In three decades of Chicago house music, many a party has come and gone. Mamby, a mid-00s weekly, is being revived and perhaps immortalized as a festival, Mamby on the Beach, at the Chicago's Oakwood Beach this July 11 and 12.
Featuring a lineup tailor-made to honor the city's house roots and its generation of music fans still too young to club, Mamby, the brainchild of React Presents, joins a full summer of festivals in the Windy City, including Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, and React's other baby, Spring Awakening Music Festival in June.
Mamby takes the lead of other dance-focused city fests like HARD, and CRSSD by mixing DJs (Art Department, Cashmere Cat, Matthew Dear, Chicago native J.Phlip) with synth-loving bands (Passion Pit, Phantogram, Röyksopp, Classixx), and DJ sets from people who play in synth-loving bands (James Murphy, Cut Copy, Chicago's own Moon Boots).
Perhaps most exciting for the city's music scene is how deep the talent bench is with upper midwest artists, certainly an homage to the festival's namesake club night which championed iconic house acts like Derrick Carter, the Superjane Collective and Green Velvet. In addition to Phlip and Boots, Felix Da Housecat and Farley Jackmaster Funk will lead a lineup of locals that includes Holt (AKA Hollywood Holt), Louis the Child, and Milwaukee buzz-band GGOOLLDD.
There are still gaps in the lineup that will likely be filled in as radius clauses for other festivals expire in the coming months. Like Spring Awakening, the two-day Mamby is ages 18 and up. Tickets are on sale now and in the meantime, you can watch a visual ode to Chicago soundtracked by Klingande in this teaser video:
Mamby 2015 Artists (listed alphabetically):
Art Department, Autograf, Cashmere Cat, Claptone, Classixx (Live), Com Truise, Cut Copy (DJ Set), Empire of the Sun, Farley "Jackmaster" Funk, Felix Da Housecat, George FitzGerald, Goldroom (Live), J.Phlip, James Murphy (DJ Set), Klingande, Matthew Dear, Moon Boots, No Regular Play, Passion Pit, Phantogram, Robert DeLong, Route 94, Röyksopp, Tanlines, Toyboy & Robin
Mamby 2015 Locals (listed alphabetically)
DJ Walt, GGOOLLDD, Glass Lux, Good Life, Greg Corner, Holt, Indie-Pendent Party DJs, Kinky Love, Louis the Child, Mo*e + Tuj, My Gold Mask, NORdjs, Orchard Lounge, The, Pool House, Redux, Soultech feat. Gene Farris & Dustin Sheridan, Steve Gerrad, Woo Park, Yawn, Zebo + Edie
Tickets for Mamby on the Beach available here.