When I came back from the Army.. (Early-Mid 90s) Chicago’s Caribbean Music scene was huge. I could go on all day about Martin’s Intercultural Events, DJs on WNUR like MoBay 1, JahFe and Irie Princess. Max-A-Million dominated the mainstream airwaves with his mixture of Reggae/House. In addition to that, major league talent like Dennis Brown, Buju Banton, Sean Paul paid regular visits to the city. Terror Fabulous filled the Aragon..!
Enough with memory lane, although I believe life is not much more than time and memories… That’s all Chicago has though. Even The world famous Wild Hare closed down.lol..damn!
Some of my friends have started a small but dedicated party scene on Chicago’s North side. Their intention is to bring back that vibe. Tomorrow I will host one of their parties. I would love to contribute to the growth of this scene in particular. It is a VARIETY of people from all walks of life, who are descendants or aficionados of Caribbean Culture.
Caribbean Connection United
6120 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Saturday, Sept 24
$10 / 10p-3a (21+)
Can we do this? In a NON-VIOLENT way… Where the community thrives…?
It is my hope that many people begin to find alternate means of income through these get-togethers and the various related industries.(cooking, attire, accessories, security, etc.) Incidentally, I’ve been on this vibe from ever since. Catch Up.
Killing off this way of life with incentives, like extra taxes, restrictive licensing, and sending the police to break up every festive situation has definitely put a DENT in the once thriving local economy; just like when the film industry fled Chicago for a few years, because of heavy taxation.
I have to say, every party of mine which was ever raided.. the cops were RELUCTANT, saying they should be out catching criminals, but the order came down. Let’s do this right, Chicago!