America’s Best DJ: Chicago’s Spring Awakening

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A-Trak: One of 13 ABDJ noms playing Chicago.
Ryan Sahlin
Chicago – On the road again.

This weekend, America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times heads back to festival-land—Chicago’s Spring Awakening, which runs Friday through Sunday. Thirteen ABDJ-nominated jocks will rock Soldier Field before throngs of EDM fans—up to 75,000 are expected to attend. Plus, dozens of afterparties will fire up area nightclubs all weekend.

Of course, DJ Times will be there with a dedicated exhibition booth, handing out magazines and taking votes for ABDJ nominees. Voting fans earn the chance to win several valuable, monthly prizes, including gear from title sponsor Pioneer DJ and watches from associate sponsor G-Shock. One lucky voter, chosen at random just after Labor Day, will win a trip for two to Las Vegas’ Marquee Nightclub where the pair will experience the America’s Best DJ Award Ceremony/Closing Party on Oct. 12. The top vote-getting DJ will be presented with the gold-plated Pioneer DJM-900nxs mixer that represents the America’s Best DJ title.

Marquee Man: Stacey Pullen in NYC.
Pearcy Proper
After launching this past Memorial Day weekend at Detroit’s Movement festival, America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times followed up with a pair of East Coast events. As usual, we had full days, late nights and plenty of fan engagement.

On Saturday, May 31, the tour ventured to Club Therapy in Providence, R.I., for some late-night action with NYC-based DJ Boris. The recently re-opened club drew an up-for-it crew of afterhours devotees, as Boris worked the 3-to-8-a.m. shift, dropping groovy house and tough techno tunes along the way.

The following week (June 6), the tour returned to “home base”—Marquee New York—for an evening with Stacey Pullen. Hitting the decks at 2 a.m., the Detroit-techno talent worked some thundering grooves and jacked the energy through the roof at the Manhattan venue.

Therapy: Boris on the late shift in Providence.
Tony Dispirito
ABDJ nominees playing Spring Awakening include Alvin Risk, A-Trak, 3lau, Carnage, Claude Von Stroke, Derrick Carter, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Green Velvet, Kill the Noise Markus Schulz, Pretty Lights and Steve Aoki.

Other bigtime talents playing Spring Awakening include Tiësto, Kaskade, Nervo, Ferry Corsten, DJ Snake, Benny Benassi, Flux Pavilion, Knife Party, Sander Van Doorn and Tommy Trash. For the latest details on Spring Awakening at Chicago’s Soldier Field, please visit here.