“For many downtempo fans, Mushroom Jazz is where it all began.” –BPM

“The most influential American contribution to the laid back beats scene.” –URB

“Mark Farina is an expert in creating seamless downtempo mood pieces.” –FILTER

“Mushroom Jazz sets the benchmark for quality in the field of jazzy soul and hip hop.” –DJ Mag


Two decades ago, Chicago-native Mark Farina began experimenting at his DJ gigs, dropping slower, deeper tracks along the lines of disco classics, acid-jazz, hip hop, and downtempo. In Chicago, which is primarily known as a house music town, his selections were deemed more appropriate for home listening than for the dance-floor. Despite this, Farina continued to develop his sound, which soon after became coined as Mushroom Jazz. Mark created a popular series of mixtapes that circulated in the Chicago area and beyond, the demand for which grew from 50 to 500 tapes per mix!



Soon after, Mark took his experiment-turned-endeavor to try it out in a new home. Farina began juggling two residencies in Chicago and San Francisco, and he began throwing his own Mushroom Jazz club night in the city by the bay.The Monday night party became an integral part of the SF scene, gathering an eager following for five years.

After years of dormancy, a Mushroom Jazz party has been revived! Farina is playing his most prime Mushroom Jazz sound selections quarterly at Monarch, in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. The next Mushroom Jazz party is October 24th, 2012 and it is assured to get your booties boomin’ and your mushes roomin’


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Posted by: Kathryn on October 23, 2012 @ 10:52 AM
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