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January 16, 2015
Chicago-based DJ Sassmouth is a resident at SmartBar and San Francisco’s As You Like It. She launched her own label God Particle in early 2013, which focuses on loopy, groove-oriented house and techno tracks.
February 6, 2015
Andre Hatchett has DJ’d across Chicago and worked with the country’s top DJs, including the late Ron Hardy and Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Frankie Knuckles. He joined The Chosen Few DJs in 1982, following his older brother Tony who already was a member of the circle.
February 20, 2015
Chicago’s Garrett David, only in his early twenties, has quickly made a name for himself as a producer and DJ. Also known for his collaboration with Adam Rowe aka the Bell Boys, his work pushes the boundaries of Chicago house while staying true to its legacy.
A resident DJ for Queen! Sundays at Smart Bar, Garrett can also be found behind the desk of Gramaphone Records, where he serves as house buyer and head of A&R in the operation’s new endeavor as a Chicago-centric imprint.
March 6, 2015
Beginning by DJ’ing block club and basement parties in and around his neighborhood, Mike Dunn quickly progressed to clubs and events around Chicago, working with house music legends such as Bam Bam, Tyree Cooper, Marshall Jefferson, Armando and others. In 1987, Dunn produced his first house music release, “Dance You Mutha” on Westbrook Records. As he continued to work in the studio and in clubs around the world, Mike’s signature Chicago house/acid house and hip house sound emerged and was reflected in a string of releases, including house classics “So Let It Be Houze!”, “God Made Me Phunky” and the infamous “Phreaky MF”. Mike later added hip hop and R&B to his production plate when he inked a deal with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records for his imprint, Dunn Ruff Entertainment. He also has produced records for Public Announcement, Syleena Johnson and Jennifer Hudson. Most recently, Mike has teamed up with fellow Chosen Few DJ member Terry Hunter to create House N’ HD, a production group already stirring up buzz.
March 20, 2015
Named after his father’s nightclub, Equator Club, Emmanuel Egwu creates house music that “fashions a dreamlike feel” using a range of influences while having knowledge of music theory, Equator Club also owns the popular party planning and promotions business, Them Flavors. The company focuses on creating an underground music community in Chicago. Equator Club plays regularly at Primary Night Club. He also teaches a workshop in Wicker Park through Columbia’s Community Arts Assistance Project. Equator Club has self-released three EPs, including Get A Hit, which was produced through Them Flavors in September 2013.
Steve “Miggedy” Maestro met WGCI radio personality Cartier (pronounced kar¬t¬-YAY) at the now defunct Lasalle Club a few years after graduating high school. A chance tape and a contest to be a mixer on WGCI emerged and a week later Elroy Smith, Program Director of WGCI, contacted Miggedy to request his services as a Mixshow DJ for Club 107.5 The rest is history. While making masterpieces for WGCI, Steve “Silk” Hurley, Doug Banks and Tom Joyner, Steve was also tapped by Gary Bernstein of SuperRadio Networks to do Old School & New School mixes for the syndicated radio program heard in 30+ radio stations across the country including L.A., Orlando, FL, Raleigh, N.C. & Dallas, TX to name a few. Further success followed with major label record companies, resulting in award plaques from established juggernauts like Bad Boy, Rawkus, La Face, MCA & Def Jam. Steve continues to be an active and respected DJ in the house music community.
April 17, 2015
Millennium Park, Wrigley Square (weather permitting)
Chicago's “Tightest Female DJ” can be found on Radio Soul 106.3 fm, mid-days and at high profile DJ gigs around the city. Formally of radio station WGCI (nine years) and V103 (five years), Sundance is the first female DJ on all-urban radio in Chicago. She has been a guest DJ on Fox Television, WGN, ABC Channel 7's Windy City Live, and BET's Rap City: The Basement. Sundance has been featured in XXL and The Source magazines, where she was named "one of the best female DJs in the Mid-West" in 2004. In 2007, Sundance won Sprite's national Step-Off "Best Female DJ Award”, and she has been voted “Chicago's Hottest Female DJ”
three years in a row, while also being the first female DJ added to The Core DJ's Worldwide. Sundance got her start in the business at age seventeen when she was a featured rapper on the 1989 single "Git On Up," produced by Fast Eddie. The single was on the Billboard Dance charts for ten weeks and was certified gold.
May 1, 2015
Michael Serafini is the owner of world famous Gramaphone Records, while being no slouch behind the turntables. He is a Smart Bar resident and a long-standing respected musician in Chicago’s house music community.
May 15, 2015
A resident DJ at Smart Bar and owner/Head of A&R at Loves Records, Samone also Curates the quarterly vinyl dance party Changes Chicago.
Every First and Third Friday
12 Noon - 1 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square, 1st Floor North (Except April 17th in Millennium Park’s Wrigley Square)
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
The following services are available for persons with disabilities:
El: Pink, Orange, Green, Brown, Purple to Randolph; Blue to Washington; Red to Lake.
Bus: 3, 4, 6, 10, 14, 26, 143, 144, 146, 147, 151, 157.
Metra and South Shore to Millennium Station.
For more travel information, visit www.transitchicago.com