The one party that has defined Chicago House music has been the almost 25 year old running residency known as Boom Boom Room. It’s literally the world’s longest running dance night.
The space it has been most known for and which played a key role in Chicago’s second wave of House music during the 90’s was the Wicker Park loft space known as Red Dog. It was a launching pad for the likes of DJs such as Cajmere (aka Green Velvet), Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, DJ Heather, Mark Grant, Johnny Fiasco, Spencer Kinsey and more.
In February the newly refurnished 4,000 square foot space has been reopened as Annex, and it’s kept the same fun spirit and attitude that Red Dog originally was. “Chicago isn’t New York and it isn’t LA. We don’t want the pretense; we just want an authentic, good time,” stated Joey Swanson, Program Director for Annex. “Wicker Park has always been a melting pot and a haven for the outcasts to feel at home. Like Red Dog welcomed and sheltered all, Annex will, too.”
Swanson, with nearly 25 years of history in the Chicago music industry was the creator/host of Q101’s “Sonic Boom”, Chicago’s first and only Electronic dance music show, not to mention he now produces/hosts the currently running “Electric Playground” show. He is also the owner and music director of Boom Boom Room.
The party will relaunch on Monday, February 29th with DJs Paul Johnson, Diz, Bucky Fargo and Dustin Sheridan. The magnificent club kid and uber host JoJo Baby will return. Diz will be the resident in the ground floor, Bucky Fargo will be residing in the 2nd floor room. Upcoming dates will include Mark Farina, Ron Carroll, South of Roosevelt, Czboogie and more.