Hard work pays off for Andy Roda and all other independent musicians. We need your push...

Another week has gone by and I am sitting in the office figuring out what this weeks topic is going to be. Just as I try and figure out how to fit Dwele or Jamiroquai into this blog, I receive an email with a music video attached. This email was from an artist that opened up for Jon B at one of our Absolut Soulful Sunday engagement marketing events in New York 10 years ago. The video is very creative and the artists’ name is Andy Roda.


Andy has a great soulful voice, can hit super high notes, has the swagger of a polished entertainer, and grew up listening to everyone from Chaka Khan to Ashford and Simpson. I mention those legends because Andy Roda was working for Ashford and Simpson when I met him and one of his good friends was Chaka Khans daughter.

I am happy to see that Andy Roda is still working hard and putting good music into the universe. There are plenty of artists the general public has never heard of and I want to do my best with this weeks blog to introduce you to some of them. If you are looking for a night out on the town filled with good music in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles here is a list of artists that should make your insides feel good while you have a drink or two.

Although this list is not complete it will allow for conversation among underground musicians and consumers who enjoy music for what it is.

One of my favorite songs of all times is a song from the Lost Boys entitled, “Music Makes Me High”. It was such a simple title, but it encompasses what music and lyrics matched with a good beat does to ones soul.

Find a good supper-club venue with the following artists and tell them that DJ FINK said hello: Big Brooklyn Red, Mya Azucena, Leaf, Angela Johnson, Tortured Soul, Aya, Baby James, Darrien Brockington, Georgia Ann Muldrow, Duddley Perkins, Goapele, Joy Denalane, Lamont Starr, Yahzarah, Lizz Fields, Matt Morris, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Remy Shand, Res, Rihan Benson, SB, Tressa Thomas, Ugochi, Van Hunt, Allison Crockett, Jason Luckett, Brother Ali, and many others that I may have forgotten while hosting the shows they opened and performed on.

There are also great bands out there doing their things providing the music that allows for the singers to strut their stuff. Much love goes out to, The Soul People Band, The Tastemaker House Band featuring Leon Q Allen, Zzaje, The Bushoongs, The Teddy Crockett Band and as you know this list could last forever as well.

Wow…Today I was going to do a review on the new Jamiroquai CD. After receiving the e-mail from Andy Roda, I thought it was best to show the local hard working artist some love.

We started this blog with Chicago Now to bring good music to the forefront of conversation. Today I feel great about giving some due to the artists and the bands that hardly ever get the national spotlight. But, that being said, these unsung heroes are keeping artistry around for generations to come.

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