Smart Bar will kick off the winter holiday season with a solid lineup Thanksgiving weekend, led by a Thanksgiving Eve event headlined by DJ Sneak. Self-proclaimed House Gangster DJ Sneak has helped shape the course of dance music since the early 90, with his early music influencing the likes of Daft Punk, Bassment Jaxx and Armand Van Helden. One of House music’s true pioneers, DJ Sneak has the passion and drive to keep House music alive, and he’ll bring that passion and drive to Smart Bar on on Wednesday November 23, 2011.

Born in Puerto Rico, Sneak moved to Chicago as a youngster where he combined his early musical experiences with salsa, meringue and Latin orchestras with inspiration found in underground house music, warehouse parties and mix tapes from early pioneers like Farley Jackmaster Funk, Ralphi Rosario and Steve “Silk” Hurley. While working as a club DJ and at local Gramaphone Records, Sneak developed his own style. He began to focus on music production and started his independent label – Defiant Records. Three of Sneak’s early catalyst tracks were released by Cajmere, owner of Cajual and Relief Records, who brought Sneak international recognition. About the same time he released the worldwide smash, “You Can’t Hide From Your Bud”, which sold over 25,000 copies for Derrick Carter’s legendary Classic Imprint and cemented his place in House music history. Sneak’s new sound revolutionized house music with inspirational sounds and rhythms never heard. The disco filtered house grooves became Sneak’s signature sound.

Amongst his many successes in the last two decades, Sneak has remixed with artists as diverse as Justin Timberlake, A-Trak & Laidback Luke, Azari & III, Matthew Dear, The Avalanches, and Loco Dice, mixed compilations for React, Moonshine, Magnetic, Om, and Ministry of Sound, produced artist albums, co-wrote Daft Punk’s top ten hit “Digital Love”, and headlined clubs, festivals and special events around the world as DJ. His latest artist album, “The House of House,” is available now on Magnetic Recordings Digital.

In addition to Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Eve event headlined by DJ Sneak, Smart Bar will also host a variety of great DJs to celebrate the holiday weekend all week long.

On Friday, November 25, Nicolas Jaar will perform a live set. Following a string of provocative debut singles for the likes of Wolf + Lamb that opened the door to his illustrious sound, Nicolas Jaar’s cerebral debut album on Circus Company, “Space Is Only Noise,” has become one of the most successful debuts of the year, garnering praise from the likes of The Guardian (“One feels drawn into a fullyformed, self-contained world of his making”) and Dazed & Confused (“Nicolas Jaar has achieved something that few electronic musicians have achieved before – bringing geeky techno fiends, jazz lovers and chav ravers into an unholy union”). Voted number two live set of the year in 2010 by Resident Advisor, Nicolas Jaar’s solo live show has featured an array of keyboards, synths and his own singing on a vintage microphone to date, fully exemplifying his loose, slow and seductive experiment into sonic grooves in a string of sell out shows.

On Saturday, November 26, Gaiser headlines Smart Bar. Following a string of finely crafted Minus EPs (And Answer, Neural Block and Eye Contact), Gaiser has become one of the most exciting and sought after producers of his generation. With an instinctive feel for the intricate mechanics of minimalist sound sculpture, his music contains the perfect balance between rhythmical energy and sonic finesse and nowhere is this more apparent than on his thunderous debut album Blank Fade. What always stands out about his performances is the ability to make an immediate connection with the audience, soaking up the vibe and playing according to their reactions. He’s a musician who lives off his instincts, channelling his moods and emotions directly into his computer, translating new experiences and sensations into sound

Finally, on Sunday November 27, resident DJ Kid Color brings us a special Thanksgiving weekend edition of Dollar Disco, with fellow residents Michael Serafini of Gramaphone Records and local House savant Adulture joined by special guests all night long!

Wednesday, November 23:
Smart Bar’s Thanksgiving Eve Celebration…DJ SNEAK * JOHN SIMMONS * JUANO
$10 advance, $12 before midnight, $15 after ($7 before midnight with text or valid student ID) / 21 & Over / Doors: 10 PM / Show: 10 PM / Style: House

Friday, November 25:
$12 before midnight, $15 after ($7 before midnight with text or valid student ID) / 21 & Over / Doors: 10 PM / Show: 10 PM / Style: Downtempo, House

Saturday, November 26:
In Smart Bar… M-nus welcomes…GAISER * FUNK SHUI * FORTUNE
$10 before midnight, $13 after ($5 before midnight with text or valid student ID) / 21 & Over / Doors: 10 PM / Show: 10 PM / Style: Techno, House

Sunday, November 27:
In Smart Bar… Dollar Disco…KID COLOR * special guests TBA
$2, FREE with industry check stub or industry card (FREE with text or valid student ID) / 21 & Over / Doors: 10 PM / Show: 10 PM / Style: Disco, Nu-Disco

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