FOREPLAY...ON A SATURDAY NIGHT!

It was a beautiful weekend in Chicago.  The weather was unseasonably warm and Chicago was coming off of an epic World Series win for the Chicago Cubs after a 108 year wait.  The city was buzzing with celebrations.  Saturday night, I headed downtown to the Underground Wonder Bar to a party hosted by PS Entertainment.  Tonight’s musical selectors included PS Entertainment's, DJ Ronnie, D’Vine One’s, DJ 50 Millz, and T’s Box producer, Dee Jay Alicia. 

The Underground Wonder Bar is located near trendy and fashionable hotels such as the Hotel Felix and the Godfrey Hotel and world class restaurants, so the area is always jam packed with party goers, tourists and people who want to be where the action is.  I usually find metered parking in the area but with all the celebrations going on downtown, I headed to the lot and paid a reduced evening rate.  The Underground Wonder Bar was packed with an eclectic crowd. Some party goers ventured upstairs to eat and enjoy live music and the rest headed downstairs to the “underground” to enjoy house music.  The area is cozy, very dimly lit and intimate with a dance floor that was big enough to accommodate patrons.  The DJ booth is nestled in the corner with a few small booths and tables for those celebrating special events.  A Small bar is located in the back of the club. They really use the space to maximize the patrons’ ability to dance comfortably.  It’s a smaller venue but it still feels open. 

The music was up-tempo and celebratory.   DJ Ronnie opened the evening with a set featuring new music with a classic feel.    Dee Jay Alicia followed with an uplifting musical set filled with songs of inspiration and positivity.  DJ 50 Millz came right after and delivered a diverse set expertly blending new music with Afro Inspired rhythms.  There was something for every musical taste and style in their combined sets.   The crowd danced the night away, even enjoying an extra hour to party because of daylight’s savings time.  This crowd was diverse with house music lovers dancing along with downtown partygoers who were just stopping in to see what this “house” thing was all about. They all merged on a dance floor united by the music.   It’s moments like these where I’m so appreciative of the music. House music is a unifying language and you see it across dance floors around the world.  Saturday, I just enjoyed the euphoric feeling of being uplifted and unified through music with my fellow house music lovers.

Until we meet again…see you on a dance floor…

©Black Widow 2016

 

 

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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.