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REVIEW: AAHH FEST


AAHH Fest is more than just another festival in the already festival laden Chicago. The festival, presented by Common and Dondas House, made a surprise comeback after a one year hiatus after it’s debut in 2014. The festival, which began as a one day festival to raise awareness about youth violence in Chicago, and celebrate hip-hop, added a second Community Day. It was an action packed day full of local music, special guest performances, and community vendors and organizations.

Local artists were given the opportunity to perform and audition for a slot on the Main Stage the following day with the main acts like The Internet, J.Cole, and Vic Mensa. Some of our Chicago favorites took the stage including, The Pack Drum Line, John the Author, and Ace da Vinci.

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ace da vinciAce Da Vinci
john the authorJohn The Author and John Renaissance

Common even brought out some special guest performers for the Community Day. Vic Mensa took the stage to perform a couple songs, including his highly emotional “Sixteen Shots,” about the shooting of Laquan Mcdonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. He ended the performance of the song by lying on the ground while the original recording of the scanner played in the background. It was a bold statement to be made in front of the teenagers in attendance.

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vic mensaVic Mensa

Chance the Rapper also made a surprise appearance though he was on the heels of his Magnificent Coloring Book Festival taking place at the White Sox Stadium. The crowd went crazy when he ran out onto the stage. For Chicago and many people, he is a vision of hope and has had an inspirational journey to stardom, and you can feel the genuine emotion in his voice when he talks about politics, music, and the arts in general. He performed crowd favorites, “Praises,” “No Problem,” and “Sunday Candy,” sans his friend and fellow rising Chicago star Jamila Woods. Taylor Bennett, and Tink, both Chicago bred, headlined the day.

PHOTO CREDITS: DANIEL MARTINEZ OF THE LIFE PROJECT