Music, social justice come together for local resident
Jefferson Park resident Adele Nicholas, who operates the record label Impossible Colors, will be performing at Jeff Fest when Puritan Pine hits the Community Stage at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.
“I’ve been performing in bands since college,” said Nicholas, who plays guitar, writes songs and sings. She describes the sounds of Puritan Pine as indie rock from the ‘90s.
Nicholas, a civil rights lawyer, also has been involved in several nonprofits, including Girls Rock! Chicago, which supports music education for young women age 8 to 16. “It’s super empowering and helps girls express their creativity,” she said.
In the past, Nicholas’ record label co-sponsored Frontwoman Fest, which benefited Girls Rock! Chicago.
And in December of 2016 Impossible Colors released a mixtape of protest music to benefit the Chicago Community Bond Fund, which is dedicated to ending the cash bond system in Cook County.
Those who cannot afford bail face more challenges in preparing their defense than those out of jail, and those awaiting trial should only be locked up if they are deemed a flight risk or a danger, Nicholas said.
On a final note, do you remember cassette tapes? Nicholas said they’re making a comeback in popularity. The represent an inexpensive and easy way to release music – especially for local independent bands, she added.