Chicago House Music Oral History Project
Interview with Jevon Jackson


Micah Salkind



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Jevon Jackson was a rebellious rocker kid growing up in the late 1970s on Chicago’s South Side. His first exposure to house music came courtesy of a neighborhood friend, DJ Mel Hammond, who hipped him to a Frankie Knuckles cassette. Having started his high school career in 1986, he was too young to get into The Music Box, or the Power Plant, but Jackson was listening to the tapes, as well as BMX mixes; he was already learning how to spin records too. Jackson’s first club was The Powerhouse at 2210 South Michigan. By the late 1980s, He was checking out sets at big ballroom parties spun around Chicago by Armando, Gene Hunt, and DJ Rush. As the scene and sound on the South Side became more hyper-masculine and tracky in the 1990s, Jackson followed DJs like Diz to the North Side. Red Dog, Shelter, and the Milwaukee Ave. loft party scene became his home for the next decade. He would eventually play residencies at Shelter, Red Dog, Smart Bar, Neo, and Crobar, while hosting wild underground parties on Aberdeen and traveling abroad. In 2000 Jackson became the musical director at Mad Bar after playing there as a resident. He continues to play in his musical bloodline around the city.

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Columbia College Chicago




House Music, Chicago, Illinois, Red Dog, Shelter, Smart Bar, Neo, Crobar, Mad Bar


African American Studies | Gender and Sexuality | History | Latina/o Studies | Music | Regional Sociology


This interview is part of the Chicago House Music Oral History Project held at Columbia College Chicago and was captured for Do You Remember House? Chicago's Queer of Color Undergrounds authored by Micah Salkind and published in 2019. The work integrates histories of music, production, DJing, dance, fashion, and slang and addresses movements that led to the development of Chicago's house music.

Interview with Jevon Jackson