Soul Summit Free Dance Party

93XRT Welcomes: Winter Soulstice 2013

Soul Summit Free Dance Party

DJ Akalepse (Truth & Soul Records, New York City)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

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Soul Summit DJs Sloppy White, Dave Mata, & Duke Grip
Soul Summit  DJs Sloppy White, Dave Mata, & Duke Grip
SOUL SUMMIT STARTED AS AN IDEA... late 2009 after walking around the city and seeing numerous flyers for soul nights. An idea formed. Why not have one night with a delegate from each soul group/crew to celebrate the different types of early soul sounds currently being represented in the city? The idea sprang into action and soon we had three 'residents', Dave Mata, Duke Grip, and Sloppy White. With these three DJs at the core, we also included a rotating roster of guests each month. The original purpose was to challenge attendees with different sounds and to not have a solidified format. Most important, the night is not about the guests but above all the music. With no preference to 'rare' records but records aimed for the dance floor regardless of how rare or common. Soul Summit is not about a 'scene' or alienation. We encourage all people from walks of life to come listen and celebrate early soul music.


Chairman Mao, Mr Fine Wine, Danny Akalespe, Skeme Richards, Frank Raines, E Da Boss, Danny Holloway, Natasha Diggs, Andy Noble, Brad Hales, The Southern Soul Spinners, Cyrus Dayani, King Otto, Cat Fancy, DJ Expo, Tropicaza, Meaty Ogre, Dreas, East of Edens Soul Express, Laurent Reux, Ben Pirani, Qualls, John Phillips, Risa T, Aret Sakalian, Nick Soule, Supreme Court, Steven La Groue, Mo Manley


Fitz & the Tantrums, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears*, Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band*, DeRobert & the Half-Truths*, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, Kings Go Forth*, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound*, JD McPherson*, Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics*, The Bo-Keys*, The Right Now*, Ikebe Shakedown*, Myron & E*

* = Featured band at Soul Summit
DJ Akalepse (Truth & Soul Records, New York City)
DJ Akalepse (Truth & Soul Records, New York City)
Coming up as a Battle DJ, Akalepse learned early the importance of moving the crowd. With this show-and-prove attitude and doing basement / backyard parties in Long Island--where Akalepse is from--he got his first gig as a tour DJ, DJing for Parrish Smith when PMD's manager saw him rock a party. His tape “Eviva” landed him a ton of gigs, perhaps the most notable being a Monday night residency at NYC's most esteemed venue for DJs to play at, APT. In a matter of weeks he was asked to take on a residency Wednesday nights there as well, this lasted 8 years until the club closed it's doors forever. Successes like these, plus keeping things thorough at every show propelled Akalepse on stage with the likes of KRS-One, Cypress Hill, Kenny Dope, DJ Spinna, Lord Finesse, J-Rocc, DJ Scratch, & Just Blaze to name a few.

Brooklyn's own Truth & Soul records, the funk/soul imprint that is responsible for monstrous acts like Lee Fields and The Expressions and El Michels Affair, and Lady hired Akalepse five years ago to bring his expertise to the label. Now Akalepse is a jack of all trades for the label, from Label Manager to Head of A&R to house DJ.

Today you can find Akalepse continuing to bring that raw, heavy, fun, sexy, soulful and honest music. His ability to run the full spectrum of soul music has officially become what he's known and respected for. Akalepse and Philly-bred DJ Rich Medina run the worldwide respected weekly party PROPS in Manhattan, playing classics right next to "Are they really playing this out?!?"-type obscurities. This night, like many of Akalepse's other parties before it is about pushing music forward and promoting culture. In that way, it's reflective of the choices and moves he's made, and the high regard in which his craft is kept. We're excited to have have Ak back (he spun at February's party) to help us celebrate 4 years of Soul Summit!
Venue Information:
Double Door
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622