Juke Fest: DJ Funk, Gant-Man, Rampage, Louie Q, DJ Spinn, and others | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Juke Fest: DJ Funk, Gant-Man, Rampage, Louie Q, DJ Spinn, and others The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., July 22, 10 p.m. 2011
Price: $15, $12 before midnight, $11 in advance
When the booty-bouncing Miami electro popularized by 2 Live Crew collided (perhaps inevitably) with Chicago house, it produced a style raunchier and more addictive than its predecessors: ghetto house. The form’s premier practitioner during its 90s heyday, DJ Funk, remains so today, sustaining his profile doing remix work for new-jack electro acts like Justice. In the early aughts ghetto house evolved into juke, which sped past the 145-bpm mark and upped the style’s hip-hop quotient while maintaining its overall lewdness. Gant-Man has helped spark a global interest in juke with his production work for artists like Kid Sister, and Rampage (of local crew Ghetto Division) plays up juke’s roots in the underground house music that powered rave scenes countrywide back in the 90s. In recent years juke has birthed footwork music, which has seen producers and DJs like Spinn and Rashad up the tempos even further and push their tracks to the point of abstraction. DJ Funk, Gant-Man, Rampage, Spinn, and Rashad are all on the bill for this show—a night devoted to juke and its relatives. —Miles Raymer

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