The night before Thanksgiving -- sometimes referred to as Black Wednesday -- is a night many reserve for family bonding or hardcore partying. Most people don't think of it as a big night for entertainment, but there's always room on the calendar for music at the Metro and its adjacent house music DJ den Smart Bar. In fact, Smart Bar's developed a reputation for hosting the best Black Wednesday shows in Chicago and this year's show won't disappoint.
The night kicks off on the Metro's main stage with a headlining set from some of the freshest and most likeable faces in the Chicago music scene. JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound is part of a wave of local artists that are making old-school funk and soul music modern again.
To contrast these newcomers, Smart Bar has booked legendary house DJ Derrick Carter for a set following JC's set at the Metro.
It's well known that Chicago is the birthplace of house music -- a danceable drum and bass heavy genre that puts some of the most rhythmically acute DJs behind the decks. However, too often forgotten are the players that made the style of music as influential as it is today. A lifelong Chicagoan, Carter has toured the world for decades spinning some of the best sets in the history of drum and bass music.
Both artists play Wednesday, November 21. The Metro's show kicks off at 9 p.m. (tickets are $17) and things get going at Smart Bar around midnight -- yeah, it's gonna be a late one. There's a manageable $5 cover for the second half of the evening. JC's show is open to all music fans 18 years and over but Smart Bar has a 21 and up age limit.
Now you can add excellent local music to your list of reasons why Thanksgiving is so great, along with family, friends and turkey.