Contact the artist, Senyah Haynes,  at or call 773-234-7316.



PGP&E’s debut event was at Chicago’s world famous Navy Pier. To celebrate Black History Month we produced a show and curated a live exhibit that explored the Black experience in the U.S. through the medium of sound.



In The Neighborhood of Sound was a 90-minute stage production written by Senyah Haynes. Its three focal points were spoken word, the rhythm of tap, and popular music. In this tapestry of sound the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Gwendolyn Brooks was artfully woven together with the tunes of Aretha Franklin, the dance styles of Bojangles and more.

The Surround Sound Exhibit featured live, interactive solo performances by some of Chicago’s most talented artists. The blending of their collective sounds against the backdrop of Crystal Garden’s indoor palm trees and shooting fountains gave the festival goers a unique cultural experience.

In the Neighborhood of Sound Cast:

Narrator- Nicole Bond

Vocalist- Felena Bunn

DJ- Jaytoo The DJ Yo Mama Luv

Keyboardist- Elgin Bokari

Tap Dancing- MADD Rhythms

Stage Manager- Mary Whiting

Surround Sound Exhibitors:

GQ the Teacher-Beat Boxing

Phenom-Hip Hop

MADD Rhythms– Tap Dancing

Iya Adesanya-Kerr– Spirituals

Garrette Horne– Djembes