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Welcome to the Pre-Party the night before the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park.
The line up for this event represents a serious deep house music vibe that stretches across the country, from Boston to Los Angeles.
Excursions is proud to host this event and a couple of the guest djs that will be playing at the Festival.
Adam Gibbons represents the Boston Area with his Deep house party “Uhuru Afrika” The mission is to bridge ancient traditional African music (as played by the Yoruba, the Zulu, the Maasai) and the electronic dancefloor sounds of today. Navigated by creator and resident DJ Adam Gibbons.
Jose Marquez represents LA and this is what he’s been up too… In less than two years time, Jose was blessed with the opportunity to introduce his sound to the world by remixing for renowned House music labels such as Tribe Records, Djoon Experience, Vega Records, Yoruba Records, Wonderwheel Recording and most recently, the iconic label from the 70’s responsible for all the Salsa and Latin music out of New York City, Fania Records!
Dj Shani – “Groove Temple” via Chicago/Austin, TX – In May of 1999, DJ Shani created & produced a Deep House radio show coined “The Groove Temple®” on WLUW-88.7FM that filled a void for the most prominent, yet canceled house music radio station, WBMX. She performed at La Maroquinerie with Karl The Voice (Playing for the City) and at Sanz Senz DJ Wamba (Les Nubians). Once returning from Paris, she kept producing & hosting The Groove Temple®, continued as a freelance music journalist & DJ’d throughout Chicago for various residencies, events & music festivals. In 2006 she worked with Jay-Cee & Glenn Underground, wrote & performed “Mon Ami, Mon Amour”. In 2013, she was diagnosed with MS and attributes the music & DJ culture to her healing.
Cordell Johnson & James Vincent – EXCURSIONS can best be described as a monthly exploration into the diverse sounds of deep house music in Chicago. Heavily infused with the rhythms of the Afro-Latino diaspora, this musical journey encompasses a variety of influences. Afro & Broken Beats, Latin & Tech House, Nu-Soul & Jazz-Funk, resident dj’s Cordell Johnson and James Vincent bring it all together for a diverse audience of dancers & music lovers who seek adventure on a dance floor. EXCURSIONS-Chicago is not just your average pleasure trip, it’s a Deep House…“Global Soul Dance Adventure”!
The Chicago House Music Festival will take place in Millennium Park over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 26th.
Chicago’s cultural affairs department has produced a number of free house music events in the park in recent years. This one has plenty of high-profile DJs playing at the sprawling Jay Pritzker Pavilion and two other stages.
A number of events are set to happen ahead of the festival as well, with the nearby Chicago Cultural Center an epicenter of activity. The offerings there will include a Chicago House Music Conference on Thursday and Friday, house dance classes, and a dance demonstration at a Keith Haring exhibition.More Info at: http://www.excursionschicago.com