As if Mark Farina hadn’t already garnered enough attention within the global club circuit, this month saw the Chicago-born, San Francisco-based house don gain yet another notch on his belt with the release of Fabric 40, his entry into the esteemed Fabric mix series. This is a real coup for Farina and should do wonders in keeping his brand and sound current in a global sense since the taste-making Fabric series is something of a barometer for underground cred in clubland these days. Of course we in Chicago never needed any convincing that Farina is a world-class jock; we’ve been with him every step of the way. Though he teamed with the people at OM in San Francisco many years ago now, his Chicago homecomings have been well attended and as strong as ever. Now returning to Smart Bar on their newly refined and mighty sound system, this should be as good a showing as ever for those who’ve been following along. (Jarrett Spiegel)
Mark Farina joins local stalwart Diz and Ori Kawa at Smart Bar, 3730 North Clark, (773)549-0203, June 7 from 10pm-5am. $15 before midnight, $20 after.