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Queen! featuring DJs Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini and Garrett David at Ravinia Festival

Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Carousel Stage
200 Ravinia Park Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
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Queen! featuring DJs Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini and Garrett David at Ravinia Festival

Join smartbar sweethearts and musical contortionists Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, and Garrett David for an evening of only the rawest Chicago house music served up by the pros. The Queen! hosts are as stellar and stunning as ever: the renowned but never-replicated Lucy Stoole and Nico are poised to take center stage, stealing the show, per usual. Bask in the atmospheric vibrations, dance into twilight, and celebrate one of the best parties to come out of Chicago with plenty of over-the-top kings and queens and everything in between.

Derrick Carter is widely acknowledged as one of the better DJs of the world. With innovative productions, flawless technical skills, and an effortlessly joyful attitude of rocking a crowd, his influence has infiltrated the spectrum of dance music. Although known as one of the key players of Chicago’s house music wave in the ’90s, Carter began DJing at the age of nine, spinning disco and funk records at family reunions. He freely travels outside standard club tastes, incorporating old-school disco, soul, jazz, new wave, and whatever else catches his fancy.

Michael Serafini first got his start in Chicago nightlife in the ’80s working for Berlin nightclub as a video jockey and remixer. Under the mentorship of close friends Terri Bristol and Ralphi Rosario, Serafini began DJing regularly in the early ’90s and took up a position at one of Chicago house’s most famous institutions, Gramaphone Records. As his experience grew, so did his reputation, later landing a residency at Boom Boom Room, then the city’s longest-running house night. In 2007, Serafini took over ownership of Gramaphone Records, which he still operates today.

Through the mentorship of Chez Damier, studying behind the desk at Gramaphone Records, and being at the helm of smartbar’s wildly successful Queen! party, Garrett David has spent the past decade developing his unmistakable style and ability to hypnotize the dance floor. His meticulous approach and underground attitude shines through his production, releasing lush and skittery tunes on prestigious labels such as Courtesy of Balance, Smallville, Residual, and his own imprint, Global Swing.

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