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DJ Spen LIVE at 5 Magazine 11th Anniversary (August 27 2016...

Baltimore House Music legend DJ Spen's complete 3 hour set recorded at 5 Magazine's 11 Year Anniversary Party August 27 2016 at Smartbar, Chicago.

Up All Night with Tony Humphries

After 35 years DJing, Tony Humphries has done it all. Twice. From holding down the legendary Zanzibar, from which much of the scene to...

Marc Cotterell on House, Garage and Plastik People

Wanna get a brief lesson on House and Garage history as told (verbally and musically) by Marc Cotterell? Keep scrolling! We’re beyond excited to have...

Smart Bar Celebrates 33 1/3rd Years With an All Building Blow-out

Next Time For 45: It was 33 and a third years ago (July 1982) that Joe Shanahan opened Smart Bar. From Frankie Knuckles and...

Queen! The SmartBar Residency Is On The Road To Legendary

5 Magazine's Czarina Mirani goes behind the scenes of Queen!, Chicago's Sunday night residency at SmartBar with Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, Garrett David, Jojo...

Oktave Turns 6 Years Old This Weekend At SmartBar

One of the most reliable dates on the calendar over the last six years, Oktave remains one of Chicago's most underrated residencies. The SmartBar...

SmartBar Launches In-House Record Label

Your favorite northside club is behind your new favorite label. "Northside '82" is the year SmartBar opened its doors and its general location, and...

PREVIEW: Jeremy Underground at SmartBar – May 17 2015

Meet the man behind probably the greatest underground House Music label going in 2015. My Love Is Underground boasts a roster of like-minded producers...

Preview: Superjane at SmartBar – March 27

It was 1997, and a depressing rave in Bloomington set the scene for the Superjane DJ collective's conquest of Chicago, then the Midwest, then...

On Daphne, and Men and Women in Dance Music

DAPHNE PRESENTS. Those two words have preceded a whole group of events in Chicago this month, tied around them like a silk ribbon or...

Preview: Oktave at SmartBar – Feb 20 2015

One of Chicago's most underrated residencies, Oktave brings in top-drawer Techno artists and gives them a chance to play the kind of long sets...

Preview: Savages with Brawther at SmartBar – Feb 14 2015

Practically everything Brawther touches turns into an underground smash. Following releases on MLIU & Dungeon Meat, the French Deep House DJ has another on...

Brawther: The Underground Is Alive

Years before I knew him, I heard about him - this guy from France who made these incredibly sensual and deep records that each...

Parris Mitchell: A 5 Mag Mix Vol ++003

"Just some good ol' funky House Music": Musician, DJ, producer and Dance Mania impresario Parris Mitchell mixes down a new DJ set and sits...

SmartBar Relights The Night – January 15 2015

For the first time in recent memory, SmartBar will be going dark this weekend. The iconic Chicago nightclub will remain closed from January 7th through...

Remembering Frankie. 5 Magazine’s January 2015 Issue

Welcome to 2015 and Issue #114 of 5 Magazine. This month, we remember Frankie Knuckles on what would have been his 60th birthday with David...

Mark Farina: How I Play

5 Magazine welcomes Mark Farina back to Chicago this December 27 at SmartBar (Facebook page/tix here). To warm up the room, Mark agreed to sit...

Win Two Tickets to SmartBar’s New Years’ Blow Out

Do you have plans for New Year's Eve? Well now you do: 5 Magazine is giving away 2 pairs of tickets to SmartBar's NYE...

5 Magazine and SmartBar Say Welcome Home, Mark Farina – December...

When you think about it, Mark Farina was probably the last DJ to become a well-known DJ by virtue of his DJing. At a...

SmartBar Announces Frankie Knuckles Tribute

SmartBar has revealed the line-up for a January 18, 2014 event in tribute to the late Frankie Knuckles. FOR FRANKIE! is presented by Queen! (the...

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