Far from the pop, hip-hop and mainstream house endlessly emanating from downtown clubs, the Cardiff Lounge in Campbell has kept the South Bay underground house scene alive with Get Down. Held every Tuesday, the weekly party celebrates its six-year anniversary on April 30, with legendary DJ Mark Farina and local artist WaDL, who will do live painting while Farina spins some of his signature house mixes.
Farina, who has been DJing since the late '80s, is best known for his deep house tracks, where the standard house dance thump is embroidered with jazz and soul flourishes. He's also known for his trademark style, "mushroom jazz," a more downtempo, ambient sound.
As with any subculture, those considered "legendary" by its devotees often elicit little more than a "huh?" from outsiders.
The night has developed a regular community, the kind where a friend can come and play bongos for a couple hours with the DJ and then split with no one missing a beat. For Black, the night is really an opportunity to provide a venue and a crowd for DJs, dancers and artists that might not otherwise have the opportunity.