The Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Event designated 2020 as the Year of Music in Chicago. Our city’s music history has been mostly focused on the blues genre, often leaving other Chicago-centric music genres to be overlooked. Since music is at the epicenter of everything we do at OKRP, we wanted to showcase another side of Chicago’s music history that is just as rich and influential and deserves to be celebrated. To commemorate this year of music, OKRP celebrated Black History Month with an online retrospective of Chicago’s unique black music history.
Following our 3rd principle, “Putting the ‘agent’ in advertising agency,” we partnered with two Chicago music pioneers, Vince Lawrence and Tom Washington, to write and produce original music, video essays, interview sessions and era specific playlists that pay respect to the influential and often overlooked details of Chicago’s black music history. Throughout the month of February, OKRP published a weekly series called #312Soul, featuring original, archival, and curated content.