Elgin Bokari T. Smith aka L O Kari is a Chicago based DJ, Activist, Visual and Performing Artist from St. Louis, Missouri. Born in 1987, L O Kari was heavily influenced by the soulful sounds of RnB, Jazz, Hip Hop, Gospel, and Alternative Rock. While attending Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, Elgin discovered that he had an ear for music and began creating music on piano and guitar while adding his unique flavor. Now known as L O Kari, Elgin has performed domestically and abroad - ranging from New York, St. Louis, Ohio, Seattle, South Korea, Japan, and all over the Chicago land area. He has shared stages with the likes of Bone Thugs and Harmony, Ruby Ibarra, The Terra Godz, Saba, Da Brat, Clark Airlines, Mega Ran, Bop Alloy, No Name Gypsy, DJ Esco, Young Chop, Lil Crazed, Rebel Diaz, Twista, and Chingy… just to name a few.


L O Kari’s style is very smooth and transformative. Blending mixes of Hip hop, RnB, Electronic, Trap and EDM. Some of his influences include, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Nujabes, Linkin Park, Joe Hisaishi, LORN, and Prince. What is most notable about his style is his ability to adapt to the vibe of the audience he's serving.  Elgin also gives back to his community as a Teaching Artist, Program Director of Free Write Arts & Literacy, and President of the activist and artist collective, Elephant Rebellion. Elgin also is the co creator of Pocket Con the comic book convention that celebrates characters of color.


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Coffee Table Sessions

Check out the latest episode of the Coffee Table Sessions where we had the chance to sit down with pianist and youth teacher, Elgin Toki Bokari.

Pocket CON Talk on WTTW Chicago

CO Creator Elgin Bokari and artist Ashley Woods talking on Wttw Chicago

Pocket Con 2017

HERE IS THE RECAP VIDEO FROM POCKET CON 2017 WHICH TOOK PLACE DECEMBER 16, 2017, AT Chicago Cultural Center DOWNTOWN. Shout outs to all of our amazing sponsers Chicago Public Library, The Age of the Geeks, Free Write Arts & Literacy, Graham Cracker Comics, The Colosseum, and Black Action Tees!