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Open Mike Eagle, Billy Woods, P.A.T. Junior 

When: Thu., Oct. 19, 9 p.m. 2017
Price: $12-$14

Open Mike Eagle (aka Michael Eagle) is a real family man, offering hip-hop for all ages—but he'd rather be known for his explicitly unique style than any preexisting label or condition. Music is often a bare expression of an artist's own personal emotions, but Eagle has taken it upon himself to empathetically use music to heal ailing communities, following the paths of Tupac, Laraaji, and Sun Ra. His emotional albums address real-world issues in a way that sends seeds of hope and understanding to those who might feel trapped in darkness. His particular concern is children of the African diaspora and an empowerment long overdue.

Eagle's earlier works demonstrate a monk-like mindfulness and dedication to improving the quality of life for his listeners and himself. But on his newest record, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, Eagle addresses the children of Chicago's recently demolished Robert Taylor project buildings with gospel-influenced production and jovial, fantastic rhymes proclaiming the holiness of all lives, even if the economy depreciates the value of those lives. His self-assuredness is contagious, a confidence boost and a smile delivered via smooth flow and mellow rhymes. With superhero motifs and clever quips, Eagle wears family values on his sleeve like a coat of armor against stark inequities. He, a thirty-six-year-old black man, leads by example. Rest on laurels? Nay, he has a long career ahead.

Eagle has consistently demonstrated an insigtful understanding of causation with his lyrical content and make-your-body-feel-good production. And with simplicity and sincerity, he pushes boundaries to make his music a tool for good. —Katie Hjerpe

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