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House music comes to Township

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Logan Square venue-slash-restaurant Township is on the slow grind to reestablish its intimate concert hall after it abruptly shut down in late November—the venue went dark after MP Shows leader Brian Peterson wound up selling his stake in Township to co-owner Tamiz Haiderali and a then-unnamed new partner. It turns out Haiderali's new partner is Mark "Max" Brumbach, the man behind Wicker Park BBQ spot Smoke Daddy who also fixed up Humboldt Park bar California Clipper in the late 90s. As Dave Hoekstra points out in an article about Township's facelift, Brumbach has ambitious plans for the space, which includes diversifying the bookings instead of focusing on rock shows.

Among the more interesting nonrock shows on Township's spotty concert calendar is a house show hosted by Soul Foundation Recordings. The label grew out of a local collective that started in Chicago's underground rave scene in the 90s, though Soul Foundation Recordings has since established itself in Las Vegas. Label ringleaders Brenda D. and Brian Gardner are in town for Saturday's performance at Township, where they will be joined by Erik Renan Cevallos and Todd Mariana. If you want to get a taste of the sounds that came out of the 90s midwest rave scene—or are just curious to see what a house show at Township looks like—plan to arrive at the spot around 10 PM.

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