Chicago electronic innovator Traxx is pulling out all the stops for his birthday party at Smart Bar, bringing together a group of compelling artists for a Nation label showcase that will also serve as an album release party. Traxx himself has released music on Spectral Sound, International Deejay Gigolo Records (both solo and as a member of The Dirty Criminals), Crème Organization and his own Nation, among others, and is considered one of the finest producers and DJs to hail from Chicago. Musically, this event may be the summer’s most unique, and Traxx has basically organized a dream team of performers. Expect an impressive showcase of techno, house, jackbeat, electro, EBM and acid tracks. With an emphasis on collaboration and live performances, you’re not likely to see many laptops behind the booth tonight. Both Traxx and fellow Spectral artist James T. Cotton (aka Tadd Mullinix) will perform hybrid live/DJ sets, and will also perform collaboratively under their Saturn V moniker. Producer/DJs Nancy Fortune and D’Marc Cantu will also perform live. Finally, producer/DJ Josh Werner, who released an EP on Frigio Records with Traxx last month, will drop a DJ set. (Elly Rifkin)
Traxx performs July 31 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203.