A Celebration for "The Senior": The House Community Honors Robert Williams

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His name is synonymous with the great’s in house music. Responsible for opening the warehouse and Music box and introducing us to Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy, Robert Williams is House Music Royalty.  Throwing and promoting parties since the 1970s, he is a master at creating events people love to attend.  This year, house people gathered at the Elastic Arts Café to celebrate Robert Williams’s birthday. The room was a “who’s who” of the Chicago House Community.  DJs, producers, Recording artists and dancers all came together from every side of the city to pay tribute to a living legend.

Opening the night was Italian DJ and Producer Gigi Testa.  I had not had the privilege of hearing him play before but I was so happy I finally got to hear his set.  This DJ played an incredible set.  He knows how to read a room and open a night. The dance floor was packed as he took us on a musical journey at the perfect pace.   Next up was an epic tag team by Chicago’s own, Ron Trent and New York DJ/Producer, Joe Clausell.  These two were the perfect blend, taking dancers on a musical journey. They played the old, the new, the rarely heard before and did it all with ease.  

Partygoers danced until the wee hours of the morning, on a jam packed dance floor covered in sweat and euphoria at a night filled with epic music from epic talent!   Robert Williams’s birthday parties are always memorable but this night was a night, I wish I could relive over and over again.   The sound selectors for the evening were the perfect team to create something fresh, different and new.  Just another incredible night enjoying Chicago House Music!

Happy Birthday Robert Williams, your impact and influence on the culture was reflected in a room full of love for the man we call “The Senior”.

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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.