Francois K, Kate Simko, M50 | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader

Francois K, Kate Simko, M50 Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., March 26, 10 p.m. 2011

No one person can take credit for inventing the remix; it arose out of the combined work of countless dub producers, disco DJs, and electronic musicians who saw the potential of using recording gear as an instrument. But if there's a single individual responsible for the popular conception of the remix—that is, a funked-up, more danceable edit of a pop or rock song—it's Francois Kevorkian, better known as Francois K. His roots run deep in the international underground dance-music scene, though he's best known for his remix work for a lengthy and astoundingly diverse list of acts, including Kraftwerk, King Crimson, Joni Mitchell, Wham!, Depeche Mode, and cult disco auteur Arthur Russell. In the 80s and 90s a whole lot of pop fans got introduced to the second wave of house music by buying, say, U2's "New Year's Day" single and flipping it over to find a Francois K remix. Kevorkian's versions are often as recognizable as the originals, but fundamentally, fascinatingly different—and quite often an improvement. —Miles Raymer

Price: $15, $10 in advance, $12 before midnight

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