This weekend, I headed to the south suburbs to H.S.S.C.   H.S.S.C. is perfect spot for a party. It has a large, open dance floor with plenty of space for those who want to dance and plenty of tables and chairs along the perimeter for those who need to rest those feet or just socialize with friends or celebrate a special occasion.    The dance floor is spacious enough to catch a groove without feeling like you are going to fall over the next person.  The DJ area is on a raised platform elevated above the crowd. Multicolored flashing lights color the room.  There are couple of couches near the DJ area and you’ll always see fellow DJ’s watching one another, learning from each other, often times marveling at one another’s skill and talent.  The DJ’s enjoy themselves and what they do and it translates into a great party.    

Code Red is a monthly party, the brainchild of DJ and party promoter, Ike Williams. Once a month, he brings some of the best in Chicago for an epic night of music.  This month, Ike invited Hula Malone (I Love House Music Fridays), Mike Dunn (Chosen Few), DJ Boxx (Nu Bang) and one of the HSSC residents, Dee Jay Alicia.   As I headed inside the music was blasting and the dance floor was packed with patrons dancing and singing along to their favorite tracks.   I was walking through the crowd hugging friends and fellow househeads.  I headed to the bar and I must say it’s a beautiful thing when you can order a drink and it’s not watered down but poured just right and won’t break the bank.  Shout out to the bar staff.  You guys make a perfectly mixed vodka tonic!

DJ Boxx opened the evening.  Boxx has such a chilled, laid back personality until he gets on the tables!     He usually wears his signature cap pulled down low as he gets the crowd moving.  Boxx plays a variety of music during his set with strong bass lines! Just the right amount to get you going!    HSSC Resident, Dee Jay Alica was up next, doing what she does best, pouring out her soul through the music.  I love how she always plays with certain vulnerability. It’s no wonder fans connect with her the way they do.  Her mentor and Chosen Few DJ, Mike Dunn followed next and took the party’s vibration to another level.  In his signature fashion, Mike blended old with the new so effortlessly and seamlessly.  It’s clear why he’s a favorite at home and abroad.  Finishing off the evening was Hula Malone.  Now usually towards the end of the night, people start to trickle out and head home.  Not this evening, Hula kept your butt on the dance floor.  Playing with the precision of a legend, he knows how to keep the crowd completely engaged and on the floor.

Code Red was red hot!!!  I needed to blow off some steam and release and I did just that.    Surrounded by friends and fellow house heads, laughing, dancing, drinking, partying…it was the perfect way to spend one of the last decent weather days in Chicago. 

Until next time….see ya on a dance floor!!!

 ©Black Widow 2016


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 and on her book’s website,  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.