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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.
January 16, 2015
Chicago-based DJ Sassmouth is a resident at SmartBar and San Francisco’s As You Like It. She launched her own label God Particle in early 2013, which focuses on loopy, groove-oriented house and techno tracks.
February 6, 2015
Andre Hatchett has DJ’d across Chicago and worked with the country’s top DJs, including the late Ron Hardy and Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Frankie Knuckles. He joined The Chosen Few DJs in 1982, following his older brother Tony who already was a member of the circle.
February 20, 2015
Chicago’s Garrett David, only in his early twenties, has quickly made a name for himself as a producer and DJ. Also known for his collaboration with Adam Rowe aka the Bell Boys, his work pushes the boundaries of Chicago house while staying true to its legacy.
A resident DJ for Queen! Sundays at Smart Bar, Garrett can also be found behind the desk of Gramaphone Records, where he serves as house buyer and head of A&R in the operation’s new endeavor as a Chicago-centric imprint.
March 6, 2015
Beginning by DJ’ing block club and basement parties in and around his neighborhood, Mike Dunn quickly progressed to clubs and events around Chicago, working with house music legends such as Bam Bam, Tyree Cooper, Marshall Jefferson, Armando and others. In 1987, Dunn produced his first house music release, “Dance You Mutha” on Westbrook Records. As he continued to work in the studio and in clubs around the world, Mike’s signature Chicago house/acid house and hip house sound emerged and was reflected in a string of releases, including house classics “So Let It Be Houze!”, “God Made Me Phunky” and the infamous “Phreaky MF”. Mike later added hip hop and R&B to his production plate when he inked a deal with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records for his imprint, Dunn Ruff Entertainment. He also has produced records for Public Announcement, Syleena Johnson and Jennifer Hudson. Most recently, Mike has teamed up with fellow Chosen Few DJ member Terry Hunter to create House N’ HD, a production group already stirring up buzz.
March 20, 2015
Named after his father’s nightclub, Equator Club, Emmanuel Egwu creates house music that “fashions a dreamlike feel” using a range of influences while having knowledge of music theory, Equator Club also owns the popular party planning and promotions business, Them Flavors. The company focuses on creating an underground music community in Chicago. Equator Club plays regularly at Primary Night Club. He also teaches a workshop in Wicker Park through Columbia’s Community Arts Assistance Project. Equator Club has self-released three EPs, including Get A Hit, which was produced through Them Flavors in September 2013.
Steve “Miggedy” Maestro met WGCI radio personality Cartier (pronounced kar¬t¬-YAY) at the now defunct Lasalle Club a few years after graduating high school. A chance tape and a contest to be a mixer on WGCI emerged and a week later Elroy Smith, Program Director of WGCI, contacted Miggedy to request his services as a Mixshow DJ for Club 107.5 The rest is history. While making masterpieces for WGCI, Steve “Silk” Hurley, Doug Banks and Tom Joyner, Steve was also tapped by Gary Bernstein of SuperRadio Networks to do Old School & New School mixes for the syndicated radio program heard in 30+ radio stations across the country including L.A., Orlando, FL, Raleigh, N.C. & Dallas, TX to name a few. Further success followed with major label record companies, resulting in award plaques from established juggernauts like Bad Boy, Rawkus, La Face, MCA & Def Jam. Steve continues to be an active and respected DJ in the house music community.
April 17, 2015
Chicago's “Tightest Female DJ” can be found on Radio Soul 106.3 fm, mid-days and at high profile DJ gigs around the city. Formally of radio station WGCI (nine years) and V103 (five years), Sundance is the first female DJ on all-urban radio in Chicago. She has been a guest DJ on Fox Television, WGN, ABC Channel 7's Windy City Live, and BET's Rap City: The Basement. Sundance has been featured in XXL and The Source magazines, where she was named "one of the best female DJs in the Mid-West" in 2004. In 2007, Sundance won Sprite's national Step-Off "Best Female DJ Award”, and she has been voted “Chicago's Hottest Female DJ”
three years in a row, while also being the first female DJ added to The Core DJ's Worldwide. Sundance got her start in the business at age seventeen when she was a featured rapper on the 1989 single "Git On Up," produced by Fast Eddie. The single was on the Billboard Dance charts for ten weeks and was certified gold.
May 1, 2015
Michael Serafini is the owner of world famous Gramaphone Records, while being no slouch behind the turntables. He is a Smart Bar resident and a long-standing respected musician in Chicago’s house music community.
May 15, 2015
A resident DJ at Smart Bar and owner/Head of A&R at Loves Records, Samone also Curates the quarterly vinyl dance party Changes Chicago.
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