Chicago’s own React Presents has announced the 2018 dates of the seventh annual Spring Awakening Music Festival (SAMF), which will take place June 8-10. SAMF, the largest strictly electronic music festival in the Midwest, will return to Adams/Medill Park in Chicago for the third year since its departure from its original destination, Soldier Field.
SAMF has hosted some of the most eminent names in EDM, including Skrillex, Diplo, and Dillon Francis over the years, rendering it a must-attend for Chicago’s electronic music lovers since its launch in 2012.
Discounted general admission and VIP early bird tickets are on sale Oct. 12-14 at their lowest price, available here.
From working with various initiatives to support the growth of education and music programs, to playing a pivotal role in saving Soundcloud from it’s demise, Chance the Rapper has captured the hearts of many and easily taken the unofficial title as Chicago’s sweetheart.
All accomplished by the age of 24, the Chi-town native has maintained a high-profile and respectfully cashed in on his success this year. Described as an “annual ranking of the most influential young people in business”, Chance makes his way as this years youngest entry on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list. Amongst endorsements with large-scale brands like Nike and Apple, and immense success from Coloring Book, 2017 has thus far played out to be the best year of his career yet, and just the start of his mark on the music industry.
Growing from Chicago-native bedroom producers to worldwide sensations, Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren have taken 2017 by storm. From traveling nationwide on their fall tour to releasing their debut EP, Love Is Alive, the duo, better known as Louis The Child, have worked tirelessly to not only make their mark in the dance music industry but keep a smile on their fans faces.
Now announcing their latest project, Louis The Child will be embarking on their nationwide “Last To Leave” fall tour across North America. Bringing along a diverse medley of friends including Ashe, Prince Fox and Louis Futon as openers, their fall tour extends into mid-December where they will close out their last show in Los Angeles.
Treating fans to an endless slew of remixes on their Soundcloud, the duo has released their latest production, a remix of Chance The Rapper‘s “All Night”. Taking the originally additive pre-gaming anthem and adding their unprecedented touch to it, the boys have magically spun this release into an insta-pleaser. Experimenting with eclectic synths in combination with boosted percussion assemblages, the boys have once again hit the nail on the head with this release. Playing out this long-awaited remix in a variety of their live sets this summer, fans are finally able to listen to the full version on Soundcloud.
His compassion for his hometown of Chicago is genuinely heart-warming. After announcing that he’ll be hosting a free concert, today August 12, deemed #BBBash, Chance then proceeded to share in an on-camera interview with ABC 7 Chicago he would be handing out free tickets beforehand.
“ I wanted to make sure I can identify all those teachers that support our youth and build our children up, all those fathers that are out here with their families, the cornerstones of their houses, bringing their families out—I wanted to make sure I can identify y’all so my people can get you some free tickets,” Chance told the camera.
The free show is set to follow Chicago’s annual Bud Billiken parade set to culminate with a picnic at Washington Park —one of the city’s oldest and largest celebrations amongst African-Americans in the country— of which Chance will be the grand marshal. He previously took to Twitter to ask Chicago public school teachers attending the parade to wear red in an effort to locate them to pass out free tickets to the show and celebrate their hard work and earnest dedication.
On top of it all, Chance has also announced his non-profit organization SocialWorks will be giving away 30,000 “stuffed” backpacks to children during the parade.
Chicago is currently experiencing a golden moment in the city’s already legendary hip-hop history, largely behind the work of young up-and-coming figures like Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Towkio, among others. Preston Oshita, better known as Towkio, is staking his claim in the current hip-hop space with his dexterous lyrical hopscotching and adventurous flow, and he’s no stranger to working with some of electronic music’s brightest forward-thinkers. Past collaborators include Kaytranada, Mr. Carmack, as well as Lido, who produced the rapper’s latest single “Drift.”
On the production end, “Drift” finds Lido on a screeching joy ride, putting together a hypnotic rap beat broken up by infectious half time breaks and off-kilter clinks and kicks. The track marks Towkio’s major label debut, recorded at Rick Rubin’s legendary Shangri La studio in Malibu. Towkio’s latest also comes complete with a high-octane new music video that fits the track’s name perfectly. “Drift”takes on a DIY-inspired filming style, catching the rhymer everywhere from pyramids in Mexico, to the middle of a drifting car’s tightly wound figure eight. Pulling out all the stops with fast cars, bikes, and even hot air balloons, Towkio who also assisted Todd Burr in directing the new video, delivers a one-two punch on “Drift.”
In April 2014, electronic music lost one of its most impactful founding fathers when Frankie Nicholls died at the age of 59. As Frankie Knuckles, Nicholls was one of house music’s most influential progenitors. Deemed “The Godfather of House,” Frankie Knuckles served as the musical figurehead of the genre’s seminal venue, Chicago’s fabled Warehouse.
Legendary in both life and death, Nicholls is deservedly one of dance music’s most decorated figures. Nicholls’ contributions to house’s formation earned him, among many other honors, a Grammy and a spot in the Dance Music Hall of Fame. In 2004, then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama famously played a role in helping to rename the Chicago street where the Warehouse once reigned “Frankie Knuckles Way.” Chicago still recognizes Obama’s decree that August 24 be known as “Frankie Knuckles Day” evermore.
Today, January 18, 2017, would have been Nicholls’ 62nd birthday. In honor of the late legend’s birthday, we encourage readers to listen to Frankie Knuckles’ final recorded mix. Performed at Winter Music Conference in Miami on March 22, 2014, Nicholls’ two-hour set serves as a stunning reminder of how much influence the Chicagoan pioneer had on the music which pervades club culture in the modern day.
After being antagonized by the Cook County government for not booking “live cultural performances,” small venues in Chicago have received a reassuring piece of news: DJ performances will finally be considered a “recognized art form,” under the same umbrella as live concerts. This means that venues which exclusively put on electronic or hip-hop shows will not have to pay the additional three percent amusement tax that the city was attempting to levy by classifying DJ sets separately from live music.
Cities are the cultural hubs of the modern world, where art tends to evolve the quickest. To charge additional taxes on small venues that put on electronic shows — in the birthplace of house music no less — would be to stifle innovation.
Joe Shanahan, the owner behind popular Chicago venues like Metro and Smart Bar, commented on the new amendment: “This agreement confirms that government officials should not be the arbiters of what constitutes art while affording small venue owners a sense of certainty as they continue to present musical talent to Chicagoans and the many visitors who flock to our venues based on our city’s international reputation as a music capital.”
The amendment to the Amusement Tax is set to be heard on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
The news follows a similar situation in Berlin, which recently declared techno — and more specifically, Berghain’s world-renowned techno parties — as “high culture.”
As far as independent artists go, Chance The Rapper is making some game-changing moves right now. He is challenging the record industry’s status quo while simultaneously producing some of the most top-notch hip-hop out there. His latest feat includes throwing his own festival, Magnificent Coloring Day, for a hometown crowd in Chicago, bringing a thick cast of support for the show, and locking down an exclusive live stream on TIDAL. Chance even bought tickets for his own festival back from scalpers and redistributed them to his fans. The young Acid Rap proponent is unlike many other artists producing music right now, and Skrillex, one of his earliest major collaborators and supporters, was there to help the rapper cap off the biggest night of his still-budding career.
Holding down closing duties after Chance’s slot on Saturday night, Skrillex took to the decks to deliver a special headlining set from U.S. Cellular Field on Chicago’s south side. The set opened with Chance coming out to perform a raucous rendition of his summer smash “No Problem,” live to kick off Skrillex’s high-octane DJ performance. The set comes with all the staple bass weapons Skrillex has in his arsenal, then topped off with a heavy dose of hip-hop throughout. New unreleased music with Snails, tracks from Vic Mensa, Schoolboy Q, 4B, Zomboy and more all make their way into Skrillex’s set, capping off a special evening at Magnificent Coloring Day with one of his most memorable outings of the year.