Date(s) - 26/06/2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
DANCE MUSIC FEST BRINGS THE PARTY DOWNTOWN WITH DALEY PLAZA PREVIEW
“Chosen Few Picnic Lunch Mix” offers taste of Chicago’s premier dance music festival, celebrates homegrown house music sound
June 13, 2013 (CHICAGO)—To kick off Chicago’s premier dance music festival and celebrate the city’s homegrown dance music genre, the Chosen Few™ DJs—in conjunction with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events—today announced the “Chosen Few Picnic Lunch Mix”, a special preview event on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12-1 P.M., at Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago. The lunchtime program, open to the public, features a tag-team DJ set by Chosen Few DJs Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn.
Originally a small gathering of friends from the city’s early house music scene, the Chosen Few Picnic has grown into a weekend-long celebration of the dance genre born in Chicago that has influenced popular music since the early 1980s. Its signature event, the 23rd annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic, July 6, 2013 in Jackson Park, is expected to attract more than 30,000 fans from around the world.
“While we never imagined that it would grow from a small reunion in 1990 into one of the world’s largest dance music events, we are thrilled to host a party that celebrates a Chicago original—house music—and our love of the music and our city,” says Alan King, a member of the Chosen Few DJs. “The City of Chicago has been a supportive partner of our events, and we’re happy to team up to bring a taste of the celebration downtown.”
The picnic features internationally known DJs and performers, including dance music superstar Crystal Waters, along with the Chosen Few DJs—Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Alan King, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn—plus featured guest DJ Ron Trent, a Chicago native whose musical productions helped shape the city’s house sound. Other guests include DJs Jesse De La Peña, Vocalo Radio host and original member of the seminal acid jazz band Liquid Soul; Greg Gray; Kevin McSwain; Greg Winfield and Erick Mosby.
Several events round out the festival weekend, including: a Fourth of July party featuring special guest DJ, Def Mix producer and remixer, Quentin Harris; Friday night pre-party featuring Tambor Party Atlanta DJs Stan Zeff and DJ Be, and Detroit DJs the Chosen Ones; picnic after-party on Saturday with the Chosen Few DJs and surprise guests; and weekend closing party Sunday night featuring the Chosen Few DJs. All but the Saturday event will be held at The Shrine, 2109 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, while the Saturday party will be held at L26 inside the South Loop Hotel, 2600 South State Street, Chicago.
Despite its size and growing popularity—fueled by word-of-mouth on- and off-line—the event has kept the family reunion atmosphere that earned it the nickname, the “Woodstock of House Music”, with attendees pitching tents, setting out picnic spreads for friends and strangers alike, and dancing together on a giant grass “dance floor”. The picnic also serves as a backdrop for school, fraternal and other group reunions.
About The Chosen Few DJs
Part of the first wave of DJs and producers in Chicago who created the sound that became known as house music in the 1970s and 1980s, The Chosen Few DJs was a group of popular DJs from Chicago’s south side—founder Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Alan King, Tony Hatchett and Andre Hatchett—who played their unique brand of soulful dance music to huge crowds. Since 1990, the group has organized “The Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic”, one of the largest dance music events in the world. In 2006, the group added DJ and producer Terry Hunter, and in 2012, DJ Mike Dunn. For more information, visit www.chosenfewdjs.com