The Weekend Wrap-Up: Snow? What Snow?

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Chicago was hit with plenty of snow last week but that didn’t stop me from catching one of my favorite bands, Tortured Soul, at City Winery on Thursday.  City Winery is a popular spot in the trendy west loop neighborhood and often hosts a variety of live musical acts.   It was my first time seeing Tortured Soul in a more intimate environment and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this experience.  The vibe was chill and relaxed.  My evening began with incredible wine, appetizers and an eclectic opening set by DJ David Sabat.  The Winery was filled with longtime Tortured Soul fans. They have an incredibly loyal following that came out in the middle of a snowstorm to hear them play and they did not disappoint.   Tortured Soul played many of their classic hits along with their newer tracks to a delighted crowd.  Patrons got up from their seats dancing and singing along to each song.   The chemistry these guys have is evident watching them. They bounce off one another with a perfect synergy, each of them adding a unique and different flavor the musical gumbo that is Tortured Soul. 

Friday Night, I had an opportunity to perform at the “Love & Lust Live” event. Presented by Dee Jay Alicia and featuring the soulful sounds of DJs, Kris “Jus” Denson, Mz. Nicky DVine, and Steve Maxwell.   The chill of the winter air and snow field streets melted off of you from the moment you walked in the door.   Held at “Ohh Wee Sweet Tea”, the space was warm, inviting and cozy.   Small bites, sweet treats and cocktails were provided for patrons to enjoy as they grooved to songs of love, sex, relationships and soul.  I performed a poem broken into 4 parts that told the story of what happens to a woman when she is loved authentically.   Soulful house music infused with seductive and sensual poetry made for a night that kept everyone warm in spite of the cold.  The combination of these incredibly talented DJs provided an atmosphere that was perfect for anyone; singles, couples, groups of friends. It felt like a large “get together”, where everyone knows your name.   This is the 2nd Love and Lust Live event but will now be a monthly event.  I’m looking forward to performing at the next one.

Chicagoans are built tough.  Extreme Weather conditions couldn’t keep us from enjoying the music we love.  In spite of the weather, house people got out and enjoyed great music, great parties and great people!  

Until next time, See ya 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 and on her book’s website,  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.