On Friday October 23rd, Revolutionary Music and illmeasures will unite to produce another edition of the Lake Street Collective at Chicago’s Darkroom (2210 W. Chicago Ave.).
The Lake Street Collective event series brings the illicit loft party vibe and music, for which the two crews are known, to legal venues throughout Chicago. The music begins with downtempo and lounge at the beginning of the night and builds in energy, moving through nu jazz, broken beat, house, tech house and fidget as the evening progresses. The event features a special live performance from the electro-organic groove band Elev8tor and also features DJs Striz, Shifty Johnson, Adrienne Sanchez and DJ 8.
Doors open at 9pm. Those who arrive early will receive giveaways (while supplies last). Free before 11pm. $5 Thereafter.
Kevin Ford, the man behind the wildly successful afrobeat ensemble, the Chicago Afrobeat Project, launched a new group called Elev8tor to perform his original midtempo and uptempo electronic-organic grooves ranging from acid jazz to funk to broken beat to house music. The quartet includes Darcy on vocals, Olan Langley (Marvin Tate’s Desettlement) on bass, Sam Sharp (J Davis Trio) on drums and of course Kevin Ford on the Rhodes, Hammond B3, Synths and sampler. Four of their songs have already been signed to the forthcoming compilation CD, Revolutionary Music presents Organica Lounge due out later this year.
Striz has been blowing minds and devastating dancefloors in Chicago for many years. He has been a driving force in Chicago’s underground for the past decade- both in Chicago’s loft party scene as a founding member of the illmeasures crew and in the Burning Man community as a lead organizer and headliner of the legendary Resonate and Freakeasy events. His diverse and versatile style has also been showcased in the local club scene accompanying many international electronic music heavyweights such as Tricky, DJ Krush, Jazzanova, and Derrick Carter.
About Shifty Johnson
Shifty Johnson was the very first resident DJ for Revolutionary Music’s infamous Safe House parties. He’s been a bad influence on everyone in the crew from day one. He has rocked parties while engaging in shady degenerate activities in cities around the country and overseas. Since focusing on an edgy jackin tech house sound Shifty Johnson’s music career has been gaining momentum with guest spots on Sirius XM Radio, Brick City House, CityBeatRadio.org and multiple gigs in Europe. He has also been busy in the studio recording with K Ford as the VOLT MODZ. Their remix of Earl Jives’ Funkie Ass Junkie is available on iTunes now.
About Adrienne Sanchez
Adrienne Sanchez has been a resident of the Safe House since its inception in 2004. After short stint in her native Los Angeles, Adrienne returned to Chicago to DJ in an award winning play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. After spending the summer touring in Europe, Adrienne returned home and has been rocking the dance floor since. Her signature style of jackin’, broken, funky, edgy jams will surely get you bouncing. Prepare to sweat.
About DJ 8
DJ 8 will kick things off with an all too rare appearance, featuring his signature style of funkadelic downtempo and break beats. Guaranteed to get your head noddin!
About Lake Street Collective
For years the epicenter of Chicago’s underground party scene was on one block of Lake Street. Revolutionary Music’s Safe House was on the north side of the street and the illmeasures loft was on the south side. DJs, performers and party people from all over the world found their way to the now legendary illicit parties. Revolutionary Music and illmeasures have joined forces as the Lake Street Collective to bring that vibe back to venues around Chicago. Since it inception nearly a year ago, every event has proven that the concept is a smashing success. On October 23rd, 2009 we bring it to Chicago’s Darkroom (2210 W. Chicago Ave.).
Title: Lake Street Collective
Location: Darkroom – Chicago
Description: Elev8tor (live), Shifty Johnson, DJ Striz, Adrienne Sanchez and DJ 8.
Start Time: 9pm