Apparently, Nightlife in Chicago is Getting Eclectic.


This Thursday and Friday both have Events scheduled that both trumpet their “eclectic” nature:

“Eclectic Relaxation” at Simones in Pilsen/Bridgeport (featuring my guy Tapedek and Sotipop on the tables)

and the “Eclectic After Work Session” at Cuatro in the South Loop (a weekly Friday event featuring the legendary Vick Lavender)

I don’t know.  To me, “eclectic” is akin to “eccentric” in its sheer ambiguity and code-wordiness.  That does not mean I don’t support these events (I do).  Maybe, my real issue is that I just don’t want another situation where a word becomes over-used (remember “extreme”? Or, how many storefronts in the 80s & 90s on the South Side either had “Express” or “Factory” in their name….).  Just as long as Eclectic doesn’t become the new “grown & sexy”.

More on the events:


“Eclectic Relaxation” at Simone’s in Pilsen/Bridgeport (featuring my guy Tapedek and Sotipop on the tables)

Pilsen’s newest, freshest bar teams up with The Chicago Art Department to bring you a night of food, drinks, and eclectic music.

Simone’s Bar x Afters Cool Society x The Chicago Art Department
Start Time:
Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 10:00pm
End Time:
Friday, May 15, 2009 at 2:00am
Simone’s Bar
960 W. 18th st
Chicago, IL


the “Eclectic After Work Session” at the Latin Fusion Nightspot Cuatro

Sophisticado Recordings and Cuatro night club presents “Eclectic Fridays Afterwork Sessions” with Sophisticado Recording artist Vick Lavender playing some of the worlds best in afro cuban jazz, soul, world, and of course, house.

Sophisticado Recordings and Cuatro
Friday, May 15, 2009
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Cuatro night club
2030 S.Wabash
Chicago, IL

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i love the transportive powers of sound. i am a radio host/producer, DJ, Sound designer, 45rpm collector, and art lover living in the city of wind. View all posts by ayanacontreras

4 responses to “Apparently, Nightlife in Chicago is Getting Eclectic.

  • Tapedek

    Nah, eclectic (in context of the event) was just a word for different. We coulda said “Different Relaxation” but then it doesn’t sound as cool. LOL.

    All these places play the same artists, songs, genres, etc, it becomes boring. In both eclectic cases, we’re mixing up songs that most people never heard of, genres that you normally don’t hear, and so on. It becomes a different atmosphere than the rest.. Hence it’s eclecticism! LOL.

    Thanks for covering it tho! Mad props!

  • ayanacontreras

    ha ha ha…. point taken!

  • Vick Lavender

    i dont think i play the same artist, as far as the word eclectic goes for a very long time because i dared to be different most people in the house music industry called my stlye of play eclectic,so if you love artist like Ed Motta,Jazzino,Bob James,Azymuth,Herbie Hancock,The Afro Cuban Allstars…etc you get the picture…i think.

  • ayanacontreras

    thanks, Vick. Truthfully, I love both of you all’s spinning styles. I just thought it was funny you both used the same word to describe your events. A.

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