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Play On 2023
Wednesday, November 1 · City Winery Chicago
1200 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Doors 5:00pm · Show 7:00pm
The JuJu Exchange
featuring alumni Nico Segal, Julian Davis Reid, and Nova Zaii
The JuJu Exchange is a musical partnership of three childhood friends from Chicago: Nico Segal, Julian Davis Reid and Nova Zaii. They create exploratory and nuanced music that call us all to wonder and trust. Their music, mostly instrumental, blends acoustic and digital instruments to further meaningful exchange among seemingly disparate cultures. They hope their music inspires the listener to participate in the kinds of exchange the world desperately needs. Their latest record is JazzRx, a project of sonic medicine and vitamins made with you in mind. Listen on all streaming platforms.
King Melik (aka Bryce Thompson) is a 21-year-old Merit alum and classically trained recording artist and violinist from Chicago, Illinois. King Melik began his musical genesis at a very young age of 6 with playing the violin. Homeschooled his entire life, he had a substantial amount of time to thoroughly practice after his studies.
For the past 3-4 years he’s been studying new age rap and finding ways to keep his lyrics more relatable and cleaner for a diverse audience, all while maintaining his melodic flow crediting his mainstream appeal. His highly anticipated project “Sanctuary” has garnered an early buzz and recognition from the city.
Merit alums Bryce Thompson and Bruce Thompson with James Watts, Gabriel Alex, and Zach Vaz.