Veteran DJs and producers Louie Vega and Kenny Dope Gonzalez—known together as Masters At Work—along with Derrick Carter and Stan Zeff, will perform at the event, which is expected to attract more than 40,000 fans to Chicago for the world’s largest single-day house music festival.
“When we first gathered behind the Museum of Science & Industry in 1990, we had no idea that our little ‘love fest’ would become a cultural phenomenon that draws people from everywhere,” says Chosen Few DJs founder, Wayne Williams. “We are excited to commemorate 25 years of celebrating the roots of house music, which has grown from its Chicago birthplace into a multifaceted global sound.”
Celebrated for their powerhouse production skills, Masters At Work’s catalog includes four GRAMMY nominations among more than 1,500 original productions, remixes and side projects. This year also marks the New York duo’s 25th anniversary. “I’m very excited about returning to Chicago for my second Chosen Few Picnic; it’s always been one of my favorite annual house music events,” says Vega. “This year I come with my partner, Kenny Dope, as we celebrate 25 years of Masters At Work. We look forward to this once-in-a-lifetime occasion and are ready to make Chicago jack their bodies!”
World-renowned as an innovator whose music has influenced the spectrum of dance music, Derrick Carter is one of the vanguards of the Chicago house sound. “I’m really pleased to be playing the Chosen Few Picnic, especially on the 25th anniversary,” says Carter. “Seeing this grow from humble beginnings into a world-class event is something wonderful. And, it being by Chicago, in Chicago, for Chicago just brings it all home.”
Born and raised in London, England, DJ Stan Zeff was one of his city’s pioneering house music DJs. Now a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, his influential party, TAMBOR, is one of the most talked-about dance music events in the country. “The Chosen Few Picnic is one of the largest original house music events in the world, and its 25th anniversary is truly a milestone for the music,” says Zeff. “I’m honored to be part of the lineup and to be rubbing shoulders with the legendary Chosen Few DJs.”
Chicago house veterans Keith Fobs, and Greg Gray of the Nu Bang Clan collective, round out the list of guest DJs. “Keith is an often overlooked Chicago legend who has been part of the Chosen Few extended family since the beginning,” says Chosen Few DJs’ King. “And in addition to being a great DJ, Greg Gray has supported us since the very first picnic, and we wouldn’t think of having our 25th anniversary without him.”
Picnic entertainment also includes additional guest performances to be announced, and sets by the Chosen Few DJs: Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn.
CFP25 festivities also comprise nightly parties and other events throughout the holiday weekend, including a lunchtime dance party at Daley Plaza on Wednesday, July 1. The Loews Chicago O’Hare will serve as the official hotel of CFP25, offering exclusive rates and amenities for festival guests.
General admission tickets and VIP packages go on sale in April via the Chosen Few DJs web site.