Thursday January 27, 2011

at 10 Thursdays


10 Thursdays Pix:

Ten Thursdays


$20 General Admission

Resident DJS
Just Joey & John Curley

Presented By
House Arrest, Exact Events & Relode

Hosted By
Allay Soul, DeafZoo & Paul In Chicago

Apple Somoza, Madam Valerie & Sweeta Desai

Industry Night Specials
$6 Jameson Shots ALL NIGHT
$175 Bottles of Effen

RSVP bottles: DeafZoo@gmail.com
Premium Hosted Bar 10pm-11pm

The long awaited transformation has finally arrived with the Grand
Opening of the ALL NEW Hearts Nightclub in Chicago. TEN Thursdays at
Hearts is dedicated to the hard working people of the Service
Industry. Hosted by Chicago’s best Industry Personnel and Promote
Groups, while showcasing Famous DJ Talent from around the world. Its
only goal is to create a weekly party that features “A Perfect Blend
of Music & People!” TEN Thursdays. We hope to see you there!


$20 General Admission

Weekly Bottle & Drink Specials
Table Reservations email DeafZoo@gmail.com

Hearts Nightclub 1115 N Northbranch St, Chicago IL, 60642
HeartsChicago.com Dress Code: Fashion Forward 10pm – 4am


“I look at my job as a modern day traveling minstrel, to bring new
music to as many places as I can, and expose obscure records that,
otherwise, might go hidden.” While Mark Farina may be able to sum up
his job description in a sentence, there is much more to be written.

Mark developed his musical tastes in Chicago – listening to house
music on the radio, living in one of the country’s most primordial
breeding grounds for house. Around ’88, while record shopping at
Imports, Etc., he met Derrick Carter and a friendship began. “I just
ended up there between classes, I ended up buying his picks. He
steered me toward the cutting edge House producers of the time.”

“I started playing when I lived with my parents and didn’t have any
bills to pay so I could just buy records. My intentions were never to
just make money, it’s nice, but it’s kind of turned into a job by
accident – it was a hobby that turned into a job.”

Living together and working on tracks together along with Chris
Nazuka, they utilized the tight connections between the Detroit and
Chicago scenes. Fondly, Mark remembers hanging out listening to
Detroit Techno classics – Model 500, Derrick May – eating bologne
sandwiches on white bread and drinking Kool-Aid out of a paper cup,
prepared by none other than Chef Saunderson himself. In ’89, they
signed on Kevin Saunderson’s KMS Records under the Symbols in
Instruments moniker and produced a landmark track called “Mood”.
“Mood” sold 35,000+ copies in the US and the UK. This record was the
first ambient house track ever made and, accordingly, it has taken its
position as a classic. The same year, The Face magazine published
their year end Top 50 with “Mood” ranking above pop anthems by
Dee-Lite and The Pet Shop Boys.

“I used to do mixes with Derrick on the radio at Northwestern, we’d
make it at the house and listen to it on the lake where they filmed
‘Risky Business’. We would drive around and listen 89.3 WNUR; they had
a policy, guest DJs didn’t have to be students.” Eventually, the
University changed their policy and only students were allowed to DJ.

When Farina first started wandering from his passion for the purist
forms of House into what grew into one of his trademark styles,
Mushroom Jazz, he was playing the main room in a club in Chicago and
got demoted to the B-room after playing too many Martin Luther King
Jr. samples. Mark experimented with a deeper style, dropping De La
Soul, disco classics and other stuff that wasn’t being played in the
main room. However, in 1992, Mark found a welcome place for his
collection of downtempo tunes accompanied by a small run of mix tapes
entitled “Mushroom Jazz”. Originally launched as a cassette series,
the Mushroom Jazz tapes grew from the first Chicago run of 50 copies
each…on to the next stage, where 500 copies of several volumes were
easily distributed and sought after. As the Acid Jazz boom began, he
perfected his sound and fused the newest tracks from the West Coast’s
jazzy, organic producers with the more urban sounds he had championed
in Chicago. While the predominant musical force in SF was still dark,
dubby House and Wicked-style Breaks, the city embraced the downtempo
movement with a healthy bunch of live bands and DJs generating the

Mark Farina, along with partner, and manager, Patty Ryan-Smith,
created the now legendary weekly club in San Francisco, Mushroom Jazz,
in 1992. Every Monday night the crowd slowly germinated – from 100 for
the first few months to 600-700 two years later. As time passed,
Farina and Patty put their energies into another project, the first
Mushroom Jazz interactive CD-ROM for Om Records. After a three year
run, where the club had established a fanatical, cult-like following
for Farina and the Mushroom Jazz sound, the club closed its doors and
transformed into a CD series and accompanying tours.

Since 1989, Mark Farina has been traveling the globe performing at
literally hundreds of shows a year, sometimes DJing both of his
preferred styles in two different rooms at the same party. At other
events, he’s been known to play extended sets that lasted over eight
hours. In his House sets, Mark is known for his uniquely effortless
journeys on the jazzy side of Chicago House, mixed up San Fran style.

This wandering record minstrel has played to incredible crowds all
over the globe. Consistently drawing new fans to his style of
chunky-funky rhythms and deep underground house, Mark plays upwards of
200 shows to over one million (1,000,000) club goers per year. Voted
in the top 20 DJ’s in the world by MUZIK and BPM Magazine, his taste
making skills continue to turn the heads of seasoned veterans as well
as youngsters just getting into the music.

On CD, Mark has recorded both of his dominant musical personalities.
His first mix, ‘Mushroom Jazz’ on Om Records, is defined by a hip-hop
sub-groove with jazzy, dubby elements in the downtempo range. It was
followed by ‘Seasons’, a critically acclaimed House mix. An Imperial
Dub mixed CD, a guest slot in the pedigreed ‘United DJs of America’
series, ‘Mushroom Jazz 2’ (Om Records) and ‘San Francisco Sessions,
Vol. I’ (Om Records) and Mushroom Jazz 3 (Om Records) to round out the
Farina catalog. His past release “Connect” walks the line of San
Francisco deeper and the bumpin’ funky house sound of Chicago. Now, in
November of 2002, Mark Farina releases his much beloved fourth volume
of Mushroom Jazz.