Chosen Few Picnic 25th: Guest performers announced!

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World’s biggest dance party adds diva star power to 25th

Vocalists Stephanie Mills, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Cory Daye to perform at Chosen Few Picnic 25th anniversary

March 19, 2015 (CHICAGO)—Adding to its constellation of guest stars, The Chosen Few DJs  collective today announced that recording artists Stephanie Mills, Evelyn “Champagne” King and Cory Daye will perform at the 25th annual “Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic” (CFP25) on Saturday, July 4, 2015 in Jackson Park.

Nicknamed the “Woodstock of House Music” for its family reunion vibe, the daylong event is expected to draw more than 40,000 fans to celebrate the roots of house music. The vocalists join previously announced guest DJs Masters At Work duo Louie Vega and Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Derrick Carter, Stan Zeff, Keith Fobs and Greg Gray. A special surprise guest performance also is planned.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome these incredibly talented women to the Chosen Few Picnic stage,” says Chosen Few DJs founder, Wayne Williams. “Individually and collectively, their timeless music has brought millions of people together on dance floors around the world for decades. We are honored to have them participate in our 25th anniversary celebration.”

One of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music, Stephanie Mills is a GRAMMY- and American Music Award-winning recording artist with five best selling albums and ten Billboard #1 singles. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she also is a distinguished actress and performer, with critically acclaimed performances on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning “The Wiz”, as well as classic television shows. Beginning in 1979, she produced a slew of chart-topping hits, including “Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin’”, “Sweet Sensation”, “Never Knew Love Like This Before”, “Two Hearts”, “Keep Away Girls”, and “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?” On the dance floor, 12-inch versions of her songs, including “You Can Get Over” and “Put Your Body In It” were wildly popular, and remain favorites.

Evelyn King’s vocal talent was discovered while she was a teen working with her mother cleaning offices at Philadelphia International Records. Released in 1977, her debut album included the worldwide smash, “Shame” and “I Don’t Know If It’s Right”, which she followed up with hits “I’m in Love”, “Love Come Down” and “Betcha She Don’t Love You”. In 2007, Evelyn hit the dance charts again with her single, “The Dance”, and in 2011, was featured on house music producer Miguel Mig’s album “Outside the Skyline.”

A native New Yorker and a founding member of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, vocalist Cory Daye became one of the most distinctive voices of the disco era, lending her sound to the #1 single “Cherchez La Femme”, “I’ll Play the Fool”, Hard Times” and “Sour and Sweet.”  In 1977, the band was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist. In 1979, Cory released her first solo album, “Cory and Me”, which included dance floor classics “Green Light”, “Pow Wow” and “A Wiggle and a Giggle.” Cory also was a featured vocalist for Kid Creole & The Coconuts, and in 1993, appeared in the film Lambada: The Forbidden Dance.

Picnic entertainment also includes 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.

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, Tony Hatchett, Alan King and Andre Hatchett—who played their unique brand of soulful dance music to huge crowds throughout the city. 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 and producer Mike Dunn. In 2014, Hunter and Williams produced the GRAMMY nominated hit “It’s Your World” by Jennifer Hudson feat. R. Kelly, while their production work on “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” won an NAACP Image Award.  For more information, visit #CFP25 #ChosenFewPicnic #ChosenFewPicnic25th