Juan Atkins, Matt Main, Polbeeta | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader

Juan Atkins, Matt Main, Polbeeta Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., March 3, 10 p.m. 2012

Most people who get seriously into electronic dance music find themselves drawn to pioneering releases from the Detroit techno scene in much the same way rock 'n' roll fans end up obsessing over early singles from before white people got their hands on the sound. Just like how every rock song has a little strand of "Rocket 88" DNA, there's a bit of techno's big three—Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson—in the heart of every dance-music track. (So people don't think I'm playing favorites, let me point out that there's plenty of Chicago house in there too.) Going back to early Atkins stuff is a reminder that techno was great right out of the box—a strange hybrid of disparate futuristic visions borrowed from artists ranging from George Clinton to Kraftwerk. Strong enough to actually live up to its potential, the genre continues influencing global music three decades down the line. —Miles Raymer Matt Main and Polbeeta open.

Price: $13, $10 before midnight

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