I’m not sure if I should say this in polite company, but I’ll be doing everything I can to stay away from the “holiday cheer” this weekend. I need a respite. All day yesterday the song “It’s Beginning To Sound A Lot Like Christmas” kept running through my head over — and over — and over again. Time for a break.
That’s why this Saturday night’s Louie-Louie and DJ FLX show is so timely. I discovered this pair over the summer at Cuatro restaurant in the South Loop (2030 S. Wabash). The energy was incredible as a diverse crowd of dancers and onlookers grinded and grooved to the music. It was so full, there were people dancing on the sidewalk! Normally I shy away from such packed venues, but this was different.
On the stage, DJ FLX was spinning an assortment of Afro-Latin house beats and Louie Louie was working a full set of percussion, including several bongos, shakers, a whistle and a number of instruments I don’t know the name of. What I do know, is that it was a bad-ass show! It had a very spontaneous feel to it, with the pair seemingly knowing what the other was thinking before they did it. Since that first night, I’ve been back to see the pair several times (they play Cuatro every three weeks). Sometimes they’ll also have a guest trumpeter or saxophonist on stage.
One thing I can guarantee — the “Little Drummer Boy” never sounded this good.
Slideshow: Louie-Louie And DJ FLX Show