Happy New Year!!!!

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The Chicago House Music Scene is alive and thriving every single night of the week but the holidays bring something special!   New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite holidays’ to celebrate because it feels the most hopeful.  We gather together with friends and loved ones and say goodbye to the year and look ahead.  It’s a time of reflection, planning and goal setting.  At midnight, we get the opportunity to hit the “reset button” and close another chapter in our life’s book.   There were quite a few outstanding NYE events in the city this year and house people were able to bring the New Year in dancing!

This year, I headed to Rosemont, IL for the 9th Annual NYE Getaway. Held at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel and the Embassy Suites, the NYE getaway is a massive event that covers 3 ballrooms and 2 hotels.  Hosted by Big Up Entertainment, Brown Entertainment and 7 OV 7 Entertainment Group, this event gets bigger and better every year.  We stayed at the Doubletree Hotel for the weekend. I choose to check in early this year to beat the crowd and spend some time relaxing and enjoying the hotel and the amenities. My friends and I chilled in the Jacuzzi, let our kids play in the pool and even got some shopping in at the Fashion Outlets located nearby.   The staff was pleasant and accommodating and my room was comfortable and relaxing.

There was something for everyone at this event. 3 ballrooms featuring Hip-Hop, Steppers, and House Music were available for the crowd to enjoy. I headed to the House Music Ballroom to bring my new year in with DJs, Gene Hunt, Dee Jay Alicia and DJ Boxx.  This musical trifecta grooved me right into the New Year.    DJ Boxx opened the night with classic house and pounding bass lines, Dee Jay Alicia followed with house classics and soulful melodies, then Gene Hunt completed the trifecta with a high energy set that kept the people dancing into the New Year.   Each DJ worked their magic on the turntables then joined each other in an exceptional tag team of incredible house music.  The crowd loved every moment of it and you heard shouts of affirmation throughout the night.

The energy in the ballroom was celebratory from the DJs to the crowd, the champagne flowed and the dance floor was packed with house people dressed in their finest.  As the clock struck midnight, the music stopped and we counted down to 2018 and toasted to a new year ahead with hugs and kisses.   Afterwards, the champagne kept flowing and we partied until the wee hours in the morning before heading back to our hotel rooms.  Bringing in the new year with great friends, champagne, and incredible house music…I can’t think of a better way to start the year!

Happy New Year!

As always, see you 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.