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May 18

Soul Summit & East Room presents

Soul Summit DJs

Scott Williams was been active in the music scene for many years as a DJ and Graphic Designer. He grew up in Mobile, Alabama listening to Hip Hop during it’s sample based days. Hip Hop planted a seed in his ear for learning about the dusty Soul/Funk records that were the underlying blueprint for that new musical movement. After college he settled in Chicago during the mid 90s. His first day job in the city was working at Reckless Records where he expanded his knowledge of music. “It was pre-eBay so it felt like being a kid in a candy store. Just tons of cool shit would come through the shop. Plus I got to work with Rick Wojcik there before he started Dusty Groove years later. It was a great musical education of sorts.” In the 2000’s Williams gained some notoriety by putting out a series of Golden Era Hip Hop mix CDs (or what some would call Random Rap) under the moniker, Sloppy White. The mixes got critical shine not only for the music selections, but also his approach to how he designed the packaging. “Fat Tape” looked like a Hershey’s chocolate bar (the CD was actually wrapped in foil with a paper tag just like a Hershey’s kiss). “Get Some” was packaged like a mini mud flap to coincide with it’s trucker themed mix. He was getting noticed in publications like the The Wire and URB which led to some time slots on Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel Radio Show.
Scott would later team up with Dave Mata and Duke Grip to form Soul Summit in 2010. His design talents were leveraged by the group to create promotional materials including screen printed gig posters for each party. The posters created a cult following of sorts and he would soon be tapped to expand his poster work for artists like Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, JD McPherson and Numero Group. He’s also done numerous poster work for Chicago’s vibrant comedy scene by designing for The Annoyance Theater, Improv Olympic, Second City and UCB. His work has been spotted in music videos, television shows, and major films.
Gig Poster Work can be seen and purchased at:
Dave Mata is a an artist/designer  who lives in Chicago. Mata is known publicly for his vinyl dj sets ranging from tropical to local, simultaneously  spanning several decades. In 2015 he debuted his sound system at the MCA and has since only brought it out for a few community and nightlife events. Mata co-founded the long standing, internationally recognized Soul Summit party in 2010. Soul Summit is an event which continues  to gather hundreds of folks each month from all different walks of life to enjoy funk and soul records which haven`t necessarily gotten their due recognition. Mata is also the creative director of the Royal Hands brand, a company that releases music, objects, and coordinates events for outside entities.
Duke Grip gained his appreciation of music when he realized he was one of few inter-galactic beings capable of harnessing sound in outer space to combat evil. Bringing this knowledge back to Earth, he found that the hard syncopation of Cosmic Funk was particularly effective. Disguised as a mild-mannered DJ, he sought to bring this sound, along with his other companions to the middle of the United States to emanate throughout the planet. When he not combating evil, he spends his time watching moving pictures on screens and melting down silver to combat his other formidable foes, werewolves.
Matt “Mo” Manley has been playing funk and soul 45s since 1988. His love for records has led him from playing music to writing about and visualizing it as well — writing for Wax Poetics magazine and designing for Detroit’s Funk Night records.
In addition to being a Soul Summit resident, Mo often posts up at Ace Hotels (London, Palm Springs, NYC, Chicago) and has recently played Soul in the Horn (NYC), Soulelujah! (Boston), Mobile Mondays! (NYC), Funk Night (Detroit), Funky Sole (LA), Bump & Hustle (St Louis), Naptown Soul Club (Indianapolis), and Funky Good Time (Nashville). He’s also been featured on KRTS FM, the NPR affiliate for Marfa, TX, and has been featured on the Sound Traveler mixtape series on Philadelphia’s Record Breakin’ label.
2019 has already been a busy year w Mo playing parties in Copenhagen, London and LA, and will be returning to Europe in the summer.
Saturday, May 18th
FREE before Midnight, $5 cover after | Doors at 9:30pm | 21+
The Party is FREE before midnight but you can purchase VIP TICKETS for guaranteed entry, no waiting in line plus each tickets comes with a draft cocktail ticket.


May 18