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Orchard Lounge (free)

  • Memorial Union Terrace 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The expert Chicago/Madison DJ trio knows how to bring together a broad audience. Info


Somehow avoiding the unfocused mess of a your average back-to-back DJ set, as well as the monotonous fart-cloud that a phrase like "big-room techno" brings to mind, longtime Chicago- and Madison-based DJ trio Orchard Lounge deliver a deep and concise take on the long-form journey. Shifting from enveloping down-tempo cuts and working their way through disco, Italo-sprinkled dance cuts, cosmic house, and heady techno, the trio of Spencer Lokken, Bethany Lokken, and Madison's own Ben Silver know how to gracefully let their sets unravel.

Beyond Orchard Lounge's longstanding relationship with Chicago dance-music institution Smart Bar, they've also played a ton of huge festivals, which obviously makes them a great fit for an audience as broad as a Saturday night Terrace crowd. Luring a couple thousand people onto the same page without prioritizing functionality over taste is no easy feat for a DJ, and that seems to be Orchard Lounge's strong suit. —Joel Shanahan

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