Vivian G. Harsh Society Black Music Month Celebration
The HOUSE Chicago Built
Chicago is the birth place of House Music, described as a combination of disco, soul, gospel and jazz all rolled up into one. It is a genre started by African Americans and Steve “Silk” Hurley of S&S Chicago Inc. is one of its pioneers.
Please join us as we celebrate the music and honor its creator, four-time GRAMMY nominated remixer, producer and songwriter, Steve “Silk” Hurley.
Before he takes the stage at this year’s Chosen Few Picnic and Music Festival, he’ll share his history and music with the Vivian G. Harsh Society in what we’re calling “Last Night A DJ Saved My History!”
Saturday, June 17 4pm-7pm
Kroc Center 1250 West 119th Street
Recorded House Music’s First #1 Single
Remixed music for Michael Jackson, Prince, Roberta Flack, Liza Minelli
Produced music for Oprah and Songwriter on several movie soundtracks
We also will bestow the Clementine Skinner Award for education and community service to Ayana Contreras, DJ and host of Reclaimed Soul, anall vinyl radio program streamed live on Vocolo (91.1 FM). On her radio show, she works to document the narratives, history, and cultural significance of the music scene in 20th Century Chicago.
This year’s Emerging Artist Award, will be awarded to vibraphonist, Thaddeus Tukes.While a student at Northwestern University he co-founded a jazz band and launched a music-content consulting group to raise awareness of student artists.
Tickets, which include food, music and fun are $50. Funds raised go to support programs that educate the public about the Vivian G. Harsh Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Harsh Collection is the largest African American history and literature collection in the Midwest. The Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc., is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation. The Harsh Society also provides a short-term fellowship that supports scholars and researchers that use the collection and funds that help support archival work. Currently Harsh archivists are processing cartons containing the work of Developing Communities Project, Inc., a faith-based community organization whose first executive director was Barack Obama.