Weekend Wrap-Up Pt. 1-Code Red 4th Anniversary Celebration

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You know you had a great time when you stay until the very end, leave covered in sweat and wake up with your body aching all over!   Those are just a few of the after effects of a musical beatdown.  I experienced the ultimate “House Hangover” last Saturday night at Code Red’s 4th Anniversary Celebration.  The brainchild of DJ and Party Promoter, Ike Williams, Code Red is a party that celebrates house music, unity, and love and it was evident in the packed venue that this night was all about appreciation!

Presented by T.G.F.H and TheWayWeWere, the Code Red party celebrated four years of hosting parties and events throughout Chicago.  In appreciation for the support Code Red has received over the years, Ike Williams provided a beautiful “thank you” to his supporters.  The evening began at 9pm with a dinner complete with desserts and treats beautifully planned and executed by event planner, Michelle Sloan.  The venue had plenty of dance space and areas to celebrate special occasions.  The DJs for the evening were DJ Boxx, Gene Hunt, Hula Mahone and Code Red Resident, Dee Jay Alicia.  From the very beginning of the evening, the energy was through the roof and each DJ poured their heart and soul over the decks.  They had complete control of the crowd from beginning to end. 

With his signature baseball cap and cool demeanor, DJ Boxx set the dancefloor on fire, setting the tone for the evening with a set that got the crowd off their seats and running to the dancefloor.  Boxx knows   to get the party started. Many were already covered in sweat by the time he passed the baton to Gene Hunt. Gene Hunt didn’t miss a beat and kept the crowd on their feet with an outstanding, high energy set filled with crowd favorites.  Seamlessly blending the old with the new, never missing a beat.  Next up, Hula Mahone grabbed his headphones and picked up where Gene left off.  Hula’s set was full of hard hitting afro and tribal beats that had the crowd literally screaming for more.  Last to grab the baton was Code Red Resident, Dee Jay Alicia, who took us home with a diversified set full of soulful grooves, love filled melodies and hard-hitting baselines.  By the end of the evening, I was a hot, sweaty mess! 

Each DJ preformed like a well-prepared team; beautifully transitioning from each set. They played well together as a team and still shined individually.  The entire evening was a beautiful example of what happens when everyone comes together for a common purpose.  DJ Craig Loftis even stopped by to share his congratulations with the Code Red family despite hosting another event nearby.  IT was another example that despite what people say, there is unity in many parts of the house music scene in Chicago.  From the moment I arrived and was greeted by Linda Williamson with a smile until the moment I left, I felt welcomed. I felt the comraderie and felt the love and appreciation that defines the code red appreciation.

Congratulations to DJ Ike Williams and the entire Code Red family on 4 OUTSTANDING years!

Until next time,

See you on a dancefloor!

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.