Mark Farina tonight at the Gothic Theatre
Didn't get tickets to Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B. at the Ogden? Bummer, kid. It's sold out, from what we hear. No worries. Mark Farina's at the Gothic tonight with Miguel Migs, J Flash and Half Color, and there's still tickets left for that show.
Farina, in case you're not familiar, got his start as a house DJ in Chicago alongside house-music godfather Derrick Carter, and took the Windy City's best-known electronic-music export in a different direction when he started mixing down-tempo house tracks into jazzy, funky combinations.
His first Mushroom Jazz mix tape led to a club night in San Francisco and six volumes by the same name, proving that although Farina cut his teeth on the playful, energetic house tunes Chicago is known for, he can also rock the mellow, hypnotic, sensual beats of downtempo -- with a trippy, disco-infused flavor that (so far) no other acid-jazz DJ has managed to replicate.
He's probably the only DJ spinning who's been compared to both Felix da Housecat and Kruder & Dorfmeister, and he keeps both lovers of funky house music and sweet, soothing downtempo sated with his unusual mix of styles and tunes.