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Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to announce the 2nd annual
3YB (3 YARDS BANGIN’) HouseFest. It will take place Saturday August 20th, 2016.
The Eventbrite link for ticket purchases is :
New for 2016:
Two stages featuring Chicago’s top DJ’s, covering every House Music genre.
1 entire city block for partygoers to enjoy between 85th & 86th of South Anthony Ave.
Beer Garden available for all of age attendees.
African Drummers filling the air with a rhythmic, cultural vibe…
Charitable shoe drive lead by Mandel Williams of Que’s Got Sole Inc.
House of Excellence Award recipient Robert Williams, Owner of the Original Warehouse, the man credited with bringing Frankie Knuckles to Chicago, and House scene innovator.
A few things to keep in mind.
Please, NO Grills, NO Glass, and of course NO Guns.
Small coolers are welcome, but please keep in mind our vendors need and are worthy of your support.
Tent space is limited. 10x 10′ max. Set up will likely cease after 3-4pm, perhaps earlier.
Please park along major streets and avoid residential areas. Shuttles will be available for your convenience
Should questions arise, don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
Thanks for all the years of support and GOOD TIMES.
Joseph Porter. aka PEPE
Selecta Spotlight: “House spouses” Hugo & Khris “First Lady” Hutchinson share stage for the 1st time
On the scene even before there WAS a House Music scene, husband and wife duo Hugo Hutchinson and Khris “First Lady” Hutchinson have built successful careers in music on parallel tracks—radio, music production, club residencies and more—always working in the same industry, but never together. That is, until the inaugural 3YB House Fest, where they will share the stage for the first time, closing out the festival on August 22, 2015.
For her part, Khris parlayed her experience as a teen DJ (she started playing local parties in 1980) into a radio career that has included stints at Kennedy King College’s influential WKKC FM, Chicago’s WGCI FM– where she was the first woman jock to play a mix show–New York’s top-rated WBLS FM, KISS-FM and HOT97 FM stations, as well as stations in Milwaukee and Indianapolis. Her work has garnered several awards, including Billboard magazine’s Hip Hop & R&B Music Director of the Year award in 2006.
And for his part, Hugo—whose childhood experiences included fiddling with his parents’ record player as a toddler, and spinning at the legendary Sheba Disco’s teen party as an 8th grader—leveraged his passion for music to create a career as a radio and club DJ, and producer. His resume includes appearances on Herb Kent’s legendary “Punk Out Show” WKKC FM’s popular “Friday Night Audio”, WGCI FM and V103 here and New York’s KISS FM as well as a residency at Chicago’s Warehouse club on Randolph Street. Currently he works with actor, singer and musician Jamie Foxx on a number of projects, including serving as a featured DJ on Foxx’s popular Sirius XM Foxxhole channel.
Throw in music production—Khris recorded several early house music/freestyle tracks, including the hit “Used by DJ”, and Hugo has had a hand in a number of house classics, and put out his longtime unreleased hit “Chante’ vs. James” to huge acclaim—and you have a real live, certified musical power couple in the Hutchinsons, who have been together more than 20 years, and have three grown daughters between them.
Both have been part of the fabric of 3 Yards Bangin’ almost since its inception—Hugo has played at every party except the first in 2004, while Khris, who hails from the Southeast Side, has been a tireless cheerleader for the party.
Asked why 3YB is important to her, Khris says: “Having an event where people can get together, dance, forget their troubles, and remember what it’s like to be free, is a great thing. And if we want what we’ve created to continue, we must bring our children into the fold, so I’m glad to see the move to a venue that is family friendly. Creating things that live beyond you is important.”
Says Hugo: “Each year, 3 Yards Bangin’ does its best to top the energy and experience from the year before. This year, I’m really looking forward to bringing the party to the next level, and helping people have a great time. For me, 3 Yards Bangin’ is so special because it has always been just about the people, and the music.”
Pride of the Southeast Side!
One goal of the 3YB House Fest is to highlight the role of Chicago’s Southeast Side as a breeding ground for serious House Music talent, and recognize the significant contributions to the genre made by those who grew up there. Some of our hometown heroes include:
Radio personality Khris “First Lady” Hutchinson, and her husband, Foxxxhole/Sirius XM DJ Hugo H. (both gracing the decks at House Fest); Chosen Few DJs pioneers, brothers Tony Hatchett and Andre Hatchett; and disco and rare groove ambassador, Sadar Bahar.
And one of the brightest stars in that galaxy is the one and only Steve “Silk” Hurley, whom we are proud to name as the recipient of our inaugural 3YB “House of Excellence” Award this Saturday! Launching this year, the award is given annually to salute a member of the house music community for their accomplishments and contributions to the culture, music and industry.
From his roots as a teenage DJ on the Southeast Side to his rise as a pioneering House Music artist–his early hits with J.M. Silk topped dance charts worldwide–to his evolution into a ground-breaking producer, remixer and musical curator, Steve has leveraged his lifelong love of music to create a highly influential and fruitful career.
His work with a constellation of iconic artists–Michael Jackson, Prince, Crystal Waters, CeCe Peniston and Ann Nesby among them–has garnered him a host of accolades, including four GRAMMY nominations, an ASCAP Writer Award, plus top producer and remixer honors from Billboard magazine, British Charity Awards and the Winter Music Conference. Steve’s resume also includes managing his own record labels; producing songs for film soundtracks, including To Wong Foo and Love & Basketball; appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show; and producing the “Oprah’s Pop Star Challenge” album, as well as his twice-weekly “Old SKool/New Skool Remix” on the nationally syndicated radio show, the Tom Joyner Show.
“Our neighborhood gave birth to a lot of talented individuals who have really moved house music forward, here and around the world,” says 3YB co-founder, Joseph Porter, a/k/a “Pepe”. We’re giving Steve this first ‘House of Excellence’ Award to honor him for building and sustaining an incredible level of success in the music industry, while remaining true to his Chicago roots and a wonderful, genuine person.”
From Steve’s Facebook page:
“I am humbled by the Award that the 3 Yards Bangin Crew is presenting to me this Saturday in my old neighborhood at the The 3 Yards Bangin’ Crew Presents: 3YB House Fest! I look forward to taking in some great House Music and hanging out with old friends!”
And we’re looking forward to celebrating you, old friend!
This Saturday, we’re not just partying, but passing on the torch!
For our inaugural 3YB House Fest on August 22, 2015, we’re excited to partner with Master Mix Academy to offer hands-on activities for the next generation of house music DJs, dancers and fans!
From 4 PM to 6 PM in the Kids Corral area, kids and teens can learn digital DJ and virtual studio music production techniques. The DJ booth will be led by Dave Maze, founder and executive director of Master Mix Academy.
Just what is Master Mix Academy? It is a STEM-focused (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), not-for-profit DJ and music production for youth development program based in Chicago. Launched in 2009 to counter the lack of music programs that focused on urban arts and technology education, its mission is to introduce children and young adults–through hands on educational opportunities–to the urban Disc Jockey tradition and art form.
Academy programs enhance core educational skills, including critical and analytical thinking, in relationship to science and technology in the electronic music industry. Since its inception, Master Mix has provided DJ, performing arts and virtual studio technology educational programming to more than 10,000 students in the Chicago area.
So, bring the kiddies with you to the 3YB House Fest, and share the music–and the party–you love with them! Kids 12 and under are free, and teens and seniors are only $5! Advance sale adult tickets (from $10 + fee for General Admission, to $30 + fee for VIP) are available right here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2015
From backyard bash to full-blown fest, 3 Yards Bangin’ event celebrates House Music on Chicago’s Southeast Side
Event celebrates neighborhood contributions to dance genre with music, dancing and DJ lessons for kids
(CHICAGO)—When three neighbors on Chicago’s Southeast side got together to throw a joint party across their backyards in 2004, they didn’t know that they would be creating a can’t-miss summer tradition for the thousands of guests—and at least three horses—who have turned up at their homes each year since then. Having outgrown its residential roots, organizers today announced details for the inaugural 3 Yards Bangin’ House Fest, on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 2300 East 87th Street at Anthony Avenue, Chicago (in the CVCA Diamond Pavilion), 4-10 PM.
The event will feature music house music sounds from Chicago DJs, including husband and wife duo, Hugo H. and Khris “First Lady” Hutchinson, Vern Vinyl, CHEEZ and Dave Maze, plus a live performance from Curtis McClain, singing his global house music classic, “Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)”. There also will be a Kids Corral activity zone, plus DJ lessons from event co-host, Master Mix Academy, a Chicago-based youth development program. A recognition award also will be presented to Southeast Chicago native, DJ, producer and four-time GRAMMY-nominee, Steve “Silk” Hurley. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site; guests can bring their own as well (no glass containers, though).
“When we did our first party across our three backyards, we called it, very simply, ‘3 Yards Bangin’, because our intent was to have our homes jumping with music, fun and friends,” says Joseph Porter, Sr., one of the event organizers and a lifelong resident of the Southeast Side. “We are thrilled to have welcomed so many neighbors and friends over the last 11 years. Now, we hope to make the party even bigger and better by inviting all of Chicago—kids included—to help us celebrate the music we love in the community we love.”
Event tickets are $10 in advance (available here) and $20 at the gate for adults; teens, $5; and seniors and children under 13 years old are free. Ample street parking can be found along Anthony Avenue.
About 3 Yards Bangin’
Launched in 2004 by family and friends who decided to co-host the ultimate backyard party across their three lawns on Chicago’s Southeast Side, 3 Yards Bangin’ has become a highlight of the summer party season in Chicago, featuring house music played by world-class DJs, great food and drinks and friendship. In 2015, after more than 10 years and thousands of guests, the minds behind the original party have organized the inaugural 3 Yards Bangin’ House Fest, to celebrate the Southeast Side’s love of house music in a family-friendly community venue. For press inquiries, contact Lehia Franklin Acox, Lfa@LFAPR.com.