The Chicago summers keep getting better and better for House Music. With the wild success of their Wired Fridays lunchtime dance party series every 1st and 3rd Fridays, the Cultural Center of Chicago is ramping up its calendar with even more events that not only entertain but educate.
As mentioned here last week, The Chosen Few will be holding their Hot Mix Lunch Series Wednesdays throughout the Summer in Daley Plaza under the Picasso. Wired Fridays continues this Friday May 15 with Samone.
Move Your Body: The House Music Exhibition (May 21-August 16)
Get ready for this: Starting May 21st, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents Move Your Body: The Evolution of House Music. The exhibition traces the history of Chicago’s “homegrown art form that is now heard around the world” from the aftermath of Disco Demolition night to the impact it has at present. “Memorabilia, timelines and first-hand interviews tell the stories of some of the genre’s originators and the cultural and socio-economic influences of the times.”
The exhibition in the Chicago Rooms at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington downtown) opens May 21st and continues all summer long until August 16, 2015. (The opening reception is May 20 at GAR Hall, 2nd FL North from 7-9:30pm.)
The House Legacy Project: May 22
To launch the exhibition, there will be a kickoff concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Friday May 22 2015 from 6pm to 9pm. The House Legacy Project features a “live commissioned performance” led by Jerry C. King and Joe Smooth, with Makaya McCraven on drums, Junius Paul on bass, Jeff Parker on guitar, Joe Rendon on percussion, Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Carla Prather and Kim Jay on vocals, and Jerry C. King with Steve Miggedy Maestro on keys, hosted by “The King Of House” Farley Jackmaster Funk, with special guest appearances.
SummerDance With Marshall Jefferson, Phuture, Derrick Carter
In addition, DCASE has also announced that a DJ series is returning to this year’s SummerDance! Featured dates so far include Marshall Jefferson on July 10, DJ Pierre and Phuture on July 17 2015 and Derrick Carter on August 22. Yet to come: two to three documentary films with post-screening discussions, and panels with topics including gender and sex in House Music, the relationship and evolution of House Music and technology and the history and development of House dancing.
Chicago: Are you ready for this? Are you not entertained?