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Aug 3, 2005 7:23 PM

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, in celebration of the 21st anniversary of House Music, has declared August 10, 2005 “House Unity Day.” (Full declaration text at the bottom of this press release.)

The declaration coincides with the 21st birthday of Trax Records, the label that put the underground dance music known as “House Music” on the international pop culture map. Such a Chicago institution is Trax Records that the City of Chicago has invited the label to participate the city’s wildly successful Summer Dance Series with their very own party.

Organized by Brian Keigher, Program Director of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Summer Dance Series is centered around (or on, rather) a 3500 square foot dance floor especially constructed in the Spirit of Music Garden, located at 601 S. Michigan Avenue.

The "free for all" party will be headlined by respected Chicago DJs Marshall Jefferson and Jesse Saunders and hosted by The Queen of House herself, Trax Records president and resident diva “Screamin’” Rachael Cain.


Office of the Mayor
Richard M. Daley
City of Chicago


WHEREAS, Chicago is known as the original home of House Music; and

WHEREAS, its original creators were inspired by the love of their city, with the dream that someday their music would spread a message of peace and unity throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, House Music celebrates its 21st anniversary this summer; and

WHEREAS, the city of Chicago recognizes and celebrates the House Music pioneers, creators, DJs, and fans, along with the many greats who have contributed and passed on, including The Legendary DJ Ron Hardy, Jesse Velez, Kool Rocksteady, Dr. Richard Cook and many others; and

WHEREAS, Trax Records, DJ International Records, Screamin’ Rachael, Larry Sherman, Rocky Jones, Lewis Pitzele, Frankie Knuckles, Esquire Jay B. Ross, Marshall Jefferson, Jesse Saunders, Chip E., Mazi, Vince Lawrence, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Ten City, Maurice Joshua, Steve Silk Hurley, Paul Johnson, Mickey Oliver, The Hot Mix 5, 3 Degrees, Bad Boy Bill, Rationation, Brian Keigher of Chicago Cultural Affairs, and all of the other original pioneers, DJs, dancers, dreamers and believers who love House Music have come together to celebrate House Unity Day at Summerdance, in the Peace Garden in Grant Park:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD M. DALEY, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO do hereby proclaim August 10, 2005, to be HOUSE UNITY DAY IN CHICAGO, and urge all Chicagoans to be aware of the events arranged for this time.

Dated this 27th day of July, 2005
Richard M. Daley

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