September 17, 2015

“Wired Fridays” Series Ignites Lunchtime with DJs and Electronic Dance Music

Free series offers world-class DJs and electronic music beginning October 16 with a special outdoor dance party on Daley Plaza

Rebecca Smith    rebecca.smith2@cityofchicago.org, 312.742.2036

Christine Carrino    christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0573

Wired Fridays kicks off this fall with a FREE one-time-only dance party on Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.) featuring legendary DJ Roy Davis Jr. on Friday, October 16 from noon to 1pm. Guests are invited to switch up their lunchtime routine and dance the hour away outdoors celebrating Chicago-made music. Following the kickoff event, subsequent dance parties will take place in Randolph Square at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) on the first and third Friday of the month from noon to 1pm. Renowned DJs including Derrick Carter, Mickey Oliver, Cajmere and Merwyn Sanders will spin their tunes and set the mood with body-moving beats.

All Wired Fridays events are FREE and open to the public. The Wired Fridays Fall 2015 Schedule features:

Roy Davis Jr.
October 16; Daley Plaza*
Roy Davis Jr. is, in no uncertain terms, a legendary DJ and producer from Chicago who has helped define electronic music. His self-titled “soul-electronic” sound is a hybrid of garage, disco, R&B, house, hip- hop and soul and it has graced everything from underground imprints to major league labels since the 90s, including Defected, Strictly Rhythm, King Street Sounds, XL Recordings, Universal, Sony and Warner Brothers. A regular at Smart Bar in Chicago, Yellow in Japan and Fabric in London, Roy is responsible for the massive 1996 hit “Gabriel.” In years since, Roy has penned or appeared on chart-topping releases for artists including Eric Benet/Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Seal and Morcheeba.
*This special Wired Fridays event kicks off the season and will be held outside at Daley Plaza. Subsequent Wired Fridays will take place at their usual home, the Chicago Cultural Center.

Derrick Carter
November 6; Chicago Cultural Center
One of the pinnacles of Chicago house music's '90s wave, Derrick Carter continues to be a leading light in the DJ world. A recent resident at Smart Bar, his sets are rooted in house but he freely travels outside club tastes, seamlessly incorporating old-school disco, soul, jazz and whatever catches his fancy. As a result, Derrick is a celebrated figure in both the U.S. and Europe among dance-music aficionados.

Mickey Oliver
November 20; Chicago Cultural Center
Destined to help bring the underground sound of house music to the masses, Mickey Oliver was recently named one of the 10 most influential DJs of all time by the London Observer. As a founding member of the groundbreaking Chicago radio mix show team on 102.7 WBMX, known as the “Hot Mix 5,” Mickey drew global attention to house music with his incredible DJ mixes. Pioneering many of the turntable tactics that have influenced the best DJs even to this day, he has produced and released many hits, two of which are included in the top 10 all-time house music records, “In-ten-si-T” and “You Used To Hold Me.” The City of Chicago recently recognized Mickey for his contributions to dance music by naming a street after him called “Mickey Mixin’ Oliver Blvd.”

Cajmere
December 4; Chicago Cultural Center
For an international audience reawakening to the influence of Chicago house during the 1990s, Curtis A. Jones acted as the renaissance leader. He donned his straight-ahead house guise Cajmere and a flamboyant, neon-haired acid-house alter-ego named Green Velvet for several of the most memorable underground house tracks of the decade including “Preacher Man,” “Answering Machine” “Brighter Days” and “Flash.” Jones also helmed two highly respected labels in the new school of Chicago house, Cajual and Relief.

Merwyn Sanders
December 18; Chicago Cultural Center
Musician, producer and DJ Merwyn Sanders recorded his first two EPs, Virgo and M.E., in Chicago with childhood friend Eric Lewis in the late 1980s. Released on Trax Records in the U.S. and then licensed to Radical Records in the U.K., the albums are both regarded as seminal house records. Sanders and Lewis then followed up with M.E. EP on Trax and a fourth release as Ace & The Sandman on Trax subsidiary Saber Records.

Wired Fridays is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Admission is FREE. For more information on Wired Fridays or other year-round FREE programming presented at the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org and cityofchicago.org/dcase, call 312.744.3316 or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, @ChiCulturCenter @ChicagoDCASE.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural asses to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

 

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