Chicago Made Music Showcase Finale

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

Free Admission • 7-10pm, Doors open at 6pm, Seating is first come, first served

DCASE Homepage  >  Chicago Made - Music  >  Chicago Made Music Showcase Finale   >  Chicago Cultural Center


Presented by DCASE in collaboration with Next Showcase, USA.


2023 Winners!

$10K Winner - Jasmine Marthel

2024 Chicago Made Lollapalooza Showcase Performance - Jamiah Rogers

2024 Taste of Chicago Performance Opportunity - Queen Ari

Sofar Sounds Performance Opportunity - Queen Ari, Starlet, Paige Kizer, Ace da Vinci, Ty Simms, and Zia Jenaye.

One-on-One Career Consultation with Daryl Jones - Jasmine Marthel

Delmark Records Digital Single Release Opportunity - Jamiah Rogers


The annual 2023 Chicago Made Music Showcase is a DCASE program that provides Chicagoland based local musical talent the opportunity to showcase their work live in front of top executives and talent buyers from the music industry.

The 16 finalists were selected by a panel of industry professional judges during three pre-qualifying audition dates this past September. More than 140 live auditions were held with more than 300 applications submitted to DCASE. The selected artists will perform live in front of industry professionals at the 2023 Chicago Made Music Showcase Finale to be considered for the following opportunities:

  • Win $10,000
  • Live paid performance opportunities at DCASE produced events
  • One-on-one career consultations with top entertainment lawyers and/or career development experts in the music industry


Daryl D. Jones P.C., Entertainment Attorney

Esther Calloway, Sofar Sounds, Artist Booking Operations Manager, Central North America

Doe Williams, Executive/Artist Manager

Julia Miller, President and CEO Delmark Records

Stay Connected

Visit us:

Chicago Cultural Center

Admission is FREE
Open Daily, 10am–5pm
Exhibitions close 15 minutes before the building closes
(Closed Holidays)

Plan Your Visit


Find us:

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Take CTA to Chicago Cultural Center

  • From the elevated lines: exit at Washington/Wabash and walk east.
  • From the subway: exit at Lake (Red Line) or Washington (Blue Line) and walk east.
  • Served by Michigan Avenue buses 3, 4, 19, 20, 26, 60, 66, 124, 143, 147, 151, 157 and Washington St. buses 4, J14, 20, 56, 66, 147



Jasmine MarthelJasmine Marthel

Jasmine Marthel is a rising young radical music artist from Chicago with a rich unique powerhouse sound and eclectic music style: fusing gospel, hip hop, rap, rock and more. She has sung alongside several world renown gospel artists such as Chandler Moore, and Smokie Norful and performed on the House of Blues’ main stage for the 2019 Bringing Down The House Showcase. Her passion for God and music has empowered her to persevere through obstacles of poverty, violence, homelessness, and single motherhood. And her greatest aspiration is to impact, inspire, and liberate others with her electrifying voice and uplifting music.”



Ace da VinciAce da Vinci

Ace da Vinci is more than a music artist- he's a cultivation of sounds, thoughts and emotions from years of learning oneself. He thrives in lyricism, but his hand as a producer has sharpened throughout the years.

The creator of SmartMouf Ent., da Vinci embodies what it means to create. Dreams. Heart. Vulnerability. Light. Freedom. All of these play a major role in the dna of the man's music.



Queen AriQueen Ari

Queen Ari is Chicago’s finest female R&B artist. Queen Ari has received global attention and invites to perform in Africa and the UK. This 26 year old Chicago native first released her music 1 year ago in 2022. Her music career has taken her to the BET AWARDS and opening up for Mainstream Artist such as ( Lyfe Jennings, Boosie Bad Azz, and Comedian Prince T-dub & Cherrelle many more). She has performed live for the mayor of Chicago and alderman. She is on a record breaking rise as she has received many awards such as the (2023) 312 Music Awards (Best Female Vocalist). (2023) The Ambition Entertainment Awards (Best Female Vocalist, & Single of the Year “Just Say It”). (2023) Forever Grateful Awards ( Hottest Female Vocalist, R&B Artist of the year, & Best Performance of the Year). She is also a woman of God. Her motto is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.



Liam TaylorLiam Taylor

R&B/Pop singer-songwriter Liam Taylor was raised in Dallas, Texas, and is currently based in Chicago. He has worked with artists like Vulfpeck, Kendrick Scott, Erykah Badu, and Jonathon McReynolds. In 2023, he released his long awaited debut EP, "how'd i get here?" getting 25K+ streams across all platforms. He has headlined on many stages in Chicago, including Subterranean, Double Door, Reggie's, Martyrs', and at the Lollapalooza 2022 Bonus Tracks Stage, hosted by Fusion of Light Entertainment. With a growing audience, he continues to mesmerize crowds with high energy sets and angelic, soulful vocals (plus the world’s sickest band.)


Ty SimmsTy Simms

With interests in writing songs and performing, Ty Simmons is one of Chicago’s up and coming R&B artists. He has worked with various local artists to collaborate on writing and composing to create a traditional R&B sound. With over 6 years’ experience, his sound is inspired by musical legends like R Kelly and Sam Cook. Growing up on the West Side of Chicago, Ty created a deep passion for music at a young age. When he is not performing you can find him spending quality time with family and friends to share his love for music. Ty Simmons is driven, hardworking and determined to share his soulful voice with the rest of world.


De’Narie LuvDe’Narie Luv

@maralove2x  /  @theeamberdenae
De’Narie Luv is a jazz, soul, and rnb duo from Chicago. Professionally trained vocalists, both past students from Columbia College Chicago. They have performed with legendary artists such as Barbara Streisand, Raii & Whitney, Iniko, Heart. They are most known for their lively arrangements, blended tone, and infectious smiles. De’Narie is a combination of Mara and Amber’s middle names, Denae and Marie. Their most frequent theme when performing focuses on life changes, adulting, and most importantly love, which completes the name.




Deonte BakerDeonte Baker

Deonte Baker
Deonte began his professional singing career at the age of 12 performing around the world with his family’s gospel group, jazz bands, R&B bands, gospel choirs and more. He has done many local singing competitions , weddings, parties and was featured on Windy City Live. In 2018, Deonte was a contestant on the hit tv show American Idol , making it to the solo rounds in Hollywood and being featured on 3 episodes on ABC networks.

Deonte is currently working in Chicago as a program coordinator for the Ezra Community Development Cooperation. He is also a full time professional singer and is currently working on several majors projects that will be released this year and next year. He has worked for many singer’s including the Grammy nominated R&B singer Miki Howard. Deonte’s mission is to spread joy and inspiration through his music and live performances.


Jamiah RogersJamiah Rogers

Jamiah was born April 21, 1995, in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He had a singing mother and a multi-instrumental father whose main instrument was guitar. At age 3, Jamiah started playing drums at school, church, and his fathers band, The Tony Rogers Band. Jamiah enjoys all genres of music such as Blues, Funk, Rock, Reggae, Soul and R&B. Inspirations and heroes are Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Freddie King, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Even though drums were Jamiah’s first instrument, at age 7, Jamiah’s parents encouraged him to pick up the guitar and the occasional father/son lessons began. Jamiah also is a multi instrumentalist. Drums, guitar, bass, piano, organ, are all extensions of Jamiah’s musical genius but guitar and drums are his first loves. At age of 15, he started his first power trio band “Jamiah on fire & The Red Machine” as the Lead vocalist and guitarist . Currently he leads his Band “Jamiah Rogers & Dirty Church” and have been touring overseas the last few years. He is in the studio working on new music for 2024 release!!


Big Kid (Sydney Kamuda)Big Kid (Sydney Kamuda)

A multi-hyphenate artist hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Sydney Kamuda (they/them) has been writing music and performing since 2010. After moving to the Midwest for Loyola Chicago, they began working on their debut EP “Anecdotal” under the name Bigkid. Currently working towards a full length album, Bigkid focuses on using their rich vocals and octave-spanning harmonies to guide listeners through their poetic storytelling. You can find their music on all streaming platforms (@bigkidsyd + bandcamp is always preferred!) or performing around the city at spots like Lincoln Hall, Schubas, and Chicago’s premier DIY venue Bookclub. Big love always to mama, Anthony, Camden, and Moore. To the moon.


The RemedyThe Remedy

The Remedy Consists of 4 friends (2 are brothers) all are Tilden High School who all became forms in the school drumline. J Remy the only natural singer from the talented musicians taught the other 3 musicians how to sing. The Remedy was formed. The Remedy have been together for over 15yrs. Durell (Fresh Jones) Jones , Cordarius (Cody Love) Jones, Jeremy (J Remy) Washington and Roosevelt (Karon) Lyons. Through this Brotherhood the Remedy all graduated from Tilden and all decided to go to college to play in the drumline. After going to school for a year , they decided to leave school and come back to Chicago to Pursue singing. Stuggling to make ends meet The Remedy decided to do street performances in Chicago Subways. In the subways The Remedy was able to perfect their craft. Through their relentless efforts The Remedy have perfected their craft for millions of fans around the world from virals video from diverse crowds and backgrounds from fans from the subways. Through these videos and a relentless team effort . The Remedy have appeared on NBC Americas Got Talent season 6 and season 10, Fox Its Showtime at The Apollo , ABC Disney's Chicago Magnificent Mile Lights Christmas Festival, Fox 32 news Twice, WGN News , USA World Cup , Chicago Bulls , Chicago Sky.



Kopano is a Chicago based cultural worker who communicates through sound and movement. Seeing theirself in the legacy of Pan-Africanism, Kopano strives to connect their South African and native-Chicagoan roots through musical production and collaboration. In 2017, they debuted their first performance art piece "Black Women Spectra" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. In 2022, Kopano received their music degree from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and studied abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. As a 2022 recipient of the John Walt Foundation Scholarship, Kopano is on a journey to reintegrate the true purpose of artistry into community by bridging genre and culture gaps.


Paige KizerPaige Kizer

Paige Kizer is an emotional storyteller that engages her audience with her bluesy, soulful, and powerful delivery. She has performed around the Chicagoland area with her band Paige and the Kizers. The band plays mainly originals written by Paige, with intentional and thoughtful lyrics. Originally from Dubuque, Iowa, Paige made her way to Chicago to pursue a degree in music at Columbia College Chicago. She has continued writing and creating meaningful music with the hopes of human connection.



Born and raised on the westside of Chicago, rapper, songwriter, and creative, Wan00 uses his lyricism to put you right into his life experiences and the knowledge he's gained from them. Every song comes with its own bit of advice and motivation from the emcee. Wan00 started making music back in 2020, because he realized the talent he was given. And he also wanted to be apart of, and help grow, the budding music economy in Chicago. That's why the love Wan00 has for making music and displaying his creativity is very evident in the content he gives fans. Listen closely and you can hear the hunger and drive he has to improve and become the best yet. But don’t take my word for it, just listen for yourself, and I promise you won’t regret it!




Chicago’s own, singer-songwriter and producer, STARLET is truly a star on the horizon. In addition to vocalist, she’s an accomplished pianist and guitarist who has performed for the likes of EGOT Jennifer Hudson, and various major Illinois and Chicago inaugurations, fundraisers, and community events. Check out Starlet’s debut album, “Take a Chance on Love” (available on all streaming platforms). Also, stay tuned for the release of her upcoming new single and debut visual, “Never”. A true R&B Soul artist with Pop, Jazz & Gospel influences, Starlet leans into storytelling and relatable, timeless lyrics—something many feel is missing from today’s music. Starlet is definitely one to get to know.


Zia JenayeZia Jenaye


Zia Jenaye is a 15 year old singer/songwriter from the Southside of Chicago put on this earth to entertain and inspire! Z.J is in the business of storytelling, here to speak to and for the youth leading with a grace that is rarely broadcast from our side of the tracks.





Nick HendersonNick Henderson


Nick Henderson has been blazing his own trail in the world of entertainment for well over a decade now. The Chicago resident has often been associated with the prestigious title of being a "triple threat" with an expansive resume that includes appearances on NBC's "Chicago Med," national commercials, over 8 million TikTok views, Stellar Awards 2021 red carpet correspondent, unforgettable stage performances as a solo artist across the Chicagoland area (Wrigley Field, Allstate Arena, House of Blues Chicago, BET's Black Women's Expo), just to name a few accolades.