11 AM - 1 PM: Karl Almaria
1 PM - 3 PM: Czboogie
3 PM - 3:30 PM: Soultree
3:30 PM - 4 PM: RV Mendoza
4 PM - 4:30 PM: theWHOevers
4:30 PM - 6 PM: DJ RTST
Karl Almaria, 11 AM - 1 PM
From identifying a Bob James song in an elevator, performing an air guitar riff to a Led Zeppelin song, singing along with the latest Auto Zone TV commercial, to dropping the latest Underground House cut, Karl Almaria is all about enjoying music. Karl loves a wide range of music, but living in Chicago almost all of his life has given him the opportunity to witness the evolution of House Music over the years from its local early stages to the worldwide sound it is now. Today, Karl Almaria can be found not only enjoying House Music, but living it as well. Whether it’s spinning alone, at a bar for 15 people, or at an event for 1500 people, Karl is simply a DJ at heart that enjoys it all. “Yeah, there’s nothing like creating a vibe and connecting with a receptive crowd…but there’s also something special about connecting with the music alone.” Early on, Karl was content listening to mix tapes, collecting records, and spinning at home. However, it wasn’t long before others took notice. With plenty of encouragement from friends, he began playing out on a regular basis. 15+ years DJ experience, a creative mixing style, and on-point track selection have now taken him to DJ gigs in 19 USA states and as far away as the Philippines. He maintains an ever-growing booking schedule which has included several residencies in his hometown of Chicago and beyond. On occasion, he performs as a duo with his brother Mark Almaria as The Flying Almaria Brothers. Karl may be still under the radar for some, but he has amassed a decent-sized worldwide base of appreciative fans.
Czboogie, 1 PM - 3 PM
Czarina Mirani (aka Czboogie) was originally a professional actress and dancer for most of her life with a serious love affair for House. In
2005, she launched 5 Magazine, North America's only publication dedicated exclusively to underground House music. She has interviewed and worked with almost all of the House community's biggest stars and continues to push for the next generation of talent.
Aside from being the publisher and editor-in-chief, she also does 5 Magazine radio shows, promotes several House events in Chicago and has her own dance company (Fivestarboogie Productions) with dance performances and classes throughout the city. Her House dancing classes have been named by the Chicago Reader as the "best dance class in the city."
Czboogie's style of sexy vocal House music has made her an in-demand DJ all over Chicago and in cities around the U.S. as well as Hong Kong, Manila and Boracay. She currently has DJ residencies at Smartbar (Chicago's number one club for electronic music), the legendary Boom Boom Room (the longest running House night in the world and renown host to world class DJs), Cocktail, Urban's House, Brighter Days, Nu-Breed (with Cajmere & Chez Damier), GottaHaveHouseRadio.com, ChicagoHouseFM.com and RadioChaoz.com.
Soultree, 3 PM - 3:30 PM
Soultree is an artist born out of a Cambanationofthangs between Pilipinx, Marshallese, Chicago, Undocumented, Singer, SongWriter, Poet, Rapper, Mover, and Feeler. They draw inspiration from spiritual music - indigenous and reggae from Majuro, Jazz and House in Chicago, Hip Hop and (neo)Soul at the heart her healing, drunken karaoke and folk from the Philippines that kept our families connected in diaspora, collective moveMeants, memories of a time we didn't war the way we do, and trust in a present-future where we express the love we truly are in behavior and action. She brings sonic sanctuaries wherever they go, flow, & grow. She's emOCEANal - carrying messages from the Pacific in each note & hip swing.
RV Mendoza, 3:30 PM - 4 PM
RV Mendoza is a queer Filipinx disco pop songwriter and performer based in Detroit, Michigan.
He wrote and produced the song "Sa Puso Mo", which is a song featured in the documentary called “We Wove a Net”, a documentary about Asian American Experiences in the Midwest.
Premiered first internationally, he will be performing “Sa Puso Mo” for the first time in the United States at Kultura Chicago.
You can find his music on Spotify and all other major music platforms and stay up to date on his Instagram @RVxMendoza.
theWHOevers, 4 PM - 4:30 PM
theWHOevers is the dynamic duo of Je$$e and Lloyd Dotdot out of Chicago, IL. With one foot firmly planted in the boom-bap motifs of hip-hop's golden age and another reaching forward into the future of the genre, the pair creates music that is at once comfortable and progressive.
DJ RTST, 4:30 PM - 6 PM
RTST (pronounced "Artist") is DJ/Turntablist based out of Chicago. He is mostly known for being a "Scratch DJ" through utilizing the turntables as an instrument. He is a founding member of Cutz on Cuts and the Chicago Turntablist Authority (CTA). Growing up, he was influenced by the likes of DJ Qbert, D-Styles, DJ Shadow, and The Beat Junkies. Since then, he has followed in their footsteps by DJ'ing all over the US as well as participating in DJ battles around the world.
As a DJ, RTST doesn't single himself out into one style of music. He plays eclectic sets ranging from hip-hop, house, funk, electronic, and more. This has led him to have several residencies all over Chicago and play in several major cities in America. Along with that, he has DJ'ed for several hip-hop artists such as Blackalicious' Gift of Gab, Bambu, Mass Hysteria, AMS, TheWhoevers, and more.
RTST has participated in several DJ competitions, most notably Battle Avenue's Cut2Cut Scratch competition and the DMCs. In 2014, he became the Cut2Cut New York City Champion. With his crew, CTA, they represented as Team USA in the 2014 DMC World Championships in London. They ended up 4th in the world. He was also 3rd in 2015's DMC Scratch Battle.
Beyond his successes in DJing, RTST strives to give back to the Chicago DJ community by providing events for turntablists. He is a representative for Battle Avenue and with that, he has brought the Cut2Cut battles to the Chicago. In 2015, he became the Chicago chapter head for Canada based DJ Brand, "Skratcher." He throws monthly scratch sessions in Chicago that not only represents the brand, but also connects the Chicago turntablist community amongst each other.