Posted by: Olivia Cerza
“Our rap shows are a touch magical,” said Open Mike Eagle on his Instagram earlier this week. With creatively witty lyrics and an unprecedented stage presence, it’s no secret that Open Mike Eagle knows how to put on a show.
Born in Chicago, Eagle has a special relationship with the city. In 2017, he put out “Brick Body Kids Still Daydream,” an album based on his experiences of witnessing change within Chicago. The album is inspired by the 2007 demolition of the Robert Taylor Homes building on the south side, uprooting over 11,000 Chicagoans and leaving many homeless. Exploring feelings of frustration and sadness, “Brick Body Kids Still Daydream” encourages response and action and shines a spotlight on the ramifications of gentrification.
Since then, Eagle has released “When I try to Relax,” an EP that speaks on interacting in today’s society. By taking a comedic approach to the horrifying truths of our modern age, Eagle paints a vibrant picture of the anxieties of today, especially on the opening track “Relatable (peak OME).”
Check out Eagle’s music video for “MicroFishe” off When I try to Relax below:
Open Mike Eagle is swinging through Chicago with a performance April 1st, 2019 at Schubas with special guests Samus and Video Dave. Tickets are still available here. Grab ‘em while you can, you won’t want to miss witnessing this magic in person.
Check out the rest of his US trek below:
03/28 – Milwaukee, WI – Marquette University
03/29 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
03/31 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater – Encore Room
04/01 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
04/03 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
04/04 – Cambridge, MA – Sonia’s
04/06 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse
04/07 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
04/09 – Nashville, TN – Bluebird Cafe
04/10 – Atlanta, GA – 529
04/13 – Tallahassee, FL – FSU – Club
04/20 – Lansing, MI – The Avenue Café