Groove Line

Sat. October 16, 2004 12:00 AM
by DJ Plez

Sunday Night: Changes and Status Quo

Well it looks like the Frankie Knuckles era on Halsted Street has ended, at least for now. Having the legendary DJ himself - the Godfather of House Music - spin every other Sunday night at Hydrate was quite the treat to the ears and dancing feet to me and many of Frankie's fans. It was actually somewhat revolutionary to have his classic style of house music in a Boystown danceteria amidst the normal circuit, tribal, and high energy/pop dance music fare. Unfortunately, this revolution couldn't last. Let's hope that Frankie will re-appear in the near future.

Also changing on Sundays is the downtown offering at Sound-Bar. Now when you head down to the corner of Ontario and Franklin to end the weekend, you'll be entering Y, the groovy lounge next door to Sound-Bar at 224 West Ontario. This place - a sister club to Sound-Bar - is gorgeous looking and way comfy with plenty of seating (seating area picture at left), a cozy dance floor, and a kicking sound system. Resident DJs Chris Eterno and Luis M will be providing the tunes and on occasion will be sharing the booth with guest DJs. Going forward, Sound-Bar will have monthly parties bringing in the biggest names and acts (see below for the Halloween weekend).

While there are changes happening in other parts of the city, the Weed Street District will be status quo on Sunday nights. Contrary to the rumor that was swirling a month ago, Crobar will be continuing with Glee Club, with a mixture of local and out-of town DJs. And around the corner at Zentra, the On The Down Low (OTDL) promotion ­ probably the most consistently successful Sunday night party going on in Chicago - will continue to pack in the brothas who want their musical beats hip-hop oriented.

Forward Calendar: Spooky Style

Halloween weekend should be quite the spectacle this year. Of course there will be plenty of festive parties and costume contests at most of the bars and clubs as well as the Halloween Parade along Halsted Street in Boystown, which kicks off at 8:00 pm. After the Parade, RuPaul will be entertaining the folks at Crobar with DJ Tony Moran (right) handling the DJing duties.

Over at Sound-Bar international superstar DJ Peter Rauhofer (left) will be manning the decks all night long for the return of Pumpkinhead. It's been five years since Rauhofer ­ the man behind Club 69 and the Star 69 record label - was last in town, so an early arrival at Sound-Bar is highly recommended in order to avoid the lines.

"No Rain. No Rainbow."

This is the subtitle of an interesting web site, www.scottmontgomerymusic.com. Mr. Montgomery is a unique Chicago musician who has produced quite a library of music which you can access (listen to or download) on his web site. He also dabbles in video with a couple of clips which can be seen on the web site and that have also been distributed locally. You can catch Scott performing live at Davenport's Caberet Room, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Wicker Park) on Friday nights in October at 10:30 pm.

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