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Saturday, May 3 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm

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How does music affect the human spirit? What does music have to do with Social Change? A multi-media panel presentation will feature Rhymefest and TL Williams discussing their work with Neli Vazquez-Rowland, founder of a A Safe Haven, an organization that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. Spotlighting two shorts; Raggedy Man by Sharon Kimbrough and Brenda Blonski with music by Butch Stewart & DREAM by Rhymefest & T.L. Williams with residents of A Safe Haven and Gus Redmond, Vice-President of Music Quest Entertainment. Moderated by Music Revolution to End Homelessness co-producer and founder of Music4Good Productions, Lynn Orman Weiss.


Lynn Orman Weiss

Lynn Orman Weiss, owner of Orman Music & Media Group & founder of Music4Good Productions, is a 2013 Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Silver Trumpet Award Winner & on the Advisory Board of A Safe Haven & Down With Guns, Up With Instruments Foundations, Infinite Scholars and a voting member of the Grammys & EARS, Engineer, Audio Recording Society. Lynn is the producer and host of WNUR, The Blues Show, 89.3 FM and music... Read More →



Che "Rhymefest" Smith is the quintessential renaissance man as a father, husband, entrepreneur and artist. Inspired by his life experiences in a single-parent household, Che has blazed a new trail in art, music and social activism. In 2005, Che won a Grammy for co-writing the legendary hit record “Jesus Walks,” performed by his childhood friend Kanye West. He has served as co-writer on many of Kanye’s albums including Late... Read More →

Brenda Blonski

Brenda Blonski spent over 25 years as a writer in the fast paced, high-powered advertising industry; working her way from junior copywriter all the way up the corporate ladder to Senior VP, Group Creative Director. Brenda spent her marketing career producing award winning television, radio, magazine and digital ads for high profile brands such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, P & G, Toyota and General Mills. | | During a hiatus from her... Read More →

Sharon Kimbrough

Sharon Kimbrough is an experienced freelance producer who uses her talents to manage the budgets, schedules and details of production project. She has managed projects with small and million dollar budgets. Kimbrough started her creative career in 1974 with Burrell Communications Group of Chicago as a Creative Secretary and worked her way up the company to Senior Vice President/Director of Broadcast Production Services. During her career at... Read More →

Gus Redmond

Redmond has spent the last 40 years working with the "Who's Who" within the recording industry. Redmond assisted in the success of over 592 *Hit songs and also dabbled in the creative side by co-writing such hits as "The Sly, Slick and the Wicked" by the Lost Generation and "Mellow Mellow Right On" by Lowrell Simon.  Redmond is co producer of The Music Revolution to End Homelessness.

Butch Stewart

For Chicagoans knowledgeable about the music scene, the name “Butch Stewart” usually brings to mind three things; The Tom Joyner Morning Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Butch has also created "themed"music for the Tavis Smiley Show. Butch is the creator and producer for the theme song, “Oh, oh, oh...it’s the Tom Joyner Morning Show” a Reach Media production. He also created and produced, “Get With The... Read More →

Neli Vazquez-Rowland

Neli Vazquez-Rowland, founder of a A Safe Haven, an organization that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose.

T.L. Williams

It has become extremely difficult to talk about Chicago Music without mentioning T. L. Williams. At this rate, it will soon be extremely difficult to talk about pop culture without mentioning T. L. Williams. The voice for a new generation has been in the grooming process for a few years. Now, through undeniably epic music, it’s time to hear what the voice has to say. Born and raised in the west suburbs of Chicago, T. L. Williams started... Read More →

Saturday May 3, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Gorilla Tango 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.