Last night I was asked to provide the soundtrack to a space that is less than a year old. The Darling is in the West Loop community, with one of my other favorite spots to play Booze Box. The Darling is an incredibly well thought out venue. Owned by a British woman, who spent time vibing at Funky Buddha during its hey day, Everything from the space and all of it's furnishings, it's menu, staff and most importantly its musical tone, speaks to specificity and intention. I probably started falling for this space when I first saw it 's SM trail, gaining buzz on Insta last fall. I was curious about it, but never ventured. Yes I could stand to be a little MORE adventurous. (it's coming though;) The specificity of the musical tone will have you understanding why you should make way to experience it. If you love underground / unknown past, present and future; soul, funk, disco, jazz, soul and thoughtful hip hop, You will most definitely TREASURE "this darling". The menu is a piece of art designed, with thoughtfully clever food and drinks, worthy of partaking in. Kate is an amazing mixologist and conversationalist. She made my guest very comfy and I can only assume based on the good time I had playing there, that they had a good experience (lol). I stayed after my set and had trouble wanting to leave! I'm thinking I need to go and hangout again before I leave the city, as I haven't felt so drawn to a space to kick it in a while...
Thank you to my jedis who came to hang out and vibe with me, during my "debut" at this space and one of my final set before parting. The hope is I will be able to play here when I'm in town, because The Darling feels so good!
Photo Credit Dametria Euwens and Patrick Jones
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