John Simmons begins his Smart Bar residency this weekend at a free event with Striz and Intel. Simmons, known mostly for his deep and funky house exploits, is also adept at blending hip-hop, soul and downtempo grooves, the fare on deck for this event, called—and quite aptly—”Chilled.” Hard-working and musically eclectic, this trio is often called on to work a room before a headliner. They have the floor from start to finish on this night, which means a budget-friendly affair that will keep you moving till close. (John Alex Colon)
January 6 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203, at 10pm.