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King of House Music Farley Jackmaster Funk (aka Farley Keith/Rudeboy Farley Keith) and Hot Mix 5, Inc. will host the first Mentoring, Marches, and Ministry Outreach Aug. 23-25 to promote back to school safety throughout the Chicago area.

During this weekend series Farley’s non-profit group 300 House Music DJ Coalition, Inc. hopes to bring parents, officials, and music lovers together to bond and engage in conversation focused on non-violence efforts and transitioning.

He will appear between 4 and 6 p.m. Aug. 25 in a free Peace & Praise in the Park event at Abbott Park, 49 E. 95th St. (at the Dan Ryan Expressway) with area pastors, CPS representatives and gospel hip-hop.

Four marches through Chicago neighborhoods will begin at noon Aug. 24. The marches will take place in areas where CPS schools were closed. Farley will lead the main parade that begins at 6907 S. Ashland Ave and heads south to 83rd and Loomis.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 city wide barber shops will offer free kids hairstyles assisted by noted DJs and artists at places like Teez Barber Shop, 1739 E.75th..

Farley has been dedicated to promoting peace through music since the mid-1980s. 300 House Music DJ Coalition, Inc., has formed alliances with area DJs and music makers. The organization seeks to empower youth to utilize their resources, realize their talents, and become aware of their voices which can be used to uplift the city’s neighborhoods.

“For over 30 years, House Music has promoted peace and non-violence through-out the city,” Farley said in a statement.

He is known world-wide for his song,” Love Can’t Turn Around” (vocals by Darryl Pandy) a spin off the 1975 Isaac Hayes tune “I Can’t Turn Around.” Farley’s version launches with a Third World “Now That We’ve Found Love” reggae groove.

This reminds me of when I used to live across the street from the Warehouse on Randolph.

His 1985 club hit “Jack the Bass” sparked the “jacking” dance movement in Chicago house. Farley is also an original member of the Hot Mix 5, a multi-racial group of iconic DJ’s from the 80’s and 90’s. He has also worked on radio stations WBMX, WGCI and V103. Farley became a born again Christian in 1990.

For “Mentoring, Marches and Ministry” Farley will partner with the Legends of Hip Hop, local DJs and artists TBA.

For updated information, visit House and Hip Hop March, or call (773) 957-6422.

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