DJ Chuck Wren has hosted a ska radio show somewhere on Chicago's radio dial since 1989, and in 1993 he founded Jump Up Records to focus on modern ska/reggae bands. To date the label has released almost 200 titles. Maybe you've heard him at a live concert or been to his monthly DJ night at Delilah's? It's Chicago’s longest running ska night at 25 years - and the only place where you can hear original Jamaican vinyl and oddball 80's 2-Tone nuggets spun side by side.
Joe Shanahan has spent the past 35 years shaping Chicago’s music community from his post in Wrigleyville, Chicago. Comprised of Metro, Smartbar and GMan Tavern, the family of music venues that Shanahan has spent a lifetime building has become one of few reigning independent music venues in the country.
SPECIAL GUEST DJ: Miss Alex White of White Mystery
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Miss Alex White is the stage name for Alex White, a musician from Chicago, Illinois, and founder of Missile X Records. Her projects have included Miss Alex White and Chris Playboy (a collaboration with Chris Saathoff), the Hot Machines, Miss Alex White and the Red Orchestra, and White Mystery, a collaboration with her younger brother Francis who uses the stage name "White Francis". White Mystery is known for their relentless tour schedule in which White claims to have played 300 shows in the band’s first three years. The group has played with national acts such as Shonen Knife, The Stooges and Weezer. White cites Poison Ivy from The Cramps as being one of her biggest influences.
Originally from Miami Beach and currently based in Chicago, Van Paugam specializes in 70s and 80s Japanese Disco, Funk, and City Pop. Claiming the title as the first DJ on Youtube who uses only vintage Japanese records ripped from vinyl to create mixes of rare and classic music that has rarely been heard outside of Japan (http://www.youtube.com/vanpaugam), he started his journey into Japan’s music scene in 2016 in search of nostalgia for a distant time and place, and continues today uncovering artists and records that might have been lost to time if not for the meticulous preservation of Japanese record shop owners and aficionados. Check out his monthly residence at Murasaki Lounge in Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/events/307438726507885/