The Weekend Wrap-Up: Debauchery, Holiday Cheer and One Big Bang!!!

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I’m still recuperating from the weekend’s events. My body is sore, my feet are swollen and I’m in need of a few days rest, but this weekend was outstanding!    I attended three events this weekend; The Debauchery Ball, Tis the Season to Be House and the Bang Anniversary Party.  Each of these incredibly different and unique events provided different musical experiences, each sonically pleasing to my ears!

The Debauchery Ball

The Debauchery Ball is an Afro-Futuristic, BDSM themed dance party.  Held at a secret location only known by those who purchase tickets, the evening celebrates music and erotica in a tasteful yet incredibly sensual setting.  Hosted by Artist, Khari B, The Debauchery Ball opened with a live musical performance by Osun’s Waters, a live 5-piece all-woman band and featured some of Khari’s most sensual poetic works. It was the perfect opening for the evening.  After enjoying the performances, the party began!  Grooving to the sounds of DJs, Big Will, Jo de Presser, Gene Hunt and Rae Chardonnay, patrons danced freely.   Rooted in art, freedom and house music, The Debauchery Ball was a beautiful expression of what happens when we gather unified by the music. We shed our inhibitions and our insecurities and allowed the music to take control. The vibe was beautiful, the people were free and the energy was unmatched.  It was a party experience like no other. 

Tis the Season to Be House

Presented by T.G.F.H.  And Thewaywewere, “Tis the Season to be House” was a holiday celebration full of cheer and great music. DJs, Gene Hunt and Steve Maxwell joined resident, Dee Jay Alicia providing musical jingles for a festive crowd.  Gene Hunt opened the evening with a set full of house favorites and new bangers. Steve Maxwell followed with a set full of rhythms rooted in soul and Dee Jay Alicia closed the evening with a high energy set full of classics.  “Tis the Season to be House” was a fun filled event with incredible DJs, great music and positive people.

BANG Sunday’s 7th Anniversary

BANG Sunday’s at the Shrine was a part of my weekly routine. I always started my week off with a BANG!  Every Sunday, my friends and I would head to the Shrine for a night full of incredible music by residents Greg Winfield and Terry Hunter.  It was a party experience known around the world. If you were visiting Chicago and loved house music, Sunday’s at the Shrine, was a “Must-See”!   Each week, we would gather, greeting each other with hugs and well wishes while sharing time and space on the dancefloor enjoying the music and some of the biggest names in house music.  It was a real community filled with love.  The people I met during this time became life-long friends.   This past Sunday, we gathered again at the Renaissance Bronzeville for the 7th Anniversary of BANG Sunday’s.  Our original gathering place, the Shrine, is now closed,  but DJs, Greg Winfield and Terry Hunter took us right back there, playing the songs that were our life's soundtrack during that time.  My friends and I were laughing, drinking and dancing while reliving some of the memories we shared every Sunday night.   Music, Unity, and Positivity…it doesn’t get better than that! That’s what House Music is all about!

It was an outstanding way to end a music and dance filled weekend!

Until next time,

See you on a dance floor!

Black Widow! 

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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.