Chicago was fully represented for the first time at this year’s SXSW.
The Chicago music showcase on Tuesday, March 11 at Red 7 in Austin, Texas featured local born and raised talents from various genres and successes.
There was no surprise when hip hop artist Chance the Rapper headlined the scene, however, after 18 minutes the over-sold performance came to end when a fire marshall shut down the set due to a crowd over the 300 person capacity limit for the venue.
Born Chancellor Bennett, Chance the Rapper knew he wanted to be a rapper from a young age. He found his voice for performing at open-mic and poetry nights and heavily influenced by artists like fellow Chicagoan Kanye West’s College Dropout album. Since his break, young artist has pushed himself through to become an iconic name in the hip hop scene after releasing a mix tape titled “Acid Rap” in 2013.
Other popular acts such as Wilco bassist John Stirrat’s project, The Autumn Defense, DJ partners The Internet, Archie Powell & the Exports, My Gold Mask, Bonzie as well as rap artists ShowYouSuck and Prob Cause.
Rap artist Cristalle Bowen but more famously known as Hologram Kizzie, or Psalm One hosted. Originally from Englewood, she graduated from Whitney M. Young High School and U. of. I. before being signed to the label Rhymesayers and starting her musical journey.
The Chicago Made showcase was open to all SXSW and will appear at the accompanying trade show and private reception for business executives. The show was open to music wristband and badge holders during the event.
The collaboration to bring the City of Chicago showcase to SXSW for the first time was influenced by Choose Chicago, the centric tourism organization of the windy city, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Office of Tourism.