This November, Chicago is all about the music.
Red Bull is blessing the Windy City with a month of back to back shows with their 30 Days in Chicago Sound Select lineup— showcasing an FOMO-inducing curation of the latest music heavyweights. Every night a different music act will grace venues up and down the city, celebrating the musicians that have been vital parts of soundtracking 2017.
The industry’s most buzz-worthy Latino artists come into town midway through the month, and below we have the five acts you cannot miss. From trap princess BIA to Colombian queen Kali Uchis, Sound Select’s lineup is not to be missed.
We’ve crafted a playlist with some of our favorite tracks from the lineup. Press play and get hype.
Self-proclaimed Perico Princess BIA is sure to have one of the most high energy shows during Sound Select month. The Boston native of Puerto Rican-Italian descent rhymes over booming trap tracks—often narrating the hip-hop glam, jet-set lifestyle that she’s dreamed of achieving since she was a little girl. Catch BIA November 19th, opening for Lizzo at Pilsen venue Thalia Hall.
November 28th will be a homecoming for Guatemalan R&B crooner Jesse Baez. The Chicago born artist is a standout in the experimental “Latino sad-boy R&B” genre. Baez’s standout tracks, like “Apaga la luz” and his Spanish cover of PartyNextDoor’s “Come and See Me (Ven a Verme)”, showcase his smooth vocal delivery over modern R&B-inspired beats. Let Baez narrate your foray into cuffing season, and be sure to bring a date to his set at Wicker Park’s Chop Shop, November 28th.
Sabrina Claudio, Miami’s seductive R&B songstress, has been tantalizing listeners since her debut EP, Confidently Lost. With her latest project, About Time, the Cubarican musician continues to explore themes of independence, self love and sensuality over her smooth and sultry productions. Like her fellow Sound Select counterpart Kali Uchis, Claudio’s visuals are uniquely her own—sunlit, stunning, glimmering shots of Claudio in her womanly glory— showing her fans that it’s always okay to feel yourself. Claudio headlines at Lakeview’s Schuba’s Tavern, November 12th.
Kali Uchis has been the current reigning princesa de Colombia, mesmerizing fans across the globe with her funk-infused, sultry, summery tracks. Her work with new wave hip-hop producers like Tyler, The Creator or alternative legends the Gorillaz, have catapulted her into a new place of musical notoriety that few Latina musicians in the US achieve, even in 2017. Deft at composing and writing songs that narrate the complexities of modern day millennial love, Uchis is also a style icon in the making; her clear and concise aesthetic perfectly compliments her burgeoning body of work. Catch Uchis headlining at Pilsen’s Thalia Hall, November 9th.
French-Cuban twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz are the soulful duo that make up Ibeyi. Their latest album, Ash, has critics and fans buzzing over their unapologetic analysis of womanhood and race relations, interwoven with their signature explorations of Yoruba spirituality. The Diaz twins are some of the most visible and vocal Afrolatina artists breaking into the mainstream industry currently. The sisters take the stage November 10th, at The Metro in Wrigleyville.