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Packed into Darkroom Friday night was an enthusiastic shoulder to shoulder crowd of la crème de la crème of Chicago's jipsters and some of the prettiest people you'll ever see cheering together, like a winning soccer team after party, when any one of their favorite songs was being played by the night's music mixers for the Haz+Ruido Party. The night ended, too early, with DJ Eddie Riot, who co-headlined the night with DJ Nando, and both delighted their sweet anti-naco-fresa fans with a poppin' indie-electro-rock set. Cedeno got the house jumpin' for Nando after a more lat/alt/cumbia set by DJ Angelfuk, who followed the newest members of Haz+Ruido residents DJs Lovestond and Oswpatch. It was a definitely a great line-up of different musical styles. Adding to the music, the dancing, the drinks flowing (slowly due to the overwhelming demand at the bar) and the disco ball lights sparkling in the 'dark room' (I just had to go there) was Giroscopio on visuals who began the night in his always unique fashion with images of Daft Punk's Electroma later mixed with clips of La Lupe's passionately frantic dancing. The lights that played off the projector, bounced off the patio's bare white wall and instantly became an outdoor movie, adding a whole new contrast to what was going on inside. And what was going on between dancing or watching Giroscopio's art was the indie no-red-carpet-needed Enchufate photo area, with the much sought after photographer Jose Calvo, set up in front of the dark red DJ booth, which at several points throughout the night had a line waiting. Yes. A line waiting to take photos. What the craze! Photos are on the site already: www.enchufate.com.
Ah... it's too bad the venue is only open until 2AM because from the looks of the people continuing to party on the street afterward, it would've continued full force 'til sunrise. Thank you, on my behalf to Nando (Eskucha) and Conrad (Tru/Dar) for allowing me to play and for always hosting such a great event.
Saturday, we headed over near O'hare Airport to prepare our 'movie-style-junket' press area for interviews with bands performing for the Jefes de Jefes del Rock Concert at Aragon. Thanks to Red Star Shows, we were able to sit and chat for a bit with Antonio Lira of Liran'Roll, Walter Giardino of Rata Blanca and Federico Fong & Jose Manuel Aguilera of La Barranca. It was a true honor to be in the presence of such talented human beings and we thank them once again for allowing us the opportunity.
We also had part of our team over at the Aragon who reported what everyone excepted of such a star-studded line-up, success for the night. It was definitely a long, long Saturday but well worth it to capture a moment in time with some of latin rock's heroes.
Today, Sunday, April 19th we're once again recording a live on tape episode of E>N>E:Chicago Rocks at Cobra Lounge (235 N. Ashland) from 6-8PM. Thi's is a very eclectic line-up. We've got blues with Maria Blues, punk from Conciencia Total and alternative from Color Radio. Hee. Should be interesting to watch and listen to. I like it because it's a music tasting of what Chicago has to offer.
Also, we'll be giving away tickets for the upcoming Zoe concert at Congress Theater.
I like their song Corazon Atomico:
This is my first interview with Zoe when they performed at Green Dolphin:
And on that note, I'm off to get ready for E>N>E.
See you at the next show!