Mamby on the Beach, a lakeside festival reincarnated from a weekly Chicago party in the mid-2000s that celebrated a unified energy, stemming from the city it was born with artists like Green Velvet/Cajmere, Derrick Carter, and many more. In 2015, React Presents breathes new life into this energy, combined with the unmatched summer time vibes of Chicago, to host the new annual two-day festival, Mamby on the Beach.
Headliners include modern trailblazers EMPIRE OF THE SUN and PASSION PIT, who are coming off the highly-anticipated release of their third album, Kindred. Additional support from bands and live acts like the legendary Röyksopp, indie-electro tastemakers Phantogram, as well as Robert DeLong, Com Truise, Tanlines, and No Regular Play, showcase a wide spectrum of artists who incorporate live instrumentation into their performances and continue to bridge the gap between genre boundaries. Other artists contributing live performances are Classixx and Goldroom, plus DJ sets by indie icons James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and Cut Copy.
Legendary hip hop heavy weights, Common and Rhymefest, announced on April 9 their partnership with The Chicago Urban league. During Wednesday’s conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Chicago natives and rappers spoke about a fall season music festival “AAHH! Fest” and their plans to begin a youth job initiative.
AAHH! Fest scheduled to begin Sept. 20-21 at Jackson Park is one of the first efforts to build awareness for their program. With tickets going on sale May 1st, the festival will be a two day event featuring some of the top names in the music industry and rising locals. The first day will feature an all-star lineup from Chicago and around the country. Day Two will be led by Donda’s House showcasing some of Chitown’s aspiring artists.
In a further effort to break down the “Chiraq” label hovering over the beautiful Windy City, the coalition aims to combat the declining opportunities for low income, minority youth by providing a year-long employment program for those ages 16-24. Slated to begin in the fall with 1,000 jobs, organizers hope to continue adding more job opportunities per year.
Backed up by five other organizations including Common’s Common Ground Foundation and Donda’s House founded by Kanye West and led by Rhymefest and his wife, Donnie Smith. These organizations are not only giving Chicago another chance to live up to its best city name but also a chance to provide for their people who fight hard every day to make the city beautiful.
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