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100% Pure Love: dance icon to perform at lakefront ‘Woodstock of House Music’

Daylong summer fest draws top talent, thousands of fans to celebrate Chicago roots of electronic dance music

CrystalWatersApril 22, 2013 (CHICAGO)—The Chosen Few™  DJs—a pioneering Chicago-based dance music collective—today announced that dance music superstar Crystal Waters will perform for the first time at their Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic on July 6, 2013 in Chicago’s Jackson Park. Starting with her 1991 breakthrough hit, “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”, through this year’s Billboard chart-topper, “Oh Mama Hey” , Waters has helped spread electronic dance music globally with her distinctive voice, lyrics and sound.

Organized in 1990 as a small gathering of family and friends, the Chosen Few Picnic has grown into one of the world’s largest single-day house music festivals, attracting more than 30,000 fans from around the world to celebrate house music and culture with performances by internationally known DJs and music artists.

“While electronic dance music has become a global phenomenon, its roots are right here in Chicago, the birthplace of house music,” says Wayne Williams, founder of The Chosen Few DJs. “Our event celebrates that foundation by presenting dance music innovators who developed the sound, as well as today’s hottest DJs and artists, who are pushing the music forward. It’s the best of the dance music world, all in one of best places in the world—Chicago’s lakefront in the summertime.”

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In addition to a performance by Waters, the picnic will feature sets by the Chosen Few DJs—Wayne Williams, Alan King, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn. Other special guest DJs and performers will be announced in coming weeks. Tickets are available on the Chosen Few DJs’ web site.

Despite its size and growing popularity—fueled by word-of-mouth, on- and off-line—the event has kept the family reunion atmosphere that earned it the nickname, the “Woodstock of House Music”, with attendees pitching tents, setting out picnic spreads for friends and strangers alike, and dancing together on a giant grass “dance floor”. The picnic also serves as a backdrop for school, fraternal and other group reunions.

About The Chosen Few DJs

Part of the first wave of DJs and producers in Chicago who created the sound that became known as house music in the 1970s and 1980s, The Chosen Few DJs was a group of popular DJs from Chicago’s south side—Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Alan King, Tony Hatchett and Andre Hatchett—who played their unique brand of soulful dance music to huge crowds. Since 1990, the group has organized “The Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic”, one of the largest dance music events in the world. In 2006, the group added DJ and producer Terry Hunter, and in 2012, DJ Mike Dunn. For more information, visit


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