It’s often said that it all began right from that Midwestern state of Chicago. The genre of music that sends chills down the spine of every single soul that’s come in contact with its surreal power of transfixion.
The emergence of the nightclub named ‘The Warehouse’ in the Southside of Chicago gave birth to that special genre of music called House Music, although the Warehouse isn’t up and active anymore but its indelible beats still play at quite a number of well-to-do Chicago nightclubs. Chicago’s Warehouse which promoted European music had at the same time broken the barriers of race and sexual preference (for House music was in part targeted at the gay community). Before The Warehouse opened, there had been clubs strictly designed to segregate race. However, The Warehouse did not make any difference between Blacks, Hispanics, or Whites; the main interest was simply music. And the music was as diverse as the clients. In comparison with disco, House music is “deeper”, “rawer”, and more designed to make people dance.
Frankie Knuckles, in 1977, opened The Warehouse, a legendary club it was, the kind of Chicago nightclub where many kinds of different music beats experiment were being tried out and later synthesised into a frantic high- energy amalgamation of recycled soul. The Warehouse throws in the mix of many old disco classics as well as that of many Euro beat pop which was basically the type of song that was been played and danced to. Frankie Knuckles is more than a DJ, he’s an architect of sound, who has taken the art of mixing to new heights. Regulars and even the first time visitors at the Warehouse will most definitely tell you that it was the most atmospheric and scintillating place in Chicago where people with good taste in house music go to have a good time and fun, not forgetting the pioneering nerve-centre of a thriving dance music scene where old Philly classics by Harold Melvin, Billy Paul and The O’Jays were mixed with up front disco hits like Martin Circus’ “Disco Circus” and imported European pop music by synthesiser groups like Kraftwerk and Telex.
More so, it was as well where Acid House was kicked off. The early 80s proved a vital turning point. Sinnamon’s “Thanks To You”, D-Train’s “You’re The One For Me”, and The Peech Boys “Don’t Make Me Wait”, a record that has been continually sampled over the last decade, took things in a different direction with their sparse, synthesised sounds that introduced dub effects and dropouts that had never been heard before.
For major house stars like Frankie Knuckles, the disco consul is a pulpit and the DJ is a high priest. The dancers are a fanatical congregation who will dance until dawn, and in some cases demand that the music goes on in an unbroken surge for over 18 hours. Mixing is a religion. Old records like First Choice’s “Let No Man Put Asunder” and Candido’s “Jingo” , Shirley Lites “Heat You Up(Melt You Down)”, Eurobeat dance records by Depeche Mode, The Human League, BEF, Telex, and New Order, the speeches of Martin Luther King, and the sound effects of speeding express trains were all used when Frankie Knuckles controlled the decks just like the high priest of the house with many disciples.
The genre of house music has remained popular and fused into other popular subgenres, for example, ghetto house, deep house and tech house. As of 2016, house music remains popular in both clubs and in the mainstream pop scene while retaining a foothold on underground scenes across the globe.
The nightclubs in Chicago have evolved and have over the years taken a new dimension to ascended to a more lofty height and here are some of the few things a traveller should expect to see in Chicago nightclubs;
In Chicago Nightclubs, you’ll get to meet many DJ’s with huge dope record collections with in-depth catalogue knowledge of breaks, beats, bits and pieces which could be strung together to form an entirely new record that is concocted out of barely remembered records.
More so, Chicago nightclub has been a sure destination for dance-partiers since 1982 and it still holds that record till this very moment. For a lifetime experience and best parties in states, Chicago nightclubs are the zenith.
What makes Chicago nightclubs very unique and a very interesting place to visit is because of the great exposure it subtly avails to its visitors, it is a place you’ll get to meet people from different cultures, ethnicity and sexual orientation. You might as well encounter drag queens, lesbians, gays, exotic dancers, and other controversial icons on the dance floor.
For dancing, Chicago Nightclubs is the best place where you’ll get to dance to beats dropped by a roster of internationally-known DJ’s. However, make sure you dress to the nines because Chicago nightclubs are the place to see and be seen.
Nightlife is hot if you know where to go and sometimes it’s in right down at the Chicago Nightclubs.