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SmartBar Relights The Night – January 15 2015

For the first time in recent memory, SmartBar will be going dark this weekend. The iconic Chicago nightclub will remain closed from January 7th through...

Remembering Frankie. 5 Magazine’s January 2015 Issue

Welcome to 2015 and Issue #114 of 5 Magazine. This month, we remember Frankie Knuckles on what would have been his 60th birthday with David...

Mark Farina: How I Play

5 Magazine welcomes Mark Farina back to Chicago this December 27 at SmartBar (Facebook page/tix here). To warm up the room, Mark agreed to sit...

5 Magazine and SmartBar Say Welcome Home, Mark Farina – December...

When you think about it, Mark Farina was probably the last DJ to become a well-known DJ by virtue of his DJing. At a...

Inside the Greenroom Ep #1: The Death of Digital Music?

Welcome to Inside the Greenroom, a new podcast from 5 Magazine. Join our Editor-in-Chief Czarina Mirani with Managing Editor Terry Matthew as they run...

DVS1 Named Artist In Residence at SmartBar

Every so often, talent and character come together in the same person. And while nobody will pay a $15 cover to hear a DJ's...

Four Play Sessions: Andrew Emil and Jordan Fields Live at SmartBar

Four Play Sessions is a mix series from Chicago's Four Play Music and featuring the talents of Mr. Andrew Emil & Friends, published each...

Best House Music Clubs in Chicago: A Guide to Chicago’s House...

Chicago is known around the world as the birthplace of House and where House Music began, and there are a great number of House...

Getting to Know Garrett David

In which we get to know Garrett David, resident DJ at Queen! every Sunday at SmartBar. The twenty-two year old wunderkind has just released...

5 Mag Announces Our 8 Year Anniversary Bash

Eight years is a long time - longer than we dared think we'd be around, publishing 5 Magazine month-to-month-to-month. In August 2013, we'll be publishing...

Garrett David: The Queen! Tracks (Stripped and Chewed)

Photo by Ken Paul SmartBar is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, and despite the scrapbook documentaries and other forms of Chicago mythology, the club...

Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Remix:Live Isn’t the Future But It Should Be

Live events. Not to put too fine a point on it, but they suck. If you're already a fan, watching your favorite DJ/producer rip his...

Frankie Knuckles Begins Chicago Residency This Sunday at Queen

Someone with fewer fried brain cells than I will have to answer the question of when Frankie Knuckles last had a residency in Chicago...

Rick Wade. Chicago. Why Aren’t You Excited About This?

Sir Rick. If you've read anything I've written on the subject, it's self-explanatory. If you haven't, "Sir Rick" is Rick Wade, one of Detroit's...

Frankie Knuckles on How To Treat People at Your Party

"I don't call it a party when you have to go through all that bullshit just to get inside, and then even more when you're there." Frankie Knuckles, 2009.

Michael Serafini: The 5 Magazine Interview

FOR THE HOUSE MUSIC faithful there are few places on the planet more sacred than Gramaphone Records. For decades it has been the source...

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DJ and producer Erick Morillo has died

In shocking news, house music DJ and producer Erick Morillo was found dead by police this morning in Miami Beach.

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