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!
Benoit & Sergio (4:00 – 5:00, North Stage)
Benoit Simon and Sergio Giorgini debuted in 2009 and produce songs that are a mix between tech house and electro-synth pop. They never have steep drops, but still manage to make their audience groove with catchy melodies and loaded lyrics like, “My baby does K all day.” The two met from partying with each other in Washington DC and quickly realized their mutual passion. At one point, Sergio had a double life as a literature teacher and a weekend warrior but eventually gave into his love for electronic music.
Milk & Cookies (5:00 – 6:00, Solar Beatz Stage)
The description on their FaceBook says it all, “Identical twin stallions leading the Post-Bro House music movement.” James and Paul McElwain have played all over the Chicago scene from The Mid, State, Primary, Stone Lotus, Bull & Bear and have also played at festivals such as Electro Beach, Summer Camp, Spring Awakening and will be at Electric Forest this weekend as well. They play electro house bangers and have produced their own material, ‘Heavyweights,’ being the most popular. These studs are good looking and more importantly, they know how to make booties bounce and feet jump off the ground.
Eric Prydz (7:30 – 9:00, South Stage)
Even if you don’t recognize the name Eric Prydz, you will most certainly know his song ‘Call On Me,’ and more likely than not, have seen the video of scantly clad babes doing sexually explicit aerobic exercises. Based out of London, this Swede is also known as Pryda or Cirez D, and produces progressive house bangers to euphoric trance. He recently released a three disc compilation CD of his new and previous work with special edits to some of his older tracks. It’s a little known fact that he has a fear of flying, so we’re really lucky to have him on this side of the pond.
Duck Sauce (9:00 – 10:00, South Stage)
This duo, made up of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, are better known for their tracks ‘aNYway,’ ‘Barbara Streisand’ and ‘Big Bad Wolf.’ Individually, these two have their own successes and have toured internationally. Helden is an electro house producer and DJ from Boston, who has produced ‘My, My, My’ and has remixed ‘Professional Window’ by Tori Amos. A-Trak is a master turntablist originally from Montreal, but has since moved to New York. More notably, he was brought on by Kanye to be his tour DJ in 2004 and has also worked with Kid Sister, Lupe Fiasco, Kimbra and Mark Foster from Foster the People. Together the two will make you dance, howl and yell ‘Barbara Streisand!’
Listen: Anyway – Duck Sauce