The City Celebrates House Music!

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CHICAGO...

The birthplace of House Music. A genre birthed in basements and underground clubs in Chicago is now a worldwide phenomenon.  Three years ago the city of Chicago finally paid homage to House music and its roots here in the City of Chicago with the Chicago House Music Festival.  Three days of music, seminars, workshops and events kicked off at the Chicago Cultural Center last Thursday evening. Thursday consisted of seminars and industry insiders and heavyweights.  Subjects ranged from branding and music distribution and the female DJ perspective.  Seminars and workshops on making music with Ableton and dance workshops.  I attended the female DJ perspective discussion and panel.  Moderated by DJ Solkat, the panel featured Dee Jay Alicia, Dana Divine, Ronda Flowers, Sundance and Celeste Alexander.  The discussion was passionate with the ladies discussing their careers, the pay gap between genders and hurdles they’ve faced as women in a male dominated industry.  The panel was insightful and opinionated.  Friday included a discussion with artist and hip hop pioneer, Fab 5 Freddy with an after party with DJ Ron Trent.

Saturday I headed to Millennium Park for the festival. I got there early and found a great spot on the lawn.  As I explored the different tents and vinyl records fair, I couldn’t help but realize the festival was a perfect reflection of what Chicago is…DIVERSE!  Every race, gender, sexual orientation, age was there.  It was a melting pot of the best that Chicago is.   I was able to hear DJs John Simmons, Duane Powell, Celeste Alexander and Zernell before I headed back to the Pritzker Pavilion to catch Mike Dunn.  I have to admit his set was a highlight for me. He opened his set with my new song, House is. To hear my voice through Millennium Park was a humbling, exciting moment that I’ll never forget.   As the sun set and the heat from the day began to wear off, headliner Louie Vega and the Elements of Life took the stage.  Louie assumed the role of conductor and the Elements of Life played crowd favorites with special guests Julie McKnight, Josh Milan and Cindy Mizel!   Later that evening, I headed to the Mid for the Festival After party. This party featured DJs Ron Trent, Joe Clausell and Louie Vega.   The energy of the Mid was electric. IT was hard to tell that so many of us had been in the sun all day dancing at Millennium Park.  Each DJs set was outstanding with superior blends, eclectic music selection and high energy!  It was an amazing day full of incredible music, great weather, laughter and fellowship amongst house and dance music lovers with our beautiful skyline as the backdrop. 

The perfect way to kick off #SummertimeChi!

Until next time,

See ya 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.