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USA, take inspiration from Europe’s Soulful House Music Weekenders

blog-bgHere we are in the middle of the Summer and I can count on one hand the Soulful House Music events in The USA. The biggest of course is The Chosen Few Picnic in Chicago with other smaller parties scattered throughout the country. Is this the best that the USA can do for Soulful House Music? Just look at Europe and how many Weekender events there are for Soulful House Music. Suncebeat in Croatia, The CampSoul Weekender, The SouthPort Weekender, and last but certainly not least, The Vocal Booth Weekender quickly come to mind. (If you know of any others, please let me know in the comment section below)

The talent that these Weekenders bring together can’t even be compared to anything in the USA for the Deep/Soulful Music lovers. The biggest of these Weekenders is arguably The South Port Weekender. However, the Line-Ups at lesser known weekenders can be just as impressive.  The Line-Ups for this year’s SunceBeat in Croatia include Kerri Chandler, Rich Medina, At Jazz, Dave Morales, Ron Trent, Osunlade, Glenn Underground, Anthony Nicholson, Black Coffee, Culoe De Song, Quentin Harris, Karizma, Grant Nelson, and many others. My favorite out of all of the weekenders is The Vocal Booth Weekender. Andy Ward has historically always brought incredible talent to this event. Past Line-Ups include Victor Simoneli, Neil Pierce, Phil Asher, Richard Earnshaw, and Sean McCabe. This year’s Line-Up includes, AtJazz,  AudioWhores, Gavin Peters, Glenn Thorton, Groove Assassin, Mark Di Meo, Shur-I-Kan, The Layabouts, and many others.

Why should we need to travel to Europe to see our own home-grown talent in one place? The SunceBeat event alone has Kerri Chandler, Rich Medina, Dave Morales, Ron Trent, Osunlade, Glenn Underground, Anthony Nicholson, Quentin Harris, Karizma AT ONE EVENT! There are almost endless locations to host one of these Weekenders here in The States. Hawaii immediately comes to mind. But, that’s hard to get to. However, places in Southern California would be great too. Actually, anywhere there’s a nice beach with hotels and a few nightclubs is all you need.Beach-Stage

With so much talent and so many beautiful places to have a 4 day Deep/Soulful Weekender here in this country, I wonder……….Why hasn’t there been at least one Promoter in The USA to try to make this happen?

6 comments

  1. richard kater - July 24, 2014 2:47 am

    Send me a message we host Soulheaven at ADE in Amsterdam. We are a host at IPM Rome also. Find us under RiskSoundSystem.

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    • Trevor Ricci - July 25, 2014 1:11 pm

      SoulHeaven sounds like a great event……I hope to be at the ADE this year too. I hope to meet up with you there 🙂

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  2. gil - July 25, 2014 10:46 am

    Happy to help organize and assist with an event in Chicago

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    • Trevor Ricci - July 25, 2014 1:13 pm

      Thanks for commenting on the post. Im not the one who is going to be trying to make this happen. But, Im trying to see if there are any bigger Promoters out there who could make a Weekender style event happen here in the USA. I think the problem is that we need to stop thinking so locally with our own personal cities. We need to think much bigger

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  3. Cordell - August 6, 2014 4:36 am

    First of all you need to recognize the problem we face here in America.. no one respects this music genre. Soulful House Music is very much underground in America..The closest thing we have to a outdoor festival that caters to “our” music is WMC in Miami which has lost its appeal (in my opinion) maybe “Chosen Few” weekend but they only push their agenda.. There is the “Silver Room Block Party” also in Chicago but the host needs sponsorship to help make it a full weekend event, he has to ask for donations just to pull it off, none of the local businesses donate a dime but yet they make a nice profit from the people attending the event. “House in the Park” in Atlanta, “Collective Minds” in Baltimore which is the same day as “House in the Park” during Labor Day Weekend. “Movement” in Detroit is a techno festival but there are soulful house music after parties scattered throughout the city and in New York, you have several outdoor parties going on throughout the summer but nothing to bring the community of Soulful house music together for a whole weekend. Mi Casa in Mexico has potential, but I don’t see where the talent level can get bigger & better unless he can get some sponsorship to help out with the cost. And outside of San Francisco, California/west coast has no presence of soulful house music.. not enough to make people to travel west for a fun filled weekend let alone one night event.
    People need to take this music serious enough like hip hop, techno & trans.. Our EDM cousins..the soulful house talent is there but the respect for the medium is not..
    So moving on, we have several models in place to make something happen in each of the cities I mention above.. Some Organizations need to open up more and stop making things about themselves. There is enough local/regional talent in each of those cities that could be apart of weekend festival.. And I’m not sure if it would make a difference but the city needs to get involved with hosting these events as well.. When the city gets involved and shows support, it brings a bigger audience to come and support the event. That may lead to some sponsorship that could help curb cost/expenses on doing a weekend festival.
    I’m sure that there are other business factors involved with hosting a festival but I think it can be done in some of the more established events now and the other smaller (one day events) can grow into a weekend festival.

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    • Trevor Ricci - August 6, 2014 1:53 pm

      Wow Cordell…I didn’t expect anyone to write such a well thought out and lengthy comment. Thanks! You took it from where my blog left off. You are 100% correct in everything you mentioned. There are a lot of local people doing their own Soulful House events. But, like you mentioned, none of which brings together the whole community in a particular city. Sponsorship is important and I know there are people out there who have relationships with sponsors like Pioneer, Allen & Heath, Traxsource, Beer Companies, etc and let’s hope we can find some of those people who will get sponsorship to build our scene here in the USA….Great comment. Thanks again 🙂

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