Come on out to Ravenswood Manor Park this Friday evening at 7pm for another evening of FREE live entertainment!

Funky Hot GritsFunky Hot Grits (sponsored by Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association (RMIA))
Funky Hot Grits is an up and coming soul and rock band from Chicago. Modern soul meets Motown in their eclectic mix of original songs. Even though Funky Hot Grits is just in their second year, they’ve already performed at large venues like Hard Rock Cafe, Mayne Stage, and Double Door. They are currently working on their first EP.

Funky Hot Grits

Jess GodwinJess Godwin (sponsored by Bloom Yoga Studio)
Honest, unassuming, and passionate, Jess Godwin possesses one of the most dynamic voices both in and beyond the Chicago music scene. Combine the music of Alicia Keys, Sara Bareilles, Norah Jones, and Stevie Wonder, and you get the unique sound of this energetic redhead. She has released four EP’s, each one demonstrating her wide-ranging musical influences: To the Heart of It, Quiet the Room (produced by Jan Smith, vocal coach to Usher, Justin Beiber, and The Band Perry), Klutz, and her most recent self titled EP released in November. Godwin’s single, Katy’s Side, was featured on Keeping Up with the Kardashians last summer. Recent Chicago appearances include Mayne Stage, Double Door, Subterranean, Wilmette Theatre, and Bottom Lounge. Tour cities include NY, LA, Atlanta, SXSW,  VOODOOFEST, Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Boston, Vermont, and Philadelphia. As an actress, she has been on stage with Northlight Theatre (Snapshots), Musical Theater Co. (Pippin), Court Theatre (Carousel), Porchlight Music Theatre (Gypsy, A Wonderful Life, Sunday in the Park with George), Steppenwolf (Lady Madeline), Pegasus Players (Tick… Tick… BOOM!), and Bohemian Theatre Ensemble (The Wild Party, The Life, Songs for a New World). In 2012 Godwin’s voice was heard on the Wisconsin-based Patrick Cudahy radio jingle and the Lia Sophia theme song. When Jess is not performing, she teaches voice lessons in her private studio and theater classes at Columbia College and Northwestern University. Several times a year, she visits middle schools and high schools to talk to students, specifically girls, about body image and the music industry.

 Jess Godwin

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