Nest Fest 2012 featuring Saul Williams, Freddy Kenton Jr., DJ Nonstop and many more!!

Nest Fest 2012 (1st Annual Arts and Music Festival)
@ Northeastern Illinois University (5500 N. St Louis Chicago, IL in Student Union Building)

Nest Fest is NEIU’s 1st Arts and Music Festival and features internationally renowned spoken word artist Saul Williams, Freddy K.Y La Dynastia, DJ Nonstop, Konflik, The Single Helix, Connect Force Breakers, Medium Well, dREAM, DJ Env, Le Roy, Bearadox, Ra Perre Shelton, Sons of Mary and much more!

Nest Fest is an eclectic mix of hiphop, latin music, spoken word,indy rock,and blues from international, local, and student performers. Nest Fest will also feature live artists, a marketplace for student artists, and the Chicago Art Associations Spring Art Show.

When: Saturday April 14th 3pm-9pm

Where: NEIU Student Union

Cost: Free All Day!!!

Saul Williams (Spoken Word/Hip-Hop)

Saul Williams’ poetry has served as the archetype for a new generation of poets and spoken word artists. His groundbreaking work as a writer and actor in the critically acclaimed film, Slam (Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize ’98; Cannes’ Camera D’Or ’98), placed him as a figurehead of the spoken word/slam poetry movement that has spread across the United States and culminated in such commercial successes as Def Poetry Jam. Williams is the author of three collections of poetry: ,said the shotgun to the head., She, and The Seventh Octave.
Website: http://

Freddy K. Y La Dynastia (Latin)

Freddy was raised in Puerto Rico where he grew up to witness his famous father’s successful career in Latin America & the United States latin scenes. “La Dynastia” consists of many latin music styles like Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggeaton, Latin R&B and Dance. Freddy has been on the same stages with famous artists such as El Gran Combo,La Sonora Poncena,Carlos Y Alejandra, Domenic Marte, Bachata Heightz, Loisaidas, and Pitbull to name a few.
Website: http://

DJ Nonstop

DJ NonStop, has always aspired to bring the hip hop spotlight to his hometown and his people. DJ NonStop has been doing both proud as one of Chicago’s premier deejays for the past twenty years. Always the consummate b-boy and a member of Chicago’s legendary graffiti crew ABC. It is his dedication paired with his sincere humility that distinguishes DJ NonStop from his contemporaries.
Website: DJNonstop1

Ra Perre Shelton (Spoken Word)

Ra Perre L. Shelton got his start as a youth poetry slam champion. In 2005, he became the youngest ever Def Jam poet featured on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, and the youngest champion for Chicago Black Pride’s “Windy City Slam.”
Website: user/RAofSUN/videos

Sons of Mary (Blues/Rock)

Proficient in an array of styles of music and songwriting the band covers almost every genre in the spectrum. While Blues/Rock is the main influence they feel comfortable in any situation. Never afraid to push the boundaries you will hear folk, reggae and hip hop peppered into everything.
Website: http://

Konflik (Hip-Hop)

Konflik is ascending to the top of his game as the Midwest’s most insightful
new age lyricists. With the aspiration to produce in the likes of his influences and balancing his instilled work ethic from his youth, he steps into the hip hop scene infused with a remarkable sense of individuality and creativity.
Website: http:// konflik2g

The Single Helix (Indy Rock)

There’s a rockin’ air of haunting mystery surrounding this local band’s unique mix of melodic Latin-flavored guitar rock. The Single Helix impressed SouthSide with a performance featuring an eclectic sound and music that truly didn’t need to be defined or categorized into a single genre.

Le Roy- (Comedy/Hip-Hop)

Between calling out orders and washing dishes at a deli in Bettendorf, Iowa, the founding members of Le Roy (Luh-Roy) wrote their first batch of nerdy and dirty songs in 2005 to the beat of a Casio SA-21 keyboard and the hum of a sandwich oven. Encouraged by the online reception of these tracks, Zilla, Seanye “Bearclaw” West, and Nasty Nate relocated to Chicago in 2007, refined their live show and expanded their song list.

Connect Force Breakers

CF has traveled to New York, Detroit, Shanghai, Venezuela, Atlanta, Oakland, and South Dakota, to participate in Hip-Hop events, service projects, and social justice movements. For a year, CF worked with community partners, Kuumba Lynx , and collaborated on programming at Clarendon Park.

dREAM (Spoken Word)

.:seeds:. Open Mic w/ special guests TBA

DJ Env

Medium Well (Hip-Hop)

Bearadox- (Hip-Hop)

Additional Acts and a Full Listing of featured and live Artists COMING SOON!!!

Sponsored by Northeastern Programming Board (NPB) in collaboration with NEIU Independent, NEIU Student Union, WZRD Radio 88.3FM, .:seeds:. Literary Arts Journal, Dept. of Cultural Events, Student Government Association, NEIU Hip-Hop Organization, Latinas in Power, and Chicago Art Association.