Fast casual artisan burger restaurant. Grass-fed beef, exotic meats, such as elk and ostrich, farm-to-table produce, craft beers and wine, repurposed wood, undertones of the Western plains, diverse, mainstream clientele. To express the space’s values of soulfulness, warmth, and authenticity with contemporary relevance, we assembled a flow through the soulful reggae of Johnny Osborne, to the grooving Southern soul of Allen Toussaint, to The Band's funky Americana and the Americana-based Indie rock of Blitzen Trapper, to the raw party funk of Señor Soul and the contemporary soul funk of Sharon Jones and Curtis Harding, heating up with the rocking Brazilian funk rock groove of Antonio Carlos & Jocafi and the wild contemporary Afro-Latin funk of Jungle Fire. And, as always, a dash of Deep’s unique left-field playfulness. Music for a chowing a bison burger and maple-chipotle fries while quaffing a Dogfish Head 90min IPA.
Modern taqueria/bar idyllically situated on a marina. Nautical blue and white with weathered, whitewashed wood and wicker provide the backdrop. A casually hip and relaxed setting for haute tacos and mezcal margaritas in the late afternoon sunset. A stylish, non-faddish clientele in their 30s-40s, don sandals and Ray-bans. To express the space’s vibe of relaxed and knowing hipness, while also optimizing the space’s indoor/outdoor setting of mellow sun and water, we served a smooth and sophisticated arrangement flowing through the West Coast pop (a.k.a. “Yacht Rock”) of Matthew Larkin Cassell, the breezy jazz pop of Ben Sidran, the jazzy and mellow Brazilian fusion of Antonio Adolfo, the spacey Jazz Funk of Manzel, the sunny Rare Groove of Leon Ware, and the groovy Indie pop of Jonathan Wilson. Salt on the rim, please.
Classic late night city bar. Deliberately unfancy, and the scene who hangs out there prefers it that way. Locals only. Darkly lit, all the furnishings are used and older than any of the patrons. Crowd is late 20s-early 30s, exceedingly knowledgeable about music. While well-crafted, well-mixed cocktails are available, most will order a Brooklyn or Lagunitas. To provide the suitable soundtrack to this nocturnal cityscape—pulsing, sexy, not slick, raw but funky, textured and varied enough to carry through a long drinking and hanging-out session—we arranged a reel of Grace Jones' dark Art Pop, the fuzzy dub reggae of Keith Hudson, the anthemic dance rock of Holy Ghost!, percussive Post-Punk from Leslie Winer, Tonetta's propulsive lo-fi sleaze, to Nite Jewel's woozy, cough syrup dream pop. Dark, sexy, and always funky.