Monday, June 3, 2019


WE want to thank everyone that came out and help participate in our anniversary month of doing "Excursions"!!
It was great being apart of a busy weekend in Detroit and closing things out in Chicago.
And we want to apologize to everyone who came out to Excursions: Detroit 2019 and not being able to experience fully where this event was going! Just as we were hitting the peak hour, Detroit's finest decided to pay us a visit and said that they had one complaint about noise and decided to shut us down. A huge disappointment as this was the first time in 8 years that this happened. No one was out of pocket, No one was causing any disturbance outside, just grown people gathering dancing and listening to music. AFTER all that went into this party, and to have the final result ended up with the police being involved.. Makes this a bitter pill to swallow. 
At the end of the day, we're back to square one for next year looking for a new space and hopefully a space that will allow us to do our thing. Thank you to several people that help put this event on.. Without your efforts, I wouldn't be writing this at all.
Mimi, Sabine, Terry J., Vincent.. People who love this event and went the extra mile to help us find a space. THANK YOU.
To my staff that deals with me on a regular basis that helps us manages the night. We thank you as well!
To my Djs except Marcellus, thank you for doing what you do and giving the best music that the crowd can experience and enjoy. Shout out to our special guest,  Lakuti who played a rocking set that blew us away.. As for Marcellus, we owe him a do over for next year as he was the only one that didn't get to play. Shout out to our dancers!! You guys make the world go around, your presence on the dance floor, baby powder in hand and Kafani blessing the floor with incense is all apart of the experience,Thank you especially! 
Thanks to the space owner for allowing us to come in and transform the room at the last minute, the venue change kinda hurt us but, again we were lucky to have a few hours together.. until Next Year!

Here are a few photos from the outdoor event at GOLD CASH GOLD in Detroit the day after Excursions: Detroit
Cordell Johnson & M. Pittman
Issac P.,Cordell J. & M. Pittman

Shout out to those who came to Danny's for "The Vinyl Sessions" and celebrated with us for our 9th year of Excursions! As we enter into the summer months, we hope to make year 10 a special year as we have been proving a space for everyone to be apart of this musical journey. Not just here in Chicago but all over the world. We are coming to you, God help us!

Now on to June 
we are busy!!
 Friday June 7th
Cordell Johnson joins Alan King at the M Lounge!
House Music all night long!

Sunday June 16th

 Turntable Madness as we set up four decks for this one at the Whistler!
Our opponents for this tag team match will be:
Julio Bishop & Dj Frique 
This should be a lot of fun!

Sat. June 22nd

WE're hosting a Record Swap Day at the Hungry Brain Bar
Bring some Vinyl to trade or do a little shopping
from 3p- til 8p
And the grill will be open on the back patio too!

Thursday June 27th
Danny's (the Sign sez it all)

Friday June 28th
Join us after work from 6-9pm 
601 So. Michigan Ave. for "Summer Dance"
We're very honored and excited to be invited to play in this year Summer Dance! Bring your dancing shoes and your baby power We will not hold back on the tunes on this day, experience underground Chicago! 

T-shirts will be available

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.