Recently, Chicago was treated to the sounds of Adriana Rimpel, a.k.a. Lady Midnight. Supported by DJ Just Nine and a cast of opening acts, Adriana graced the stage with her signature sound at Simone’s in the Windy City’s Pilsen neighborhood. The magnetic sounds of this songstress pleased a packed crowd with a mixture of hip-hop, R&B, pop, lounge and an interpretation of Sade and an unexpected Cafe Tacvba Cover.
Of Mexican descent, this songstress spent large parts of her life in Mexico, D.F. and currently resides in MN where her family formed the city’s first salsa band. Daughter of musicians, it was inevitable that Adriana would join the ranks of musical talent in the city where she lives. In 2017 she was voted by music fans of the Twin Cities as #3 on the list of emerging artists they loved most.
Lady Midnight’s interpretation of Sade’s “By Your Side”, subtitled the [No Pain Remix] is a mystic loungey version of the original track and can be had on Bandcamp for free or “name your price”, with proceeds going to Minnesota’s Spiral Collective (so keep that in mind). Adriana’s soulful cover of Cafe Tacvba’s “Eres”, on the other hand, can only be enjoyed at one of her live performances. It was honestly a surprising treat to hear it performed so well and so differently from its original.
Opening acts included Sunde, JD Nava, and Kavel from Chicago’s New Found Voice Entertainment. Lady Midnight’s DJ Just Nine capped off the night with a mix of hip-hop and soul. A perfect follow-up to an impressive performance. In the Twin Cities, you can catch Lady Midnight and/or DJ Just Nine at various events throughout 2018 including the July 6 release party event for the EP “Parables of Neptune”, a collaboration with Minneapolis band Afrokeys. Hopefully, she can make the trip back to Chicago soon after.
EDIT: Lady Midnight’s “Parables of Neptune” was released on July 6, 2017. Her next performance is April 26, 2018 at Orchestra Hall for The City Pages Best Of party.
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