Chicago | Ben UFO + Abstract Science DJs at Smart Bar

Abstract Science 15-Year Anniversary @ Smart Bar

Ben UFO  (Hessle Audio)
Abstract Science DJs | Chris Widman, Mister Joshua, Luke Stokes


 Friday 7 | 10pm | Chicago

While I have only had the honor of working as a co-host of Abstract Science, Chicago's premier future music radio show which airs every Thursday night from 10pm to 2am CST on WLUW 88.7 FM, for just shy of one year, it is with great pleasure that I get to take part in the long-running program's 15th anniversary celebration at venerated Windy City nightclub Smart Bar tomorrow, Friday December 7.

At heart a forward-thinking bass-music night, it promises an excursion through burgeoning dance music sounds the likes of which Chicago doesn't hear enough of, and surely there will be a few throwbacks in the mix for good measure. Abstract Science's own, founder Chris Widman, veteran host Luke Stokes and myself will hold down the early portion of the evening before Hessle Audio frontman and driver behind the most recent (ok, still forthcoming) installment of the Fabriclive mix-cd series, Ben UFO takes over for an extended three-hour set. 

Such is the excitement building for this event that Chris Widman was even interviewed by Resident Advisor in advance of the show. Here's a bit of what he had to say:

Abstract Science's format has changed very little over 775 episodes. New genres have emerged then disappeared, and we've added new co-hosts, but the program is still a combination of traditional radio programming, DJ mixes, live performances and interviews, hosted by hardcore music nerds on a mission to share their favorite records. I'm sure we're also a lot better DJs and announcers now.

**Disclaimer: Unfortunately, due to visa issues that were beyond anyone's control, the night's co-headliner Joy Orbison will not be performing. His appearance has been rescheduled for February 14, 2013—Valentine's Day no less—and all advance ticket buyers to tomorrow's show will also be honored with admission to this make-up date.

Ben UFO joins the team behind Abstract Science for its 15-year anniversary on Friday 7 at 10pm. Tickets are available at


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