The House Music Block Party 2-day Festival is back for it’s 4th year!! Undaground Element is the promotional company bringing this awesome event to Chicago. It takes place this year on August 26 and 27. This year they’re allowing the festival attendees to bring tents and lawn chairs to setup on the open grass to hang out for the day – Tents cannot be bigger than a 10×10. LIMITED tent spaces will be available and no charge! Did we mention this event is FREE!!
They’re shutting down Western Blvd again and the official line-up and info is below as per FB event page:
UNDAGROUND ELEMENT & S&S Records Present:
The 4th Annual HOUSE MUSIC BLOCK PARTY
Saturday August 26th & Sunday August 27th
2 DAY FREE FESTIVAL / 3 STAGES / FOOD VENDORS / BEER
Festival Location: 4500 S. WESTERN BLVD
• WE ARE SHUTTING DOWN WESTERN BLVD AGAIN!
• ALL FESTIVAL DETAILS & LINEUP COMING!
OFFICIAL 2017 DJ LINEUP:
STEVE SILK HURLEY • MAURICE JOSHUA • JULIAN JUMPIN PEREZ • DJ SKIP • PAUL JOHNSON • STACY KIDD • MICKEY MIXIN OLIVER • SCOTT SMOKIN SILZ • MARIO SMOKIN DIAZ • DJ JES • MIKE LOVE • DJ THREEJAY • BEARWHO? • RUBB SOUND SYSTEM • MARTIN EZ • HYPERACTIVE • MILTY EVANS • IZ & DIZ • LADY D • SCRUBFISH • CZ BOOGIE • LOVEBUG • GROOVIN KIKI • JOHN MORK • T-MIXWELL • BUCKY FARGO & MAREA • MIZZ CHAVEZ • RALPH & LOUIE • LENNY ALFONZO • IKAIKA • TONY COMFORT JONES • ERIN BLACK IRISH • NICO SALAZAR • CAVEMAN • KEITH CLUBHEAD • PATRICK WAYNE • ZEEK • JON ILER • ERIK FLASH • MIDWAY HUSTLE • KARL ALMARIA • LEE FARMER • MADDJAZZ • JAMEISHA TRICE • ANDREW EMIL • RANDALL DEAN • VINNIE ACCARDO • PAUL NAJERA • VICTOR CORREA • VINCE MELO • VYBEZ • PURPLE • BEANS & RICE • SOURCE 1 • THOMAS KELLY • JACK RICHARDS • JAMES DEAN • TCAL 312 • DJ TUTT • MINDTZA • TIM-X • RHAPSODIC • LUIS VAZQUEZ • THOMAS JAYY
🙌🏼 We are very excited and ready to put on another great festival event of House music being the 4th year in a row for what is now one of the largest block parties in the Midwest with over 3,000 attendees!!!
🏠🎶 The HOUSE MUSIC BLOCK PARTY is a true gathering of House music with people attending from across the country for a weekend of the OLD SCHOOL & NEW SCHOOL combination of DJs, Producers, and fans of the genre!
🌮🍔🍺 THIS FESTIVAL EVENT WILL INCLUDE:
• Beer & Wine will be available (must be 21+)
• Over 10 food vendors
• Merchandise vendors
🚖 ✈️ 🏨 TRAVELING TO THE BLOCK PARTY:
• CTA orange line Western station is 2 blocks away
• Street parking will be available but LIMITED
• Midway airport is less than 5 miles away / 17 min
• Midway airport area has multiple hotels
⛺️⛱ BRING YOUR TENTS:
This year we are allowing the festival attendees to bring tents and lawn chairs to setup on the open grass to hang out for the day – Tents cannot be bigger than a 10×10. LIMITED tent spaces will be available and no charge!
❌⛔️ NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGES:
This festival will have food vendors, beer sales, and other beverages. Please plan to support the vendors with purchases!
Background of Undaground Element:
Undaground Element was started by DJ Threejay back in 1996 branching off from Disco Pimps and as a brother crew to Undaground Revolution. “UE” was proud to be a part of the biggest underground events in the Midwest during that time putting off events throughout the Midwest with the Midwest’s most respected and memorable promoters. In 1997 DJ Threejay started the now classic annual “Southside Chicago” series, celebrating the music of Chicago’s top DJs and producers. Towards the end of the 90’s rave scene, another one of our most successful series was “Yoshi’s World” which included “Return To Yoshi’s World” and “Yoshi and Friends”. Along with dozens more “one off’s” and weekly events, Undaground Element had secured its spot as an integral part of Chicago’s history.
In 2000 DJ Threejay met Mark One Torres while attending college in downtown Chicago. They instantly hit it off and began collaborating on house music and events. In 2001 Threejay decided to pursue other projects and handed over the reigns of Undaground Element to Mark One. However, the two continued to play tag team DJ sets across the midwest while still returning to class during the week. Realizing the responsibility that came with heading up a crew that had a rich and well respected history, Mark continued to host quality events in Chicago using the Undaground Element name. Most notably was the “Elemental Thursdays” series which featured a mixture of Veteran DJs along with up and coming local talent. For the next 4 years Mark threw a dozen parties in Chicago and Wisconsin including “Shine”, “Decks Men” and “Together Forever”. In 2006 Mark One Torres left the music scene also to pursue other business ventures.
In 2011 Threejay and Mark One have reunited and reinvented the Underground Element as more than just a promotional group and currently have added members from across the nation with the focused of underground House & Techno music!
For those who want to know the history of house music, here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
House music is a genre of electronic music created by club DJs and music producers in Chicago in the early 1980s. Early house music was generally characterized by repetitive 4/4 beats, rhythms mainly provided by drum machines, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, and synthesized basslines. While house displayed several characteristics similar to disco music, it was more electronic and minimalistic, and the repetitive rhythm of house was more important than the song itself.
House music became popular in Chicago clubs in 1984. It was pioneered by figures such as Frankie Knuckles,  Phuture, Kym Mazelle, and Mr. Fingers, and was associated with African-American and gay subcultures. House music quickly spread to other American cities such as Detroit, New York City, Baltimore, and Newark – all of which developed their own regional scenes. In the mid-to-late 1980s, house music became popular in Europe as well as major cities in South America, and Australia.
A notable DJ duo out of Atlanta, Ralph & Louie will be performing for the first time at this amazing house music block party event. Be sure to check them out.