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Monday Mix - Jayda G "DISCWOMAN 16"

Jayda G (Freakout Cult, 1080p) returns to Smartbar this Friday, bringing the infectious energy and groove you need to start your weekend off right. Vibing high and hot off the release of her new Freakout Cult record with Laylay, Jayda G hits Chicago before continuing on to Boston, and NYC for Panorama Music Festival.…

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Monday July 17th


Monday Mix - Kevin Saunderson "Live in Madrid

Have you heard about this lil 35th Anniversary shindig we’re kicking off this summer? Here’s the rundown: July marks smartbar’s 35th year of being the greatest dance floor in Chicago (and let’s face it, probably the world). It’s a pretty big deal and wouldn’t ya know it, techno luminary KEVIN SAUNDERSON is pitching in with the festivities.

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Monday July 10th


Monday Mix - Speedy J "All Night Long 2016"

Saturday Oktave is back with special guest Speedy J and resident Jeff Derringer. Take a listen to the first half of Speedy J’s all night set from 2016 and get a feeling for what to expect. See you on the dance floor.…

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Monday June 26th


Monday Mix - Lauren Flax for Good Room Podcast

Lauren Flax is a DJ, songwriter & record producer. Her discography is extensive, flush with originals, collaborations and remixes, including projects with a long list of world class talent such as Grammy-nominated artist Sia, Kim Ann Foxman, Romy XX and Tricky.…
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Monday May 29th


Monday Mix - Laurel Halo for Truancy

Over the course of several EPs, two albums and many live performances, Laurel Halo has created music which is as strikingly original and engaging as it is unbound to conventions. There is an adventurousness in taste, an expert ear for detail and talent in seeking out exciting and surprising sonic combinations and contrasts – all skillfully bound together without ever feeling forced.…

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Monday May 22nd


Monday Mix - Avalon Emerson Live at Printworks London

Avalon Emerson is from the desert. While she currently lives in Berlin, the music she produces comes from the dreamlike expanse and abstract textures of the Sonoran landscapes of Arizona. Her journey has taken her from that sunbaked state to the contemporary dance music mecca via a long stint in San Francisco, where she cut her teeth as a DJ in the city’s storied warehouse party scene.
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Monday May 15th


DAPHNE 2017 - ERIS DREW & SOLD - HUGO BALL MIX

As promised, this two hour mix of intense music is sold and Eris Drew’s follow-up to their presentation at 2017’s Daphne workshop on women in electronic music at Smart Bar. At the extremes the mix includes some of the most healing, refined and focused music ever committed to tape (e.g., C.C.…

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Wednesday April 26th


Monday Mix - Tony Fairchild 'Service' Mix

Kicking off this weekend is a new recurring event curated by our own extremely talented resident Savile. Featuring Tony Fairchild and adab during its first iteration, SERVICE is a residency centered around hospitality in all the connotations of the word.

Service {yourself}
Service {each other}
Service {the room}

Setting a table for conversation, interaction.…

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Monday April 24th


DAPHNE 2017 - Hanna Elliott - Hugo Ball Mix

As part of Hugo Ball’s contribution to smartbar’s Daphne series, which celebrates the marginalized women and non binary voices in electronic music. We will present a month long series the focuses on some of our favorite artists currently working in the trenches.…

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Wednesday March 29th


DAPHNE 2017 - CL - HUGO BALL MIX

As part of Hugo Ball’s contribution to smartbar’s Daphne series, which celebrates the marginalized women and non binary voices in electronic music, we will present a month long series the focuses on some of our favorite artists currently working in the trenches.…

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Wednesday March 22nd


DAPHNE 2017 - L.SANGRE - HUGO BALL MIX

As part of Hugo Ball’s contribution to smartbar’s Daphne series, which celebrates marginalized women and non binary voices in electronic music, we present a month long series that focuses on some of our favorite artists currently working in the trenches.

This episode we present Brooklyn New York’s L.Sangre.…

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Wednesday March 15th


DAPHNE 2017 - MOZHGAN - HUGO BALL MIX

As part of Hugo Ball’s contribution to smartbar’s Daphne series, which celebrates marginalized women and non binary voices in electronic music, we present a month long series that focuses on some of our favorite artists currently working in the trenches.

Starting off the series we present a mix by Mozhgan from We Are Monsters out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Friday March 10th


Monday Mix - Nina Kraviz "BIS #835"

This weekend we’re beyond thrilled to welcome Nina Kraviz to the booth in the second weekend of our month-long Daphnes series. It seems like Nina’s climb to the spotlight happened in nearly no time at all, and rightfully so. After starting трип records in 2014, which boasts releases from the likes of Camea, Josh Wink and countless more, Nina’s only continued to hone in on what she does best.…

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Monday March 6th


Monday Mix - Juan MacLean 'DJ Mix February 2017'

If you’re reading this we have full faith that there is no need to elaborate as to why having DFA’s Juan Maclean and our very own Derrick Carter in the booth together this Saturday is cause for celebration. Top it off with little of Argot’s Steve Mizek and all we can say is: YES PLEASE.

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Monday February 20th


Monday Mix - Leo Leal 'XLR8R Podcast 470'

With releases on imprints like John Digweed’s world famous Bedrock label, Kollektiv Turmstrasse’s Musik Gewinnt Freunde and Unlike Muzik, it’s really no surprise that Leo Leal has been rising through the popularity ranks the way he has. A Mexican native, Leo’s prowess as a both a musician and producer lends itself to his craft in the most natural of ways.…

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Monday February 13th


Monday Mix - Ben Sims 'Run It Red 026'

With over 20 years experience under his belt, Ben Sims has a well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s most in-demand and leading techno DJs – a tight, energetic mixer who skillfully weaves together his own distinctive blend of tough funk and hardgrooves, often using three-deck wizardry and plenty of dexterity.…

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Monday February 6th


Monday Mix - Matthew Dear @ Movement 2016

Matthew Dear, the man with a hand in labels Ghostly International and Spectral Sound, wears many hats. His early work under his given name is considered by many to be house music essential listening, while his various monikers like False, Jabberjaw, and most notably Audion provide a twist into the twisted mind of a techno master.

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Monday January 30th


Monday Mix - Detroit Swindle 'Ray Ban x Boiler Room 021 Madrid'

If you were at smartbar for last year’s blow out Detroit Swindle DJ set, it would be redundant to tell you that having them back for a rare LIVE appearance is nothing short of a special occasion. Join us as we take in a the sounds of Detroit Swindle’s unique brand of house with support from smartbar residents DJ Heather and Philip Stone (who are no strangers to house themselves) for just $15 bucks in advance.

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Monday January 23rd


Tuesday Track - The Black Madonna's "He Is The Voice I Hear"

Let’s be serious, there’s not a ton we can say about our homegrown Lady of Sorrows, The Black Madonna, that hasn’t already been said. Mixmag’s 2016 DJ of the year is also fresh off releasing her first new single in two years, “He is the Voice I Hear” So, it’s safe to say this one’s gonna be hot no matter how cold it is.

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Tuesday January 10th


Monday Mix - Lauren Flax for Self Titled Mag's Needle Exchange

With remixes stretching back as far as 2002 and collaborations with the likes of Sia, Kim Ann Foxman and Nina Sky, it’s no surprise that Lauren Flax’s reputation continues to precede her. Establishing herself as a staple fixture in New York City’s dance music revival, Lauren’s versatility and even-keeled approach to the DJ booth is what makes her such a delight.…

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Monday January 2nd