Come early to see the art. Stay for the music. Learn more about the ‘underground’ artists, and talent on the edge. This may be all new to you, but it’s the kind of event that defines a city. And Chicago is well-defined.
WHAT: This is the third year of this all-day party. This year’s event will again feature a visual art and graffiti gallery exhibition by some of Chicago’s most notable and up-and-coming contemporary artists, along with a marketplace, hip-hop barbershop, film screening, live sampling showcase, a one-on-one B-Boy/B-Girl battle, open mic, and music all afternoon.
WHEN: Saturday, January 15th at 11 AM – 10 PM
Open Mic Academy at 5 PM – This all-ages spoken word and hip-hop poetry open-mic showcase will be hosted by HBO Def Poet Shannon Matesky. Signups for this event begin at 2 PM at the venue, and are only available in person.
Original Style: Exploring the History of Chicago House 8 – 10 PM – A special evening event exploring the roots of Chicago’s legendary House scene with special guests, live DJs, and art across the generations. Be a part of the live studio audience, to hear firsthand from the founders of Chicago House: Jamie Principle, one of the early pioneers of house music most known for the 1985 single ‘Your Love’ (with Frankie Knuckles), DJ Frankie Knuckles, known as ‘The Honorary Godfather of House Music,’ Robert Williams, owner of the Warehouse and Music Box, Frederick Dunson, original warehouse manager, Reggie Corner, House music promoter, and Lewis Lazu, dancer and promoter.
Hosted by Kevin Coval, the hour will include archival film, bringing back the scenes and sounds of the 1980s and ’90s, and music selections courtesy of SilverRoom founder, DJ Eric Williams. Doors open at 7 PM.
Following this event, you’re invited to an After Party with legendary house DJ Ron Trent and seminal Hip-Hop DJ Jesse De La Pena to experience it all for yourself!
WHERE: Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 South Halsted Street http://chicagourbanartsociety.tumblr.com
The entire space will be transformed for the party, with the visual exhibition – curated by Creative Director Peter Kepha and Winter Block Party artistic director Kevin Coval – remaining on display through Saturday, February 26th.
DAYTIME PROGRAM EVENTS:
$3/WBEZ members and students (with valid ID)
$10/students (with valid ID)
Hosted by WBEZ 91.5
For more information and to purchase tickets: http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-01-15/winter-block-party
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