Published on September 18th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby0
Red Bull Announces Two U.S. Music Festivals
FIRST-EVER RED BULL MUSIC FESTIVAL ATLANTA DEBUTS NOV 1
RETURN OF RED BULL MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO ON NOV 17
50+ ARTISTS ACROSS 15 EVENTS IN TWO INFLUENTIAL MUSIC CITIES INCLUDING WORLD PREMIERES, ORIGINAL CONCEPTS, EXHIBITIONS, CLUB NIGHTS, CONVERSATIONS AND MORE
Red Bull Music Festival Atlanta: Nov 1 – 15
Teyana Taylor brings her audacious House of Petunia performance to AtlantaDenzel Curry’s alter ego Zeltron returns to the wrestling ring to face Joey Bada$$ Ari Lennox in a special headline performance
Trap originators Shawty Redd, Zaytoven and Lex Luger discuss the city’s iconic sound
Gunner Stahl presents comprehensive photography exhibition
Yung Baby Tate presents vibrant CAMP show
Coach K leads Atlanta music lecture
OHSO’s Bounce Dat expands and more…
Red Bull Music Festival Chicago: Nov 17 – 30
Lupe Fiasco performs Food & Liquor in full for special hometown show
Whack Factory arrives – hip-hop visionary Tierra Whack headlines first Chicago show
Theaster Gates curates Black Monastic at Garfield Park Conservatory
Two days of Saba and Pivot Gang’s John Walt Day benefit celebrations
Jamila Woods strips down Legacy! Legacy!
Celebrate 50 years of legendary record store Gramaphone at Metro / smartbar
Smino, Monte Booker and more from the Zero Fatigue crew take the stage for a collaborative group show and so much more…
As part of a global series touching down all over the world, Red Bull Music Festival returns to the U.S. with two festivals taking place this November in Atlanta, GA. and Chicago, IL. Focused on supporting and shining a light on each city’s unique musical and cultural offerings, Red Bull Music Festival will deliver nights of celebration and education through the voices of Atlanta and Chicago’s native arts & music communities. The debut Red Bull Music Festival Atlanta runs fromNovember 1 through 15, while the return of Red Bull Music Festival Chicago goes down fromNovember 17 through 30.
Red Bull is proud to announce the first-ever Red Bull Music Festival Atlanta, featuring a diverse program of art shows, panels, performances and parties, all aimed to shine a light on the sounds, scenes and the independent-yet-influential spirit of the legendary hip-hop city.
The festival opener celebrates the work of young Atlanta photographer Gunner Stahl. Making a name for himself through portraits of artists like Lil Yachty, The Weeknd, Playboi Carti, Gunna, Nav, 21 Savage, Metro Boomin, Rae Sremmurd, and many others. Stahl will reveal his most comprehensive body of work to date.
Florida rapper Denzel Curry’s alter ego Zeltron enters the ring for a 5-round bout with New York’s ownJoey Bada$$. Young vanguards of next level lyricism, both artists use the hip-hop sounds of today to create intricate sonic landscapes with a reverence for the genre’s past and the punk energy of right now. Following his Red Bull Presents: Zeltron v Zombies event last year, Denzel and Joey will attempt to one up the other in a showcase of lyrical brinkmanship.
Trap Roundtable: Shawty Redd, Zaytoven and Lex Luger will bring together the three architects of modern trap music under one roof. The trio get together to discuss the production style that took over hip-hop to become iconic. From Lex Luger’s career defining work with Waka Flocka, to Shawty Redd’s maximalist gothic productions, to Zaytoven’s piano-forward beats for just about every southern rapper in existence, the three producers here have had an indelible effect on the sound of southern rap, pushing their influence into other genres of music, and creating a sonic subgenre that has subsumed hip-hop entirely.
OHSO’s Bounce Dat parties are notorious in Atlanta for their energy and inclusiveness, and she’s bringing the biggest and best iteration of the party to all three rooms at Atlanta’s legendary MJQ nightclub. Featuring guest appearances and performances from Atlanta luminaries Princess and Diamond of Crime Mob, Detroit’s Molly Brazy, and Chicago’s Queen Key, New Jersey’s pineappleCITI, and more!
It is not an understatement to say that without Kevin “Coach K” Lee, today’s hip-hop landscape would not be the same. His Quality Control imprint and label has helped bring to life the careers of Migos, City Girls, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, Rich the Kid and many, many more. Join the mogul for a wide-ranging conversation about the complicated business of hip-hop, how he got to where he is, and how he helps nurture some of the most cutting edge talent in rap today. Later, an afterparty goes down with a night of all Quality Control music featuring cohorts DJ Durel, DJ Anthony Somebody and more.
Blending camp style with the concept of a literal summer camp, rising singer-rapper-producer Yung Baby Tate has created an immersive CAMP show that will be vibrant and full of surprises. Created and curated entirely by Tate, she will be joined by Kari Faux, BbyMutha, Queen Key, Mulatto, UNIIQU3, Precious Ebony and many more for a revue that recontextualizes and reimagines her songs for the stage. Expect a completely original, unforgettable combination of diverse musical styles in a setting that’ll look like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Ari Lennox is a “vulnerable but soulful” singer who draws influence from greats like Minnie Ripperton and Whitney Houston, Erykah Badu, Aaliyah and more. Though she finds inspiration in the music of Motown, her style is all her own. At once reverent of the music of the past, while she paves the way for the future of soul music. Signed to J.Cole’s Dreamville Records, she’ll headline the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta in celebration of her album Shea Butter Baby. Go now, so you can say you were there later. Lennox is a once-in-a-lifetime talent.
Teyana Taylor leads plenty of lives. Actress, model, choreographer, director, songwriter, performer, and more. Whether acting in the upcoming Coming To America sequel, starring in Kanye West’s “Fade” video, or putting out effortless slices of retrofuturist soul on her exceptional K.T.S.E. album in 2018, her charisma and natural star power shines through. At the Atlanta iteration of House of Petunia, Taylor’s eye-popping performance will once again be spearheaded by the all female production team, The Aunties, and a marvel of intricate choreography, led by Teyana herself, with an incredible soundtrack to match. If you missed this show in New York, now is a great time to catch it.
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The return of Red Bull Music Festival Chicago celebrates stories of art with impact, highlighting purpose-driven creatives who are inspiring community and creative change through their work. As the official closeout to a year of exciting global editions of the Red Bull Music Festival, the Chicago edition highlights the stories and influence of artists from the city and beyond.
The 2019 Chicago festival edition begins with Gramaphone 50. Honoring 50 years of the legendary record shop and its indelible impact on Chicago’s house music scene, the festival presents an all-night dual-venue takeover at Metro and smartbar with a stacked line-up of DJs that includes Derrick Carter, Ron Trent, Colette, DJ Heather, JR of the Molemen, G Most, Jesse De La Pena, Justin Aulis Long, DJ Psycho-Bitch, Hector Lopez, Michael Serafini, Garrett David and many more.
Chicago native, professor and social practice artist Theaster Gates curates Black Monastic, a live event at the picturesque Garfield Park Conservatory that will explore the history of black sounds via a collaborative performance with leading Chicago musicians Kiara Lanier, Ben LaMar Gay, Joshua Abrams and more. Gates’ Rebuild Foundation seeks to preserve black art, music, culture and physical spaces and this event extends this important practice. Complementing Gates’ curation is Peter CottonTale, best known as Chance the Rapper’s musical director; CatchPeter presents Praise Break with The JuJu Exchange, Ron Poindexter and Jay Arnold, bringing together a host of young talent infusing gospel into Chicago’s current sound.
For the first time ever in his home city, Lupe Fiasco will perform the entirety of his 2006 debut studio album Food & Liquor. A hip-hop record that was unlike any other being released during its time, Food & Liquor represented a new era of Chicago rap, with the reverberations of its influence still being felt today.
Smino has made waves in the Chicago music scene with his deliberate blend of future funk and melodic rapping. For Red Bull Music Festival Chicago, he collaborates with producer Monte Booker and other artists from his Zero Fatigue collective to take the stage in their hometown city at Chicago’s Thalia Hall for a one-of-a-kind group performance.
Things will get whacky at the Concord Music Hall when Tierra Whack presents Whack Factory. After a breakout year of inventive music and creative output, Tierra Whack brings her psychedelic brainscape to the stage for this, her Chicago headline debut and the premiere of her latest, grand-scale live format. Performing music off Whack World, the audiovisual album that shook hip-hop and cemented Whack’s status as one of the most original new artists working today, the immersive night will give audiences a peek into Whack’s mind in all its colorful and bizarre glory.
Jamila Woods offers a stripped down look at her latest acclaimed project with Legacy! Legacy!Unfolded. The personal examination of her acclaimed studio album will expand on its tribute to the black artists that have shaped Woods’ life and art. Woods will perform in The Geraghty, exploring the album augmented by film collage, found footage, audio clips, photographs and new commentary.
Friday & Saturday 11/29 – 30
The festival closes with a two-day celebration of John Walt Day. Created by rapper Saba and his Pivot Gang collective, John Walt Day is a remembrance dedicated to fellow Pivot Gang member John Walt. For the third year running, Saba and Pivot Gang will put on a tribute concert to celebrate Walt’s life and legacy. 100% of the ticket sales will go to the John Walt Foundation, which was launched by Saba and Walt’s mother to offer mentorship and scholarships to young artists in Chicago.
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