In the times of songs fabricated for TikTok sounds and the rise of derivative AI “music,” local scenes remain as vital lifelines to authenticity, innovation, and discernment. This year’s Chicago Artists to Watch Spring/Summer class reflects the breadth of authentic artistry and exciting new ideas happening around us. From their grit to vulnerable songwriting to imaginative melodies, these four artists do more than just make good music. They represent what it means to be yourself in your music and the power to build relationships with audiences who feel connected to you.
3159 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657