About Chic-A-Go-Go Miss Mia and Ratso

Since its 1996 debut, CHIC-A-GO-GO has been one of the most original and entertaining shows on Chicago television. Drawing from legendary dance programs like Soul Train and American Bandstand, as well as Chicago's own 1960s shows Kiddie-A-Go-Go and Red Hot and Blues, CHIC-A-GO-GO combines classic TV entertainment with an original, quirky style. And unlike its dance show ancestors, CHIC-A-GO-GO takes advantage of its non-commercial home on the Chicago Access Network to create a diverse TV world that does not have to focus on a single demographic. People of all ages, colors, and backgrounds, linked by their love of music, dance together in harmony on the CHIC-A-GO-GO set. The dancers, who range in age from newborns to youthful seniors, move to the latest Hip Hop music, as well as classic R&B, Rock & Roll, Punk, Funk, and all points in between. Miss Mia and Ratso

CHIC-A-GO-GO also demonstrates its diversity through a wide range of musical guests. R&B and Jazz greats from the 1950s and 1960s, like Andre Williams, Milt Trenier, The El Dorados and Oscar Brown, Jr., share the stage with punk acts from the 80s, 90s and 00s like Plain White Ts, The Mentally Ill and Pansy Division. Rock & Roll acts from the 1970s like Red Krayola and The Cramps appear with today's Country stars like Neko Case and Alejandro Escovedo. Other guests include The Pharaohs, Bobby Conn, The Specials, Question Mark and the Mysterians, The Standells, The Shirelles, Poi Dog Pondering, and L'il Wally the Polka King. International guests have included The Kaisers from Scotland, The Pretty Things from England, and from Japan CHIC-A-GO-GO has had an army of guests, including Mainliner, Shonen Knife, the 5-6-7-8s and Guitar Wolf Miss Mia and Ratso

One of the most popular shows on Chicago Access, CHIC-A-GO-GO has been presenting music and dance programming to children of all ages for over 600 episodes. The show has been profiled in the Chicago Reader, MOJO, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and numerous other music publications. In addition, it has been featured on MTV, MTV-Europe, the Australian youth television show Recovery and a special live dance show was shot from Bozo's original studio for an episode of WGN Morning News. CHIC-A-GO-GO hosts, Miss Mia and Ratso, have been guests on WGN Radio, WNUR Radio and have emceed numerous festivals, Millennium Park events and charity concerts. The producers, Jake Austen and Jacqueline Stewart, have represented the show on panels at the CMJ music festival in New York City and the Pitchfork and Lollopalooza festivals in Chicago. The producers were also featured in prominent public service announcements for the Chicago Access Network, and were selected by the Mayor's Office of Special Events to present a special version of CHIC-A-GO-GO as part of the city's Dance 'til the Dawn of The New Millennium project on December 31, 1999.

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