CDM Chicago, NFP presents MOVE! - the 2006 Chicago International House Music Festival being held on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23. The new lakefront outdoor venue Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island will house the event from 1 PM to 11PM. The venture between CDM and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Tourism (IBOT) will showcase the genre of House music which was cultivated in the city of Chicago.
"The Chicago International House Music Festival is sure to provide a fun-filled weekend for music lovers," said Jan Kostner, IBOT Deputy Director.
The 2-day festival will unite an International melting pot of people of all races, ages and sexual preferences as well as aficionados of House music. Move! features some of the most renowned performers including three GRAMMY® Award winners: Frankie Knuckles, Maurice Joshua and David Morales. The festival will introduce South African DJ Glen Lewis along with the legendary singers Jocelyn Brown, Barbara Tucker and Chicago’s own Jamie Principle and Dajae. Danny Tenaglia will be celebrating Saturday evening with an extended set in support of the closing of Gay Games 7 on the International stage. Also featured are Chicago-born Ralphi Rosario, Derrick Carter, Terry Hunter, GRAMMY® nominee Steve “Silk” Hurley, DJeremy, Lady D and Andre Hatchett. Special celebrity hosts Lady Bunny, Phillip Bloch and Lee Ann Trotter will MC.
Festival Director Randy Crumpton, Artistic/Creative Director Frederick Dunson and Operations Director Thomas Mathes are producing the festival. "We are excited to be hosting MOVE! and know this first-year addition to Chicago’s annual festivals will be a great success. The clubbing download company Beatport.com will give 10 free downloads to ticket buyers. Additionally, YouthAIDS, an HIV/AIDS education and prevention initiative of PSI is an official charity affiliated with us," say the Directors. YouthAIDS reaches 600 million young people in more than 60 countries with life-saving messages, products, services and care. David Morales, who is one of the headliners of the festival, is also an ambassador of the 2006 ALDO FIGHTS AIDS campaign. His message is, "AIDS doesn't discriminate. No Territory. No Race. No Age." The call to action is the sale of Empowerment Tags which retail for $5, with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting YouthAIDS. The tags will be sold onsite at the festival and online at www.youthaids-aldo.org. "ALDO and YouthAIDS are proud to be part of the Move! Festival. The majority of people infected with HIV do not know they have it. The message is simple but powerful - get educated, get tested and buy a tag," comments Kate Roberts, Founder, YouthAIDS.
Crumpton adds, "We want to celebrate house music in its birthplace and hope to encourage a better understanding and relationship between cultures and people through dance, to make a positive contribution to the art of music. July 2006 in Chicago is going to be hotter than ever. Our all-star festival lineup is sure to have the people of Chicago dancing in the streets."
Find more information at the homepage of the event.