With an ongoing eviction trial scheduled to wrap soon and its very existence in question, the Double Door’s 22nd anniversary party this Sunday doubled as a call for help, with all entry fees benefiting the Double Door Legal Defense Fund. But perhaps because Chicago was still reeling from that morning’s horror in Orlando, attendance was unusually light.
The night had great potential, with popular monthly parties Soul Summit and CumbiaSazo! sharing the bill with smaller, diehard nights like Push Beats. But by 11 p.m., only pockets of people had trickled in. Nonetheless, the party was a powerful convergence of Chicago sounds. With Itzi Nallah blending tropical styles with soul and hip-hop, the CumbiaSazo! showcase got the dance floor moving. Immediately after, Dario Ecks continued the genre-blending downstairs at Door No. 3 with the Push Beats collective for one of the most well-received sets of the night.
Even though the usual crowds weren’t present, the party was still evidence of Double Door’s importance to Chicago’s music scene.