Wednesday, July 3, 2013
H O U S E P I T A L I T Y is going BIG for our pre-Independence Day special, with an exclusive set from one of the biggest names in house music:

DERRICK CARTER (Classic | Chicago)

with an opening tag set by our founder and our prized resident:

MIGUEL SOLARI (Housepitality | San Francisco)
TYREL WILLIAMS (Acid Test, Housepitality | SF/Chicago)

Groove Lounge:

MIKE BEE (Vinyl Dreams, Housepitality | San Francisco)
JOEL CONWAY (Housepitality, Bubble | San Francisco)

We've really gone and done it now...
Every once in a while, we have to go big and book the biggest artists from the worlds of house and techno, as a thank-you to our fans, and also because we want the chance to see one of the biggest names in the world play our intimate weekly party... this is one of those times.

We've booked arguably one of the biggest names from the second wave of Chicago house artists... an artist who's been DJing since he was 9 years old, an artist who is universally recognized as a pioneer, a veteran, someone who's seen it all, and will still be considered a master even after he retires... Mr. Derrick Carter.

Opening up, our founder and fearless leader, Miguel Solari, will be tagging along with our most trusted Chicago-trained resident, Tyrel Williams. Expect madness on vinyl, as these mavens warm up the room to get it poppin' for Derrick Carter.

Finally, in the back, we've got both of our Groove Lounge warriors prepped and ready to provide a great place to dance to some slower jams, if you need a chance to rest from the house madness in the front room.

Where else can you see Derrick Carter on a Wednesday, with free champagne, surrounded by all your friends, in the most intimate setting? Why... Housepitality, of course!

We got you!


Derrick Carter

One of the pinnacles of Chicago house music's '90s wave, Derrick Carter began DJ’ing at the age of nine, spinning disco records at family reunions. Born and raised in the western suburbs, Carter was into music from a young age, but during his teens Chicago's house scene sucked him in for good. Before long Carter became a strong presence in the city's underground dance scene. "When I got my driver's license at 16 my sneak ability was validated," he laughs. "I was a fierce bedroom jock for a long time. After you mix for the love of it for six or seven years, you get it pretty tight and you can take it on the road." He got by working at dance-music specialty stores like Gramaphone and gigging at parties. Later he landed regular DJ stints at Shelter, Foxy's, and Smart Bar. Though he doesn't spin much locally anymore, when he does he attracts large crowds. Most of the time he works in Europe, where he's become a minor celebrity among dance-music aficionados :

“Its hard not to laugh on the occaisions when you’ll make 20 times what you make in Chicago on a Saturday night, but back home there are also times when you just do it for fun… So many people come up to me and say ‘Man, I had the worst day, My girlfriend left me, I locked my keys in my car, but you turned it around for two hours, and that made me able to get up in the morning’ That’s the best thing going.”

Derrick’s sets are rooted in house, but he freely travels outside club tastes, seamlessly incorporating old-school disco, soul, jazz and whatever catches his fancy.

His debut single "Love Me Right" appeared in 1987, just after he graduated from college. Another single ("Symbols and Instruments" as Mood) appeared in 1989, but the Chicago house scene faded soon after, leaving Carter and other artists with few to play for except themselves.

Thanks in part to Cajmere's and Felix Da Housecat's respective labels (Relief, Radikal Fear), Chicago house made a comeback during the mid-'90s and began to offer impressive newcomers in addition to the old guard. Carter, recording for the Organico label, returned with several singles, and an album as Sound Patrol. In 1995, he began working with a live band as the Sound Patrol Orchestra.

Several mix albums have appeared, including Cosmic Disco on MixMag and Pagan Offering on Pagan. Carter has also founded two labels (Blue Cucaracha and Classic) and remixed tracks from Chicago's own post-rock heroes Tortoise. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

Since then pioneering, innovative tracks and consequent critical acclaim have repeatedly marked Derrick out as once of the most important players in Dance music.

Carter says that due to his growing notoriety his production talents have been requested by pop-oriented acts. But he prefers to remain underground. Although enthused about his own Blue Cucaracha label and a new UK-based imprint he runs called Classic, he's reluctant to offer much explanation of either label's MO-other than each releases records when the mood strikes him:

"I like to keep myself pretty invisible. You may think I'm somewhere, but I've already left."


DJ Tyrel Williams

Tyrel Williams

Tyrel has been a mainstay of Chicago’s underground House scene for years. He began mixing records in 1999. Soon later he landed a job at Gramaphone Records where he spent the last decade building a mighty collection of 12” dance records. He spent 2009-2011 building his Acid Test residency at Smart Bar, which is an ongoing all vinyl House / Techno weekly dedicated to the true art form of DJing. Guests have included Miles Maeda, Derrick Carter, Tevo Howard, Traxx, and Justin Long. Tyrel has recently moved to San Francisco where he is a resident DJ for Housepitality and has also started his Acid Test SF party with Bryan Bai-ee, Miguel Solari, Fil Latorre, and Luke Nasaw.


Mike Bee

Mike has been a pro DJ for going on 20 years. Former music journalist (XLR8R, Urb, SF Bay Guardian), club promoter (La Belle Epoque, Bottom Heavy, Safe, Future Shock - all SF), label owner (True Intent) and buyer for Amoeba SF's electronic music section for 6 years (13 at Amoeba total). Mike now operates a record store called Vinyl Dreams (in the Lower Haight district of SF), (, and is a resident of Housepitality.


Enjoy handcrafted cocktails by our very own groove lounge mixologist.

World class acts, world class music, every Wednesday night..

We got you!

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