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.
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 houseofblues.com
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LISTEN UP: Moore & Friends on AUX Populi podcast