We’re still dreaming of Sueños Festival, Chicago’s marquee reggaeton fest

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Reggaeton is a global phenomenon that draws millions of listeners to digital platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and more importantly, cool festivals. The genre’s humble beginnings in the 1980s shifts, transforms and morphs itself throughout the decades, leading us to this very festival.

I won’t attempt to tell its history, but I can suggest a podcast that will provide you information about the origins of the music. Take a listen to its history straight from the mouth of “La Diva,” “La Caballota,” the only Queen of reggaeton, Ivy Queen, as she delivers her first-hand accounts and interviews the movers and shakers of the genre in the podcast called, “Loud.”

Now, onto recapping a fun and vibrant festival called, Sueños Festival. This event took place 90 miles south of Milwaukee in the big city of Chicago. To learn more and check out an inspiring music playlist, keep scrolling.

Memorial Day weekend in Chicago was amazing on first day of Sueños. The weather was right and the city itself was aglow with thousands of people admiring the skyline. Walking to the festival grounds, you could feel the excitement in the air, as well as the smells of the mouth-watering Latin foods. The event kicked off with the festival’s resident DJ, Freddy Fresco, who for sure understood the assignment when it came to commanding the crowd and keeping their attention as the acts would change over. He was dropping very necessary gems to set the mood for the weekend.

Blessd | Photo by Kenny Perez

I got the chance to play 88Nine photographer both days. Can I say how much respect I have for those folks that write and take pictures?! I digress. On the first day, I got to see artists from different parts of the world like Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Columbia, such as up-and-coming artists Eix, Blessd (photo above), Tokischa and Natanael Cano. I could not stay for Ozuna, El Alfa, and Myke Towers. Might I add that the organizers did a fantastic job of programming the reggaeton acts and really outdid themselves by booking a couple young Mexican corrido artists. The Latino/a/e/x population in the city of Chicago is dominated by people from Mexico, so it was only right that they have a voice representing them. It was also a great change of pace from the heart-pound bass and soothing rhythms coming from the reggaeton performers. Low key (without saying it loudly), I was really excited to finally see Tokischa perform. Having more women being represented at major festivals is one that all events can work on but seeing an Afro-Latina/x was inspiring. She commanded the stage and delivered a performance with uptempo dembow vibes and amazing visuals.

Tokishca | Photo by Kenny Perez

On to day two; it was a warm one! It felt like 100 degrees, and the crowd was set for a serious evening filled with four of the hottest acts in the world. The Dominican Republic’s, Sech, Puerto Rico’s own Jhay Cortez plus Wisin Y Yandel, and, of course, Columbia’s superstar, J Balvin. Jhay Cortez jumped out on stage with a bang! He performed hit after hit and had amazing dancers who played with the crowd and matched his energy song for song.

Jhay Cortez | Photo by Kenny Perez

When I say Lengedarios (Legendary), it only means one thing to the islanders of Puerto Rico and here stateside. Wisin y Yandel is a reggaeton duo that not only has inspired young singers and rappers all over the world to pick up a mic but has also given inspiration to Milwaukee’s own Gego y Nony to start creating. Their show was magical and literally brought a tear to my eye.

Wisin y Yandel | Photo by Kenny Perez

Then came J Balvin, the act that I was most curious about. Lately, he has been criticized for several things I don’t have time or the energy to get into (I’ll let you do the research). I do have time to report on his performance and stage presence. Man, the crowd was ready, the lights were heavy and the show was lit, literally. An already long fun night was capped off by hit after hit, and does he have them! Equipped with only a DJ and mic, Balvin played with the crowd, tied his shoes between songs (true story), got a phone tossed his way and loved on the city of Chicago. Closing with fireworks and praise for an amazing crowd, he was done.

J Balvin | Photo by Kenny Perez

ENJOY SOME TUNES INSPIRED BY LAST WEEKEND’S SUEÑOS FESTIVAL!

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The year was 2007 and the vibes were electro house

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Every Saturday evening we set the vibe for the city of Milwaukee from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. We mix up the hottest sounds from the electronic dance music scene. In The Mix with DJ Kenny Perez prides itself on bringing to the forefront some of Milwaukee’s most talented DJs and producers as guests on the show.

Stream the mixes below and follow me on all social media @djkennyperez.

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88Nine celebrated 15 years of being Radio Milwaukee on the airwaves last Friday, so we had to keep the party going on for ‘In The Mix’ on Saturday evening! I wasted no time putting together two hours’ worth of electro dance and house music mixes from the year 2007. It was so much fun literally digging in the crates for the music that would eventually define the sound of that year. You had massive hits like Bob Sinclairs’ “World Hold On,” Erick Prydz & Pink Floyds’ “Proper Education” which became instant classics, and of course the massive emergence of Swedish House Mafia producer, Axwell. Enjoy the mixes and stay tuned for more 2022 mix archives coming soon!

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Kaleena Zanders brings top-notch vocals and superb DJ skills

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Kaleena Zanders is one of the fastest emerging stars in music, earning her comparisons to ’90s vocalists CeCe Peniston and Robin S. Zanders is proud to help bring the house music genre back to its queer, Black origins. Giving passage to those who are sometimes unseen, her songs are filled with social messages and upbeat music. In her short career, Zanders has collaborated with the likes of Finneas, Keke Palmer and has headlined dance artists such as AC Slater, Loud Luxury, Breathe Carolina, and SNBRN, to name a few.

Kaleena has released tracks through the most notable dance labels, including Spinnin’ Records, Ultra Music, Armada Music, Anjunadeep, and DIM MAK. She has taken the mic at major festivals including Coachella, EDC, and Snow Globe. Kaleena Zanders continues to create a space of diversity for others like her and making music that uplifts everyone. If you missed the set on Saturday, please listen, follow and share! Links below.

Kaleena Zanders. Photo via the artist’s Instagram.

This set is filled with Kaleena’s dope vocals and bangin’ collaborations. I am truly honored she put this mix together for us here at “In The Mix.” Please keep an out for new music coming out in late 2021 and in 2022 Spotify

Here are some of the mixes you’ve may have missed!

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Revisit these star-studded mixes from the last year of In The Mix

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Every Saturday evening we set the vibe for the city of Milwaukee from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. We mix up the hottest sounds from the electronic dance music scene. In The Mix with DJ Kenny Perez prides itself on bringing to the forefront some of Milwaukee’s most talented DJs and producers as guests on the show.

Stream the mixes below and follow me on all social media @djkennyperez.

When I decided to create In The Mix, I did so with one goal in mind: “Be the dopest, most inclusive mix show on the planet!” This is why I will continue to invite ALL who can throw down, THROW DOWN for us! Why not share this time given to me on the airwaves with local talent, especially when they have the passion and drive? Why not lend these two hours on Saturdays to national and international DJs that rarely get press or even the chance to showcase their gift to their own communities? Why shouldn’t I make room for headlining talent? The listener deserves all the love and excellence we have to give.

In The Mix is here to inspire and reach out to EVERYONE! I can’t express enough how humbled I am to have some of my favorite artists, DJs and producers drop a set for our cool little mix show with a GIANT heart. In the past year, due to the pandemic and gigs being canceled, headliners across the globe jumped on mix shows and live streams to keep playing and upping their craft. Check out some of the names that have come through to Radio Milwaukee in the past year: Hatiras, Jayda G, Claud VonStroke, Paul van Dyk, Eden Prince, Washed Out, Kero Kero Bonito and so many more to come in 2021.

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All archived shows can be found on our Mixcloud

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Two Best Friends, one Milwaukee music label

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To everyone out there, I’ve missed you so much! I can not wait to get back to live shows that aren’t behind a screen (even though I appreciate the drive to keep playing gigs). The good news is some venues are starting to announce shows, festival lineups are popping up and clubs are getting back in the game in a safe way. All of this is happening slowly of course, but it is happening and that’s a positive. Like many acts, Milwaukee duo Best Friends had to make do without playing live shows in 2020 and the early parts of 2021. With the time they’ve spent waiting to physically be back, the duo decided to do something that would change the landscape of Milwaukee music.

In the interview, I got a chance to find out a little bit more about their story, some of their influences that drove them to become DJs, and we talked about what was in store for their new Milwaukee music label, User Friendly Records. Peep the interview in full below and stay in touch with them about future gigs, mixes\ and releases at @userfriendlyrecords.

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User Friendly Records · Movin’ You Remix EP
User Friendly Records · User Friendly Presents: Zetbee

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Milwaukee to Los Angeles, Sethinbetween talks about his journey through sound

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I met the homie Seth David a few years ago DJing with his good friend and musical teammate Mike Rende. Together, they were playing awesome events at Summerfest and packing clubs like Site1A and The Miramar as the electronic duo RCKT PWR. Once success started coming their way, management decided that a move to Los Angeles could be amazing for their future. In their new city they got the chance to work with the electronic artist Elephante and play some sick shows on the West Coast. Then of course a major event happened across the globe, Covid-19.

The pandemic put a damper on a lot of things for RCKT PWR, but it never stifled their confidence or drive to keep creating. Through the disruption of this pandemic, Seth chose to not only continue working on electronic music, but he picked up an old love along the way, rap. In my interview I sit down with Seth to talk about his transition from dubstep to rap, his musical influences along the way, and the latest project as Sethinbetween called Meadowood.

Interview with Sethinbetween

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Milwaukee’s DJ Bizzon wrote a book on mastering the art of DJing

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There is a buzz in our community about a cool guy who wrote a book on the basics of DJing. That cool guy is 88Nine’s Tyrone Miller aka DJ Bizzon. When I heard that Bizzon wrote a step-by-step guide on the basics of DJing called “DJ Method,” I was excited! To add that it was published by “The World’s largest source for music publications” Hal Leonard. It’s just wild!

Being a DJ and a supporter of Bizzon, I had to purchase the book for myself. The prospect of future DJs having on hand and visual support in DJing the correct way is really awesome for the future of our community. In our recorded interview below, I got the chance to sit down with Bizzon to talk with him about his musical journey, family and how the book came to be. You can find that below, plus archived episodes of In The Mix and an updated Spotify playlist for your daily needs.

Interview with DJ Bizzon

DJ Bizzon plays “Yams” most of the week on his Twitch page (check out the schedule), but tune into him and Jordan “Madhatter” Lee as my special guest DJs for this Saturday’s show.

If you missed the show last week, check out talented Lady D (Chicago) and MomaSé (Bogotá, Columbia). Follow us on our Mixcloud page and check back with us next week for our guest mix from Canada’s DJ/Producer/Label Owner, Hatiras.

Spotify Playlist

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In The Mix celebrated some of the most legendary voices in dance music

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Every Saturday evening we set the vibe for the city of Milwaukee from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. We mix up the hottest sounds from the electronic dance music scene. In The Mix with DJ Kenny Perez prides itself on bringing to the forefront some of Milwaukee’s most talented DJs and producers as guests on the show.

Stream the mixes below and follow me on all social media @djkennyperez.

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Last weekend I took a deep dive into the archives for some of dance music’s most legendary voices. From Martha Wash to Crystal Waters, these amazing women set the path for what house music and several other genres would become today. Narrowing it down to just one hour was such a difficult task. There were so many releases to choose from throughout the decades, but I decided to go with my personal favorites.

Playlist – DJ Kenny Perez

“Every Body, Every Body” – Black Box ft Martha Wash
“Forget Me Nots” – Patrice Rushen
“Big Fun” – Inner City
“Gotta Love for You” – Jomanda
“100% Pure Love” – Crystal Waters
“Show Me Love” – Robin S
“Gyspy Women” – Crystal Waters
“Finally” – CeCe Peniston
“Do You Love What You Feel” – Rufus & Chaka Khan
“Hot Stuff” – Donna Summer
“Good Life” – Inner City
“The Loft” – Riva Starr & Dajae
Beautiful People (Under Ground Network Remix – Barbara Tucker
“Deep Inside” – Hardrive
“I Get Lifted” – Barbara Tucker
“We Can Make It” – Cajemere, Dajae, Oliver $
“Keep Pushin’ On” (Mousse T cut up) – Inaya Day
“Haven’t You Heard” – Patrice Rushen
“MacArthur Park” – Donna Summer
“I’m Every Woman” – Chaka Khan

Past Episodes

Spotify Playlist

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Staying in this NYE? 88Nine DJs have your playlist covered.

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2020 is almost behind us, and we’re throwing a party on the air this New Year’s Eve!

Join us for the “In The Mix: New Year’s Eve Mixtape,” an uninterrupted 8-hour dance party, featuring 88Nine DJs with special guests Gemini Gilly and Devast8.

Here’s the lineup:

6 p.m. – Dori Zori
7 p.m. – Bizzon
8 p.m. – Moses
9 p.m. – DJ Gemini Gilly
10 p.m. – Madhatter
11 p.m. – DJ Kenny Perez
12 a.m. – Devast8
1 a.m. – Tarik Moody

Tune in to 88.9 FM in Milwaukee, stream from the player above or download our mobile app.

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DJ Claude VonStroke joins Kenny Perez on ‘In The Mix’

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Every Saturday evening we set the vibe for the city of Milwaukee from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. We mix up the hottest sounds from the electronic dance music scene. In The Mix with DJ Kenny Perez prides itself on bringing to the forefront some of Milwaukee’s most talented DJs and producers as guests on the show.

Stream the mixes below and follow me on all social media @djkennyperez.

2020 has been a year to forget, yes, but it’s also been a time of reflection and creativity. One thing that is undeniable during this moment in history is the art of expression through music. Whether it’s Avenue Beat’s “Lowkey Fk 2020” or Beyonce’s “Black Parade,” music is playing an integral part in getting us through the Summer days and nights. For my show, “In The Mix,” we’ve loudly spread our wings not only to continue to have new Milwaukee DJs hit our airwaves but to make room for the major talent across the globe.

In previous months we’ve had fine mixes from Ninja Tune’s Jayda G, who is celebrating the success of an amazing EP, “Both of Us/Are You Down.” Salt Cathedral, whom I’ve had the luxury of meeting and interviewing at the Los Dells Festival in the Summer of 2019. They’ve finally dropped their debut album, “Carisma.” And who can forget the legendary Jorge Jaramillo of the 2002 Billboard-charting duo Who Da Funk with a comeback mix that I will cherish for years to come.

We continued this musical journey on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, with the coolest DJ/producer/label owner in the game, Claude VonStroke of Dirtybird records. Claude and the Dirtybird crew are no strangers to the city of Milwaukee. They have played countless venues across Wisconsin and have rocked many crowds. I first got to experience Claude get down when he opened up for Disclosure in Madison. That’s still one of my favorite experiences at a music venue to date, besides my opening up for Diplo on the Summerfest grounds of course. It may or may not be a coincidence that both artists Claude and Disclosure released new projects on the same day, but was honored to have him as a guest. Below is the set from the man himself, along with my intro set and several others that have been my guests this past month. Enjoy and please share!

Shauna Regan Claude VonStroke. Photo credit: Shauna Regan

Premiered by Danny Howard on Beats 1, “Raggadagga” is a beast — a driving and relentless attention-grabber from the first note, with a vocal chant that puts you in the middle of a tribal gathering. Fun and quirky, totally unique, it captures the weird out there dance floor mayhem that has underpinned the Dirtybird sound since day one. If “Raggadagga” is the beast, then “How I Make You Feel” is the beauty — a warm and intimate deep house track filled with layers and emotions.

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