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Ben Silver (free)

  • Memorial Union Terrace 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

A veteran selector with about 17 years of experience, Madison-based house and techno DJ Ben Silver cut his teeth in Chicago, playing parties with the internationally renowned Orchard Lounge crew—whom he still plays with from time to time. Where Orchard Lounge’s selections are more suited for a big-room vibe, Silver’s solo sets dive deeper into the psychedelic and heady climes of dance music. Cruising, roomy dub-techno intersects with lush, cosmic house tracks (think Petar Dundov), with enveloping texture and space playing a key role throughout. Despite residing in Madison, Silver doesn’t play here too often, and an extended set at sundown on the Terrace seems pretty perfect for the headspace he creates. —Joel Shanahan