Chicago’s beaches come to life in the summer like a starved bear immersed in a pool of salmon. Things get a little wild. This year, Mamby on the Beach is bringing the feast on June 24 and 25 with lots of indie, hip-hop and beachy love from acts like Flying Lotus, Local Natives, BJ The Chicago Kid and many more performing at Chicago’s Oakwood Beach—one of Chicago’s many beaches with the unrivaled backdrop that reminds Chicagoans why the heck they stay through the winter. Mamby on the Beach is a production of React Presents, the same folks that produce the North Coast Music Festival and Spring Awakening. AXS has got the five best acts to catch at Mamby this summer.
It wouldn’t be right to start this list with any other than Chicago’s very own Saba. 22-year-old Tahj Malik Chandler is the hip-hop artist and producer behind the name, and after a North American tour from Seattle to Los Angeles and back to the Midwest, he’s coming home to end the summer at Mamby on the Beach. Known for his smooth cruising lyricism focused on coming of age, authenticity and wisdom passed from his elders, Saba comes from the west side of Chicago where Puerto Rican art lines walls, bachata music blends with the hip-hop bass coming from low- rider stereos and black and Hispanic folks co-exist in a cultural blend. Saba captures his experience of the west side’s beauty, treacherous nature and the diverse characters that co-exist there while showcasing his incredible storytelling capabilities and youthful energy on the hard-hitting indie-hip-hop sounding track “Westside Bound 3” featuring Joseph Chillams. After a sample of this talent, attendees will run to Mamby on the Beach when he performs on Saturday, June 24.
These indie rock crooners from LA will bring the California vibe to the beach this summer. After the release of their last album, Sunlit Youth, the band kicked off a tour spanning from December 2016 to early June 2017 starting in Austin, TX and ending in Barcelona. They’ll have a short break and then head to Chicago to bring their smooth tunes to the beach. AXS covered Local Native’s top 10 songs in March, so check it out before heading to Mamby on the Beach to see the band on Saturday, June 24.
Hitting the stage on Sunday, June 25 is another talent from LA; Flying Lotus. A true renaissance man of the arts, Flying Lotus is an experimental producer, filmmaker, musician, DJ and rapper with mass critical acclaim. Oh yea, it should be mentioned that he is related to the great jazz musicians Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane. Enough said. He’ll be making a stop at Mamby on the Beach in the middle of a North American summer tour that spans from Seattle to New York from May to August 2017. The tour is on the brink of a scheduled-to-be-released debut studio album called V.
Chicago native Sir the Baptist dabbles in hip-hop, R&B and philanthropy, and boy does he dabble well. A former Leo Burnett advertising exec, Sir The Baptist goes by William Jones Stokes to friends and family. He will be on the Mamby Beach stage on Sunday, June 25 and fans will either have his debut album to celebrate or will be awaiting the release as it is scheduled for an undisclosed date in 2017. It was just last year that Sir the Baptist was nominated for Impact Track of the Year at the BET Hip Hop Awards. The nomination was fitting as Sir is very politically engaged in his music and beyond. Don’t miss him at Mamby on the Beach.
STRFKR will bring the dance party to Mamby on the Beach on Sunday, June 25. The Portland Oregon natives have a sound that takes listeners to a dreamy summer day, but more boat parties and cabanas than bubbles and beach balls. The three-piece indie rock band released Bring No One, Going Nowhere in November 2016 and will be on tour May through July making Chicago a stop just after their hometown performance in Denver on May 20 (Click here for tickets). They are the perfect act for a day on the beach.