A Conversation with Chosen Few Guest DJ, Mickey Calvin

A Conversation with Chosen Few Guest DJ, Mickey Calvin

Mickey Calvin, a Chicago native began his love for music as a collector at a young age. While he was still a club kid himself, not really intending on being in front of an audience; he began DJing as a hobby. With great influences like his dad – who bought him his first set of “12’s” and the support of his friends Jamil Monley, Scooter B, Eric Jones and Cody Shorter who taught him the craft of Djing; Mickey finally decided it was time to test his skills before live audiences.  Like most DJs in the 80’s and early 90’s, Mickey began to refine his sound by spinning at old school ‘house’ parties and opening in clubs for other House DJs. He’s played alongside some very notable DJs.   In addition to his residencies at The Family Den and VIP Bar and Grill, this year has been an incredible year for Mickey Calvin as he released his first E.P. ON Campo Alegre Productions and was chosen to play the 2019 Chosen Few Picnic & Festival.  As part of my continuing Chosen Few Festival Series,  I had a chance to talk to Mickey about his career and his thoughts on playing this year’s Festival and Picnic.

Check out my interview with DJ Mickey Calvin Today!!!

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Chosen Few Festival Guide For Out of Town Attendees!

Chosen Few Festival Guide For Out of Town Attendees!

If you are lucky to live in Chicago then you know the Chosen Few Festival isn’t just a day, it’s an entire weekend of fun filled activities, but what about those who are traveling to the city for the Festival? How do you prepare? Today on Black Widow’s Web, I’m helping all our out of town househeads plan and prepare for a fun, successful and stress free trip to Chicago! Check out my guide for Out Of Town Guests today!

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A Conversation with Chosen Few Festival Guest DJ, Lori Branch

A Conversation with Chosen Few Festival Guest DJ, Lori Branch

DJ…ARTIST..ADVOCATE

Lora Branch (aka DJ Lori Branch), is a Chicago native with over 34 years of experience as a local artist, DJ and public health advocate. In 2019, Lora was selected as one of the guest DJs for this year’s Chosen Few Festival and Picnic. As part of my Chosen Few Festival Blog Series, I had a chance to chat with Lora about her career, her work as an advocate and playing this year’s festival.

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Chosen Few Spotlight: Lady Alma

Chosen Few Spotlight: Lady Alma

Legendary DJ/Producer DJ Jazzy Jeff once said, “Oh my God...if you’re looking for some true soulful emotion, movin’ vocals...here you go...she makes me wanna throw my hands in the air & party the nite away..."

International singer and songwriter, LADY ALMA, is bringing her soaring, searing vocals back to eager audiences who desire her incomparable funk-house-soul stylings. I had a chance to speak with Lady Alma about her musical journey and her 1st appearance at this year’s Chosen Few Festival and Picnic.

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House Holiday Weekend! A Chosen Few Festival and Picnic Recap!

House Holiday Weekend! A Chosen Few Festival and Picnic Recap!

The 2018 Chosen Few Festival & Picnic was filled with incredible music, performances and memories to last a lifetime. Affectionately called, “House Holiday Weekend” or “House Music’s Woodstock”, house music lovers gathered in the park and partied in peace and love all day long until 9pm.  In its 28th year and still going strong without a single incident, there was nothing but peace, love, fellowship and house music in the park on a beautiful Saturday in Chicago. The Chosen Few Picnic embodies the spirit of house music and it showed in the tens of thousands who showed up to party in the park!

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Chosen Few Spotlight: Sheree Hicks

Chosen Few Spotlight:  Sheree Hicks

Sheree Hicks is known for her vocal ability, arrangements, and writing skills. She has been in the industry professionally for over 17 years. Her personal sound is smooth, soulful, and soothing to the ear.  Sheree likes working with producers and writers who ride the same wavelength and if the chemistry is right, it makes for some beautiful and memorable music. I recently had a chance to talk with Sheree about her career and her newest release and venture into the owner of ChicSoulMusic, her record label and her upcoming performance at this year’s 2018 Chosen Few Picnic & Festival on July 7th!


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Prepping For The Picnic Pt. 4: Festival Fashion and Style

Prepping For The Picnic Pt. 4:  Festival Fashion and Style

The Chosen Few Picnic & Festival is a huge reunion of friends enjoying a day of house music.  It’s also an incredible display of personal style.  Music Festivals are always known for the eclectic fashion style of their attendees.  The Chosen Few Picnic is no different. Househeads have a style all on their own.  So what do you wear to the Chosen Few Picnic & Festival? Today, we are talking style and fashion for the picnic!

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Chosen Few Spotlight: Teddy Douglas from the Basement Boys

Chosen Few Spotlight:  Teddy Douglas from the Basement Boys

Over their 15+ year career, the Basement Boys have always had their ears to the future of music, with a knowledge, respect, and love of the past. Their solid disco, soul, R&B, and even rock roots have given them an open mind and ear for discovering fresh sounds and talent. The production team is always looking forward and expanding beyond the DJ booth.  The Basement Boys currently consists of DJ Spen, Karizma and Teddy Douglas.   I was fortunate enough to interview Teddy Douglas from the Basement boys about his career, love of music and what it means for the Basement Boys to play as guest DJs at the Chosen Few Picnic and Music Festival this year.


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Prepping For The Picnic Pt. 3: Tent Style & Decor

Prepping For The Picnic Pt. 3: Tent Style & Decor

Today, we are talking about tent style and décor.  From color schemes to the little extra’s you put in your tent to make it unique, tent décor can create ambiance even at an outdoor festival.  I interviewed, Joi Basely, a long time Chosen Few attendee whose group creates some of the most elaborate and gorgeous tent setups each year and professional event planner, Eva Maria Bridgeforth, president of Events by Eve.  She is experienced in creating fabulous and beautiful events for any occasion.  Today, they are sharing tips, tricks and suggestions for creating a fabulous tent space.

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Chosen Few Spotlight: Ralphi Rosario

Chosen Few Spotlight:  Ralphi Rosario

Ralphi Rosario is a Grammy Nominated remixer; producer and founding member of the influential Chicago DJ group , The Hot Mix 5.   Because of his love for music and his desire to share it with others, Ralphi Rosario began spinning records for friends in the late 1970’s.  Almost a quarter century later, he still spins for larger crowds at massive parties all around the world.  As a member of the legendary group, The Hot Mix 5, he was a part of the #1 Radio show in Chicago on WBMX. The Hot Mix 5 were known all over the world for their turntable skills and unique style.    Ralphi’s crossover hit, “You Used to Hold Me” became an overnight classic that is still played today and is considered one of house music’s anthems.  Rosario continues to work as a DJ and remixer and has released several full-length albums. He has remixed tracks with some of the hottest names in music from Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Stevie Nicks, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Madonna, and so many more.  This year he joins the Chosen Few DJs as one of the guests at this year’s Chosen Few Picnic & Festival. I recently had a chance to chat with him about his legendary career and his thoughts on playing this year’s festival.


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Prepping For The Picnic Pt. 2: Menu Planning...Chosen Few Style!!!

Prepping For The Picnic Pt. 2:  Menu Planning...Chosen Few Style!!!

As the weeks lead up to the picnic, I wondered, “What makes a great menu at a music festival?”  I reached out to a few local chefs, caterers and grill masters for their advice.  Hopefully it helps as you plan your Chosen Few Menu.  If you have no intentions of cooking at the festival these professionals have menus planned that will be perfect for the Chosen Few Picnic & Festival and can help you cross one item off your ever growing to do list!

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A Party on The Plaza!

A Party on The Plaza!

The Chosen Few Hot Lunch Mix Dance Party gives us a chance to let our hair down, forget whatever is happening at the office and dance our cares away for an hour.  You may go back to work tired physically but I promise your spirit is refreshed. It’s a great break from the workday! The Chosen Few DJs will be at Daley Plaza once a month until October but we get a bonus party this month, June 27th right before the Picnic! !

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Prepping For the Picnic Pt. 1: A Guide for the "First Responders" (Tent Hosts)

Prepping For the Picnic Pt. 1:  A Guide for the "First Responders" (Tent Hosts)

Tent hosts are your die-hard Chosen Few Picnic fans.  We are there from beginning to end and make sure everyone who stops by our tent has an enjoyable experience but it’s not easy! Playing tent hosts requires lots of organization and planning.   I spoke to a few Chosen Few 1st responders and chatted with them about the picnic, why they host and the top essential things a tent host has to have!

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The Chosen Few DJs and Black Widow's Web Partner for the 2018 Chosen Few Festival and Picnic!

The Chosen Few DJs and Black Widow's Web Partner for the 2018 Chosen Few Festival and Picnic!

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Chosen Few DJs name Black Widow official blogger of 2018 Chosen Few Picnic  

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Danielle Sanders, a/k/a Black Widow, a Chicago-based spoken word and House Music artist, and blogger, to bring you exclusive coverage of the 2018 Chosen Few Picnic & Festival!

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