DJs fill partygoers with so much excitement they just have to dance, much as a touchdown does for a football player or the legislative process does for children. Feel like a kid again with this GrouponLive deal to History of Freestyle Music with K7/TKA, George Lamond, and more at Congress Theater. For $20, you get one ticket for balcony admission on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. (up to a $37.50 value, including all fees).
Inside the historic Congress Theater, some of the freestyle-music world’s most lauded performers mix a soundtrack of heartfelt tunes and pulsating beats to the delight of boogying audience members. Since its early days of singing at birthday parties, New York outfit TKA has been a celebrated force of the genre, which is known for its Latin-influenced electropop and dance moves that mimic the popular swimming stroke. After making a name for itself throughout the 1980s and early 1990s with hits such as “Louder Than Love,” Give Your Love to Me”, and “Maria,” TKA saw member Kayel branch out into solo work under the name K7. With his unique mix of rap, dance, and dancehall, he created songs that landed in the soundtracks of the Jim Carrey film The Mask and MTV’s The Real World. K7 reconvenes with TKA for live shows brimming with their signature brand of energetic, crowd-pleasing tunes. George Lamond also joins the party, harnessing his early days amid the dynamic music of his family’s native Puerto Rico to infuse his pop and R&B tunes with reggaeton, bachata, and salsa. His undulating tenor soars over tracks such as “Bad of the Heart,” “Look Into My Eyes,” and “No Matter What,” his duet with Brenda K. Starr that rocketed up the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Ms. Starr shares the stage with her former singing partner, belting out tracks from a career that has spanned three decades. Her 1987 hit, “I Still Believe,” reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was famously covered by Mariah Carey. The soprano chanteuse went on to record several Spanish dance-pop albums, earning two nominations from the Latin Grammy Awards for her work. After a performance from acclaimed freestyle singers Cynthia and Judy Torres, veteran DJ and original member of Hot Mix 5—a seminal Chicago DJ crew—Kenny “Jammin” Jason illuminates the booth with his dizzying cache of old-school hits. Julian Jumpin Perez also shares the festive billing alongside sonic specialists Tim Spinnin’ Schommer, Harry Hotmixn Hernandez, and Martin “Boogieman” Luna.
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With its gargantuan ballroom space and ornately decorated domed ceiling, Congress Theater is just as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the ears. The historic venue, which boasts a curved upper deck lined with red velvet seats, beckons concertgoers to its lushly vintage confines for country-music shows, bluegrass festivals, and electronic-music performances.
2135 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60647