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Slick Rick Set to Bless The Shrine

Many people are already talking about the South Loop's newest night spot, and the buzz may just reach a crescendo Thursday night at the grand opening for the newest night spot to hit the South Loop, The Shrine (2109 South Wabash).

Old school rapper Slick Rick will perform at the club to help celebrate the opening.

The new nightlife concept is headed by Joe Russo, the original founder of The Funky Buddha Lounge and several other spots around the city. The venue is being dubbed as a "new hub for music across an eclectic cross-section of genres" for "young, diverse, and culturally aware urbanites."

Slick Rick was a major figure in 1980s hip hop, releasing hits such as "Hey Young World", "Children's Story" and "La Di Da Di."

The concert is the first of what will be a monthly "Eyes Wide Shut" series at the club -- which we're sure doesn't have anything to do with Slick Rick's eye patch. Every first Thursday of the month, Shrine promises to present national a-list, local and up-and-coming talent from the hip-hop, R&B and reggae music world.

There's a $20 cover charge for "Eyes Wide Shut" events.

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