Pioneering house DJ Lori Branch shouts out her fellow Windy City originators, including Chaka Khan and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
The grill masters of the Chosen Few Picnic are the fans who feed the fans.
If you’ve ever wished that more music festivals were like family picnics, then you need to go to this Jackson Park house-music blowout. In the late 80s, DJs and brothers Tony and Andre Hatchett and their families began hosting an annual Fourth of July reunion barbecue behind the Museum of Science and Industry. For the […]
Dance-music fiend Jerome Derradji Still is restoring dozens of decaying reel-to-reel tapes featuring unissued tracks and mixes from the genre’s early giants.
Nequient hit the road behind their scorching debut full-length, Dark Matter Coffee expands its annual block party to two days, and more.
Lollapalooza’s ticket sales have slowed, and Reggae Fest and Chicago Open Air are canceled—are these the growth pangs of a healthy but crowded festival market, or is a crash on the way?
The view from the crowd during the annual house-music extravaganza in Jackson Park.
Is experiencing music outdoors worthwhile if you can’t share it with those you love? Not to those guiding the Chosen Few Picnic, which began the way many great summertime activities should start—with a family barbecue. The original five members of south-side DJ collective the Chosen Few, who helped build the foundation for house music as […]
The Chosen Few Picnic, Tour de Fat, and more of the month’s top events.
Between working as a partner at a law firm and helping the Chosen Few Picnic expand to two days, Alan King found the time to make his monthly Late Night Sessions mix for June.
Fests devoted to rap, house, jazz, country, gospel, blues, metal, Latin music, and more
What started as an informal gathering for house heads back in 2004 has grown into a single day celebration of the important musical figures who grew up on the southeast side.
How a family Fourth of July party grew into an annual event that attracts more than 40,000 fans