Friday, April 20, 2018

Excursions: MAY 2018

Excursions in MAY is always JUMPIN'!
Yes it's our anniversary month and we are locked and loaded with quite a few things.. 
Memorial Day Weekend will be the start of our 8 year anniversary!

We once again invite you to join us this coming
Monday, May 7th for the 4th edition of Excursions: Sound Lab! 
in celebrating unity & friendship thru music, analogue and live and thru dance, we want to bring people from all communities together! 

The Turntables are open to our chosen guest However, 
we encourage our music selectors, to dig deep into their music collection and find some left field/out there, but dope music.
you will not be judged by what you spin. If you just want to dance and listen to some different shit that other will be playing, then this is the place and time for it to happen.

London DJ and Producer Aroop Roy returns to the Cerise Rooftop for the Chicago leg of his second full US Tour. Joining him on the decks will be local stalwart Cordell Johnson.

A  pre-party at SMART BAR
Friday May 25th

the Pre-Party the night before the Chicago House Music Festival in Millennium Park. 
The line up for this event represents a serious deep house music vibe that stretches across the country, from Boston to Los Angeles. 
Excursions is proud to host this event and a couple of the guest djs that will be playing at the Festival.

Line-up /
Dj Shani

The Chicago House Music Festival will take place in Millennium Park over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 26th. 

Deep House Stage (Chase Promenade North)
7–8 p.m. – Ron Trent
6–7 p.m. – Adam Gibbons
5–6 p.m. – DJ Sabine

3–5 p.m. – Excursions with Cordell Johnson & James Vincent

2–3 p.m. – DJ Duane E. Powell
1–2 p.m. – John Simmons

May 27
And Then on Sunday in DETROIT...

Throwback: Movement 2005
Elbert Phillips, Tanya, Gene King, Maria, Cordell Johnson & Princess Tam Tam (RIP)

May 31st
Back to Chicago for our monthly @ Danny's

Thursday, April 12, 2018

EXCURSIONS: April 2018

 Hello April!!
 Building community through music! One nation under a groove!

Welcome to one of Chicago's deep underground dance parties! Nearly 8 years and running, we encourage dance music lovers dancers and drummers to come out and jam with us, every last Thursday of the month! At an favorite establishment on Chicago's northwest side (Bucktown) Danny's has been hosting Excursions: Vinyl Sessions for the last 3 year! Come by have a cocktail and a twirl!

Throughout the day, DJs and live performances will showcase the various sounds and styles of house music, the musical form born in Chicago that has gone on to revolutionize dance music internationally.

Deep House Stage (Chase Promenade North)

  • 7–8pm - Ron Trent
  • 6–7pm - Adam Gibbons
  • 4–6pm - DJ Sabine
  • 3–4pm - Excursions with Cordell Johnson & James Vincent
  • 2–3pm - DJ Duane Powell
  • 1–2pm - John Simmons

Chicago's Deep House monthly is comin to Detroit during Memorial Day weekend!

EXCURSIONS: Detroit 2018
(7th installment)

OK!! To prepay for this event.. Send $17 until April 29th using PAYPAL to (with message saying this is for "Excursions: Detroit 2018") Your name(s) will be added to a prepay list. 

May 1st the cost will be $22 prepay.

Please share this event..

Find, Refine and explore your style in a unique pre-party House Movement Workshop with award winning Chicago Legend, Boogie McClarin.
($15 for workshop & entry to event between 8:45p - 9:30p)
Workshop starts at 9 p.m.
Party starts at 10 p.m.

EXCURSIONS is taking the journey to Movement 2017!
Join us once again as the Chicago underground experience travels to Detroit in celebration of dance music!

We'll have these on hand as well.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

EXCURSIONS: March 2018

How Goes it? Yes we are 3 months into the new year! We're hoping that things will pick up and we can push that Excursions Vibe!
We would love to see more dancers come out and get it in as well as some musicians.. So with that being said every other month we do...

Special Guests:
 Daryll Mellowman, Julio Bishop, Kevin Stacy & Chicago Skyway

JV, Julio Bishop & Cordell Johnson

Every last Thursday of the month 
Bring your dancin shoes cause we're playing serious dance music!
Spend your "WMC" with us!

 Excursions: Vinyl Sessions

Sat. late night in the D!
Pre Party Detroit 
for Movement Weekend
March 31st, 2018
Join us for a all night banger with Josh MilanDJ MinxBruce BaileyRick Wilhite  along with Chicago djs: Abicah SoulCordell Johnson & James Vincent

 We're back wit something new this year!
WE'll be featuring two live acts along with the resident djs as we go deep! 
Like we always do! 
check the link for info and early bird information 

Special Guests: Hieroglyphic Being

Radius Etc.

Check here:

Excursions: Detroit 2018

and don't forget to support the event and get a discounted entry!

contact Cordell Johnson here.. or
our group page on Facebook


also here on :

Also have some new mixes up on
and don't forget to pick up a copy of..
Limited copies (unless you order more from

Happy Spring everybody!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

EXCURSIONS: February 2018

Black history month
We don't have a lot going on event wise except our usual things, but we are in full support to play music that people of color  gave to the world!

"63rd & Soul"
Every Friday Morning

And if your in town, come by Danny's and share a cocktail with us, as we celebrate Afro-Latin-Brasilian dance music

In March
The Lab is back!
Monday night gathering!

There' a new mix available for streaming on
search under the name Cordell Johnson

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Here's what we got going on this month..
A special edition of Excursions @ Danny's 
An open turntables format with some drummers & dancers!
Bring something to share with the other patrons and enjoy the intimate vibe!

Friday January 12th
Excursions: Night Life @ Boleo

Join us for a Excursions style Afro Latin flavor set at the roof top
of the Kimpton Gray Hotel
122 W. Monroe st.

And later in the month..
Every last Thursday we give you the Vinyl Sessions
You can never go wrong here for deep underground Chicago House Music!

And please if you attended the event in ATL, grab one of these while we got 'em it may be a long while before we print these again.

 Excursions: Atlanta T-shirts
If interested, leave a comment here or hit us up on our group page on facebook, here's the link..

See you on the dance floor

Friday, December 1, 2017

EXCURSIONS: December 2017

Well it's here, the last month of 2017!
We've been blessed this year and we end the year with something special.

For a couple of years the Excursions crew was trying to find a way to expand the experience outside of the midwest. Japan has been a fantastic destination and we appreciate the love from the far east.
This month we stay state side, we finally travel south and we will set up shop here on December 16th 

Excursions: Atlanta 2017
Great line up with Kai Alce, Michael Scott & Ash Lauryn as special guest 
come spend the weekend in Atlanta!

GET ONE!!! Limit supply!!

Excursions: Detroit  2017

Excursions: Detroit 2017

Excursions: Detroit 2017

Sean Alvarez

Dancers Excursions: Detroit 2016

At the end of the month, we continue where we left off, every last Thursday of the month we work hard and we play harder!! The wax is on fire at Danny's
December 28th

Don't forget about next month's SOUND LAB @ Danny's

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

EXCURSIONS: November 2017

Cold weather is with us which means we will heat up the spot where ever we are..
This month we kick off a special night where we invite a number of djs to take part in a open turntable format & Musicians to come in and play along with the music. We present:

So every other month we'll do Sound Lab and invite djs that throw down with the sounds!
The next one will be January 8th

The night before Thanksgiving
Cordell Johnson gets to visit his old stomping grounds in Wicker Park!
Dj Duke Shin presents:

Then check us at the end of the month November 30th for a residency at Danny's
Every last Thursday of the month
Join James Vincent & Cordell Johnson for some deep flavored sounds on vinyl as they give you the "Vinyl Sessions"