UPDATED 5 PM EST — The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, presents the first-ever Soul Train Photo Exhibition, which opens to the public Friday, July 22 at Expo 72, located at 72 E. Randolph St., across the street from the Chicago Cultural Center. The public is invited to the opening night “Friday Night Groove” at Expo 72, Friday, July 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. with Chicago DJ Steve “Silk” Hurley, pioneer of Chicago’s House Music. Beginning July 29, a “Friday Night Groove” after work event will take place every Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Expo 72 with a guest DJ through September 2.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Chicago-based, longest-running, nationally syndicated program in television history, the exhibition features a never-before-seen collection of 56 rare photographs of the biggest names in music taken right on the Soul Train stage. The exhibition will remain open through September 5.
“We are both proud and ecstatic to have this amazing collection of images exhibited, for the first time, in Chicago, our birthplace. There is something special about allowing Chicago fans to be the first to experience the showing,” said Kenard Gibbs, CEO Soul Train Holdings and Chicago native.
“Soul Train is part of Chicago’s rich cultural heritage,” said Michelle Boone, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “The ground-breaking television show, which was created, produced and hosted by South Side native Don Cornelius, inspired not only a new generation of music and style, but a new movement of thought. We are honored to pay tribute to Soul Train’s enduring legacy of peace, love and soul.”
The 56 images were selected from more than 300,000 archival shots taken on the Soul Train set. The incredible images capture several of the iconic musicians who performed on the show such as Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Chuck Berry and more.
At Friday Night Groove attendees will feel as if they have stepped onto the Soul Train set, dancing under disco balls amongst the historic photographs. Admission is free. Costume is optional. For more information about the Soul Train Photo Exhibition and Friday Night Soul Dance Parties, visit www.ExploreChicago.org.
About Soul Train Holdings
Soul Train is a registered trademark of Soul Train Holdings, LLC, a limited liability company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Soul Train is the longest running, first -run, nationally syndicated program in television history. During its 37 year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as: Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Janet Jackson and Beyoncé, to name a few. Soul Train Holdings was created following the acquisition of the iconic franchise and catalog of more than 1,100 hours of archival footage from Don Cornelius Productions in June 2008 by InterMedia Partners and Madvision entertainment and is part of Vibe Holdings LLC.
Vibe Holdings is a leading multi-cultural media company consisting of treasured and celebrated brands including Vibe Magazine, Vibe.com, Uptown Magazine and Soul Train. VIBE Holdings is owned by InterMedia Partners, Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to promoting an ongoing celebration of the arts; supporting the people who create and sustain them; and marketing the city’s abundant cultural resources to a worldwide audience. DCASE, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, programs and promotes thousands of high-quality free festivals, exhibitions, performances and holiday celebrations presented each year at Millennium Park, Grant Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues throughout the city.
Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture
The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC) is dedicated to promoting Chicago as a premier cultural destination to domestic and international leisure travelers, providing innovative visitor programs and services, and presenting free world-class public programs. COTC supports local artists through grants and other resources and creates vital opportunities for artists of all levels. For more information please visit www.ExploreChicago.org.
About Steve “Silk” Hurley
Steve “Silk” Hurley is a producer, songwriter, DJ, and 4-Time GRAMMY® Nominated Remixer. He began his career as a DJ, artist, producer, and pioneer of Chicago’s “House Music”. After creating several No. 1 hits with RCA, London, and Atlantic Records as a recording artist, Silk shifted his focus to songwriting, producing and remixing. He has since worked with hundreds of various artists including Prince, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, CeCe Peniston, R. Kelly, and Mary J. Blige. While maintaining a successful production career in which he has sold several million records, Silk has still remained true to his DJ roots. He is an international DJ, and has been featured since 1994 on the nationally- syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, which has over 8 million listeners. Hurley has managed to build a reputation as “The Mashup King” with his mixshow segment called “The Old Skool New Skool Remix”, which is featured 5 times weekly.