The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, presents the first-ever Soul Train Photo Exhibition.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Chicago-based, longest-running, nationally syndicated program in television history, the Soul Train Photo Exhibition features a never-before-seen collection of more than 55 rare photographs of the biggest names in music taken right on the Soul Train stage.
“We are both proud and ecstatic to have this amazing collection of images exhibited, for the first time, in Chicago, our birthplace. There is something special about allowing Chicago fans to be the first to experience the showing,” said Kenard Gibbs, CEO Soul Train Holdings and Chicago native.
“Soul Train is part of Chicago’s rich cultural heritage,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “The ground-breaking television show, which was created, produced and hosted by South Side native Don Cornelius, inspired a new generation of music, style, and dance and probably did more than anything else to integrate R&B music into mainstream pop culture.”
The exhibition images were selected from more than 300,000 archival shots taken on the Soul Train set. The incredible images capture several of the iconic musicians who performed on the show such asChaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Chuck Berry and more. The exhibition will remain open through September 5.
WHAT: First ever Soul Train photo exhibition celebrates 40th Anniversary of Soul Train. Chicago DJ Steve “Silk” Hurley, pioneer of Chicago’s House Music. will be the guest DJ for the Opening Night “Friday Night Groove”.
WHEN: Friday, July 22nd, from 5 PM – 7 PM Opening Night – Exhibit runs through September 2nd
Beginning July 29, a“Friday Night Groove” after work event will take place every Friday from 4 PM – 6 PM with a guest DJ through September 2.
At the “Friday Night Groove” after work event, attendees will feel as if they have stepped onto the Soul Train set, dancing to Soul Train beats under disco balls amongst a retrospective of photographs.
WHERE: Expo 72, 72 East Randolph Street, across the street from the Chicago Cultural Center
For more information: http://www.explorechicago.org
About Steve “Silk” Hurley: Steve “Silk” Hurley is a producer, songwriter, DJ and four-time GRAMMY® Nominated Remixer. He began his career as a DJ, artist, producer andpioneer of Chicago’s “House Music.”
After creating several No. 1 hits with RCA,London and Atlantic Records as a recording artist, Silk shifted his focus to songwriting, producing and remixing. He has since worked with hundreds of various artists including Prince, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, CeCe Peniston, R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige.
While maintaining a successful production career in which he has sold several million records, Silk has still remained true to his DJ roots. He is an international DJ, and has been featured since 1994 on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, which has more than 8 million listeners.Silk has managed to build a reputation as “The Mashup King”with his mix show segment called “The Old Skool New Skool Remix,” which is featured five times weekly.
About Soul Train Holdings: Soul Train is a registered trademark of Soul Train Holdings, LLC, a limited liability company headquartered inLos Angeles,CA. Soul Train is the longest running, first -run, nationally syndicated program in television history. During its 37 year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as: Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Janet Jackson and Beyoncé, to name a few.
About Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events: The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to promoting an ongoing celebration of the arts; supporting the people who create and sustain them; and marketing the city’s abundant cultural resources to a worldwide audience.
DCASE, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, programs and promotes thousands of high-quality free festivals, exhibitions, performances and holiday celebrations presented each year at Millennium Park, Grant Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues throughout the city.
About Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture: The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC) is dedicated to promoting Chicago as a premier cultural destination to domestic and international leisure travelers, providing innovative visitor programs and services, and presenting free world-class public programs. COTC supports local artists through grants and other resources and creates vital opportunities for artists of all levels.