Stream or Download Orchard Lounge’s Opening Set For John Talabot (Live) at Smart Bar on September 28th

We’ve said it a million times: Chicagoans are lucky to have a group of DJs like Orchard Lounge call this place home. And never has this been more evident than last weekend when they opened (and closed) for John Talabot (Live) at Smart Bar. OL is the unquestioned master of The Art of the Opening Set — they can open for anybody in the EDM world. Sure, there are artists that they are perfectly suited for (like Talabot), but their range & dexterity enables them to blend with a chameleon’s essence into whatever mood they need to establish. On this night they explored quite a bit throughout the first couple of hours. But, as the last hour before Talabot performed went along, they turned up the darkness, got more deliberate, more visceral… they perfectly set the table like only they could. This is Orchard Lounge at their finest.

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Jeremy Frazier is the editor-in-chief of Soundfuse.