Tuesday, May 7, 2019


Anniversary Time!
It's been 9 years since we put this journey into motion! 
And we're blessed to say we're still here and going strong.
Thank you guys for your support, and as long as we're able we will continue to do underground events the way we think they should be done.

Detroit: Here we come!


Monday afternoon

hosted by Isaac Prieto

Techno Tuesday

Thursday, May 30th

Friday, April 19, 2019


Sorry for late Response for April
not a lot going on this month as far as Excursions is concerned but that doesn't mean we're not completely out the scene. 

After taking a hiatus, Commune makes it return back at Debonair Social Club in celebration of Jevon Jackson's Birthday!
Stop by and celebrate with the crew!

James Vincent returns to play with some old friends at "The Mansion" April 20th (420 celebration) 

Excursions returns for its monthly event and warm up for next month as we prepare for our 9 year anniversary in MAY!
Deep Soulful Underground House tracks all night! Please don't ask for Calvin Harris or his style of music.. Thanks!


EXCURSIONS:DETROIT returns for #8 
Details are here- 
We will have Excursions Merchandise available so come thru and check out the New Space!!

Monday May 27th 
Cordell Johnson & Marcellus Pittman will be dropping some Monday afternoon tunes over in Corktown Join us!

Closing out Movement with a little techno of our own..
Cordell Johnson starts things off  Tuesday afternoon! It will be a banger!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Just arrived back from Carnival in Brasil!!
We will be back next year and hope to give you an Excursions Brasilian Style!

This month is kinda slow for us but this is what we got so far!

On the 2nd Sunday of the month.. 
James Vincent is featured at:

This event takes place every Sunday in the West Loop

Friday March 22nd 
 Cordell Johnson is a special guest with
 Duke Shin and Merrick Brown. Getting down at Arbella!!

Cordell Johnson (Excursions)

 March 28th  
The return of Vinyl Sessions
with your hosts
Cordell Johnson & James Vincent

Always A Good time at Danny's

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

EXCURSIONS: February 2019

For some of us, it's just another month in our lives as every month is Black history month!

 Come celebrate the 10 anniversary of Kai Alce's label.. 
@ the SMART BAR Feb. 15th
We celebrate one of the best independent labels out here on the dance music scene.
and we're happy to call Kai our brother for all his help in jump starting Excursions ATL!
So in turn we invite you to come hang with us all at Smart Bar!

Dj Kai Alce

also with Kai for this occasion is Marcellus Pittman and Chicago's very own Specter!

  Marcellus Pittman (Unirhythm, Excursions:Detroit)  &  Specter (Sound Signature)

Feb 20th we put the H in Humpday!!

Cordell Johnson & David Chavez

James Vincent will be your host for the Vinyl Sessions
along with a special guest.. Stay tune for this one!

(JV) Vincent

Carnival 2019

 We journey back to Rio and get it in 
Rio De Janeiro - Carnival

Tee Alford (Funky People - Washington DC)

Cordell Johnson (Excursions)


Sunday, January 27, 2019

EXCURSIONS: January 2019

2019 is here!!
& so are WE!!!
A shout out to everyone that came out during the holidays and partied with us! Both events at the Whistler & Danny's were on point! 2018 was a huge year for Excursions as we hosted for the first time an event at Smart Bar, we were featured guest at the Chicago House Music Festival. Hosting Excursions Events in San Diego, Japan & in Atlanta!
We're happy to be apart of the house music landscape in Chicago and will continue to be as long as we can.. 
Take the journey with us as we enter our 9th year of Excursions!


Starting off the New Year right with a return to The Whistler!
We revisit the Sound Lab series only this time we have one guest to come and play with us.
Your residents of course being James Vincent and Cordell Johnson
Our special guest is somewhat new to the house music scene here in Chicago and wanted to share some tunes that inspire her.
So with that said, we are blessed to have Dj Golden Athena (Les Nubians) to drop some soulful afro rhythms just for you..

Join us for a night of dancing and music

January 31st
-10 degrees!!
We'll be beating the box anyway! And create extreme heat on the dance floor! If you got cabin fever, let us provide a musical healing!

Next Month "Sound Lab" returns 
this time on a Weds. with a special guest..
Dj David Chavez

Don't forget.. we have some EXCURSIONS merchandise if you're interested..
CDS, T-shirts, slip mats etc. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

EXCURSIONS: December 2018

Well Here We Are, the last month of a special year, come join us for one last send off for 2018!

Thursday, Dec. 13th, NYC where you at?
Les Nubians return to the Big Apple!
The Highline Ballroom 7p
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Friday Dec. 14th, Chicago..
 Arbella is pleased to welcome back Detroit Vinyl Room label owner Isaac Prieto to curate another intimate night in Chicago. Local support will come from one of the city's best kept secrets, Excursions boss Cordell Johnson! Both artists have played key roles in maintaining the Detroit-Chicago connection and their DJ sets are not something you'll want to miss, expect the unexpected! 
112 W Grand Ave, Chicago
No Cover

Dj Isaac Prieto (Detroit)

Dj Cordell Johnson

 Sat. Dec. 15th, ATL..
Excursions is back in the ATL for their 2nd edition of the Chicago Underground Dance Party! Deep Soulful House music from two of Chicago's very own Dj gurus Cordell Johnson and James JV Vincent. For the serious hardcore dancers and house music lovers this is the event you want to check out. 
Also joining the Excursions residents will be Kai Alce(NDATL) and Dj Kemit giving you the ATL soulful house sounds!!

Looking forward into jammin with ATL's hottest dancers & music lovers!!!

 T-Shirts will be on hand! Get you one!
Very Limited Addition while Supplies last.

We are celebrating the holidays at one of the coolest venues in Logan Square! We're getting warm and cozy at the Whistler as Xmas is right around the corner. Feel free to bring snacks to share with everyone as we will get it in Excursions style.Here's to a new beginning as we say good bye to an eventful 2018!

Sunday, Dec. 23rd
Hosted by Larissa J, Crystle & Boogie!

Every last Thursday of the month..
December 27th
 The last one for 2018 at Danny's
It's been a great year at Danny's but unfortunately we lost one of the main reasons why we were at Danny's in the first place.. Kevin Stacy believed in us and allowed us to continue our vision of taking a Musical Excursion every month. We want to say THANK YOU very much to Kevin & his family that took us in at Danny's and actually supported us while we were there. Unlike some other places, he as the manager helped get the word out about Excursions and helped our Thursday night be successful. 
WE hope to see Kevin and fam up and running again very soon.
We also want to say thank you to the new management and staff for bringing us back into the fold and allowing us to continue doing what we do best, So here's to 2019!!
See you on the Dance Floor! 

Be on the lookout for Dj Uchikawa's Remix Cd Comp.
A special EXCURSIONS remix of "Stomp the Ground"
By Cordell Johnson & Scorp (Windimoto)
one of the feature remixes.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

EXCURSIONS: November 2018

 Sorry for the delay in posting this months events.
For the first time in 8 years we didn't have anything going on in the month of October. 
But thanks to the grace of God, we are back and coming back stronger than before!
It was believed that we were removed from our night at Danny's because of management changes, but we wanted to continue to serve our community as long as Danny's would have us despite the changes. Well I guess we got lost in the shuffle but thanks to popular demand (I think) we were able to regain our Thursday night back.

Every 2nd Friday James Vincent is co-host at club Debonair

and every last Thursday of the month we're back @ Danny's!!!
We forward into seeing our people back at the spot where it gets deep!

In Addition, next month we hope to start something beautiful at the Whistler! Next month we'll be doing a special event on Sunday Dec. 23rd
Come celebrate Xmas holidays with us
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Here are a few pics from Cordell's journey to the West Coast and Japan