The Soulful Vocal Talents of Michael Avery

By Charlie Ainslie (N’DIGO Editor David Smallwood contributed to this story.) Chicago-based singer Michael Avery can’t remember the moment he wanted to become a professional musician. “It’s all I’ve ever known, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t sing,” he says. “I could take a break for a minute, but I would Read More …

Let Mavis “Take You There!”

                                                          The performance list for this incredible evening of entertainment just keeps growing, so much so that it’s got to be an all-night thang next Wednesday, November Read More …

Keep on Keepin’ On

“Keep on Keepin’ On” is a beautiful film about the love of friendship. It is a poetic film about mentoring, loving life and honoring musical talent. It is an intimate portrayal of Clark Terry, often referred to as “CT” and he is perhaps the best trumpeter that ever lived. At 93 years old and in Read More …

Steely Dan: Still Jamming A Lot After All These Years

I told my twenty-something model actress friend that I had tickets to see Steely Dan. She said, “Great. Who’s he?!” I smiled and thought of the lyrics to the group’s song Hey Nineteen: “She don’t remember the Queen of Soul,” then looked my pretty friend over and shrugged it off while thinking of another line Read More …

N’ The Loop: Chicago West Side Music Festival

The Chicago Westside Music Festival is back! August 16th, 12-8pm presented by BMO Harris. This FREE musical mash-up features ’90s R&B throwback sounds from 112 & Brownstone, paired with a hot list of Chicago artists! Families will have a blast with the Radio Disney presentation at 1pm, the Chicago Park District’s “Kids Zone” from 12-4pm, Read More …

Smokie Norful – Forever Yours

If you were to infuse gospel, 70’s soul and contemporary R&B; the influences of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and other male soul/R&B vocalists of the 70’s and 80’s you would have the anointed powerful heartfelt vocals of Smokie Norful. Son of a Preacher Man Norful, son of an African Methodist Episcopal Church Read More …

Profile: Chicago Artist D.A. Smart

“Chicago!  Chicago! My kind of town.”   I’m sure you’re familiar with that song. It’s our hometown anthem.  Did you know that Chicago has another anthem?  This anthem you won’t hear being sang by Frank Sinatra.  Instead, you’ll hear it being rapped and bumping from the speakers of cars on the street.  Our other anthem is Read More …

Catching Up with Tatyana Ali

                                By Jordan A. Porter-Woodruff | japwoodruff@gmail.com N’DIGO recently caught up with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air child star and current actress and R&B Singer, Tatyana Ali. Recently wrapping up Queen Latifah’s new film, November Rule and coming out with a Read More …