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Red Bull Music Festival Reunites Generations of the Gramaphone Records Family

Red Bull and Metro/Smartbar honor 50 years of disc jockeys that have patrolled the counters of the legendary Chicago dance music mecca Gramaphone Records.

Smartbar/Metro Open and Stay Open for 23 Hour Party People

Daylight Savings becomes a date in the Chicago scene as important and exciting as Black Wednesday or New Year's Eve when Smartbar and Metro open their doors for 23 hours straight.

The Agenda – This Weekend in Chicago (October 4-6 2019)

Julia Govor, Carl Craig, Jayda G, Richie Hawtin and more of this weekend's selections for 5 Mag's Chicago house music events calendar.

Junior Sanchez: Welcome To The Matrix

5 Mag's Harold Heath talks to underground house music hero Junior Sanchez ahead of a 5 Mag show at Smartbar on August 30.

Smartbar Announces a Special Guest DJ and it’s CERRONE

The disco music legend CERRONE will be dropping in for a Wednesday afternoon with the Queen! DJs.

5 Mag Is Welcoming Junior Sanchez, Gene Hunt & Czboogie to...

World renowned house music veteran Junior Sanchez is coming to Chicago for a special 5 Mag Presents show at Smartbar this August 30

The Playground Brings Alton Miller & Ricardo Miranda to Smartbar

Roger That and The Playground are moving records and moving bodies. Alton Miller, Ricardo Miranda, Roger and Form star in a free Thursday show at Smartbar.

Soul Clap Launches 5 Month READY TO FREAK Tour

Soul Clap his hitting the road for the READY TO FREAK Tour, including 40+ club and festival gigs from Mexico to Croatia, Berlin to San Francisco, Montreal to Oslo and Barcelona to Miami and it begins right NOW.

NDATL Muzik Is A National Treasure

We're here in Chicago, celebrating 10 years of NDATL and a new track from Detroit generalissimo Andres.

Chicago’s Aathee Records Celebrates Two Years

Year Two is a dynamic spectrograph of the label's deep and mystical sounds. Several of the Aathee crew featured will be at Smartbar for Recess on February 21 2019.

Scraping Heaven: Mood II Swing and DJ Heather at Smartbar

Mood II Swing is one of those names - like Masters at Work or Todd Terry - that is shorthand for a whole era of quality house music.

The Agenda: Osunlade in Chicago for Lake Effect at Smartbar

Osunlade joins DJ Heather for her Lake Effect residency October 19 2018 at Smartbar with special guest Michael Serafini.

Off The Record Podcast Ep 2 with Nate Manic & Czboogie

An ultra revealing podcast interview with Smartbar's former talent buyer Nate Manic on what went on behind the scenes of one of the biggest and most influential clubs in the world.

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.
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