Columbia College Chicago's AEMMP Records Showcases Young Chicago Talent at South By Southwest

Emerging hip-hop artists, musicians, and business entrepreneurs join forces to bring a “Lil’ Taste of the Chi” to world's largest music festival

CHICAGO (March 14, 2018)Columbia College Chicago’s student-run AEMMP Records will host a special music showcase, “Lil’ Taste of the Chi,” on March 15, noon-6 p.m. in Austin, Texas, featuring young rising stars in hip-hop and other music genres out of Chicago.

“Lil’ Taste of the Chi” is planned and produced by Columbia business and entrepreneurship students who secure a venue and create a platform for Columbia hip-hop artists and musicians to perform. The production team and performers all had the opportunity this year to work with faculty member Alex Fruchter, who co-runs Closed Sessions (the “independent record label restoring Chicago hip-hop”).

This year, more than 100 Columbia students studying film, business, music, and more, are attending South by Southwest (SXSW) to network, attend workshops and panels, stage events, and perform.

Photo by Skylar Cheyenne on Twitter (@ColumAdmit).


WHO:           AEMMP Records

Alex Fruchter, Closed Sessions, Columbia faculty

Jerry Brindisi, Columbia faculty

Justin Sinkovich, Columbia faculty

Chad Nelson, Paradigm Talent Agency, Columbia faculty

ARTISTS:     Lucille Furs

Down With Webster


Town Criers

Marie Tha DJ


Matt Muse

Ajani Jones (just signed with Closed Sessions)


Musa Reems (signed with AEMMP Records November 2017) 

WHEN:        Thursday, March 15, 12-6 pm

WHERE:      Bat Bar, 218 S. 6th St., Austin, Texas

Twitter:        @ColumbiaChi  | @AEMMPHipHop | #sxccc18

Instagram:   ColumbiaChi AEMMPHiphop | #sxccc18  




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