Monthly Archives: June 2015

Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic weekend, July 2-5, 2015 in Chicago

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All-star lineup, fireworks, surprises set for world’s biggest dance party July 4th

40,000+ expected for 25th anniversary celebration of Chicago house music

 

“When we first gathered behind the Museum of Science & Industry in 1990, we had no idea that our little ‘love fest’ would become a cultural phenomenon that draws people from everywhere. We are excited to commemorate 25 years of celebrating the roots of house music, which has grown from its Chicago birthplace into a multifaceted global sound.” –Wayne Williams, Chosen Few DJs founder 

(CHICAGO)—The world’s biggest dance party just got bigger, with extended hours, fireworks and a slew of events announced today by the Chosen Few DJs  collective for their 25th annual “Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic” weekend, July 2-5, 2015 in Chicago.

Nicknamed the “Woodstock of House Music” for its family reunion vibe, the signature July 4th picnic is expected to draw more than 40,000 fans to Chicago’s Jackson Park to celebrate house music. It is believed to be the world’s oldest and largest single-day event dedicated to the dance genre.

 

Picnic hours are extended by one hour—from 8 AM to 9 PM (park opens at 6 AM)—and will feature

performances by GRAMMY-winning and nominated recording artists Stephanie MillsEvelyn “Champagne” King and Cory Daye, plus sets from guest DJs Masters At Work duo Louie Vega and Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Derrick CarterStan ZeffKeith Fobs and Greg Gray. Rounding out entertainment are the Chosen Few DJs: Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn.

 

Special surprises are planned throughout the day and evening, as is a 25th anniversary fireworks display at 9 PM.

 

Other Chosen Few Picnic Weekend events

  • Wednesday, July 1: “Hot Lunch Mix” on Daley Plaza (under the Picasso), 12 PM- 1 PM
  • Thursday, July 2: Opening party at Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago
  • Friday, July 3: Official pre-picnic party at Grandbar, 1600 W. Grand Ave., Chicago
  • Saturday, July 4: Official after parties at Smart Bar Chicago, 3730 N Clark St, and Da House Spot, 7130 S. South Chicago Ave., Chicago
  • Sunday, July 5:  Send-off party, venue to be announced

 

Tickets, parking passes and VIP packages can be purchased on the group’s web site, and with the new Chosen Few DJs mobile app launching June 25 via iTunes and Google Play. On social media, fans can keep up with weekend events using #CFP25, #ChosenFewPicnic and #ChosenFewDJs.

 

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THUNDERCAT: “Where the Giants Roam” New Mini-Album [STREAM]

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The new mini-album from virtuosic bassist and singer-songwriter Thundercat is out now. The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam is the first solo material in two years from Stephen Bruner—the man behind the Thundercat handle. The 6-track album sees him returning to the Brainfeeder fold after having already made outstanding contributions to two of the best reviewed albums of 2015 to-date: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Kamasi Washington’s The Epic.

The album’s funky first single “Them Changes,” co-produced by Thundercat and Flying Lotus and featuring Kamasi Washington on saxophone

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The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam takes listeners on six spiraling excursions to the outer limits of jazz-funk. The follow-up to his sonically adventurous and widely praised second album Apocalypse sees Thundercat team back up with longtime sparring partner Flying Lotus, who co-produced three of the albums tracks. The legendary Herbie Hancock also pops up on keyboards on “Lone Wolf & Cub,” and there are contributions from fellow Brainfeeder family members Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Mono/Poly on sax, strings and production respectively.

Look for Thundercat on the road later this year, including performances at the Low End Theory Festival in Los Angeles and the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn.

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New Album: Pete Rock “Petestrumentals 2″

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Pete Rock was raised in Mount Vernon, but his face belongs on Mount Rushmore. The Chocolate Boy Wonder perfected an art form, inspired millions, and soundtracked a generation. By contrast, Teddy Roosevelt seems like a chump.

This is the man who Dilla told, “I wanted to be like you.” Kanye once called himself the “new Pete Rock.” But the original Pete Rock remains permanently vital. The evidence bangs in his latest opus, Petestrumentals 2, the sequel to the 2001 classic that helped define the hip-hop instrumental record. It marks the legend’s first album on Mello Music Group, a fitting union between the author of the boom-bap blueprint and the label that’s expanded upon his legacy.

Describing Pete Rock’s productions do them little justice. They resonate in your gut, heart, and brain. The title of one of these beats says it all: “Makes Me Feel Like.” You fill in the blanks based on your personal experience and current mood.

Petestrumentals 2 conjures memories of BBQ cookouts and 70s Blaxploitation scores, rattling summer jeep cruises and blunted Jamaican vacations. There’s a gorgeous requiem to Dilla (“Dilla Bounce (R.I.P),” where the originator pays tribute to the prodigy. You see the full range of Rock’s gifts on display: the meticulously chopped horns, unquantized drums, and air raid sirens. It contains the emotion of a thousand eulogies.

No record can’t be resurrected. There’s no sub-genre or era that can’t be converted into Rock’s singular brand of soul. His music is the closest thing we’ll ever get to a time-traveling DeLorean, effortlessly shifting between past, present, and future.
For the last 20 years, hip-hop heads have argued over the best Pete Rock original productions and remixes. Is it “They Reminisce Over You” or the “Shut ‘Em Down Remix?” Do you prefer Soul Survivor or the first Petestrumentals, his work with INI or the UN? His catalogue can’t be compressed into a bio; you need a book.

This is the latest chapter—an even 20 slaps and rhythmic levitations. It’s Pete Rock at his best, accelerating and kicking cosmic slop, extending wishes, hope, love, gritty drums and eternal wonder.

iTunes |  CD  |  Vinyl

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Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach Summer Solstice: Event Photos

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The Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach Summer Solstice bash at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Sunday, 6/21 featured a number of experiential stations and offerings like innovative cocktails, spirited snow cones, a DIY muddled lemonade stand, a braid bar by GLAMSQUAD, metallic tattoos by Dash of Flash, flower crowns, a photo booth, freshly infused water and more.

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DJ Rashida kicked off the party with a great list of tunes ranging from hip-hop and soul to dancehall and house. One of the most sought-after DJs in the world, Rashida previously toured with Prince and has also opened for Kanye West, The Roots, John Legend and more.

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Soon after, V Bozeman (of FOX’s “Empire”) broke out into a soulful rendition of her single “What Is Love,” as well as a few additional new tracks. Her stunning asymmetrical, monochrome dress was accented with a large gold statement necklace, a chunky gold two-finger ring, and dark loafer-style booties.

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At sunset, Luke James took the stage and made the ladies in the crowd swoon and cheer, singing “Make Love To Me” and showcasing his signature falsetto in a rendition of “Glass House.” After the R&B crooner exited the stage, Luke sent single red roses as a gesture of appreciation to some of the ladies in the house.

The night closed out with tunes from the glam DJ Eque, who offered a mix of rap, hip-hop, reggae and classics. As one of LA’s hottest DJs, Eque has also been a tour DJ for Beyonce, Usher, Faith Evans, B2K and more.

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BET Experience Kick-Off Concert with Jordin Sparks, Deborah Cox and Chrisette Michele

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This past weekend’s BET Experience at L.A. Live presented by Coca-Cola® Kick-Off Concert started the BET Experience off with a bang! Fans celebrated the upcoming BET Experience at L.A. Live presented by Coca-Cola® weekend with performances from leading ladies Jordin SparksDeborah Cox and Chrisette Michele, hosted by 102.3 KJLH’s DJ Malski.

 

The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Outdoor Promenade was packed with fans ready to party at the official pre-event celebration in Los Angeles. Grammy award-winning artist Chrisette Michele kicked off the day with hits including “Epiphany,” “A Couple of Forevers,” and “Blame It On Me.”  Next up was multi-award winning artist and actress Jordin Sparks who looked as fly as ever breaking it down on stage with her back up dancers in all black, despite the sweltering heat. She belted out hit after hit from “One Step,” to “Battlefield,” as the crowd sang along, wrapping her set with “No Air.” Sparks also got down to a crowd pleasing performance of her latest hit, “Double Tap,” which also features rapper 2 Chainz.

 

Even though it was one of the hottest days in recent months in Los Angeles, fans made sure they stayed around for R&B-dance diva Deborah Cox’s incredible headlining set. Her powerful vocals ripped through crowd favorites including “We Can’t Be Friends” and “Just Be Good To Me.” Cox looked as incredible as ever on stage as she wrapped the day’s festivities with her chart topping hit, “Nobody’s Supposed To Be.”

 

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Deborah Cox performs onstage during the BET Experience @ L.A. Live presented by Coca-Cola® Kick-off Concert, at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw on June 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA

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Jordin Sparks performs onstage during the BET Experience @ L.A. Live presented by Coca-Cola® Kick-off Concert, at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw on June 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA

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Chrisette Michele performs onstage during the BET Experience @ L.A. Live presented by Coca-Cola® Kick-off Concert, at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw on June 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA

Nile Rodgers to Receive the BMI Icon Award

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NILE RODGERS TO RECEIVE THE
BMI ICON AWARD AT THE 2015 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP AWARDS

Event Honoring Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songwriters to be
Held August 28 in Los Angeles

Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist Nile Rodgers will receive the BMI Icon Award at Broadcast Music, Inc.’s (BMI®) R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be held Friday, August 28, at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. Rodgers, a musical architect of the influential band CHIC and perennial “hit maker”, was selected as this year’s BMI Icon recipient for his incomparable catalog and his defining influence on popular music. The star-studded event celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs of the previous year.
The evening will also include the presentation of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter, Producer, Publisher of the Year and Social Star awards. BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton will share the evening’s hosting duties.
“The BMI Icon Award is given to an individual for their ability to connect people through song and defy musical expectations,” said Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations, Atlanta. “Nile’s exceptional body of work, spanning decades, crosses genres and leaves a lasting impression. We’re so thrilled to present this honor to such a singular talent and incredible musician.”
A Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Rodgers constantly evolves and expands the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times” and generated groundbreaking pop hits like “Le Freak,” which was inducted into the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame. His career-defining productions for David Bowie (“Let’s Dance”), Madonna (“Like A Virgin”), Diana Ross (diana), and Sister Sledge (“We Are Family”), plus his work with artists like Duran Duran, INXS, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, The B-52s, and Michael Jackson, have sold over 200 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide, while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music.

With over 200 production credits, 17 BMI Awards, and three Grammy Awards, Rodgers transcends all styles of music across multiple generations. Signed to Warner Bros. Records, he’s currently preparing the first new CHIC album in nearly 25 years and will take CHIC on the road throughout 2015 to support the release of its first single “I’ll Be There,” which is currently No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. He serves as Chairman and Founder of the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), authored the best-selling “Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny” (2011), and distributes soundtracks for popular AAA video games via his national distribution company and record label Sumthing Distribution and Sumthing Else Music Works. “The full scope of Nile Rodgers’ career is still hard to fathom, and it’s not just ongoing, it’s in overdrive,” Rolling Stone recently remarked, naming Rodgers one of “the 50 Most Important People in EDM” (2014). Indeed, Rodgers’ unrivaled track record is a mere glimpse of what’s yet to come.

BMI Icons are selected for their unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.
As the 2015 honoree, Rodgers will join elite ranks that include James Brown, Mariah Carey, the Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, Cash Money’s Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams, George Clinton, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, and Al Green, among others.

 

MAGIC MIKE “Prize Pack” Sweepstakes [Film]

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In theaters on July 1

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FUSICOLOGY SWEEPSTAKES

—- (5 Winners Will Receive)—-

  •  Flatbill Black Hat with Metallic Gold Imprint ($7)
  • 1 – Slouchy Tank Top w/ Goil Foil Imprint ($7)
  • 1 – Hollywood Movie Money vouchers, redeemable toward 2 Tickets in total to see MAGIC MIKE XXL at participating theaters ($24)
  • 1 – Movie Posters  ($10)

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Watch the trailer below then Enter to Win HERE

Warner Bros. Pictures Sweepstakes Rules & Info

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SYNOPSIS

Director: Gregory Jacobs

Writer: Reid Carolin

Producers: Nick Wechsler, Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs

Executive Producer: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Michael Strahan, Elizabeth Banks, with Andie MacDowell, and Jada Pinkett Smith

Comedy. Picking up the story three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, “Magic Mike XXL” finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

 

Coachella 2016 Advance Sale Information

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Coachella 2016 will be held over the following weekends,

 

Weekend 1: April 15th – 17th 2016

Weekend 2: April 22nd – 24th 2016

 

Advance passes go on sale beginning this Thursday, June 4th at 11 AM PDT, while supplies last. This will be the only opportunity to take advantage of the Coachella Payment Plan. The price you see is what you pay — prices reflect all fees included.

 

Visit www.coachella.com for additional info.