People suck it up through the winter because summer in Chicago is totally worth it. There is always something to do and a different festival to attend every week. In it’s inaugural year, Wavefront Beachside Music Festival is definitely something to look forward to since it will be the first all electronic dance music festival held on Montrose Beach. This star studded event kicks off June 29th and will continue through the weekend. Buy your tickets, bring your swim suits and some sun block cause it’s gonna be a scorcher!
Visionquest (2:30 – 4:00, North Stage)
Individually, these Detroit based Djs and producers know how to work a crowd and make them dance. With their powers combined, Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves and Lee Curtiss create the world renowned group Visionquest. They are able to uniquely blend sounds of soulful, deep house and add a minimalistic feel of techno to create an upbeat vibe. Having played internationally in places such as Fabric in London, Watergate in Berlin, Cityfox in Zurich, Tenax in Florence, Fiesta Privada in Rome and The Mid in Chicago, they are back to showcase their talents.
MSTRKRFT (6:45 – 8:00, South Stage)
Their name is a bit hard to read without the vowels, but it’s pronounced ‘Master Craft.” This Toronto based electronic duo, also known as Jesse Keeler and AP-I, have been making booties bounce as MSTRKRFT since 2005. Their second album features the voices of John Legend, N.O.R.E and Lil’ Mo while being filled with handclaps, vocoders and a deep disco vibration. Their style of music is the kind that makes your calves and quads sore from all the dancing and jumping around.
Listen: Beards Again – MSTRKRFT
Manic Focus (7:00 – 8:00, Local Stage)
Calling Minnesota his home state, this Chicago newb is definitely not a newb to making phat beats and intricate melodies. Manic Focus aka Jmac or John McCarten, is a classically trained musician who started making hip hop beats in high school and later on made the move into dubby music ranging from chilled vibes to danceable rhythms. His more popular tracks such as the remix of Gary Jules, ‘Mad World,’ has time traveled audiences back to when they first saw Donnie Darko, also his music video for ‘Circles’ staring Lisa Lottie captivates its viewers with hula hoop tricks and city scenes of Chicago.
Boys Noize (8:30 – 10:00, North Stage)
German born Alexander Ridha, has been known to be amongst the top international electronic acts for the past several years. This electro house DJ and producer’s reputation was solidified when he was awarded Best Electronic Artist three years in a row by Beatport. With roots in hip hop and disco, Ridha diversifies himself by doing remixes across musical genres from Daft Punk, The Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dog, N.E.R.D & the Scissor Sisters. He was last in Chicago in November 2011, and is back with new bangers and amazing visuals.
Listen: Yeah (Original Mix)