APERITIVO HAPPY HOUR
Please join us from 5-8pm for our weekly Friday Happy Hour. Lovely little snacks for a buck or two, extra-fancy cocktail specials, gourmet slushies, cheap-and-great Cava... This week we welcome DJ Safi, aka Shayla Hason, spinning sunny African pop and other delights.
5pm | FREE!
LOVE IN THIS CLUB
Love in this Club is a dance party for posi vibes and deep cuts, spanning House / R&B / Hip-hop and more.
9pm | $5.00 day of show
The Black Madonna's first record, "Exodus" was an anthem to a concentrated pool of Chicago house aficionados, passed from person to person for nearly three years before anyone outside of the city ever heard it. Its champions now range from the esteemed Little White Earbuds blog to fellow Smart Bar resident, Derrick Carter, who debuted "Exodus" to the rest of the world on the mainstage at Movement 2012. The Black Madonna's catalog of current and upcoming releases/remixes now includes labels such as Classic, Freerange, Home Taping is Killing Music, Argot, Stripped & Chewed and File Under Disco (from the Disco Deviance family).
Since the debut release on Stripped & Chewed, The Black Madonna has been remixed by The Revenge and Nicholas, while releasing a bestselling and now virtually impossible to find split EP with Chicago's disco master, DJ Rahaan that currently resells for up to ten times its original value. In 2013, Madonna shared remix duties with Matthew Herbert on the James Curd/No Dial Tone split for Classic Music Company and remixed Roberto Rodriguez for Freerange. Fervent supporters of her work include Ashley Beedle, Dimitri From Paris, Jacques Renault, Luke Solomon, Derrick Carter, 6th Borough Project, Jimpster, Move D, Chris Duckenfield, Junior Boys and many more. Crosstalk International describes her current project, the "Lady Of Sorrows EP" on Argot, as "her most fully realized work to date -- A great leap forward from the sample-clad disco house of her records for Home Taping Is Killing Music and Stripped & Chewed. Weaving live orchestration and irresistible synth lines through tough percussive frames, both tracks bare their souls to listeners with enough muscle to command dancers' attention."
In December of 2012, along with Derrick Carter, Frankie Knuckles and NYC's Bunker event, she was announced as one of the new 2013 residents at Chicago's legendary institution, Smart Bar . Her mixes for Little White Earbuds and Bicep's Rinse FM show, contributed in spring of 2013, were received with acclaim. She is currently writing and producing her first full length album for Freerange. A sublime technician behind the decks, The Black Madonna is known for fluent and dynamic all-vinyl appearances, which span from disco to techno.
A Celebration of LGBTQ Composers and Marriage Equality from:
Classical Revolution PDX
Classical Revolution PDX
7:30pm | $10.00 day of show
Join us for this event as part of the March Music Moderne Festival. An evening celebrating LGBTQ composers, featuring the works of Lou Harrison, Pauline Oliveros and emerging Portland composers.
JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. For more than a decade JD's career as a singer, producer and DJ has landed her at the intersection of music, art, activism, and fashion.
8:30pm | $12.00 advance $12.00 day of show
In 2007, MEN began as a DJ/Remix/Production team featuring JD. Eventually, MEN became a live band and art collective. MEN's debut full length record Talk About Body was released in February 2011 by IAMSOUND in the USA and through Sony/Columbia in Europe. This was followed by the release of the EPNext in April 2012. In October 2013 MEN will release their second album Labor featuring the singles "All The Way Thru" and "Making Art". Since their inception, the band has toured extensively internationally from LA and New York to Moscow and Shanghai to Paris and Sydney, whether it be at museums or dance-clubs, performing with the likes of Gossip, Peaches, and CSS.
With Labor MEN have made "a record of a moment": the recorded sum of a decade of countless events. Burnished by the presence and the absence of individuals, time, and critical process. Refined in rage and frustration. Clarified in dedication, and hope.
When lead singer JD Samson and core MEN bandmate Michael O'Neill set out to make the record of these moments, Samson knew she wanted to undergo an emotional excavation, and create in a space more removed from the community self-reference of previous efforts. To make something that more universally changes hands. "We wanted to speak more widely," says Samson of MEN's latest, Labor. "I think what happened was that somehow, the push to be more open to new territory, led me to be more emotional, and personal."
What MEN created is a sonic estuary, a place where Samson and her collaborators empty the contents of their minds and turn in their hands everything from gender identity to the tension between artistic autonomy and commercial success. United in Labor are mantras of the self-loathing, the chant of the penitent, the protest of the oppressed, the elation of the reckless.