Art Norman of NBC 5 speaks to Naimah Latif of ON AIR Magazine at the Celebrity Lounge at 2020 East 83rd Street in Chicago where talented performers are paying tribute to legendary singers David Ruffin, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross and Chaka Khan, a production of Commission Bos Brand Illusions, created by Lloyd DeJohnette. Audiences enjoy visual renditions of popular artists performing their most memorable R & B hits each Wednesday evening.
Performing artist Sherie Yvette discusses with ON AIR Magazine host Naimah Latif why she pays honor and tribute to the legendary Whitney Houston through her stage performances. She also shares her personal health challenges and how she continues to use her artistic gifts to inspire audiences despite the struggle to restore her body to wellness. Whitney Houston is known for her powerful voice as a Grammy Award winning singer and memorable performances as a screen actress in films such as "The Body Guard" and "The Preacher's Wife."
Chaka Khan, the famed lead singer of the group Rufus who was honored with a street named after her in Chicago's Hyde Park community is someone Asia has long admired. She studied the energy, style and stage performances of Chaka Khan for years and now joins a number of performers as part of Commission Bos Brand Illusions in creating a unique interpretation of the performance of Chaka Khan's most memorable hits on Wednesday evenings at the Celebrity Lounge.
Creator of Commission Bos Brand Illusions, Producer Lloyd DeJohnette discusses his inspiration to honor legendary R&B singers with the talented performing artists who are featured each Wednesday at the Celebrity Lounge, 2020 E. 83rd Street in Chicago. In addition to his work behinds the scenes in production, Lloyd also offers a visual expression of singer David Ruffin, who after his career with the Temptations, continued as a solo artist, performing some of his original songs.
Evoking the feelings audiences had as they watched the heartfelt performance of love songs by David Ruffin, Lloyd DeJohnette pays tribute to this memorable R & B artist whose unique voice defined much of the soulful love ballads of the 1960's, 70's and 80's, as lead singer for The Temptations and as a solo artist. Photo by John L. Alexander.
No one can bring screams of excitement from the ladies like Luther Vandross. Performer Tim Bolhar brings those memories to life as he expresses the movement and mannerisms of the Grammar Award winner whose style continues to influence many of today's male vocalists. Photo by John L. Alexander
Author and Playwright Raymond Goode brings history to life in his stage play entitled "Through Their Eyes" telling stories from the past and the present through a creative stage presentation at ETA Theater in Chicago. From slaves from the past escaping to freedom with Harriet Tubman to crack addicts from the present day trying to drown their problems by staying high, author Raymond Goode presents the stories "Through Their Eyes."
A rifle toting Harriet Tubman, portrayed by actress Margo Harper, reminds frightened escapees who try to go back that they will either "be free or die." Photo by Naimah Latif
Author Raymond Goode, who also directed the cast, thanks the actors for sharing with audiences a journey through history and the present day. Photo by Naimah Latif
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden arrives at Chicago’s Midway Airport Tuesday, October 12, 2021, to visit particular locations in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, commemorated in October. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
First Lady Jill Biden warmly greets Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth as Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other officials step forward. Photo by Parthenia Luke
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and U. S. Congressman Chuy Garcia stand by to greet First Lady Jill Biden as she embraces Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Dr. Biden’s two day Chicago visit included a tour of the National Museum of Mexican Art with Congressman Garcia. Dr. Biden has been visiting cities across the country to discuss issues of importance to the Latino community. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinke extends an enthusiastic welcome to First Lady Jill Biden whose visit extended to Wednesday October 13, 2021. On Wednesday morning she continued her tour of Chicago at Arturo Technical Institute and held a Roundtable discussion. with Governor Pritzker and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. Photo by Parthenia Luke
CHICAGO, IL - G-MO Productions presents “Summer Music Series” starring Julia Huff and The Company Band, Thursday July 8, 2021, a performance that kicked off two months of outdoor entertainment in the Courtyard of the South Loop Hotel, located at 11 W. 26th Street in Chicago.
Photo Credit - John L. Alexander/GMO Productions
The South Loop Hotel, known as Chicago's only Black Owned hotel establishment, is showcasing some of Chicago's most renowned artists. This music series, extending from July 8 to August 27, 2021, will feature Smooth Jazz, Blues, Straight Ahead Jazz, Reggae, Comedy and R&B performances.
Photo Credit - John L. Alexander/G-MO Productions
"We have assembled the best of the best," said Gregory Modeste of G-MO Productions. "Please join us every Thursday and Friday through Labor Day weekend."
The South Loop Hotel is observing safe distancing and masks if not seated. Doors open at 6pm, tickets $30 online at www.gmoproductions.com, $35 at the door.
Photo Credit - John L. Alexander/G-MO Productions
COUNTRYSIDE, IL - The legendary Gladys Knight gave a great performance at Tavern on LaGrange in Countryside IL June 17, 2021, taking audiences down memory lane as she sang a lot of her old hits in a new style of music. Marshall Thompson, the last original living member of the Chi-Lites, was among the stars present. He gave an account of his start playing drums for Gladys Knight. The Sons of Chic
CHICAGO, IL - AARP and GMO Productions put on a Comedy/Blues show featuring Chicago’s own Comedian Damon Williams to start the show. Host Harrison D. Kern interviews Comedian Damon Williams during a live performance. Buddy Guy’s daughter Carlise Guy and her Blues Band The NuBlu Band gave an outstanding show on February 03, 2021 at Epiphany of the Arts in Chicago, IL
(Photo by John L Alexander/GMO Productions)
Audiences felt the blues from the soul of Carlise Guy as she performed at Epiphany of the Arts, moving some to tears. Photo by John L.Alexander.
Strumming soulful sounds is the NuBlu Bland guitarist, accentuating the bluesy lyrics of songstress Carlise Guy. Photo by John L. Alexander