IT'S MY "BLOG-AVERSRY"!!!

IT'S MY "BLOG-AVERSRY"!!!

Today is my One Year BLOGAVERSARY!!! That’s right, one year ago today, I launched Black Widow’s Web! Check out my very first post HERE!   I launched this website initially to promote my music and other projects.  As time progressed, my thoughts shifted.  Chicago is home to a thriving house music scene.  We are fortunate to be the birthplace of this incredible genre of music we call house. I started thinking about all the amazing DJs, artists, producers, music and parties in our city and noticed there wasn’t a space for our stories to be told.  It’s so important to tell the story of our culture and to preserve it in some way for future generations, sharing our experiences and the wealth that is the Chicago House Scene.  I wanted to document my experience as a lover of house music and as a house music recording artist.  This website would be my contribution to sharing that rich story.

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Peace, Love & House!

Peace, Love & House!

Saturday I found myself at the MID for I love House Music Saturdays.  This week’s sound conductors were Mega Rousseau, John Simmons, Czboogie, David Sabat and Mike Dunn.  The party located in the “Century Room” at the MID is a more private party room located in the back of the MID nightclub.  It’s smaller and much more intimate.  Lush Red Velvet curtains, crystal chandeliers, and red wallpaper create a sexy atmosphere. 

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A "Soul Cleansing" Night in House

A "Soul Cleansing" Night in House

I said in a previous blog that House Music was healing. For many of us, it is the music that has the power to uplift us when our spirits are down.   That was apparent this past Saturday night at the Promontory.  It was an unseasonably warm January evening and dance patrons came early and filled up the dance floor quickly.  Presented by RFK, The Way We Were and The Chosen Few DJs, Terry Hunter & Alan King were joined by DJs Vick Lavender and Steve Maxwell at the Promontory in Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood.  The music for the evening was new and fresh, showcasing the best in soulful, deep and afro house.  It was the end of a very intense week of emotions for most of us and each DJ delivered a musical sermon that was food for the soul.

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Renaissance Wednesday!!!

Renaissance Wednesday!!!

Walking into the Renaissance, I felt like I was stepping back in time. Located in Bronzeville, also known as the “Black Metropolis”, The Renaissance Bronzeville is a beautiful venue that combines vintage style with modern accents.   Reminiscent of old jazz clubs that used to line the Bronzeville neighborhood streets, the venue is full of ambiance and style.  Big Bands have been replaced by soulful DJs playing to an eclectic crowd of young professionals and seasoned house people.  Spacious and comfortable seating surround the perimeter of the club with a dedicated VIP area to the left of the DJ Booth.  There is a decent sized dance floor and a huge bar.  It feels intimate without feeling cramped. 

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CHOSEN FEW DJ'S PRESENT...THE SAUERS REUNION PARTY

CHOSEN FEW DJ'S PRESENT...THE SAUERS REUNION PARTY

House music became a definitive sound for Chicago’s youth in the 1980s.  During that time, teenagers and young adults had safe spaces to party.  Sauer’s was one of those spaces.  According to Robert Williams, the legend responsible for opening the Warehouse and the Music Box, Sauers was originally an old carriage house that eventually became a restaurant that converted into a dance hall at night.   Sauers was known by many in Chicago for their Polo, Izod, and Pizza Fest “theme parties” and classic DJ battles

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