Orchard Lounge âMay the Fourth Be With Youâ Party

If you can move, Orchard Lounge will back you up: from the dance floor to the couch.

OL is the DJ collective of Spencer Lokken, Bethany Briscoe Lokken, and Ben Silver. Since they met in Chicago in 2000, this versatile trio has enlightened dance floors from Mexico to Maine with their highly unpredictable and eclectic sets. From headnodic downtempo & boogie to ominous and ultramodern house & tech, theirs is a democratic mission: to expose as many people as possible to the artists whom they admire and respect, create unique dance floor memories, and to cross traditional boundaries of turntablism/improv/electronic fusion.

What sets Orchard Lounge apart from other selectors, however, is that you won't always find them in the club. They've built a reputation over the last decade as a hard-touring festival act and set-break crowd favorite, frequently supporting live bands. All three members have a deep-rooted passion for live music, which has allowed them to experiment with a variety of different types of DJ sets when performing on stage.

Consistently labeled as risk takers, the members of OL aren’t afraid to clear a room if they genuinely believe in and appreciate the record. That said, they take their title as tastemakers very seriously and are constantly looking for new ways to engage even the most discerning of crowds. They have an interminable work ethic and while they cherish their underground roots, from day one they’ve been determined to bring the art of deejaying to the forefront of popular culture. Their goals are slowly being realized as they've had the rare opportunity of performing at world famous venues such as Red Rocks, the Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park, and New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Penguin Prison (DJ Set)

Even if you never find out what a Penguin Prison is, there’s no denying Chris Glover aka Penguin Prison has made a brilliant record. If you’re a fan of New York disco, as accessible as it is angular, all burbling bass lines, resonant rhythms, shimmering synths and heavenly melodies, then you’ll love the new Penguin Prison album.

Imagine, if you will, Chic produced by James Murphy, or a collaboration between Prince and The Human League. It is some measure of Penguin Prison’s skills in the studio, on vocals and in terms of songwriting, that such illusory marvels have been achieved on this superb self-titled collection, that some critics have gone as far as to hail it a modern day Off The Wall masterpiece.

“It’s not a concept album about Michael,” says Prison, or maybe we should call him Penguin, of his all-time hero “But it’s definitely been influenced by him.”

To say he was an early starter would be an understatement. From the age of 10 he was singing in the local gospel choir. When he was 11, he got an agent and began recording jingles. By 12, he had learned to play guitar and was into punk rock, the American variety – bands such as Green Day, NOFX and Bad Religion. He even performed as a teen at the legendary CBGBs with his band The Museum.

Chris became Penguin Prison at the start of 2009. It wasn’t long before he earned a reputation as remixer du jour for the likes of Marina and the Diamonds, Goldfrapp and Passion Pit. He agrees that he conferred NY kudos especially on the British artists, and admits his favorite remix was for Jamiroquai, adding that the secret to a good remix is “to throw everything away from the original track and start from scratch”.

It was inevitable that Chris would then make music of his own, which he began in late 2009. You can hear the spectacular results on the debut Penguin Prison album, which sounds to all intents and purposes like a Greatest Hits collection, so chock-full it is of catchy hooks and classic pop choruses. There is Multi-Millionaire, which is about “being rich even if you’ve got no money” and one titled Don’t Fuck With My Money that features Jackson-style percussive gasps and a lyric that pushes the envelope. “I was worried it was too crazy – ‘Can I really say that?’ People said leave it in, so I did. “All my lyrics are sarcastic but serious as well,” he adds. “So I’m really saying ‘don’t fuck with my money’! Because if you try to, it’s not going to be good…”

Penguin Prison Is signed to Downtown Records.

Les Professionnels

Les Professionnels is a trio of cosmic voyagers on a hypersonic journey through space and time with a sole purpose of bringing intergalactic sounds to your ears. Whether cultivating their own trans-dimensional rhythms or curating musical discoveries made on their journey, they present to you the best vibrations for your mind and ignite dance floors into a frenzy. Due to their other worldly origins, they've dubbed their genre selection under categories such as Moon Music, Acid Western, and Post-Disco Sleaze - and while these terms are loosely translated into Earthly English, a simple extension of the imagination can easily comprehend their artistic direction.

Les Professionnels recent residencies include North Shore Beach Club (Philadelphia), The Trestle Inn (Philadelphia) and Arrow Bar (NYC). Les Prof have performed at Mercedez Benz Fashion Week in NYC, SXSW with Hip-Hop artist Young Gliss, and on other bills that included Childish Gambino, Vacationer, Juicy J, and Action Bronson to name a few.

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Orchard Lounge “May the Fourth Be With You” Party with Penguin Prison (DJ Set), Les Professionnels

Saturday, May 4 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Blockley