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The Ascension of Greatness: A Journey of Unbridled Passion and Artistic Excellence



In the vibrant city of Dublin, Georgia, a fresh voice is resonating in the hip-hop scene. Greatness, a gifted artist with an innovative sound and unwavering commitment, is poised to leave an indelible mark on the music industry. With his latest release, “Thiz Iz Not A Drill,” Greatness showcases his remarkable storytelling ability and emotional depth, seamlessly blending heavy instrumentation with soulful samples. This 12-track project offers a glimpse into his mind and experiences, revealing an artist unafraid to confront his emotions and share his truth.

Greatness’s love affair with music began at a tender age, inspired by legendary icons like The Notorious B.I.G, Nas, and Jay-Z. He pursued a formal education in recording arts at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, FL, laying a solid foundation for his career. This foundation enabled him to make a significant impact in the music industry and master the business’s intricacies.

Greatness’s music is a testament to his diverse influences, ranging from east coast hip-hop to soul and reggae. His admiration for Bob Marley and The Notorious B.I.G is evident in his soulful delivery and lyrical depth. This unique blend of styles has resulted in a distinctive sound that sets him apart in the industry.

What drives Greatness is his unbridled passion for music and his determination to put Dublin, Georgia, on the map. He is part of a new generation of artists who are redefining the sound of hip-hop and pushing the boundaries of creativity. When he’s not creating music, Greatness can be found reading or watching boxing, a sport he is passionate about. His love for words and rhythm is evident in his poetry, which he writes daily to stay sharp and inspired.

Greatness’s advice to upcoming artists is to stay focused, perfect their craft, and remain true to themselves. His journey serves as a reminder that success requires dedication, hard work, and a willingness to learn and grow. As he looks to the future, Greatness is preparing to release new music, including a tape featuring his favorite instrumentation and “Chapter 2 Mundane Thoughts,” the sequel to “Thiz Iz Not A Drill.”

In a world where authenticity and passion are often overlooked, Greatness stands out as a beacon of hope for hip-hop enthusiasts. His music is a testament to the power of creativity and the impact one person can have on the world. As he continues to rise, Greatness is sure to leave a lasting legacy in the music industry.

With a strong understanding of the music business, Greatness has honed his unique sound and artistic vision, culminating in the release of his latest album on May 19, 2024. His dedication and relentless pursuit of excellence have propelled him to the growth stage of his career. Stay tuned for more from this talented artist as he continues to make a name for himself in the music world.

Greatness’s story is one of perseverance and passion, a reminder that success is within reach for those who dare to dream big. As he continues to make waves in the music industry, his legacy is sure to inspire a new generation of artists to follow in his footsteps. With his innovative sound, artistic vision, and dedication to his craft, Greatness is poised to become a legend in his own right, leaving an indelible mark on the world of hip-hop.

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Arny Granat Presents Irene Michaels & Friends Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 7:30 PM At Jazz Showcase (Where Jazz Lives In Chicago)



Irene Michaels & Friends will be performing at Jazz Showcase on Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 in Chicago. The show is presented by vivacious music and theatre entrepreneur Arny Granat from Grand Slam Productions. Irene Michaels will be performing along with Nick Psyhogios and The Beaus. 

Irene Michaels, a timeless Chicago icon, has captivated audiences for decades with her diverse talents and positive energy. She defies ageism in the entertainment industry with grace, hard work, persistence, and natural talent, continuing to inspire at all ages.

Born in Chicago, Irene’s passion for entertainment began early, leading her to success as a singer, dancer, and model. At 21, she won “Miss Photo Flash,” launching a modeling career and a successful modeling agency.

A champion equestrian since childhood, Irene still rides and competes. She also made her mark in Hollywood, appearing in General Hospital and movies like Home Alone 2 and Killer Klowns From Outer Space.

Irene transitioned into an author and lifestyle blogger with her “ionthescene” brand, exploring beauty, luxury, and entertainment. She created her own beauty line and wrote “I On Beauty,” inspiring many, especially women over 50.

In her late 70s, Irene became a House Music Diva with the hit song “I Like Rain,” which won “Best Pop Song of the Year” at the Josie Music Awards. She signed record deals with TRAX Records and Tribeca Records, earning Grammy nomination consideration and other accolades.

Irene’s live one-woman shows in Chicago and New York sell out. She shares her life stories and inspires audiences. Her social life is vibrant and filled with high society and celebrity events. Reflecting on her journey, Irene invites us all to pursue our passions and let inspiration guide us, just as she has throughout her remarkable life.


Nick Psyhogios is a lifelong musician, singer, songwriter, and producer.

Known locally as Chicago’s Own Piano Man, Nick has been performing live since the early 70s with his bands Stagger and Ruffian, and performed at ChicagoFests and traveled the country opening up for a diverse group of acts including The Ramones, Brian Adams, Greg Kihn, Tower of Power, Dion and Survivor.

In 1984, his band Ruffian was signed with Paul Anka and recorded their album in LA and at Paul’s home studio in Carmel where he had the opportunity to work with David Foster and Patrick Simmons during that time.

Today, Nick has a 5-piece band called Chicago’s Own Piano Man Band, and a 6-piece called The Chicago Hitmen, and also performs his solo shows each week.

Nick released a 29-song original album last year and just learned that he is nominated for Album of the Year and four other categories at the Josie Music Awards in Nashville. Nick currently holds JMA’s for Musician of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

Nick and his wife Phyllis produced concerts for St. Jude since 2015 and have raised over $120,000 for children’s charities. This is a passion for them. 

He is also a member of the Hammond Family of Artists.


The Beaus

Step into the vibrant atmosphere of a local venue and prepare to be captivated by the harmonious melodies and infectious energy of The Beaus, Chicago’s favorite MAN-band. With three talented vocalists and two skilled pianists, The Beaus create an extraordinary musical experience that transcends the ordinary. Their tight harmonies resonate through the room, enveloping every listener in a symphony of rich, resonant tones; with selections of the gambit of pop, Broadway, standards, and parody songs. But it’s not just their musical prowess that sets The Beaus apart; it’s their ability to engage the audience and create an inclusive, welcoming environment that truly makes the evening unforgettable. 

From the moment The Beaus take the stage, they connect with each individual, inviting them to become a part of the performance. Laughter, cheers, and applause fill the air as the bar transforms into a joyous celebration of music and camaraderie. No matter your background or musical preference, The Beaus ensure that everyone feels embraced and immersed in the experience. So come join Chicago’s favorite man-band at the bar, let your worries fade away, and prepare to have a blast as they transport you to a world of harmonies, laughter, and pure musical delight.

Jazz Showcase

806 S. Plymouth CT

Chicago, Illinois

United States 

The Jazz Showcase is the oldest historic jazz club in Chicago, founded in 1947 by Joe Segal, now owned and operated by Wayne Segal (Joe Segal’s son). The greatest names in Jazz have played here, including but not limited to:

Roy Hargrove, Chris Potter, Frank Morgan, Danilo Perez, Larry Coryell, Paul Wertico, James Carter, Stu Katz, Ira Sullivan, Winard Harper, McCoy Tyner, Dexter Gordon, Bunky Green, Count Basie, Kenny Burrell, Milt Jackson, Jimmy Smith, Randy Weston, Barry Harris, Joey DeFrancesco, Jack McDuff, Bill Evans, Walter Bishop Jr., Sun Ra, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sonny Stitt, Yusef Lateef, Eddie Jefferson, Richie Cole, Joe Lovano, Dizzy Gillespie (who appeared there on his birthday for many years), Johnny Griffin, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Howard McGee, George Benson, Pat Martino, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Philly Joe Jones, Charles McPherson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ernestine Anderson, Lou Donaldson, Hank Crawford, Jimmy McGriff, Lonny Liston Smith, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Muhal Richard Abrahms, Zoot Sims/Al Cohn, Joe Williams, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Joe Farrell, Art Farmer, Bobby Hutcherson, the Capp/Pierce Juggernaut, Freddie Hubbard, and others. Ahmad Jamal recorded his trio album Chicago Revisited here in 1992. Joe Segal produced the live album “The Chase” by Gene Ammons and Dexter Gordon here in 1970.

Today, the Jazz Showcase continues to be a thriving Jazz club in Chicago, bringing in top international & Chicago homegrown musicians.

Get tickets for Arny Granat Presents Irene Michaels & Friends with Nick Psyhogios and The Beaus at Jazz Showcase on July 9th, 2024  here:

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