Elevating from Berlin and now she’s here: Cinthie will be playing in Chicago on February 5, 2022 at Smartbar.

The Berlin producer, DJ and owner and co-owner of a slew of labels and the Elevate Berlin record store, Cinthie will be playing with Shaun J. Wright as part of the latter’s What It Is… residency on Saturday night.

“Over the years, she has assumed many roles – record store employee, DJ, promoter, producer, manager of five labels, radio host – many of them overlapping at any given moment,” Krystal Rodriguez wrote in her 5 Mag cover story on Cinthie in 2019. “Cinthie is also making some of the best house music on the planet right now, and she’s doing it all on her own.”

Last year she founded her own label 803 Crystal Grooves to serve as a personal music outlet. Throughout her career, she’s seen friends and peers rise to the cusp of stardom, one after another, backed by support from big-wig artists and labels, and the belief that said support was unconditional. In many cases, when the hype stopped, they found themselves alone again and back at square one. “I didn’t want that for myself,” she says, “so everything I’ve made, I made myself so no one can take it away from me.”


Smartbar is at 3730 N. Clark Street in Chicago; tickets are on sale via smartbarchicago.com and etix.com.

In line with City of Chicago guidance, all patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to attend this event (subject to change). Read more from Smartbar’s COVID vaccination policy here.

Photo by Marie Staggat.

Cinthie and Shaun J Wright at Smartbar