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Chicago, March 27, 2024

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Hosts 6th Annual Charitable Concert "Sound of Summer" at House of Blues Chicago

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group will host its sixth annual music showcase, Sound of Summer, on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at the House of Blues Chicago.

Founded in 2015, Sound of Summer is an annual event dedicated to raising money for charitable causes through a celebration of music. It is more than just a concert. It's a community of music lovers, artists, industry professionals, and volunteers who come together to create a unique and unforgettable experience. This year's charitable recipient is Musically Fed, a non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize the music industry in the fight against hunger. Musically Fed works with artists, promoters, management, and venues nationwide to donate unused backstage meals to community organizations comprised of at least 50% veterans and who focus on feeding people facing homelessness, hunger, and food insecurity.

To learn more about Musically Fed, click here.

The firm welcomes four amazing artists to perform at House of Blues on June 13, 2024, including:

  • Kid Quill. A recording artist from Indianapolis, IN, whose sound is a hybrid of hip-hop, pop, and alternative. He has grown a core fanbase from touring in the early stages of his career. Over recent years, he's performed at festivals such as Firefly, Electric Forest, Breakaway, and Lollapalooza, where he broke the record for highest attendance at the BMI Stage. As an independent artist, he has amassed over 200 million streams, become a global ambassador for the Indiana Pacers, and was selected for Soundcloud's “First On Soundcloud” Class of 2021. He will be releasing new music leading up to his highly anticipated upcoming album slated for Spring 2024.
  • Capital Soirée. An indie pop band from Chicago, which started as a childhood trio between best friends James Kourafas (vocals/guitar), Max Romero (bass), and Steven Rejdukowski (guitar). The band has grown from practicing in their basement to playing some of the most acclaimed stages in Chicago, all while maintaining the enthusiasm of some neighborhood kids with a dream. With the addition of Dean Sinclair (drums), Capital Soirée's latest EP, "Reruns," demonstrates the band at their most current: a bit melancholic, weathered by change, and nostalgic for the past but still hopeful for the future.
  • OSTON. OSTON's music feels like you're reading a page straight from her diary. Now residing in LA, the Park City, Utah native is known for her punchy, vulnerable lyricism that resonates with the masses. OSTON's music has been consistently featured on Spotify's 'New Music Friday' and various other playlists across streaming platforms. Her latest EP, "Melancholia," landed her the cover of Spotify's 'SALT' playlist and has amassed nearly 11M streams since its release via Virgin Music. With US tours supporting JORDY, The Greeting Committee, and VÉRITÉ under her belt and festival appearances such as Lollapalooza, OSTON is set to support Hunter Hayes on his US tour in May.
  • Nico Segal. A Trumpeter and Producer from Chicago, kicked off his steady ascent as a founding member of the highly regarded band Kids These Days with Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa. Nico has thereafter built a sneakily impressive resume over the next ten years, touring with Frank Ocean, founding The Social Experiment and producing their 2015 album "Surf," writing and producing for Chance the Rapper, as well as occupying a myriad of high-profile stages, including three performances on Saturday Night Live, a Tiny Desk performance, the 2016 National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Obama White House, the NBA All-Star game, the ESPYS, NY Jazz Fest, and TEDxChicago. Coupled with multiple Grammy Nominations and winning for Production on Chance The Rapper's "Coloring Book," one would be hard-pressed to find heights Segal has yet to reach. Despite an already well-established career, his smile has frequently gone unseen. All that luster he needed to take center stage is often spared for collaboration with others; Nico Segal's latest solo project, "Tell the Ghost Welcome Home," will serve as a Grand re-introduction to an artist of luminary presence and humble beginnings.

Doors open at the House of Blues at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on the Sound of Summer website or directly through House of Blues/Live Nation. In addition, raffle tickets will be sold, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Musically Fed, and a food drive will be held to further support the cause.

“We are excited for Sound of Summer to return in 2024 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to expanding our partnership with artists who share our enthusiasm for giving back to the community,” said Jeff Becker, Founder of Sound of Summer and Chair of SMB Entertainment & Media Law Practice Group.

To learn more about Sound of Summer, click here.

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