien-hybrid baby to see the X-Files movie. Dear Lord, it’s finally here! Perhaps some of the great X-Files questions will be answered: Will Mulder finally uncover definitive proof of an alien conspiracy? What really happened to his sister? And HOW does Scully run in those heels??

Some of life’s great questions must remain unanswered; however, you can discover the secret to the eternal mystery of running in heels yourself at Chicago Fusion Theatre’s STILETTO STAMPEDE this Thursday. Come and bring your sexiest racing stilettos (if there is such thing) and dash for great prizes from John Fluevog and Akira. The race begins at 6:30 sharp at Chase Park track at 1566 W. Leland. The cost to compete is $10, or only $5 if you register early by emailing dramaqueen_2281@hotmail.com. The John Fluevog and Akira prizes make it well worth your while.
Then, the afterparty continues at T’s Bar and Restaurant. Be there to check out the action!
If you’ve got any fabulous underground events I’ve missed for this week, write me at llodewyck@nudehippo.com. Be sure to type “Lodewyck” into the Search bar in the upper right hand corner to see my previous blogs, and to watch my segments with Nude Hippo.

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Liz Holland, NBC5 Street Team

A couple weeks ago I went to see one of Chicago’s up and coming rap duos, The Cool Kids at Underground. Today they release their debut EP, The Bake Sale (C.A.K.E./Chocolate Industries) featuring their hit song “Black Mags”, a tribute to BMX-biking. If you like hip hop, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy.

Mickey Rocks (aka Antoine Reed), 20, and Chuck Inglish (aka Evan Ingersoll), 23, rocked the crowd at Underground with their signature sound, a contemporary version of throwback 80’s with prominent beats and catchy commentary similar to the likes of the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC with a touch of Pharrell. Their sound has been praised by the Chicago Reader for “a Chicago specific hip-hop sound rivaling that of the Dirty South, or Bay Area”.

The duo met in 2005 through Myspace after Mickey came across Chuck’s beats online. Thanks to the internet, their music has quickly spread from the underground scene to landing major creds booking notable music festivals including the upcoming Lollapalooza and Rock the Bells, touring with rap star M.I.A, and callabos with A-trac (Kanye West’s DJ), Flosstradamus, and Lil’ Wayne on “Gettin’ It”. Not to mention, they were featured in Rolling Stone as one of the “Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2008”.

In my opinion, part of what makes them “the whole package” is their down to earth swagger and “tell it like it is” attitude. Most impressively, they have their style down to a T with a fresh take on vintage street wear.

Mark my words — this duo is soon to be added to the Chicago hip-hop hotlist of Kanye, Common, Lupe — just you wait.

Besides checking out The Bake Sale, you can catch them for a performance at the Abbey Pub, this Wednesday, May 21st at 9 p.m. for a Darfur Now Benefit (suggested donation at the door).

The Abbey Pub

3420 W. Grace

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NiCole Thomas, NBC5 Street Team

The “Underground”  night club was transformed into “Wonderland” to host this year’s MadHatters Ball. The MadHatters has become the premiere event on the Chicago scene in just seven years. The atmosphere allows a more exclusive crowd to lose themselves partying in “the enchanted forest” and all for a good cause.

The MadHatters Ball is a part of a charity weekend that kicks- off the night before at Lookingglass Theater Company’s Annual Gala. The Lookingglass Theater Company was founded by David Schwimmer and a few of his “Friends” in 1989. id="16273725"

Slideshow: Madhatters Ball

The Hollywood actor also made an appearance at the MadHatters Ball alongside Billy Dec, one of the hosts of NBC5’s new show, 24/7 Chicago.

 If you can’t already tell, the theme of the MadHatters was Alice in Wonderland, and guests were dressed the part. Court jesters greeted you at the front door as you walk down a checkerboard oasis to the other side. Through the Lookingglass were many Alices serving hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks like Pear Martinis or The Italian Job.

Many partygoers sported tuxedos and top hats, while others dared to be more innovative creating their own versions of enchanting creatures. The DJ spun a wonderful mix of electronica and hip-hop that set the tone and kept everyone moving all night long. I rolled out of the party at 3:00a.m., and people were still going in. I guess a MadHatters party just don’t stop!

This upscale event was definitely the spot to be and be seen Saturday night. The MadHatters tickled all my party fancies from the crowd to the music to the drinks, and on top of that, it was all to support charity. If you missed it this year don’t let another year go by without experiencing The MadHatters Ball.

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