Mark Farina, Ken ECB, Nate Manic | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader

Mark Farina, Ken ECB, Nate Manic Soundboard

When: Sat., Aug. 6, 10 p.m. 2011

About a decade ago there was a little club-slash-restaurant in Bucktown—I've forgotten its name—that usually attracted a majority douchebag clientele but on Sundays would often host late-night DJ sets by the likes of Mark Farina and Tommie Sunshine (as well as a few other folks who weren't international club megastars). The gigs weren't promoted and seemed to serve mostly as a release valve for Farina et al—a chance to play old punk songs and ELO jams for a small group of mostly friends. Farina is best known as the creator of a mellow house offshoot with the un­fortunate name "mushroom jazz," but he's also a voracious listener and seems to genuinely love playing records—even if that means spinning big, obvious classic-rock numbers for a couple dozen people at a time. —Miles Raymer

Price: $20, $15 before midnight.

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