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Wired Fridays is a Mid-day dance party series featuring DJs and electronic music.
October 3, 2014
Join Chicago house music legend Gene Hunt as he kicks off the second full season of Wired Fridays. This special show will take place outside in Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square. Gene’s DJ performances at venues such as the Warehouse, The Music Box, Medusas, The Playground, Green Dolphin, The Shrine, Shelter, Smart Bar & Metro, and The Mid, have won many audiences over during his twenty nine year career. He has appeared as a headliner at festivals such as Outside Lands (2012 & 2013), Glastonbury (2013), Firefly (2013), and Coachella in the Heineken Dome (2012 & 2013). Gene has worked with Ron Hardy, Frankie knuckles, Farley Jack Master Funk, Kenny Dope of M.A.W., and Cajmere aka Green Velvet, while winning back to back Chicago Music Awards (2011 & 2012).
October 17, 2014
Jesse Saunders is founding member of the Chosen Few DJs and is globally recognized as the producer and performer of the first Chicago house music record, “On & On”, released on his Jes Say Records label in 1984. His place in house music history was further solidified by writing and producing one of the most covered and biggest-selling house records, “Love Can’t Turn Around”, which topped the charts in more than 20 countries. With his success, Jesse secured the first major label recording deal for a house music artist and producer, signing with Geffen/Warner Bros. Records in 1986. During his 10-year stint there, he produced and remixed such records as De La Soul’s “Me, Myself and I”; Paula Abdul’s “Vibeology”; and Simple Pleasure’s chart-topping “Where Do We Go From Here”. Jesse has performed across the globe during multiple international tours, and continues to release music that moves crowds and climbs charts, including “Funk U Up,” “Real Love”; “Get Sum”; “Yeah/Let Me Hear U”; “Body Music”; “Everybody”; “On & On” (1984 and 2004), “Get Sum”; “Feelin Me”; “Luv 2 Luv U”; “Excited”; “Body Muzik”; “Weekend”; and “Chameleon” & “Dance the Night Away” featuring LeA Robinson.
Jesse is the creative talent behind the Electronic Music Café Radio Network and produces the annual Pure House Music Festival in Las Vegas, while overseeing the Music & Arts Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of house and electronic dance music. He continues to speak at conferences, colleges and universities around the world sharing his expertise and musical journey. His contributions to dance music have been recognized by proclamations from the mayors of Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
November 7, 2014
One of the most sought after house music DJ/producers in the world takes the stage for this First Friday show as part of the Wired Friday series. Terry Hunter, has contributed his production talents on house music remixes for songs by the late Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Byron Stingily (Ten City), Barbara Tucker, Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly. Most recently Terry released the Jennifer Hudson track “It’s Your World” (featuring R. Kelly). Terry has co-written and produced tracks for additional artists like Raheem DeVaughn, Syleena Johnson, and Rhymefest, and in 2006 he became the first new member of Chicago’s Chosen Few DJ crew in nearly 30 years. All of this while maintaining his hectic international DJ schedule.
Colette is a uniquely talented artist, singing live over her sets, bringing a special live element to her DJ performances. Colette's recent album "When the Music's Loud" is a perfect example of her musical range, displaying both lounge and uptempo tracks showcasing Colette's world renowned vocal talent. The album was named one of the top 20 albums by Billboard and has received rave reviews from various press, including: "indelible electro" – PITCHFORK, "Colette has found her stride as an anthem-blasting manipulator of sound and concurrently, dance floors" - VIBE MAGAZINE, "marries contagious '90s thump to neon-bright '80s synths" - SPIN MAGAZINE
Andrew Emil has been a respected fixture and familiar face in Chicago’s music scene for over a decade and a half. A concert-trained percussionist since age 11, Emil earned a chair in his native Kansas City Symphony, but eventually moved to Chicago in the late nineties to attend Columbia College and study audio engineering and music composition. He has been deeply entrenched in the city’s thriving house music scene ever since. The only recording artist to do production work simultaneously for Derrick Carter’s Classic Music Company, Mark Farina’s Great Lakes Audio, Gene Farris’s Farris Wheel Recordings, and four-time GRAMMY nominee Steve “Silk” Hurley’s S&S Records, Emil’s productions have landed on countless Top 100 charts. After a string of double digit singles for various labels (OM Records, Seasons Recordings, Panhandle, TRAX, Vizual Records, .dotbleep, Sampled Detroit, Cafe Del Mar, CHFM Records, etc.), he spent 2013 finishing a full-length Change Request LP (Tangible Illusion) and new music as Broadway & Wilson. He also developed and fine-tuned a new moniker with dear friend and Chicago house music institution Gene Farris called After Monday. Andrew is currently the featured resident DJ at First Saturday’s (the first Saturday of each month from 6-8:30pm CST) at the legendary Gramaphone Records in Chicago, and is touring to promote his Change Request LP, with the first single featuring the iconic Chez Damier, on Glenview Records.
From local DJ to major record label executive to producer of one of the world’s largest house events, music is the story of Wayne Williams’ life. Noted for being the first DJ to bring disco from Chicago’s underground, gay dance clubs to a young, receptive audience on Chicago’s south side, Wayne would go on to found The Chosen Few DJs whose annual house music picnic now attracts 50,000+ attendees. Wayne got his start at TRAX Records where he recorded his first track “Undercover”, gaining the attention of Jive Records where he then became A&R executive in charge of the label’s Chicago studio. Now Senior Vice President of A&R at RCA Records, Wayne has worked on hits including The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Summer Time” and “Boom! Shake the Room”, and with artists ranging from Samantha Foxx, Mystikal, Aaliyah, Joe, Britney Spears, Raheem DeVaughn and Justin Timberlake, to his signing and developing of Chicago crooner R. Kelly. Most recently Wayne helped orchestrate the musical comeback of former GAP Band front man, Charlie Wilson.
Every First and Third Friday
12 Noon - 1 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square, 1st Floor North (Except Oct. 3 at Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square)
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
The following services are available for persons with disabilities:
El: Pink, Orange, Green, Brown, Purple to Randolph; Blue to Washington; Red to Lake.
Bus: 3, 4, 6, 10, 14, 26, 143, 144, 146, 147, 151, 157.
Metra and South Shore to Millennium Station.
For more travel information, visit www.transitchicago.com