Tunde Olaniran is one of the most beloved fixtures of the Detroit music scene, as well as a driving force within the growing artistic community in Flint, MI (where he currently resides.) On the heels of his debut album (Transgressor), Olaniran embarked on his first U.S. national tour in support of noise pop darlings Sleigh Bells. He was named NPR’s Top Artist to Watch at SXSW and performed to a homecoming audience of 5000+ at MoPop Festival in Detroit. After collaborating with fellow Michigan artists Flint Eastwood (“Push”) and Mona Haydar (“Hijabi” &“Dog”), Tunde also made his first European appearances in London, Derby (Y Not Festival) and France (Festival Les Escales.) His previous recordings have led to plenty of praise from outlets such as The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Noisey, Afropunk and countless others while his penchant for channeling his energies into additional projects as an author, choreographer, video director and community organizer has made Olaniran’s voice one that can’t help but be heard.
RV Mendoza is a queer Filipinx disco pop songwriter and performer that engages conversations on sexuality, gender, and diasporic experiences.
Born in the Philippines, RV is based in Detroit, Michigan, where, as an active member of LGBTQ+ spaces, he organizes events and performances. He has performed on stages across the world, including Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, Paris, Manila, New York City, Lyon, and Quebec City.
Since being heard on MTV’s hit show “Teen Wolf” in 2013 with Flint Eastwood, the demand for RV’s songwriting led to the release of his first album, “Uhaw Island,” in March 2018. In May 2018, he finished a three-month tour in Manila, Philippines, as an Artist in Residency with Pineapple Lab, an arts and performance hub.
RV’s catchy personality has been featured in Buzzfeed, TEAM Magazine and Scout among others.
Hey Rae Chardonnay is a DJ and Arts Administrator with a background in events management and production. She began DJing in 2010 and has since held residencies at venues in Chicago including Underground Wonder Bar and The Promontory and has circulated many private and public events to share her musical styling techniques. She is the Founder of Black Eutopia, a series of segmented programming intended to cultivate space for marginalized communities. She is also a co-founder of Party Noire. Rae utilizes her passion for activism to create community outreach and development strategies through event coordination. Her involvement in programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Stony Island Arts Bank, School of the Art Institute and various arts organizations have catapulted her career in unimaginable ways. She is dedicated to encouraging a life of open-minded learning and expression.
Musical explorations include house from around the world, soul, funk, disco & hip hop from the new and old school. Recently noted as Chicago’s BEST DJ by the Chicago Reader, she is dedicated to making backs sweat on the dance floor.
Ahya Simone is a Detroit-based Harpist, Singer-songwriter, and filmmaking femme queen who fuses R&B/Soul, Jazz, Experimental, and Electronical elements into a multi-faceted landscape.
Thair is a 24 year old vocalist and songwriter who brings people together through the honesty of his music. He is the lead singer of Chicago alternative band Astro Samurai but his solo music focuses more on his experience as a queer person of color.