In October 2008, I booked, promoted, and managed an 18+ Halloween costume dance party on the second floor of Schuba’s. The Black Blood Ball featured the Dark Wave Disco DJ’s, with sponsorships from Filter Magazine and Toyota, as well as Victory Records, and Lions Gate’s Saw V film. Prizes and giveaways were awarded to attendees participating in the evening’s costume contest.
The event garnered an advance write-up in Time Out Chicago.
From Time Out Chicago’s ‘Clubs’ Section:
“Halloween gets off to an early, dark-wavey start with a dance party at the cozy Schubas. College folks on up are invited to do the costume thing—and get down to DJ sets from electro-indie-rock pushers Mark Gertz, Trancid, Jesse Jamz and Kid Color.”
In August 2006, I booked and produced two shows with Chicago’s Assassins in the main room of Schuba’s. The early show featured support from Echonine, while The Prairie Cartel opened the later, sold out performance. The Dark Wave Disco DJ’s and I DJ’d both sets.
The performance garnered a mention in this Time Out Chicago piece, written by the magazine’s Antonia Simigis.
During winter 2006, I hosted and DJ’d the music industry DJ night The Rock Party @ Chicago’s Lakeview Broadcasting Company. Guest DJ’s included Greg Corner from Kill Hannah (bottom image), as well as members of Plain White T’s and The Academy Is… who each made The Rock Party their after-party following hometown performances.
Sample Playlist From 1/17/07
smashing pumpkins – heavy metal machine
local h – keep your girlfriend away from me
the clash – train in vain
kaiser chiefs – i predict a riot
cold war kids – hang me out to dry
love & rockets – so alive
assassins – always wanting what you ain’t got
echo & the bunnymen – the killing moon
atmosphere – watch out
marilyn manson – i don’t like the drugs
the faint – worked up so sexual
n*e*r*d – stay together
alkaline trio – every thug needs a lady
taking back sunday – liar
Bloc Party – Banquet (The Streets Mix)
shiny toy guns – rainy monday
at the drive in – one armed scissor
misfits – where eagles dare
fall out boy – grand theft autumn/where is your boy
dramarama – anything, anything (i’ll give you)
the killers – read my mind
gwen – wind it up
NIN – terrible lie (live)
death from above 1979 – black history month (sammy danger remix)
the blood bros. – love rhymes with hideous car wreck
thursday – division st.
airiel – cinnamon
MCR – the black parade
say anything – wow, i can get sexual, too
violent femmes – do you really want to hurt me?
rise against – any way you want it
panic! @ the disco – the only difference between martyrdom and suicide is press coverage (tommie sunshine brooklyn fire remix)
the smiths – how soon is now?
the assembly – never even true
the arcade fire – black mirror
death cab – sound of settling
hold steady – chips ahoy
modest mouse – ocean breathes salty
bloc party – waiting for the 7.18
muse – starlight
MSI – straight to video (the birthday party remix)
ministry – lay lady lay
cities – writing’s on the wall (ladytron remix)
michael hutchence & bono – slide away
the afghan whigs – 66
low – california
the good, the bad and the queen – the kingdom
james – laid
the knife – we share our mother’s health (ratatat remix)
QOTSA – songs for the deaf
thrice – all that’s left
snow patrol – hands open
Smashing Pumpkins – Silverfuck