#Afterlife: The Resurrection of Annex Nightclub

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Saturday January 23rd 2016 marks “Sneak Peak Opening”  of #Afterlife  being held at the Annex Night Club. The following weekend (Jan 29-30) will mark the inaugural night of the club’s resurgence into the Chicago scene. The Annex is located at 1958 W North Ave, on the edge of Wicker Park & Bucktown. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bobby De Maria (Managing Partner/ Creator of #Afterlife) to get to scoop on everything and anything you’d like to know about this new event and hot spot. But first a little background on Annex:
Most notably the space was home to the locally famous Red Dog Nightclub in the early 90’s. Red Dog was one of the premier spots for true House Music during its existence. The club was often competing for acts with Crobar at the time. For several years the club also played host to the World Famous Boom Boom Room, which went on to become the longest running House party in the United States – roughly 24 years. Following Red Dog, the space had a stint where it was known as Ohm, which saw its better days as a Hip Hop Club.
WSC: How did #Afterlife get into talks to resurrect the club?
Bobby: Honestly, a lot of it was good timing. The owners were thinking about remodeling the club, but wanted to be sure they had some solid brands and parties involved before they made the call. They had just hired our boy Joey Swanson ( Radio host of 101.1fm’s Electric Playground & Creator of Boom Boom Room) to coordinate the remodel/ re-brand. In turn Joey gave me a call and asked if I wanted to be involved with the space. I said of course and I went in for a meeting and pitched #Afterlife. The owner and the GM, Mike Cho, loved the concept of the night. They thought the branding behind the party was great and the “Come as you are, be who you are” vibe was perfect for the spot. A lot of the shows they did at Red Dog were similar to what we do, so I could only imagine that’s why we all vibed so well.

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Afterlife 2-21-15

Afterlife 2-21-15I’m always excited when WhySoChi has the privilege to work with local Chicago DJs and promotion companies to raise awareness about all the great EDM parties that go on on a weekly basis around the city. From the dynamic duo that brought you the House Music Saved My Life charitable parties to raise money for the Chicago Ronald McDonald Charities, we’d like to introduce you to the Afterlife party series.

The idea is very simple, come as you are, whether that’s dressed up or dressed down, just come out and enjoy the music. No bottle service no judgments come out and party.

This Saturdays lineup for Afterlife is as follows:

Special Guests (PDX) Corduroy Xavier & Nick Dubbz
Russ Christopher
Bentley Dean
Kevin Floater Pratt
Matthias Darius
Sean Solomon

Guest Bartender: Ryan Thomas

Afterlife Come As You AreAfterlife is each Saturday Night at Grand Bar 1600 W Grand (corner of Grand and Ashland)



New Year’s Eve @ H.O.M.E Bar – House Music Saved My Life


United2nite, Goodsex & Friends, Akib Present:

“Midnight in Paris”- New Years Eve 2014!

The same team that brought you “What Happens at Home stays at Home” is back at it again! Last years party sold out with 2200 tickets! This year we expect the same hype, but we made a few changes to address some concerns that were brought to our attention from last year. Here is what we did:

1. The Drink package is no from 9-12. In fact this year the package runs ALL NIGHT (6 Hours) for $100.00.

2. We booked the entire Holiday Inn hotel in Palatine vs only 1/2 like last year. Rooms at $75.00 and include a free shuttle to and from the party!
** Call (847)935-4900 and say you want the “HOME” deal to book your room!

3. There is no split packages. Last year we had a beer/ wine package as well as a liquor package. This year there is 1 package that includes everything!

4. Multiple fast service mobile bars have been added to reduce wait time for drinks!

Please be sure to get your tickets now because they won’t last!


See you there! Dj Lineup: Kings Of Class Goodsex Audio Velocity DJ Akib Bentley Dean Caliago Kevin OHH Laces OutLogistix MK19 Matthias Nikho Statik Tony Trixx   Last Year’s Recap Video:


Taryn Manning – November 14 – House Music Saved My Life


United 2Nite Entertainment/House Music Saved My Life will stage a night of entertainment on Friday, November 14th, at the House of Music and Entertainment, featuring a live Vocal & DJ set by actress Taryn Manning. You may know Taryn Manning from the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” as well as from her various other role in “Sons of Anarchy”, “8 Mile” & Hustle and Flow just to name a few. Taryn also has EDM tracks out with legendary House Producers Sultan & Ned Shepard. This will be the first in a showcase of events entitled “The Red Carpet Series” produced by United 2Nite benefitting featuring a variety of celebrity acts. All events will be hosted at The House of Music and Entertainment (H.O.M.E. Bar) located at 1227 N Rand Rd Arlington Heights, IL.

Door for this event open at 9:00pm and the show will run till 4am.

The lineup of talent for the night will be headlined by Taryn Manning, BDRE, Chris Bachmann (New York City) & Kings of Class. Other acts appearing that evening will include rising local talent such as Akib, Arvii Mala, Armour, DJ Nurotic (Kiss FM) and More!

Tickets are on sale right now for only $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, please go to www.housemusicsavedmylife.com/shop.