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This Year’s Chicago House Music Festival Is Moving Online

Chicago's annual Memorial Day Weekend party in Millennium Park features DJ Heather, Lady D, Gene Hunt, Maurice Joshua, Shannon Harris and DJ Jes over two days starting Friday.
Mike Huckaby photo by Marie Staggat

5 Mag’s Next Issue is a Tribute to Mike Huckaby

5 Mag's next issue is a tribute to the late Mike Huckaby with stories about his life and music from Rick Wade, Thomas Cox, Terry Matthew and photos by Marie Staggat.
Fort Smith Arkansas Coronavirus Concert

Arkansas to Issue Cease-And-Desist Against America’s “First Post-Coronavirus Concert”

An Arkansas show by Travis McCready would have been America's first large post-coronavirus concert but state authorities say they will shut it down.
Fort Smith Arkansas Coronavirus Concert

This is What a “Social Distancing Concert” Looks Like

A Fort Smith, Arkansas venue is planning America's first post-coronavirus concert on May 15. It's weird.
Florian Schneider

Shudder When You Say His Name: RIP Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider

Remembering the co-founder of Kraftwerk Florian Schneider who died of cancer "a few days" after his birthday on April 7 2020, according to the group.
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Governor: No Music Festivals, Gatherings of 50+ Until Vaccine or Zero Infections

The state announced its plan for reopening on Tuesday including guidance on when bars, movie theaters, restaurants and festivals can come back.
Ron Hardy

Chicago House Pioneers Launch Ron Hardy Memorial Fundraiser

Chicago House pioneers lead by the Chosen Few and the Frankie Knuckles Foundation are holding a fundraiser to purchase a stone for Ron Hardy's grave.
Third Son

From Isolation, Third Son Challenges Himself to Make His Debut Album in the Next...

From isolation in his home studio, Third Son is documenting the making of his next album, 20 Days, over the next 20 days.
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Tony Allen Has Died: “Perhaps The Greatest Drummer Who Ever Lived”

Legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen has died in Paris. Known for his collaborations with Fela Kuti, Hugh Masekela, Art Blakey, Jeff Mills and more, a cause of death was not reported.

Citizen DJ is Maybe the Dopest Government Project Ever

The Library of Congress is launching a free open-source sampling tool for music producers.
Queen Livestream

Smartbar’s Queen! Residency Starts Livestreaming Sundays

Chicago's infamous Queen! residency moves online this Sunday with Michael Serafini, Garrett David, Lucy Stoole, Nico, Jojo Baby and guests.
Chicago Mayor Chosen Few Picnic Lori LIghtfoot

Chicago Pride, Chosen Few, Spring Awakening and the Future of Summer Events

Four in ten Americans can't see going to a music event before a vaccine is developed according to a new poll as event cancelations now stretch deep into the summer.

Chicago Independent Music Venues Have Lost More than $7 Million from Coronavirus

The toll from nearly 45 days without live music and DJs in the city amounts to $3.4 million in lost wages and $7 million in lost revenue, according to Chicago Independent Venue League.
Mike Huckaby

Detroit Techno Pioneer Mike Huckaby Has Died

Connect Bookings, which represents Detroit producer Mike Huckaby, posted earlier today that Huckaby has passed away.

The 2020 Chicago House Music Festival Has Been Canceled

City organizers have announced the cancellation of several Chicago festivals, including the burgeoning Chicago House Music Festival held in downtown Chicago.

Bandcamp Holds Another No Fee Holiday, Which is Great If You Still Have a...

May Day, May Day, May Day: Bandcamp to hold another no fee Friday on May 1st.

Mixcloud Introduces Livestreaming. Is That a Gamechanger for You?

A Mixcloud Pro subscription is all you need to livestream on Mixcloud right now - and a subscription is free for 90 days.

Users Are Not Happy About Rekordbox 6’s Monthly Fees

It's no longer possible to pay a one-time upgrade fee for rekordbox 6 and customers of Pioneer hardware are pretty pissed about it.
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Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Wants Out of Prison

Billy McFarland of Fyre Festival infamy joins Weinstein, R. Kelly and the PharmaBro in requesting early release due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Eric Garcetti

Mayor: No Festivals or Mass Events Until 2021?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is the latest public leader casting doubt on festivals, sports and other mass events returning this summer or even this year.

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