Across the line-up on our stage, from house veterans Masters at Work to The Basement Boys – you’ll hear music influenced and inspired by the musical fabric of Chicago.
The cultural movement that followed drove dance music forward, and led the way in fusing the newer electronic sounds with the soulful vocals that defined the era before. The genre naturally developed and fused into the sounds of the mainstream; tracks such as as Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley’s “Jack Your Body” and Inner City’s “Big Fun” were huge chart hits. Meanwhile, the genre continued to mutate – and sub-genres such as Acid House and Deep House continue to thrive in underground clubs, subtly informing the mainstream sounds being enjoyed en masse.
Although house music has continued to evolve and develop over the last few decades – the influence of early Chicago House cannot be underestimated. In recent years its classic sound has made a comeback, clearly heard in the sounds of artists such as Duke Dumont, Disclosure and Toddla T – to name just a few. Most recently, Mr Fingers’ seismic “Mystery of Love” was heavily sampled on Kanye West’s single from his 2016 album “The Life of Pablo” called “Fade”. The sound of Chicago continues to inspire artists today – both from within house music, but also more broadly across the musical spectrum. We can’t wait to celebrate the legacy of Chicago House on our stage at this year’s 51st State Festival.