Line-up /Miss Maya Sinstress, Mark Gertz, Arturo Valle, Eddie Riot, Pinkmachine, Mr. Bobby, Mx Yola
Front 312, RIOT, Pinkmachine
Friday, November 25th
Front 312 presents: Spanksgiving
Hosted by Maya Sinstress & Mx Yola
Thanksgiving is over, but the relatives are still in town; Put down the leftover sandwich, get out of the house, and come dance at Neo. On Friday the 25th, Front 312 brings you "Spanksgiving" a night of kinky fun, and alternative dance. Resident DJs Pinkmachine, Mr. Bobby & Eddie Riot welcome special guests Arturo Valle (Panic!) and Mark Gertz (Dark Wave Disco) to the dance floor. Performing together in Chicago for the first time since Rise of the Stripping Dead at the Admiral Theater, hosts Maya Sinstress & Mx Yola guarantee a night of sexual and musical adventure. Your favorite Neo bartenders keep the party going until 4am.
Lineup - Pinkmachine, Mr. Bobby, Eddie Riot, Arturo Valle, Mark Gertz
Mark Gertz (Dark Wave Disco) - With its ability to push sound systems into the red and induce fits of fist-pumping fury, electro has taken over as the hottest of hot club sounds. For further evidence, simply look to Deadmau5â€™s recent celebrity appearance on Gossip Girl, where he (and his Mau5 head) provided the beats for a fashion show. But electroâ€™s rise has been relatively meteoric: Five years ago, it was barely a blip on the music industryâ€™s radarâ€”but not for Greg Corner, Mark Gertz or Miguel Martin, the main DJs of Chicago-based indie electro outfit Dark Wave Disco.
The trioâ€”often joined by Arturo Valle on live visuals and Paul Rodriguez as host and graphic designerâ€”started throwing packed indie-rock and electro ragers at Sonotheque in 2005 and kept them running through the summer of 2009. They also branched out to other venues, garnering high-profile bookings at Smart Bar, Vision and elsewhereâ€”with their gothic-hipster following in tow.
â€œWhen we started the party, there was no MSTRKRFT, there was no Justice, there werenâ€™t any of those guys,â€ says Corner, 35, the punky-haired bassist for local rock band Kill Hannah. â€œAt one of our first parties, I remember bringing Justice in and playing that for the guys and them being like, â€˜What the fuck is that?â€™?â€
Dark Wave Disco has introduced Chicago to many of electroâ€™s biggest acts. Headliners have included A-Trak, Steve Aoki, the Teenagers, Villains and Uffie; the latter was one of the partyâ€™s most successful nights. â€œ[Uffie] was sitting there slamming drinks,â€ Gertz, recalls with a laugh. â€œSheâ€™s this teeny little girl sitting in the VIP area, super wasted, and Iâ€™m thinking she can barely stand up. But she staggered up to the stage, grabbed the microphone and started spitting fire. She had the whole room going nuts and crowd surfing.â€
Gertz, who moonlights as a server, came up with the idea for Dark Wave Disco, which started as a joint effort between Gertz and Martin. Martin has been deejaying since â€™85 under his Trancid guise, establishing himself as a go-to guy for indie and rock-leaning techno. Corner was also deejaying around Wicker Park, doing Brit rock and indie dance nights with then-soon-to-be electro superstar Tommie Sunshine. When Corner, Gertz and Martin connected, the like-mindedness was immediately evident.
Dark Wave Discoâ€™s success stems from much more than being in the right place at the right time. â€œI had been contemplating something like this for three or four years,â€ Gertz says, â€œa party along the lines of the Factory.â€ His reference to Andy Warholâ€™s artist studio and party spot is fitting: The team has put a lot of effort into branding. â€œWe all do our part,â€ says Martin, who works in IT by day and creates the groupâ€™s Web campaigns. The trioâ€™s poster and flyer bombing in Bucktown, Ukrainian Village and Wicker Park is unrivaled. Its posters became fixtures on street lamps, newspaper stands and in the windows of local shops, making its graphics-heavy design aesthetic a continual part of the visual landscape.
The efforts have yielded both a source for new music trends in the city and a party to see and be seen. Yet a Lollapalooza spot last yearâ€”which Corner calls â€œthe highlight of deejaying for me so farâ€â€”has left them wanting more. â€œWeâ€™ve hit a bit of a ceiling in Chicago,â€ Gertz says. â€œWe could probably keep doing the party at Beauty Bar, just the way it is, and probably pull the same crowds, but that wonâ€™t take us anywhere else.â€ Corner adds, â€œTo DJ and travel nationally, thatâ€™s the next step.â€ -From DarkWaveDisco.com
Hosted by - Maya Sinstress, Mx Yola, Scott Schaeffer & Jonathan Hartigan
Maya Sinstress - "I am a Professional Pervert, a Fetishist, a Performer, a Fetish Model, a Sadist & an Artist.
I have been Dominant, Bossy & Bitchy all of My life. Naturally, I matured into a Spoiled Princess & Seductress. By nature, I am a TEASE. I laugh at other's expense. I am all you desire and then some. I am aggressive. I expand all boundaries. I am creative. I am mysterious. I like a mental challenge. I am complex. I am Independent. I am Feminine. I am Graceful. I am imaginative. I bust balls. I am not afraid of the unknown. I have high expectations. I do not settle for second best, nor do I give second chances.
I recognize My Inner Strength & Power as a Superior Female. I am too much for most boys & men to handle. All others should proceed with EXTREME caution.
I began My career as a professional Dominatrix in 2000. I apprenticed at Two Highly Reputed Establishments- Jade's Dungeon and Lilith's Sanctuary. In 2003, I became an independent Mistress & joined forces with the Goddess Project. In 2004, I broke out on My own. The Sinistry came to life- My own private & immaculate dungeon. In 2005, I opened My first Member's Site. In 2009, I relocated My play space to Lincoln Park in Chicago.
I am the High Priestess of Pleasure and Pain" - Miss Maya Sinstress's personal website
Mx Yola - Fetish model, dominatrix, performance artist. This newcomer to the Chicago scene is no amateur. She can be seen regularly at the 1901 Gallery, has performed at Debonair Social Club, Exit, Liars Club, Livewire, and Ultra Lounge. Most recently she performed at The Admiral Theatre for Rise of the Stripping Dead, and at the Cobra Lounge w/ Mona Mur & En Esch (KMFDM).
10pm - 4m
2350 N Clark