Wednesday June 14 | 8:30 pm11:30 pm
ACE OF CUPS I: Mykele Deville, Akenya, Jade T. Perry, Half Gringa$10ACE OF CUPS I: Mykele Deville, Akenya, Jade T. Perry, Half Gringa
Abundance, fulfillment, and inner power: the Ace of Cups rejoices in intuition and quenches our thirst with creative energy. The first of a two-part series curated by Lakshmi Ramgopal (Lykanthea), ACE OF CUPS I features sounds and words from Chicago’s Mykele Deville, Akenya, Half Gringa, and writer Jade Perry. To sustain us between sets, Alia Ra’naa Walston will provide tarot consultations at the bar.
$10/$5 with current student ID
Rapper Mykele Deville celebrates blackness and condemns its oppression through performances filled with “yearning, fury, sadness and eventually, a new, difficult-to-pin-down form of hope” (Chicago Tribune). With the release of his EP Peace, Fam and an opening slot for BJ the Chicago Kid, Deville is a steadily rising star in Chicago’s DIY scene: striving, inexorable, and startlingly beautiful.
Imagine a Venn diagram. You have a circle for jazz. Another for pop. A third for funk. And more for hip-hop, soul, and classical. At the center you’ll find vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Akenya Seymour. An artist whose mastery of genre yields music as delicate as it is commanding, her growing roster of collaborators includes Noname, Vijay Iyer, Chance the Rapper and with appearances.
JADE T. PERRY
Jade T. Perry is a writer, speaker, and co-founder of Mystic Soul. With intricate prose and humorous empathy, her writing makes deep dives into blackness, womanism, and the chronic pain and joy of life before resurfacing with cathartic wisdom.
“…complex, nuanced music that pleases as much as it challenges” (Chicago Tribune): helmed by Izzy Olive, Half Gringa explores Midwestern Latinx selfhood with songs that specialize in the solemn, the wry, and the artfully candid. Posing questions with horns, guitars, and vocals, Half Gringa wants to know: what does it mean to be home when you’re from so many places?
ALIA RA’NAA WALSTON
Daughter of Chicago and High Priestess of the stars, Alia Ra’naa Walston dedicates her tarot practice to filling gaps in our self-knowledge with advice on healthful living. She’s the ideal guide for the journey the Fool in each of us makes.