In 1998, Matthew Harvat was already a veteran of Chicago Nightlife. He had worked for Roscoe’s Tavern for 7 years and was building his producer and DJ careers. Appearances in charity drag shows led into a performance in the revue “Who’s That Girl” benefitting Howard Brown Health Services. That performance was soon followed by a “club diva” production featuring a track by house music legend, Ultra Nate at Chicago’s legendary CROBAR, complete with choreography and backup dancers.
Meanwhile, when attending Hotlanta, a circuit party in Atlanta, the main event ran out of water with hours left in the party. Matthew discovered a catering kitchen where the venue staff was frantically filling pitchers and cups of water to hand out to the attendees. Matthew grabbed six pitchers of water to take back to the Chicago group. The crowd parted, and somebody cheered, “You’re our circuit mom!”
And Matthew has been ever since. Producer, Performance artist, DJ, Drag Queen.
“I’m a mix of all those things, but the number one priority has always been trying to throw the best possible events for our community. I consider myself a highly visible producer who is involved with every aspect of each event. From the venue selection and lighting design, to the staffing, sound, decorations, show production, artwork, DJ’s, dancers and ticket sales. Hopefully, the end result gives our audience the best parties for their money. And, once in awhile, I spackle my face, cram myself in a dress, toss on those 5 inch heels and shake my padded butt for a song or two on stage. That’s who Circuit Mom is.”