The birthplace of House Music. A genre birthed in basements and underground clubs in Chicago is now a worldwide phenomenon. Three years ago the city of Chicago finally paid homage to House music and its roots here in the City of Chicago with the Chicago House Music Festival. Three days of music, seminars, workshops and events kicked off at the Chicago Cultural Center last Thursday evening. Thursday consisted of seminars and industry insiders and heavyweights. Subjects ranged from branding and music distribution and the female DJ perspective. Seminars and workshops on making music with Ableton and dance workshops. I attended the female DJ perspective discussion and panel. Moderated by DJ Solkat, the panel featured Dee Jay Alicia, Dana Divine, Ronda Flowers, Sundance and Celeste Alexander. The discussion was passionate with the ladies discussing their careers, the pay gap between genders and hurdles they’ve faced as women in a male dominated industry. The panel was insightful and opinionated. Friday included a discussion with artist and hip hop pioneer, Fab 5 Freddy with an after party with DJ Ron Trent.
Saturday I headed to Millennium Park for the festival. I got there early and found a great spot on the lawn. As I explored the different tents and vinyl records fair, I couldn’t help but realize the festival was a perfect reflection of what Chicago is…DIVERSE! Every race, gender, sexual orientation, age was there. It was a melting pot of the best that Chicago is. I was able to hear DJs John Simmons, Duane Powell, Celeste Alexander and Zernell before I headed back to the Pritzker Pavilion to catch Mike Dunn. I have to admit his set was a highlight for me. He opened his set with my new song, House is. To hear my voice through Millennium Park was a humbling, exciting moment that I’ll never forget. As the sun set and the heat from the day began to wear off, headliner Louie Vega and the Elements of Life took the stage. Louie assumed the role of conductor and the Elements of Life played crowd favorites with special guests Julie McKnight, Josh Milan and Cindy Mizel! Later that evening, I headed to the Mid for the Festival After party. This party featured DJs Ron Trent, Joe Clausell and Louie Vega. The energy of the Mid was electric. IT was hard to tell that so many of us had been in the sun all day dancing at Millennium Park. Each DJs set was outstanding with superior blends, eclectic music selection and high energy! It was an amazing day full of incredible music, great weather, laughter and fellowship amongst house and dance music lovers with our beautiful skyline as the backdrop.
The perfect way to kick off #SummertimeChi!
Until next time,
See ya on a dance floor!