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The Black Madonna

From a series of breakthrough releases to a debut at Panorama Bar, Smart Bar’s first female talent buyer has had a lot on her plate this year. Her first record, “Exodus” was an anthem to a concentrated pool of Chicago house aficionados, passed from person to person for nearly three years before anyone outside of the city ever heard it.…

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Chrissy

Chrissy is a genre-bending DJ/producer with productions on esteemed labels like File Under Disco, Tugboat Edits, Hypercolour, Classic, and on his weekly “Year Of Edits” blog. He co-runs The Nite Owl Diner label with Alex Burkat.

 

“The hardest-working motherfucker in Chicago” — Stool Pigeon

 

Chrissy is also a well-regarded dance music historian—he ran the popular “My Year of Mixtapes” blog, where he posted an original genre-focused DJ mix every week for a year.…

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Derrick Carter

“I like to keep myself pretty invisible. You may think I’m somewhere, but I’ve already left.”

 

Derrick Carter is widely acknowledged as one of the better DJs of the world. With innovative productions, flawless technical skills and an effortlessly joyful attitude of rocking a crowd, his influence has infiltrated throughout the spectrum of dance birth control music. …

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Garrett David

Chicago’s Garrett David has quickly made a name for himself as a producer and DJ. Also known for his collaboration with Adam Rowe, the Bell Boys. His work pushes the boundaries of Chicago house while staying true to its legacy. When not behind the decks at Smart xanax Bar, Garrett can be found behind the desk of Gramaphone Records, where he serves as house buyer and head of A&R in Gramaphone’s new endeavor as a Chicago-centric imprint.…

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DJ Heather

Dj Heather’s interest in music was sparked by her own parents’ eclectic record collection and then nourished by her own discoveries. Heavily influenced by the burgeoning waves of industrial, alternative, rap, and house she began to explore the art of deejaying.

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Hugo Ball

Hugo Ball is a polysexual, oppositional, surrealist monthly dance happening occurring on the third Saturday of each month at Smart Bar. The Hugo Ball Troupe—Justin Long, Eris Drew, Sevron, and sold —are a collective of musicians, selectors, writers, and artists.

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Jason Kendig

Inspired by the electronic music emanating from Detroit’s airwaves while coming of age, Jason Kendig has been pursuing the dance music pulse for over two decades. From his first residency at Detroit’s Motor Lounge in the late 90s to his current role as an integral allergy member of the esteemed Honey Soundsystem–a queer collective of musicians, artists and djs known for elevating nightlife in San Francisco and beyond–Jason never fails to make others move through his ability to reference dance music’s past yet keeping an ear to the future.

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Jeff Derringer

Chicago’s Jeff Derringer is a staple of the American Techno scene, and one of its most respected producers. As a resident at Smartbar, Jeff presides over Oktave, his home-grown techno night focusing on the best and brightest international talent.

Jeff’s productions display the skill and focus of a life-long musician, one who has spent decades honing his craft.

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Justin Long

Chicago native Justin Long discovered his fascination for uncanny music at an early age when his mother entrusted him with her record collection that spanned from UK punk to American dance. This  served as a gateway, stimulating his journey into the sonic vortex.…

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MICHAEL SERAFINI

The Black Madonna on Michael Serafini: “I got to Gramaphone around 8:45 PM, the hour it really slows down on weekdays. Only the lone holdouts —part time employees, incurable vinyl wonks and industry regulars are left. They shuffle around, putting releases back on the wall, deciding between records and ramen noodles, wrapping up consignment deals with Michael.

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Olin

A Kansan by birth, Chicagoan by privilege, Olin has been quietly offering up his unique take on dance music.  With several recent releases on respected labels such as Argot, Discovery, God Particle, and more, Olin has cast a wide net with his productions, which range from deep techno to italo disco.  …

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Phillip Stone

Phillip Stone comes from the outskirts of Chicago, where he had an early exposure as a teenager to the Midwestern Rave scene. Those experiences along with getting into the vinyl culture at an early age influenced him to explore deeper. One thing led to another and a hobby turned into something more.…

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Sassmouth

Species Characteristics

Name: Sassmouth

Label: god particle

Residencies: Smartbar -Planet Chicago (with Jarvi and Patrick Bosman), As You Like It -San Francisco

Underground: Naughty Bad Fun Collective

 

One of the fascinating creatures that our Planet houses is the ever-elusive Sassmouth. …

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Savile

Raised in rural Michigan, the DJ and producer Savile, born Gianpaolo Dieli, has been in constant pursuit of outlets for his creativity and largesse from a young age. His musical interests first took root in rapping and scratch DJing before the influence of Jay Dilla and DJ Premier led him to producing hip-hop instrumentals.…

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RIP FRANKIE KNUCKLES, GODFATHER OF HOUSE AND SMART BAR RESIDENT

Metro/Smart Bar Mourns Frankie Knuckles. Metro/Smart Bar joins the Chicago music community and music fans around the world in mourning the loss of the Godfather of House, Frankie Knuckles. “Frankie was always one of those DJs that through his music could take us from the dance floor to church.…

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