All that Jazz in Chicago plus so much more. This was the first time I have ever experienced a big city outside of Detroit, and it has left me with big dreams and positive vibes. As I was riding the L train to get to my first Freakeasy event, I peered out the window. The train car was shaking, making all kinds of racket in a syncopated rhythm; oomps da da kling, oomps da da kling. The combination of the lights and buildings passing by, and the electronic music being naturally created by the public transit system, left me feeling that this was the Detroit I always wanted.
Arriving at the event, we entered into a loft style building full of people dancing. Everyone was dancing. No one on their phones or just talking. Literally everyone in that fucking building was dancing. After a beer from the dancing bartender I wandered outside to a covered deck and performance art area that was slightly dampened by the rain. It didn’t seem to put anyone down though. It was very apparent that everyone was having a good time.
After that I chilled in the tent with the “chill in the tent people” and they were very cool, no over-judging or agenda pushing. The community aspect of the event was something I was told of previously and was skeptical about, but I quickly found that the people involved with this event were extremely genuine. They are not your average people. They were smarter and full of good vibes.
The music was really good and at sometimes it was great. There was a big variety throughout the night. Breaks to House to even Hip-hopish sounding hybrids were being slammed on the decks skillfully by the DJs. RadioHiro, Striz, Adrienne Sanchez, My Boy Elroy, Duke Shin and many more blessed the decks at this event, and the quality of music was on point as usual for a Freakeasy. I definitely heard a ton of music that I hadn’t heard before, and it was something special for sure. Throughout the night till the early morning people just kept dancing. One downside to the dancing was that I could not find one person who knew how to juke. My attempts to jit and start a circle were futile. They didn’t get that. Guess it wasn’t their thing but I aint mad at em.
The night flew by. It seemed as if it all happened too fast. There was just too much fun going on to realize what time it was or how long you had been there for. The people that organize these events do so much to make sure they run smoothly and the effort should not go without praise. Without people like the Freakeasy and Burning man communities we wouldn’t have beautiful events like this to enjoy, and for that we are so thankful. It was mad fresh.
Mr. Glasshouse drove us all back to Detroit immediately after, and nobody really had anything to say. The whole experience was just too much to process. I think I can speak for the group that we were all left thinking, “What the fuck happened in Chicago?” It wasn’t until the writing of this article that I could actually attempt to explain all the happenings of our short visit. We’ll be back for sure. Thanks to the Freakeasy Chicago for being a place where respectful people can celebrate together in a creative way. If there is one thing to learn from this community, it is to respect community, ask first, and leave no trace. If you do that, you might just have the best time of your life. For more info on the Freakeasy visit Here (Resonatechicago.net)
Below Are a few videos of the performances we saw at The Freakeasy.