Pick of Next Week! Northalsted Market Days (August 8-9, 2015)

On August 8th and 9th, Boystown, in Chicago, will be filled with over 300,000 people jamming to music, eating from Chicago food trucks, and perusing the merchandise tents. Northalsted Market Days is an annual two day festival along North Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Addison Avenue. The festival consists of three music stages: the Addison Stage, the Roscoe Stage, and the Belmont Stage.

Saturday’s headliners include: Blu Cantrell, Who is Fancy, Jack & Jack, Xelle, and En Vogue.
Blu Cantrell is an R&B and soul singer-songwriter. She originally rose to fame with her single “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)”, which earned her two Grammy nominations in 2002.

Fancy, better known as Who is Fancy, is an artist with one of the most interesting backgrounds I’ve heard of. He was presented at the iHeartMedia Music Summit as one of the Republic Records priorities for 2015, but his identity was kept secret. His single “Goodbye” was released on the mainstream radio in 2015 under the name “Fancy”, yet no one knew his real name or face. After the release of three separate music videos for “Goodbye”, which included three different stand-in lip synchers, speculation as to “Who is Fancy” quickly followed. Fancy revealed himself on The Tonight Show Starting Jimmy Fallon on April 7, 2015.

Jack & Jack is a pop-rap duo who found success via the social media app Vine. Their 2014 single “Wild Life” made it onto the top 100 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Xelle is a pop girl-group. Their debut video “Party Girl” found success due to it’s content. The group, members unknown at the time, hijacked a moving train in New York City and turned the car into a party. The video is freaking awesome, go check it out on YouTube.

En Vogue is an R&B girl group, popular in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Their most famous songs include: “Don’t Let Go”, “My Lovin” and “Free Your Mind”.

Sunday’s headliners include: Aaron Carter, Sidewalk Chalk, Salt-N-Pepa, and All 4 One. Aaron Carter is a pop artists that found much of his success in the early 2000’s. His song “I Want Candy” and his cameo in the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire made him every pre-teen girls’ dream boy.

Sidewalk Chalk is a hip-hop, funk group from Chicago. Since their 2012 debt album release, Corner Store, they have gained much success and have shared the stage with greats such as Questlove, De La Soul, and Jean Grae.

Every hip-hop fan knows of Salt-N-Pepa. Members “Salt”, “Pepa”, and “DJ Spinderalla”, make up one of the first all-female rap groups. They’re best known songs include: “Push It”, “Let’s Talk About Sex”, and “Shoop”.

All 4 One is a R&B group who were popular in the 90’s. Their best known song, “I Swear”, zoomed up the charts in 1994.

For a complete lineup check out: http://www.northalsted.com/pages/northalsted_market_days__2015/152.php

Market Days’ line up is just as unique as these artists’ back stories. If you’re a fan of hip-hop, R&B and pop you can’t miss these incredible artists perform. Don’t forget to use PlaylistHQ to help you create kick ass playlists for this festival at this custom page.

Liz Byrom

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