Friday night, I was off to the near north side at a club called the Mid. The Mid is one of those clubs that is nice but the setup isn’t dancer friendly. They constantly book some of the best in the house music scene and they are popular among the EDM dance scene as well. It is also centrally located so whether you are North, South, East, or west, it’s easily accessible via the expressway. Tonight I was getting ready to hear Mike Dunn and Osulunde along with Dave Sabat and Zebo. I dressed comfortably (or so I thought) and made my way inside. It’s a bi-level club, flashing lights and foggy. They love the smoke machines in this spot. There is a huge VIP/Bottle service section right in the center of the dance floor. It takes up a huge amount of space. If you are someone who wants to dance….you’ll find yourself annoyed at the furniture in the center of the dance floor, especially on nights like these when it’s crowded and waitresses are walking through crowds of dancers with bottles of Vodka and Tequila with sparkling candles hanging out of them. I got there pretty early as I wanted avoid long lines and waiting outside. Since I was there early, I was able to get my cocktails quickly because the bar wasn’t packed. Later in the evening, I literally gave up. The bars on each side of the dance floor were crowded with patrons waiting to purchase drinks.
Here’s the thing about the Mid that always tickles me. These kinds of clubs are different in that it’s not just a “house/dance” crowd in attendance. It’s a crowded mixed with millennials and seasoned “Gen X’ers, dance/house people and “hey I’m out to get drunk on a Friday” People, urban city dwellers and suburbanites., artsy and conservative, multi-racial, LGBT Friendly, The Mid definitely attracts a diverse and eclectic crowd. It makes for strange dance floor interactions. LOL… Mike Dunn and Osulunde play music that literally awakens the tribal in you or pulls the disco right out of your soul. Drinks get knocked to the floor by dancers caught up in the spirit of house while regular Friday night club goers tend to be confused and upset about it. Dancers keep grooving and look at them and say “who brings drinks on a dance floor”? It’s basic dance floor etiquette, at least in the Chicago house scene. You can’t just run up to the front of the stage on a “house” night. It’s serious in the front of the club. That’s where the dancers are and they are DANCING! That means, move or get moved!!!! It’s not the time to bring your drunk self to the front with your equally drunk bros imitating the real dancers on the floor. Nor is it time for you to pull out your camera phone to record. IJS…I’m trying to help you out!!! You might catch an elbow or a hand to the face or body (by accident of course ;) by a dancer who is tired of you interrupting their groove with your drunken shenanigans.
Dave Sabat set the tone early with a nice and groove filled set. After socializing and having a couple of drinks, Mike Dunn got on and then….whew!!!! DISCLAIMER…. Now obviously I love Mike Dunn! He’s my producer and friend and one of Chi-town’s own but when I tell you MIKE PLAYED HIS ASS OFF!!! I was worn out by the end of his set. He gave me the melodic beat down I didn’t even know I wanted! My friends and I literally danced the entire time, never leaving the dance floor. He was in the zone!!!! I had to step outside for a minute to catch my breath and get some air after his set….it was FIYAH BABY! It was musical praise shouts all night long from fans who wanted to dance to a good word proclaimed by Mike Dunn. What I love and respect about Mike is his demeanor. He’s laid back, chill but he enjoys himself when he plays. You can see him enjoying every song, every drop, and every melody. He’s having fun while the crowd is getting their lives. That’s good energy transferred between artist and audience. By the end of Mike’s set, it was jammed packed but we were going to have to wait another hour to hear Osulunde.
Normally, I would have been annoyed, especially having come off the musical high of getting “Dunn”, but I needed to recuperate after his set. My feet were literally throbbing (no more sneaker wedges!) I believe Zebo came on in between Mike and Osulunde. Once Osulunde stepped to the tables, I was achy but ready. He was worth the wait and the crowd was energized as soon as he started playing. He was brilliant and masterful. He knows how to build up the music. It’s dramatic how he plays….it’s musical lovemaking complete with extended foreplay and climax! *snickering*. I’ve been a fan of his for such a long time but what I noticed during his set was his love of poetry. He beautifully blends the words of some of my favorite artists to his melodies. Obviously I have an appreciation for a DJ that incorporates poetry within the melody so beautifully. The crowd was totally engaged during his set. Screaming when their favorite Osulunde song was played, singing along, dancing, and twirling. The
energy was bananas. I danced until my body said no mas! I still couldn’t bring myself to leave; I just found a chair towards the end of the night and enjoyed the music from the sidelines.
Another wonderful night of house in Chicago!!!
Till we meet again on a dance floor….
©Black Widow 2016