$1 Beer Night:
Tonina, Mykele Deville
NIIKA (FKA Good at Bad), conceived and fronted by Russian-born Chicago native Nika Nemirovsky (guitar and voice), is an intricate pattern of voice and guitar woven through unexpected rhythmic shifts and swells of harmony. Lyrics that ornament themes of intimacy, body, and nature invite listeners to commune, restore, and release within the heart of the melody. NIIKA’s performances are a lush bath of ardent vocal performance, cradling harmonies, and seamless groove changes, which align like aural punctuation around Nika’s vivid storytelling and deep, organic vulnerability.
Tonina is a singer/songwriter, bassist, music journalist and poet from St. Louis, Missouri. She is signed to Empire Records and performs her original music along with her arrangements of covers in Spanish, Sicilian and English.
Mykele Deville is a rapper, poet, actor, teaching artist, and author from the west side of Chicago. His solo hip-hop and poetic recordings include Maintain (2019), Peace, Fam (2017), Each One Teach One (2016), and Super Predator (2016). He has performed on stages across Chicago and led workshops on hip-hop and identity. His work has been profiled in Billboard, AfroPunk, Flood Mag, Bandcamp, Noisey, OK Player, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, The Reader, Consequence of Sound, Vocalo radio, and NPR.