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Soul Clap Brings the Goods (and Amp Fiddler) to Chicago

Soul Clap is leading the way to Movement and bringing Amp Fiddler with them. They play at a special House of EFUNK show on Saturday May 19 2018 at Smartbar in Chicago.

Strictly Jaz Unit vol 3: Classic Boo Williams & Glenn Underground...

In honor of Glenn Underground & Boo Williams playing b2b at Smartbar this Friday April 20 2018, here's the classic Strictly Jaz Unit vol 3 set featuring Boo & Glenn from the 1990s.

The Future Is Noncompliant, and The Future Is Today

Noncompliant aka DJ Shiva on Midwest electronic music's roots and what sets DJs from mid-America apart.

You Need To Cancel Your Plans and See Minx, Heather and...

There is something wrong with you if you are planning on being somewhere other than Smartbar this Friday, March 16 2018 for DJ Minx from Detroit, DJ Heather and Samone for Lake Effect.

Keith Haring’s Chicago Mural Is Coming Back Together

36 panels of Haring's 1989 mural with Chicago public school students will be on display at a new exhibition in Chicago.

Jeff Derringer Returns to the DJ Booth After Cancer Treatment

Jeff Derringer is also marking Oktave's 8 year anniversary and the launch of Oktave Records.

Crossing Karizma Off Your Bucket List

For the first time in memory (including his!) Karizma will be in Chicago again for 5 Magazine's 12 Year Anniversary bash at Smartbar August 26 2017.

Miguel Migs Returns to Smartbar June 16 2017

Miguel Migs comes to Smartbar this June 16 2017, and this is why we love him.

Meet The Teachers: Every Set from Boiler Room Chicago 2017

A tribute to a tribute to Chicago with DJ Pierre, DJ Hyperactive, Glenn Underground, Paul Johnson, Boo Williams, Mike Dearborn and Ron Trent.

Jeff Derringer on Seven Years of OKTAVE

Chicago DJ Jeff Derringer celebrates seven years of his Oktave residency and playing Techno in a House Music town.

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...
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The Ultimate UK Garage Documentary Makes Its Chicago Debut

Rewind 4Ever: A History of UK Garage at East Room on Sunday June 17 2018 with a director Q&A and afterparty sets by Mazi, RUBB Sound System, the Almaria Brothers & Czboogie.

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