A "Soul Cleansing" Night in House

“House music is love. House music is a sound and it’s a spirit,”- house pioneer Wayne Williams

I said in a previous blog that House Music was healing. For many of us, it is the music that has the power to uplift us when our spirits are down.   That was apparent this past Saturday night at the Promontory.  It was an unseasonably warm January evening and dance patrons came early and filled up the dance floor quickly.  Presented by RFK, The Way We Were and The Chosen Few DJs, Terry Hunter & Alan King were joined by DJs Vick Lavender and Steve Maxwell at the Promontory in Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood.  The music for the evening was new, fresh, and showcased the best in soulful, deep and afro house.  It was the end of a very intense week of emotions for many of us and each DJ delivered a musical sermon that was food for the soul.   


Steve Maxwell opened the evening with a deeply melodic set. Recently selected as one of the guest DJ’s for the upcoming Chosen Few Festival in July, his set was rich and layered with deep soul music and strong African rhythms.  Vick Lavender, DJ/Producer and arranger stayed true to his soulful sound and delivered a set that was soulful with jazzy melodies infused within.  His set was smooth, upbeat and eclectic in content.  Chosen Few DJ’s Alan King and Terry Hunter closed out the evening with a tag team set full of inspirational messages and uplifting tracks.  Their song selections seemed intentional; full of hope, love and faith.   Listening to their elevating set, the message was clear; “We were going to be alright”!    

The Promontory, Hyde Park Chicago

Each DJ presented soul stirring messages of encouragement, inspiration and pure delight; music that speaks to the soul and allows the crowd dancing to release every emotion and to let go of the stress and any negative feelings that have surrounded us since this election ended.  It was a time to truly enjoy the freedom and joy that this music brings.    It was clear the message in the music resonated with the crowd.  The vibe and the energy of the crowd was electric.  As I looked around at this packed crowd of house loving people, I smiled.  This was HOUSE!  It was diverse, colorful and full of unique individuals from different backgrounds and different life experiences united in our love of the music.  It was a room full of smiling faces, expressive dancing and shouts of pure joy. This party included everything I love about House Music, House culture and House People.  This was the kind of party where you leave worn out physically from dancing but mentally and spiritually refreshed. 

There are moments when you come out to drink party and have a great time with friends and there are other moments when you come out to release or take the stress of a crazy day or negative week off your spirit and then there are nights like this past Saturday night where you experience all these things at once.   It was another soul cleansing night in house.

See you 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.