“Chicago Made” Fall Music Showcase Will Feature Chicago Music Acts The O’my’s, Psalm One, Alex Wiley, Paper Thick Walls At Thalia Hall On October 15

September 25, 2014

Mary May    mary.may@cityofchicago.org 312.744.0576

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents the Chicago Made Fall Music Showcase on Wednesday, October 15, at Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport St.) at 8pm. This FREE admission music event will feature Chicago music acts The O’My’s, Psalm One, Alex Wiley, Paper Thick Walls and will be hosted by Hologram Kizzie.

“Chicago has always been a hotbed for creativity and innovation and an ideal setting to elevate artists and industry participants,” said DCASE Commissioner Michelle T. Boone. “The Chicago Made showcase will celebrate the City’s role in the future of music by spotlighting four emerging music acts and promoting our local music “makers” and innovators to fans and industry leaders.”

The first Chicago Made music showcase took place in Austin, TX during SXSW in March 2014. The Chicago Made campaign is an on-going collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Choose Chicago and World Business Chicago, to highlight the city as an innovation center, a global business destination, a cultural hub and most of all a city of diverse and unique culture and technology makers. The showcase will build upon the momentum of the Chicago Made campaign first introduced at SXSW and rally support for our local artists.

Hip-hop artist Psalm One (aka Hologram Kizzie) will serve as the host for the evening and will also perform. As the first female artist to sign with Rhymesayers record label in 2006, she has traveled the globe performing and recording an impressive discography, while always maintaining a critically acclaimed stream of self-released music. Balancing time between the road and running a hip-hop influenced after-school program, Rhymeschool, she has toured extensively in the U.S. and Canada with luminaries such as Rakim, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Gym Class Heroes and Atmosphere, among others.

All Chicago natives, The O’My’s are the new sound of Chicago Soul having recorded and shared stages with Chance the Rapper, Wyclef Jean, ZZ Ward, Ab Soul, Twista and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. The O’My’s sound captures the tremendous love, pain, warmth and even the coldness that could be found in the city’s streets. Drawing from Chicago’s rich musical traditions of blues, jazz and rock, The O’My’s pick up where their musical forefathers left off, taking roots and rock-n-soul to the present. The band has been in the studio recording their third project, Keeping the Faith, a psychedelic soul record slated for release in the late fall of 2014.

Since the May 2013 release of his debut mixtape, Club Wiley, rapper and Hyde Park native Alex Wiley has been winning over fans and critics, emerging as an exciting and talented new artist. With Village Party, his second release in June 2014, Wiley challenged himself to evolved as well as become more personal in his music. Since its release, the project has garnered positive reviews from outlets such as Pigeons and Planes, Vibe, HypeTrak, The Fader, Noisey, Chicago Reader and many others. XXL Magazine and FakeShoreDrive hailed Village Party as one of the best releases of 2014, while Huffington Post listed Alex as one of 18 artists to watch right now.

Orchestral indie rockers Paper Thick Walls began with an acoustic guitar, piano and a few stories crafted into melodies. Following the successful press reception of their freshman album A Thousand Novels in 2011, the band spent the year touring over 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada to move more than a thousand records with their own hands, playing with touring bands such as The Lumineers, Company of Thieves, Drive by Truckers, Joe Pug and the Smoking Popes. Maybe that’s why the band was named one of the top five emerging artists from Chicago by The Deli Chicago and Chicago Magazine.

The Chicago Made Fall Music Showcase is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). For details, visit chicagomade.us and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#ChicagoMade).

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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit: cityofchicago.org/dcase.

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