Moore & Friends play the House of Blues stage Thursday, Jan. 9, with Rotten Mouth, Space Mafia and Signal the Launch. - Courtesy of KBev Photo

Moore & Friends rep Elgin on House of Blues stage

Andrew Moore’s career is awash in collaboration. 

Nearly three years ago, the Elgin hip-hop artist spearheaded the “Shop Local” project, a collection of 11 songs performed with area musicians, each accompanied by a “cover” from an area visual artist. 

He and his group of musical compatriots –– Moore & Friends, featuring Jalen “0bs3rve” Little (drums), Mike Szostek (guitar), Brandon Malm (saxophone) and Kasz (turntables) — have grown into their individual and combined sounds together. 

And their work within Elgin-area institutions such as the Side Street Studio Arts and the Gail Borden Public Library has inspired a community of young musicians. 

SEE MORE: Moore & Friends, Rotten Mouth, Space Mafia, Signal the Launch — House of Blues 1/9/20

On Thursday, Jan. 9, this team of independent artists gets to show the world what they’re up to as they headline the House of Blues. 

Moore and the band — along with Angrous, Young Sleepless and Dave Stone, members of the Elgin-based Watch City collective — bring their hip-hop jams and hometown pride to the legendary Chicago stage in front of the community they helped build. 

A culmination of years of hard work, Thursday’s show is a milestone for Moore and a step ahead for the indie artists on the Chicago and suburban music scenes. 

Rounding out the 17+ showcase hosted by SwizzleSteve Presents are Rotten Mouth (whose 2019 release “The Moon Man” was delicious, groove-rock listening), heavy-leaning alternative from Space Mafia and Signal the Launch’s blues-influenced rock. 

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Moore & Friends, Rotten Mouth, Space Mafia, Signal the Launch

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9
Where: House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
Tickets: $10-$15; (312) 923-2000 or

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LISTEN UP: Moore & Friends on AUX Populi podcast

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