DJ Series: John Ciba of East of Edens Soul Express swings by to spin some soul

January 14, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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DJ John Ciba of East of Edens Soul Express is one half of the sould sound.
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East of Edens Soul Express will begin a new monthly residency at Panchos in Logan Square.
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DJ John Ciba talks with host Alison Cuddy about the soul samplings of East of Edens Soul Express.

Soul is back on the music scene in a big way. But for more than five years, East of Edens Soul Express have been the go-to DJs for soul jams. The DJ duo has played to all kinds of crowds in all kinds of venues - from indie rockers at the Hideout to potential donors at a fundraiser for our groove master-in-chief, President Barack Obama.

"Eight Forty-Eight" hosted a taste of their style all hour long thanks to one half of the Soul Express duo - John Ciba.

And John's part of some events this weekend. Saturday, Chicago’s Logan-Hardware will re-open as a record store and more. Guest gamer Steve Wiebe, star of the acclaimed documentary, "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters," will be there too.

East of Edens Soul Express will begin a new monthly residency, "Gettin’ Gritty in the City," at Panchos in Logan Square.

By the way WBEZ is hosting its own DJ, spoken word, and hip hop extravaganza this weekend. The annual Winter Block Party takes place Saturday.

DJ John Ciba from East of Edens Soul Express spins a mini-set:
Reggie Milner, "Soul Machine"
Ralph "Soul" Jackson, Vehicle"
Joanne Murray, "You Made Your Bed"
J. Hines and Fellows, "Victory Strut"
Joe Chopper, "Soul Pusher"
Johnny Ross, "Chi-ca-go"