June 6, 2024
June 6, 2024
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6.7.24 • THE DEN • 116 SE Yamhill Street • 21+ w/ ID


The Den, Uplift, & Tiger Fox Presents bring you...

OG House legend DERRICK CARTER for his Den debut! Get ready for a special 3 HOUR SET from this Chicago icon! We're so excited for this one!

Main Stage - L Acoustic Sound System

⫷ DERRICK CARTER ⫸ 11:00PM - 2:00AM

⫷ MERCEDES  ⫸ 10:0PM - 11:00PM

⫷ KRISTA BASIS ⫸ 9:00PM - 10:00PM


Derrick Carter

One of the pinnacles of Chicago house music's '90s wave, Derrick Carter began DJ’ing at the age of nine, spinning disco records at family reunions. Born and raised in the western suburbs, Carter was into music from a young age, but during his teens Chicago's house scene sucked him in for good. Before long Carter became a strong presence in the city's underground dance scene. "When I got my driver's license at 16 my sneak ability was validated," he laughs. "I was a fierce bedroom jock for a long time. After you mix for the love of it for six or seven years, you get it pretty tight and you can take it on the road." He got by working at dance-music specialty stores like Gramaphone and gigging at parties. Later he landed regular DJ stints at Shelter, Foxy's, and Smart Bar. Though he doesn't spin much locally anymore, when he does he attracts large crowds. Most of the time he works in Europe, where he's become a minor celebrity among dance-music aficionados :

“Its hard not to laugh on the occaisions when you’ll make 20 times what you make in Chicago on a Saturday night, but back home there are also times when you just do it for fun… So many people come up to me and say ‘Man, I had the worst day, My girlfriend left me, I locked my keys in my car, but you turned it around for two hours, and that made me able to get up in the morning’ That’s the best thing going.”

Derrick’s sets are rooted in house, but he freely travels outside club tastes, seamlessly incorporating old-school disco, soul, jazz and whatever catches his fancy.

His debut single "Love Me Right" appeared in 1987, just after he graduated from college. Another single ("Symbols and Instruments" as Mood) appeared in 1989, but the Chicago house scene faded soon after, leaving Carter and other artists with few to play for except themselves.

Thanks in part to Cajmere's and Felix Da Housecat's respective labels (Relief, Radikal Fear), Chicago house made a comeback during the mid-'90s and began to offer impressive newcomers in addition to the old guard. Carter, recording for the Organico label, returned with several singles, and an album as Sound Patrol. In 1995, he began working with a live band as the Sound Patrol Orchestra.

Several mix albums have appeared, including Cosmic Disco on MixMag and Pagan Offering on Pagan. Carter has also founded two labels (Blue Cucaracha and Classic) and remixed tracks from Chicago's own post-rock heroes Tortoise. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

Since then pioneering, innovative tracks and consequent critical acclaim have repeatedly marked Derrick out as once of the most important players in Dance music.

Carter says that due to his growing notoriety his production talents have been requested by pop-oriented acts. But he prefers to remain underground. Although enthused about his own Blue Cucaracha label and a new UK-based imprint he runs called Classic, he's reluctant to offer much explanation of either label's MO-other than each releases records when the mood strikes him:

"I like to keep myself pretty invisible. You may think I'm somewhere, but I've already left."


I first fell in love with house music as a dancer in the mid 90s, a timeless era that afforded me the opportunity to attend many iconic, all ages gatherings in Portland, OR. In 2001, my DJing graduated from the bedroom to local venues and since that time I have been blessed to play a plethora of events up and down the West Coast. My sound is primarily influenced by Chicago House, with a hefty, sprinkling of West Coast flavor. I have had the honor to play alongside many legendary artists, including Mark Farina, Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Diz, JT Donaldson, Doc Martin, DJ Pierre, and DJ Minx, to name a few. House music is my passion and my hope is to share my love of this music with as many people as possible.

Krista Basis

Portland DJ Krista Basis (Brilliant Beats PDX) infuses her distinctive energy into sets that traverse the realms of house, disco, breaks, tech, and deep house. Her innate connection with music propels her role as a discerning music selector, creating an immersive experience for the dance floor.

In recent years, Krista has solidified her presence in the vibrant Portland house scene, captivating audiences at clubs throughout the city and festivals along the West Coast. Her impressive roster of performances includes opening sets for acclaimed DJs such as DJ Heather, Doc Martin, Miguel Migs, Steve Bug, Mz Worthy, Mark Farina, and Cassy, showcasing her versatility and skill on a national level.

Whether she's orchestrating beats from behind the decks or joining the crowd on the dance floor, Krista Basis embodies a contagious enthusiasm that enhances the overall musical journey for her audience.

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6.7.24 • THE DEN • 116 SE Yamhill Street • 21+ w/ ID