House Music 40 Partners with ARC Music Festival on Special Pop-Up Event at Daley Plaza on May 29

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of House Music, House Music 40 has partnered with ARC Music Festival to kick-off celebratory events throughout the city with a special free pop-up event at the Daley Plaza. The lunchtime mix will feature performances by Chicago natives and international DJs Derrick Carter and DJ Heather, hosted by Mother Diva on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at 12 noon.

House Music 40’s founder and House music pioneer Vince Lawrence reflects, “I am thrilled to mark this momentous occasion with ARC Music Festival, Chicago’s flagship house and techno festival. They have provided a wonderful platform for DJs and lovers of dance music throughout the years.”

The ongoing mission of House Music 40 is to raise awareness of the significant contributions made by Chicago House Music artists to the global music landscape while providing financial support for Chicago House Music DJs, artists, producers, and promoters facing ongoing health concerns. It’s one that aligns well with ARC, whose foundation lies on educating the next generation of electronic music listeners on its origins.

ARC Music Festival’s co-founder, John Curley celebrates, “I was raised on House music here in Chicago. It’s one of those rare global movements where we can still show our love and appreciation to a lot of the original pioneers and innovators. House Music 40 understands that after everything those DJs have given us, it’s important for us as fans to give back,” he says, “It’s impossible to fully thank someone for the gift of house music, but in every action, we take with ARC we aim to keep letting them know that ARC is a living monument dedicated to them and house music everywhere.”

This year marks four decades since the commercial release of the first wave of House records, including early iconic songs “On and On” by Jesse Saunders and Vince Lawrence, “Jack Trax” by Chip E. and Joe Smooth, “Mystery of Love” by Mr. Fingers, “Jack’n the House” by Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, “Jack Your Body” by J.M. Silk (Steve “Silk Hurley and Keith Nunnally), “Move Your Body” by Marshall Jefferson, and “Your Love” by Jamie Principle and Frankie Knuckles among others.

ARC Marketing Director, Alan Brant adds, “As a team, for us falling in love with house wasn’t a choice, it was a reflex. We see it as our mission to help the world understand that house is from Chicago.”

On behalf of Cook County, there will be a special presentation by Cook County Board Commissioner Bill Lowry to present the resolution of House Music 40. “As a Southsider who grew up enjoying House music, it is an honor to show tribute to the originators of House and its birthplace—launching a global phenomenon that has contributed to our great city and our county. We’re excited to be a part of the kick-off celebrations.” said Lowry.

ARC’s partnership with House Music 40 continues the event’s mission of showcasing House music and the city that birthed it for a globally reaching audience. ARC, which returns to Union Park this Labor Day weekend, remains a stronghold for the continuation of this foundational story and is proud to partner with an entity so committed to the celebration of this artform as an integral piece of Chicago’s cultural fabric.