09.18.17 The Weekend Wrap-Up: A recap of the weekend's events!


My weekend started Thursday Night as I headed to the Velvet Lounge for “Soulful Thursdays”, an after-work set hosted by D’Vine One Enterprises, a social networking group comprised of like-minded DJs who share the same love of house music. This week the soul selectors for the evening were DJ Brett Morrison and DJ Mz. Nicky D’Vine, along with Earl Mixxin McKinney.    For the past few Thursday's, they have hosted a soulful house music event in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago.  The Velvet Lounge is a trendy spot with velvet curtains, leather couches and chairs and chandeliers throughout. Popular with the “after work” crowd, patrons fill the lounge up early ready to take the stress off from a busy workday.  D’Vine One DJ’s fill the lounge up with soulful sounds that keep patrons on their feet throughout the night. Each week they host a variety of guest DJ’s. This week’s guests DJ’s were Al Ester from Detroit and Dee Jay Alicia.  Al Ester did not disappoint as he played with vigor.  Al Ester and Dee Jay Alicia joined together for an amazing tag-team set and Dee Jay Alicia closed the night with a sultry and soulful set full of songs that reminded you of love.  The D’Vine One Enterprises family is known for hosting events full of soulful house music that moves you and last Thursday night was no exception. 

Saturday Night, I headed over to Club EXP for their 1st Annual “Last White Affair” party featuring Craig Loftis, Elbert Phillips and Ron Carroll.  I grabbed my white top and white sneaker wedges and dressed them up with some jewelry and headed over to a packed house and a sea of house people dressed in white.   As I mentioned in my interview with owner, Craig Loftis last week, Club EXP is beautifully designed with dancers in mind.   I was greeted by one of the friendliest security guards I’ve ever met and welcomed into the club.  Comfortable furniture and beautiful lighting greeted me from the moment I was allowed behind the curtain and ushered into the club.  I headed to the dance floor and the sound was banging.  Clear and crisp, I heard every lyric, every beat drop and watched as the DJs took patrons on a musical journey.    There is space for us to dance and space to rest your feet.  You can head to the bar area and catch up with friends or enjoy a cigar on the out comfortable outdoor patio.   It’s easy to stay the entire night when the music is right, the vibe is good and the people come with amazing energy.  Craig has truly outdone himself with this club and it’s a necessary place on the Southside.

After that, I headed to hang out with some of my fellow creatives at a private jam session.  I love jam sessions because they inspire me as an artist.  Listening to music, poetry and singing in a room full of creatives is an energy that I cannot describe.   I left after enjoying plenty of cocktails and wonderful conversations with fellow artists.  Sharing ideas and thoughts with fellow creatives is necessary to grow and develop as an artist. I learn so much from them and I’m constantly inspired by their dedication to their art and their craft.

Sunday, I headed to the trendy West loop neighborhood for the West Loop Arts festival.  This 2-day festival features some of the best local artisans and artists from different parts of the United States along with food and drinks and live music and exhibitions.  Sunday, I went to hear Dee Jay Alicia, Lady D and Gene Hunt play while I enjoyed the work of so many talented artists.  From paintings to photography, sculpture and mixed media art, the work was absolutely phenomenal. I even stumbled across the most beautiful handcrafted journals that almost had me spend all my money!  I love journals and cannot buy enough of them.  I grabbed sangria and some food for the kids and enjoyed the sounds of house music that filled the air.   Dee Jay Alicia and Lady D played house grooves that provided the perfect soundtrack to a beautiful September afternoon.  

Just another weekend in Chicago, filled with memorable experiences, great art, fun, friends, artistry and of course, exceptional music!

Until next time

See ya on a dance floor!

Black Widow


Black Widow

D.Sanders, a Chicago native, is a devoted mother, blogger and writer who is passionate about her family, friends, women's rights, living authentically and telling her story.   She is also a spoken word recording artist under the name, Black Widow. She has been writing and blogging for over 15 years providing commentary and expressing thought on life, love and relationships. Her artistry can be heard on two house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. . Both singles reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse and charted top ten overall as well reaching the top ten in their year of release.  She splits her time blogging about the Chicago Dance Music Scene on www.blkwidowmusic.com and on her book’s website, www.thesumofmanythings.com.  She is excited about her debut book, The Sum of Many Things, scheduled for release in June 2017.   She wears many hats but refuses to be placed in a box.  She believes that women are "The Sum of Many Things".  Embracing all of her roles as a woman, she firmly believes in breaking free of preconceived notions of womanhood.   She believes it is her mission to define her own life experience, femininity and sexuality and not have it defined by society.  She openly shares her story with hopes that women understand their worth, power and place in this world.