Recognized By Many Legendary DJ’s As “The Future”, Chicago-based Ruben Quintanilla was given his name Boi Jeanius to accent the nickname perfectly. Boi Jeanius is very involved in every aspect of the DJ word and takes pride in his profession and displays the love, attitude, and passion every night. With that, he still practices his sets and strives to be better each day. Now proving himself to Chicago, going live every weekend on 1035 Kiss Fm, mixing the ONLY Mixed Count Down on Radio, The Top 8 @ 8:48 is only a sample of what you can expect from Boi Jeanius! His DJ name has grown and spread like wild fire through the streets of Chicago all the way to New York City Where Boi Jeanius was named by Latin Mixx as 2010 Best Mid-West DJ. Boi Jeanius represents a brand with style, edge, and flare. Boi Jeanius Recenly participated in the Redbull Thre3stlye Battle and won the regional championship as the best DJ. What else is next? Catch Boi Jeanius every Saturday at Nikki Nightclub in Chicago. At 24 Years old and 6 years on the #1 Top 40 Station In Chicago 1035 Kiss Fm and Stations such as La Mega 95.5 and 1075 WGCI, Boi Jeanius Has continued to out do the competition by working hard and always being one step ahead.
Picking up where Boogaloo left off, Boogaloo Urbano is a genre that continues to fuse American R&B and Soul with Latin Rhythms such as Cha Cha Cha, Son, and Rumba, but also adds elements of Hip Hop, Reggaeton, and Neo-Soul.
The pioneer of the genre is Chicago-raised Boricua Lester Rey and joining him on stage are Los Leones. Together they blend classic Chicago sounds like Blues with traditional Puerto Rican music, such as Bomba to bring an exciting never before heard presentation of Boogaloo Urbano. While Urbano provides the Hip Hop voice of the community he grew up in, the Boogaloo sets the stage for the dance and rhythms of Caribbean Diasporas. Inspired by his father’s funk and rock records along with his mother’s love of salsa music, Lester Rey is fusing black and brown sounds to put Chicago music on the map and unite communities on the dance floor.
Itch13 (aka Itchie Fingers) is a Brooklyn-based DJ, MC, and Producer. Aside from being super friendly, smiley and generous with hugs, he is an experienced selector hailing from the Chicago nightlife scene. Itch13 transforms the eclectic into the iconic with his blends of TRVP, Electric Nu-Soul, Future Dancehall, Boogie, forward thinking Hip-Hop, Funk & Breaks, Underground EDM, and Deep House.
Itch13 honed his diverse yet discriminating tastes as a buyer at Chicago’s Gramophone records and has shared stages with Wiz Khalifa, Guru (Gangstarr), Little Brother, Clyde Stubblefield, DJ Kool Herc, Dead Prez, Wise Intelligent & The Black Sheep. He’s performed at most major venues in Chicago, including Millenium Park, Chicago Theatre, House of Blues, and The Metro.
DJ Set + Live Visuals
caliXta DJs and VJs as an independent freelancer and as part of Chicago’s CumbiaSazo crew. Since 2012, caliXta has been honing her craft and realizing a vision of creating respectful and healing dancefloors. Although originally from Chicago, a lot of her formation & scheming around liberation and revolutionary partying started in DC from kickbacks with friends and the Maracuyeah & Anthology of Booty queer femme parties. Upon returning to Chicago in 2011, she felt like similar soul-elevating club spaces with beautiful and enriching music weren’t common and set out to co-found dále shine to help create a scene for a deep & nuanced variety of digital Latinx music. In 2013, she joined the CumbiaSazo crew and found kindred spirits with which she could continue building communal spaces through art and music. Along her journey as an artist, caliXta has been fortunate to work with many talented artists, collectives, and organizations who continue to shape her visions and dreams.
Logan Lu is a veteran MC (Master of Ceremonies) and accomplished poet who has hosted events throughout Chicago and the United States. His energetic flow of words, social commentary, and years of experience donning the mic is the perfect combination that makes him an excellent MC. He has hosted events for Calle 13, Ana Tijoux, and Saul Williams and is currently the resident MC & hostpoet at CumbiaSazo.
(Cuba/Chicago/Peoples DJs Collective)
A member of Sonic Diaspora and People’s DJ Collective, Afroqbano is originally from Cuba and now living in Chicago. In Habana, he worked as a regular DJ for a number of underground house and Hip Hop clubs and produced and toured with some of the most well-known artists and ensembles in Cuba. Since moving to the United States, Afroqbano has continually expanded on his style & influence, developed his acumen as a producer/remixer, and shared stages with luminaries like Mos Def, Pete Rock, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Rich Medina, and La Santa Cecilia. While the Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms of his culture are central to his sound, he embraces and merges a wide range of global & soulful music.
Born and raised in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood David Chavez (DJ Sound Culture) has always had a great affinity for world cultures and deep music. His passion for both has to a large extent laid the path in front of him for most of his life. In the DJ booth Sound Culture is a cultural chemist of sorts, exploring the world’s sounds and finding the threads that tie us all together globally. From Bhangra to Balkan Beat, African Soukous to Latin House, he knows how to navigate your auditory senses. His live mixes are both dynamic and seamlessly cohesive and whether you’re a world music enthusiast or dance floor regular, he keeps things interesting.
Itzi Nallah x Tifflove
Itzi Nallah and Tifflove are the co-founders of CumbiaSazo, Chicago’s largest and one of the US’ most expansive cumbia + global bass parties. Together they aim to support dance spaces & communities that are diverse & compassionate and as a DJ and MC offer performances that are life-affirming and fun. Itzi Nallah has worked previously with FEX, Sonic Diaspora and Peoples DJs Collective and a recent tour with CumbiaSazo saw Itzi Nallah, Tifflove + crewmate caliXta work dance floors throughout the midwest, southwest & west coast. Show highlights include creating spaces and sharing stages with acts ranging from Ozomatli, Rich Medina, Nickodemus and A Tribe Called Red to Pete Rock, Javier Estrada, El Dusty and Haitus Kaiyote. Itzi + Tifflove are joined by caliXta on live visuals and El Timbales on percussion to form CumbiaSazo’s live set.
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