Chicago House Music Festival will Feature Louie Vega and Elements of Life, Joe Smooth, Chez Damier, Ron Trent, Paul Johnson, DJ Deeon, Donna Edwards, Adam Gibbons and Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound) in Millennium Park on Saturday, May 26
Chicago House Music Conference will offer free industry workshops and panel talks at the Chicago Culture Center on May 24 and 25
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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the lineup for the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park on Saturday, May 26, from 1 to 9pm. The expanded festival now features three stages of national and local DJs and live performers, including headliners Louie Vega and Elements of Life band, Joe Smooth, Chez Damier, Ron Trent and Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound) among others. Admission to the event is free. For complete details, visit ChicagoHouseMusicFestival.us.
Chicago is the birthplace of house music, gospel music, urban blues and more. In 2018 over three consecutive weekends, DCASE will celebrate the city’s music legacy at the Chicago House Music Festival (May 26), the Chicago Gospel Music Festival (June 1–2) and the Chicago Blues Festival (June 8–10) on stage in Millennium Park, at the Chicago Cultural Center as well as in music venues and clubs throughout the city. Chicago is an arts powerhouse and a global destination for music lovers.
“This Memorial Day weekend, the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park celebrates a truly original genre created in the city during the 1980s by DJ Frankie Knuckles and others,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “House music is part of the city’s rich music legacy with influences from disco, blues, gospel music, soul, R&B, funk and jazz. Whether you’re a house music fan or just love to dance, I hope to see everyone coming together and enjoying this great art form.”
In addition to the festival in Millennium Park, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will host the Chicago House Music Conference on Thursday, May 24, 6–9pm and Friday, May 25, 3–10pm at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) for musicians, DJs and industry professionals. A special House Dance Summit will take place as part of the conference on Friday from 4pm to 10pm. Attendees will be able to take part in introductory and master classes led by local and national professional House Dancers in the Dance Studio. The evening continues on Friday with a House Dance demonstration at 7:30pm in the Keith Haring Exhibition in the Yates Gallery, followed by a Chicago House Music Festival preview and networking event with DJ Ron Trent until 11pm. Admission is free, and registration is not required. The full schedule will be posted soon at ChicagoHouseMusicFestival.us.
The festival on May 26 in Millennium Park will also feature a new Vinyl Records Fair on Chase Promenade Central (near Cloud Gate) from 1 to 8pm.
The Jay Pritzker Pavilion will feature performances from 2–9pm. This year’s lineup includes GRAMMY® award winner Louie Vega and Elements of Life band from New York City at 7:30pm. Considered one of House Music’s foremost artists, this project will feature Josh Milan and Luisito Quintero in its’ Chicago debut. Other artists include Donna Edwards, also from New York City.
The new Deep House Stage located in the Chase Promenade North tent between 1 and 8pm will feature the deeper soulful side of house music which incorporates the use of percussion, muted basslines, softer key pads, ambient mixes and sometimes even soulful vocals. Featured DJs and artists include Chicago’s own Ron Trent, Adam Gibbons from Boston, and Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound) from New York City.
The new Chicago House Stage will be on Chase Promenade South from 1 to 8pm and will include the classic and contemporary sound of House in Chicago which incorporates more disco, funk, jazz and gospel elements that were closely attributed to the early influences on the Chicago sound as well as its offshoots like Acid House. Featured Chicago DJs and artists include Paul Johnson and DJ Deeon along with Zernell from Los Angeles.
Chicago House Music Festival Schedule
Saturday, May 26
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
7:30–9pm Louie Vega and Elements of Life
7:15–7:30pm House Music Awards
6–7:15pm Gifted Souls featuring Joe Smooth & Craig Loftis
5–6pm Chez Damier
4–5pm Mike Dunn
3–4pm Donna Edwards
2–3pm Jose Marquez
1:45–2pm House Dance Performance
Deep House Stage (Chase Promenade North)
7–8pm Ron Trent
6–7pm Adam Gibbons
5–6pm Sabine Blaizin (Oyasound)
3–5pm Excursions with Cordell Johnson & James Vincent
2–3pm DJ Duane Powell
1–2pm John Simmons
Chicago Stage (Chase Promenade South)
7–8pm Paul Johnson
6–7pm DJ Deeon
4–6pm Ron Carroll
2–3pm Celeste Alexander
1–2pm Boogie McClarin Dance Workshop
The Chicago House Music Festival is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority. For more information, please visit ChicagoHouseMusicFestival.us and follow us on Facebook (Millennium Park) Twitter, Instagram (@ChicagoDCASE #ChicagoHouseMusicFestival) and Snapchat (ChicagoDCASE). To plan your trip to Chicago for the Chicago House Music Festival, visit choosechicago.com.
NOTE TO GUESTS: This summer in Millennium Park, some important changes are coming to improve security and the visitor experience at the park. The City of Chicago will implement a security perimeter and bag check for all concerts and events that take place in the park. Outside alcohol will be prohibited in the park during the House Music Festival. Visitors will have additional food and beverage options at various price points available for purchase inside the venue. Subject to bag search at the security perimeter, guests will continue to be allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to all events at Millennium Park.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Media credential requests for the Chicago House Music Festival must be submitted by email to DCASEPR@cityofchicago.org, by Friday, May 18, and acceptance notifications will be sent accordingly. Submission of a request does not guarantee admission. Credentials only provide working media access to limited media seating and photo pit; they do not include back stage access. Each media outlet is limited to one press and one photography credential as space is very limited. Visit the pressroom on the website at this link for details – Chicago House Music Festival Press Room.
Millennium Park is Chicago’s town square, the #1 attraction in the Midwest and among the Top 10 most-visited sites in the U.S. Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open 6am–11pm daily. For the latest news and events, download the Millennium Park app, visit millenniumpark.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 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 assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
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