The Black Madonna’s first record, “Exodus” was an anthem to a concentrated pool of Chicago house aficionados, passed person to person for nearly three years before anyone outside of the city ever heard it. Its champions now range from the esteemed Little White Earbuds blog to fellow Smart Bar resident, Derrick Carter, who debuted “Exodus” to the rest of the world on the mainstage at Movement 2012.The Black Madonna’s catalog of current and upcoming releases includes labels such as Freerange, Home Taping is Killing Music, Argot, Stripped and Chewed and File Under Disco (from the Disco Deviance family).…read more
John Simmons is a dynamic people mover with eighteen years experience on the turntables. Inspired in the early 90s by the House/electronic music that was being produced by mostly Chicago and New York artists that was spun by djs on the radio, he then began to cut his chops in Chicago’s underground/rave scene.…read more
Justin Long has been abusing sound systems as a DJ around the world for nearly two decades. Born in Chicago, July 8th, at 8:08 a.m. could possibly signify the reason he was drawn to the sound of the beats and bass at such an early age.…read more
In a sometimes generic scene, where the emphasis can be on fitting into a mould, Kate Simko continues into 2011 as one of the most imaginative, captivating artists making electronic music today.
A woman of many talents, the Chicago native continues to be one of the standout dance music producers in the United States, earning the respect of her peers and catapulting her career to international success.…read more
Nate Manic’s presence on the Midwest dance scene can be described as nothing less than ubiquitous, with hundreds of appearances at the region’s best venues and events over a career spanning over ten years. Always setting high goals and looking to the future, he continues to be a respected member of Chicago and the Midwest’s history with significant contributions to it’s dance community- most recently through his appointment to the position of Music Director for Smart Bar.…read more
Downtempo, space disco, house, tech, b-boy era electro, hip hop, soul, and funk – if you can move, Orchard Lounge will back you up. Formed in Chicago in 2000, Orchard Lounge is the collective of Ben Silver, Spencer Lokken and Bethany Lokken.…read more
Sassmouth settled in Chicago from San Francisco via New York City in 2000 where she rapidly reoriented her life to the weekly rhythm of electronic dance music culture. Using her musical training and diverse experience performing live as both a member of string quartets and punk bands, she aggressively attacked the techno question throughout the first decade of the millennium.…read more