we said that this was going to be an "off the hook" event
and it was more than that. When you play music in Chicago, to a
full dance-floor at 10pm, you know that it is not your typical Chicago-style
event. Yes, when most venues were just opening their doors we were
already deep into the party. With the sound system already in the
3rd gear, the rooms dark and only lit by strategically positioned
lighting and effects we knew that the vibe was set for a proper
The crowd did not disappoint and actually surpassed our expectations.
The constant flow of heads ready to take it to the dance-floor kept
running strong until 2 am or so. Cafe Lura was completely packed
and everywhere you turned there were smiles. No glam, no bullshit,
just plain hard partying and dancing. The main floor sound, present
in every room on remote systems infiltrated the crowd as the night
progressed and it was really hard to stand or sit still. The DJs
for the evening delivered dark progressive and tribal beats with
enough mind-twists to make a modern rollercoaster feel like a merry-go-round.
It was definitely about music and people.
These events at Cafe Lura are a major undertaking. The room requires
a full design and set-up. Normally, it serves as a cafe/bar with
a stage, featuring anything from Jazz, and Blues to Reggae as well
as Drum n' Bass. We picked this spot because it has such a tremendous
feel. It certainly does not look like a cafe when FUEL rolls in.
We transform it so completely that regulars have difficulty recognizing
their hideouts. It all is possible thanks to many people who are
involved with various tasks in order to make it happen. I'd like
to thank a few who have made this and many of the past DEPARTURES
a success :
Peter S, Rikler, Jay, Rich D, Pepe, Peter M, Gabrys, Kasia, Tomek,
Kopernik, Karol, Nosmo, Dave, McRae, Alex, Tomek C, Bodek, Siekiera,
Piotr Michalak, Andrew Bedno, Andrzej K, Joe K, Rafal, Jenilyn,
Matt, and Shugga. The DJs that provided some relentless beats :
Rikler, Chris Gin, Paul G, Dmitry Lovebone, Keith Lotta, and Nosmo.
I'm sure that I left someone out and will suffer dearly in consequence
but if you're reading this, let's take care of quietly...please.
Stay tuned for the future.
Andre Solaris & FUEL Crew.