Official Chicago House Music Festival Afterset
Official Chicago House Music Festival Afterset feat. The Return of Mr. Ali Live + DJ Ge...
Gene Hunt, Mr. A.L.I., Daz-I-Kue
2109 South State St
Chicago, IL, 60616
This event is 21 and over
Gene Hunt is truly one of Chicago’s Pioneers in the house music industry since the early 80s. He has been one of the top jocks moving and educating crowds and music lovers for the past 25 years of his career. Playing at the hottest venues around the world such as The Music Box, Medusas, Green Dolphin, Smart Bar, Metro, the Mid, XOXO – UK, Hectors Lounge – Scotland, Dimensions Festival – Croatia, Field Maneuvers – Oxford UK, 212 - Leeds and many more.
Gene’s first EP in 1987; Living in the land was released on an old classic label where Chicago house music was exposed called Traxx. He then moved onto several UK labels such as, Djax, Hybrid, Mc Projects, Step 2 House, Svek and Rush hour where he made is mark abroad. Mr. Hunt has released his albums “In Sound” on Little Angel Recording – Harley & Muscle, and “Seasoned” on Unified Records. He’s recently joined the Aria team for Roland, sat on a panel and was interviewed for his opinion on their Pro-Audio Studio Gear for Music Production products.
Gene has appeared as headliner at many festivals such as; Outside Lands, Glastonbury, Firefly, Coachella in the Heineken Dome and performed at Chicago’s own Summer Dance, down town. Gene is a 2011, 2012 and 2018 winner of the NBC Chicago Music Awards along with being nominated in 2016, he was listed as number one in 2011 for top dance album in the United Kingdom, with his “Dance Track Volume One” album. Gene’s performed at Boiler Room London and Boiler Room Chicago. He won the Global Mix Award, and performed at the Congress Theater who then, was interviewed for the release of the History of House Music
Chicago LP CD and DVD. Gene also has a custom line of headphones designed by his very self for some of the top house & hip-hop legends in the industry; he was also the apprentice of the late legendary Ron Hardy US Studio.
Gene is currently on the verge of launching his very own website www.mrgenehunt.com, along with working on a new compilation with Rush Hour Records and starting his first record label “Jack in the Hunt Records”. He was recently inducted into the Hot Mix 5 est. 1981 as their newest member of the group with an induction party on July 3rd, so keep a lookout!
Mr. Ali was created with the intention of bringing back the live element to the world of soulful dance club music. The brainchild of dance industry veteran producers Jere McAllister and Vick Lavender, Mr. Ali features an ever changing, multi-cultural melting pot, of musicians. Anchored by the vocal stylings of Carla Prather (vocalist and songwriter for Poi Dog Pondering), the group showcases everything from Afro-Latin rhythms to soulful harmonies to a touch of Rock and Roll, all contained within a package that is made to get your dance groove on. Headlining every Thursday at the Green
Dolphin Street Café and several local venues was where the band grew its’ fanbase in Chicago and across the US. In conjunction with their live performances, Mr. Ali released
a host of dance tunes that to date have become fan favorites around the world. Jere McAllister, MD for Mr. Ali, started his music career, at the age of 19, with DJ International records. He recorded 3 releases for DJI (“Never Let You Down”,
“Breathless”, and “What I Do”) before leaving the label to join up with Steve “Silk” Hurley’s ID productions. He wrote the music for “Let The Music Use” by the NightWriters. This record was produced by the Godfather of House, Frankie Knuckles, and was a big underground club record in the UK (and Europe), during the “Summer of Love” of 1988. This song that has been described by some (UK Journalists) as “defining” Deep House Music. Vick Lavender, producer and DJ for Mr. Ali, was a member of Glenn Underground’s “Strictly Jaz Unit”. While with the SJU he recorded an EP call “PM Blues”, which is still highly regarded among Deep House DJs around the world. To date Vic Lavender has launched his own record label, Sophisticado Recordings, dj’s world wide and has numerous releases charting regularly.
Carla Prather, lead vocalist and front woman for Mr. Ali, has become a veteran of Chicago’s music scene and abroad, and has scores of fans worldwide. Although a 22 year member of Poi Dog Pondering, Carla Prather sings writes and records many music genres, including house music, in which she has worked with Grammy nominee Maurice Joshua, House Legend Byron Stingily, Terry Hunter, Mike Dunn, Chip E. Jellybean Benitez, and Quentin Harris to name a few. Carla also moonlights as a backup vocalists for recording artists, Roy Ayers, Al. B Sure, El Debarge and many more.
David Risqué, the Groove Guru, brings to Mr. Ali percussion and audience inspiration. As one of the early promoters of the Chicago House scene, his events were the starting point for some of Chicago’s House DJ/producer pioneers. One of the most notable was Steve “Silk” Hurley. His events were responsible for exposing thousands of Chicagoans to the sounds and feel of House. David adds flare along with soulful rhythms to the band repertoire and lends immeasurable energy to each Mr. Ali performance.
"Daz... has long had a solid
reputation for more than his music-making and mixing duties. He is also known as a responsible, organized, and trustworthy promoter of parties." - Miami New Times, April 2008