Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced the lineup for the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park on Saturday, May 26, from 1 to 9 p.m. The one-day gathering of house music heads will feature three stages of DJs and live performers, including headliners Louie Vega and Elements of Life band, Joe Smooth, Mike Dunn, Chez Damier, Ron Trent and Paul Johnson.
The festival will also feature a new Vinyl Records Fair on Chase Promenade Central (near Cloud Gate) from 1 to 8 p.m.
“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, 6-9 p.m. and Friday, May 25, 3-10 p.m. 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 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 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 7:30 p.m. 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 11 p.m. Admission is free, and registration is not required.
Admission to the event is free. More details can be found here.
Chicago House Music Festival Lineup
7:30-9 p.m. Louie Vega and Elements of Life
7:15-7:30 p.m. House Music Awards
6-7:15 p.m. Gifted Souls featuring Joe Smooth & Craig Loftis
5-6 p.m. Chez Damier
4-5 p.m. Mike Dunn
3-4 p.m. Donna Edwards
2-3 p.m. TBA
1:45 p.m.-2 p.m. House Dance Performance
Deep House Stage (Chase Promenade North)
7-8 p.m. Ron Trent
6-7 p.m. Adam Gibbons
4-6 p.m. DJ Sabine
3-4 p.m. Excursions with Cordell Johnson & James Vincent
2-3 p.m. DJ Duane Powell
1-2 p.m. John Simmons
Chicago Stage (Chase Promenade South)
7-8 p.m. Paul Johnson
6-7 p.m. DJ Deeon
4-6 p.m. Ron Carroll
3-4 p.m. Zernell
2-3 p.m. Celeste Alexander
1-2 p.m. Boogie McClarin Dance Workshop