Itzi Nallah

Cuerators events featuring Itzi Nallah

Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 3:00pm
Chicago

We kept plans for this party secret, announcing it just the day before it went down. We started early and there was a line to get in the entire time. Why? Did you read the line up?!

First of all, there was a live performance by Greg B of 2Morrows Victory (UK) and a Miles Bonny DJ set that turned into a live performance. Typically, that would be enough for a show but, since it was King Hippo’s birthday, we went all out and asked some of Chicago’s best DJs to come play anything they wanted to. Itzi Nallah, of the mighty FEx, opened up with a slick, beat-heavy, set paving the way for Greg B of 2Morrows Victory. We first heard about 2Morrows Victory from LeFtO and Gilles Peterson and were very honored to have Greg B come out and perform live.  MERK1, of the Dirty30, and Solson both broke off all-vinyl sets to keep things grooving as they normally do in various venues and parties around Chicago. They set the stage for what was supposed to be a DJ set by Miles Bonny. Miles played some funky beat sh*t for us and then to everyone’s surprise and delight, started to sing and play his flugelhorn. To snap everyone out of the entranced state that Miles put them in, Itzi Nallah came back on and, well, crushed the Whistler. To end the evening Mass Transit, of Style Matters, sent everyone home with a song in their heart and a smile on their face. We can't thank everyone that took part in the night enough, the creativity and positivity that night was potent and we love you for it. 

 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 5:30pm
Chicago

This event that we put together with our brothers at FEx, was pure magic. As you may know, winters in Chicago are brutal but, on this particular frigid Tuesday evening, in front of a sold-out crowd, Hiatus Kaiyote played for Chicago for the very first time during their first trip to the US. 

At the time of the show, they had recently won an award for ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ and 9th Place overall for ‘Album of the Year’ at Gilles Peterson’s (BBC) Worldwide Awards. They had garnered an astronomical amount of accolades with their freshman effort, ‘Tawk Tomahawk’ and went on to be nominated for a Grammy. By masterfully uniting future-beats, neo-soul and R&B, they made fans out of Erykah Badu, Mark de Clive Lowe, the Roots, Andreya Triana and SA-RA. 

Newlife and Itzi Nallah laid down amazing sets and had the room filled with great sounds from the minute the doors opened. Sidewalk Chalk gave a big, booming, performance which energized the crowd and had people dancing where they stood. Hiatus Kaiyote gave us a memorable performance which enchanted the entire crowd. The true headliner though, was the crowd. Everyone in attendance gave so much positive energy during the show that it became so much more than just a concert, it became a celebration. We were all united to celebrate diverse and new music which is what FEx and cuerators are all about. It was wonderful to see that manifest in person. 

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