Rockin' My Nightlife In 2009: Veronica
By Veronica Murtagh in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 1, 2010 6:10PM
The year has a been a tumultuous one for nightlife and electronic music in Chicago. Promoters had to think smart to pull in crowds with far less spending money and we lost our shining star, the always tasteful Sonotheque. With Lava Lounge set to relaunch in 2010 as a cocktail lounge and a long winter still ahead, many feel uncertain, yet curious, for what the new year will bring.
Instead of focusing on the downturns, I thought it more appropriate as we close 2009, to share my list of the people in Chicago who look past the obvious hurdles, sharing their musical, promotional or intellectual creativity through the filter of electronic music. Ranked in no particular order, here's who registered on my local radar most in 2009.
The Names Who Caught My Attention in 2009
We spoke with the up-and-coming family of South Side-based producers and DJs back in November. The principles of brotherhood and a common mission of creativity in the studio unite the group and spread their blend of production, DJing, outreach and party-throwing across all corners of the city. They may be young but they're talented, passionate and ambitious. With sharp tongues and an army of supporters, Ghetto Division aren't afraid to challenge the expectations of electronic music nightlife in Chicago.
As the Nightlife Editor for Time Out Chicago, Joshua Ferguson (Mister Joshua) keeps Chicago abreast of happenings while lending intellectual critique and content to the internet at large. Also a DJ and member of The Chicago Workgroup, Ferguson brings his unparalleled taste to dancefloors and the runs best electronic music podcast in Chicago, Dialogue Incorporated. Ferguson taps into the serious and professional side of electronic music, proving nightlife isn't just for the kids.