#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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HOUSELIFE ft INPHINITY & KALENDR | OLEG BONDAR & JAY MORALES | NO SL33P | KLEES @ CASTLE – 05/03/2014

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HOUSELIFE ft INPHINITY & KALENDR | OLEG BONDAR & JAY MORALES | NO SL33P | KLEES @ CASTLE
Saturday, May 03

House Life creators Inphinity & Kalendr bring their patent big room funky house sound to the Castle dance floor featuring a hand-picked showcase of Chicago’s best.

On the Decks:
INPHINITY & KALENDR
OLEG BONDAR & JAY MORALES
NO SL33P
KLEES

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT TIX AVAILABLE NOW – http://bit.ly/QDReah

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CHECK US OUT online – http://www.castlechicago.com/palladium

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CASTLE
632 N. Dearborn (at Ontario)
10pm-5am | 21+ | parking/valet available

The Pool House CII “4/20 Edition” At Primary Night Club

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**THE POOL HOUSE CII “4/20 Edition”**

– Official After-Party for Au Salon Cobra 4/20
– Merchandise Giveaways & Sale from Mr. Smoke Chicago

Forte Entertainment Group & Primary Presents invite you to The Pool House. The Pool House delivers true house music, a sexy ambience, and an intimate experience. With the help of our resident DJ’s and special guests, we will share the music that we know and love… Music deeply rooted in Chicago’s history.

The Pool House will be open every Sunday at Primary Night Club from 10pm until 4am. There will be NO COVER before 1am with the use of any sponsored password, and a reduced cover charge after (subject to change for special events).

http://facebook.com/poolhousechi
http://twitter.com/poolhousechi

FEATURES:

– Tune in to the live video broadcast at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-pool-house1

– Download recorded new live sets every week at http://www.soundcloud.com/poolhousechi

– VOID Sound System & 12’ x 30’ LED Wall

HOSTS:

– Forte Entertainment Group:
http://facebook.com/FORTEent
http://twitter.com/FORTEent

– Primary Presents
http://primarychi.com/
http://facebook.com/primarynightclub
http://twitter.com/primarypresents
http://instagram.com/primarypresents

– House of Chi
http://facebook.com/houseofchievents
http://twitter.com/House_ofChi

Guest Hosts: Cobra Lounge & Mr Smoke Chicago

**SPECIALS**:

-$200 | 2 Bottles (750ml) of Effen Vodka & Flavors (Cucumber, Black Cherry, Raspberry) (+ FREE Bottle of House Champagne)

-$150 1 Bottle (750ml) Fireball

– $9 Select Craft Cocktails

-$8 Tall Boy PBR + Shot of Jameson or Fireball

-$6 Fireball Shots

-$5 Select Craft Beers

-$5 Bloody Mary’s

-$4 | PBR Tall Boys

-Table Reservations: Contact Any Host (Listed above)

Where: Primary Night Club (5 W Division St)
When: Sundays, 10pm – 4am
NO COVER before 1am with the use of any sponsored password

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SPECIAL GUESTS:

GHOSTHOUSE (DJ SET) & Hexes

Sean Strange

Johnny NonStop

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RESIDENT DJ’s: BISHARAT | JORDAN BERNARDO

Bisharat | http://www.thebisharat.com/ | http://facebook.com/thebisharat | http://twitter.com/thebisharat | http://soundcloud.com/thebisharat | http://ResidentAdvisor.net/DJ/Bisharat

Jordan Bernardo | http://facebook.com/jordanbernardo | http://twitter.com/jordanbernardo_ | http://soundcloud.com/jordanbernardo | http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/jordanbernardo

Mike Miraldi | Host/MC | http://twitter.com/mikemiraldi

GUEST BARTENDERS & SERVERS:

Alexandra Crow
Blake Anthony Seitz
Chris Flores
Gina Darling
Jon Hewak
Laura Madlangbayan
Laya Bella

* For artist bookings or if you would like to get more involved with the night (DJ’s/bartenders/hosts/dancers) please message mike@primarychi.com

Localized 4.0 At Castle Chicago (04/18/2014) Featuring: RJ Pickens, Steve Gerard, Sean O’Hara, & NO SL33P

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Localized 4.0 Featuring: RJ Pickens, Steve Gerard, Sean O'Hara, & NO SL33P

LOCALIZED 4.0: RJ PICKENS | STEVE GERARD | SEAN O’HARA | NO SL33P @ CASTLE
Saturday, March 18

In*flu*ence: The capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc. of others.

We are showcasing our top residents and letting them pay homage to the DJ’s and producers who influence their art. Come check it out these FOUR DJ’s as they tear apart the Castle decks with sets influenced by legends like Prok & Fitch, Jerome Ism-ae, Mark Knight, & Boys Noize to name a few.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT TIX AVAILABLE NOW – http://bit.ly/1o26cWT

On The Decks:
RJ PICKENS
STEVE GERARD
SEAN O’HARA
NO SL33P

LIKE US on Facebook – http://facebook.com/castlechicago

CHECK US OUT online – http://www.castlechicago.com/palladium

FOLLOW US on Twitter – @castlechicago

CASTLE
632 N. Dearborn (at Ontario)
10pm-5am | 21+ | parking/valet available

THE POOL HOUSE @ CASTLE CHICAGO TONIGHT (02/22/2014) – NO DRESS CODE – NO COVER

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THE POOL HOUSE @ CASTLE CHICAGO TONIGHT (02/22/2014) - NO DRESS CODE - NO COVER

Forte Entertainment Group invites you to The Pool House, an event created for the revival of Chicago’s underground house scene. Located in the newly renovated lower level of Castle Nightclub, (632 N. Dearborn St.) The Pool House delivers true house music, a sexy ambiance, and an intimate experience. With the help of our resident DJ’s and special guests, we will share the music that we know and love, the music that represents our city’s history.

The Pool House will be open every Saturday from 11pm until 5am. There will be NO COVER and NO DRESS CODE, just be yourself.

ALL NEW FEATURES OF THE POOL HOUSE:

– Late Night Menu: Enjoy the incredible food from Castle’s Pub & Eatery delivered fresh to The Pool House!

– Download recorded new live sets every week at http://www.soundcloud.com/FORTEent

Where: 632 N. Dearborn St. (Private entrance just North of the main door at Castle Nightclub)
When: Saturdays, 11pm – 5am
Password: “FORTE” or “The Pool House” for NO COVER all night

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SPECIAL GUESTS: NO SL33P & TROYAK

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Resident DJ’s: BISHARAT | JORDAN BERNARDO

BISHARAT | http://www.thebisharat.com/ | http://facebook.com/thebisharat | http://twitter.com/thebisharat | http://soundcloud.com/thebisharat | http://ResidentAdvisor.net/DJ/Bisharat

JORDAN BERNARDO | http://facebook.com/jordanbernardo | http://twitter.com/jordanbernardo_ | http://jordanbernardo.official.fm/ | http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/jordanbernardo |

MIKE MIRALDI | Host/MC | http://www.residentadvisor.net/profile/mikemiraldi | http://facebook.com/officalmikefresh | http://twitter.com/MikePlaysLoud |