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For 30 years, Robbi’s been treating Promotion as an art form! He puts his heart and soul into every aspect. His innovative and evolving marketing strategies, captivating social media posts, and engaging content truly captures the essence of events, which generates significant buzz among a target audience.

Robbi The Promoter is based in New York City. He currently promotes dance parties (in and outside of New York), websites, clothing, dance music videos + releases, and is affectionately known as the “5 Time Award-Winning Best Promoter”, winning Undergroundarchives’ Best Promoter award five years in a row (2000-2005). His promotional reach extends from Chicago to Philly, Miami and beyond.

He also “shops” music to labels and has played a major part “raising” (promoting/managing) a few DJs, from the ground up, such as Ian Friday, Mr. V, Alix Alvarez, Adam Rios + Mark Francis, and Miguel Ortiz, just to name a few.

His managing and promoting has single-handedly made Chicago legends DJ Wayne Williams and DJ Alan King more popular in New York and cities outside of Chicago.

He’s also a “filter” for DJs, which simply means that promoters from all over contact him to book DJs which in turn he refers them to the actual DJ or their booking agents.

He has a blast doing all this, all day, which makes his “pro” life pretty much his personal life.


GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Looking back on your 30 years as a promoter, what has been the most significant change you’ve witnessed in the industry?

Robbi: The internet is the most significant change in the industry. In the past, I did everything manually. I’ve moved on from passing out flyers. I had created a system of starting off putting flyers in stores in Brooklyn, jumping on the train to Manhattan and hitting clothing and record stores from east to west side, and I had to visit press offices and radio shows to have events advertised. So, all this leg work was replaced by the internet…we have way more reach online.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What has been your proudest accomplishment as a promoter?

Robbi: I don’t think I have the proudest moment, but my on ongoing proud moments are seeing packed venues with DJs and folks having fun.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out as a Promoter?

Robbi: First live, love and learn as much history as possible when it comes to the product or music. Second, be very humble. Third, for the new folks, (not just promoters in House music), please avoid spending all day making posts, coming off like you’re God’s gift to House music and avoiding publicly validating talented people who’ve been here way longer than you have. You look stupid doing it.

As for actual promoting, you make the rules. Be very creative, do research and come up with formulas. It all starts with common sense.

Last, avoid coming off like you’re desperate to get ahead. You’re gonna wear yourself right out of business. Getting ahead takes time. Folks need to see more work, and less attitude.

 

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GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned in your career?

Robbi: One big lesson I learned is to see how people are from the gate. Of course, it takes time to learn. Some people are just down right no good. So, I’m quick to avoid and quicker to cut individuals off.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are some of the most memorable events you’ve promoted over the years?

Robbi: Back in 2002, Timmy Regisford allowed me to throw a big birthday party at Shelter. I think we had around 1800 heads in attendance that night. Then, 16 years of marketing the Chosen Few Picnic. Same for Collective Minds in Baltimore. Also, helped with many WMC (Winter Music Conference) parties. The most memorable one was the Master’s At Work parties at Opium Garden in Miami.

GO BANG1 MAGAZINE: What do you see as the future of the promotion industry?

Robbi: It’s already evolving fast. Right now, popular DJs and venues have huge and still growing platforms on Instagram, Facebook, and Tik Tok. That eliminates the Marketing person. So, yea it’s going to be an interesting future.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are you most passionate about outside of your work as a promoter?

Robbi: Being with, and the well-being of my fiancé, watching movies, playing mixes from different DJs daily, (I try my best to avoid being a sheep), travelling and more travelling.

 

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GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What does celebrating 30 years in the industry mean to you?

Robbi: I have thick skin, so celebrating it feels like nothing. But, posting about it is a form of business, in terms of an effort to attract more marketing jobs.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are you looking forward to in the next 30 years?

Robbi: lol…Just promoting. I like working on my own time, with zero micromanagers or folks breathing down my neck.

Follow Rob @robbipromoter05 on Instagram


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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for SoulTrain.com, NDigo.com, ChicagoDefender.com, EmpireRadioMagazine.com, and UrbanMuseMag.com, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans

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In honor of Black History Month, let’s give props to the Black & Brown members of the gay community and one of their many contributions to the world… HOUSE!!!

House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in the African American and Latino LGBTQ+ communities of Chicago and New York City in the early 1980s. It is characterized by a four-on-the-floor beat, repetitive synthesizer bass lines, and vocals that often express themes of love, unity, and self-expression.

House Music: A Soundtrack of Liberation and the Power of the Gay Community

House music – its pulsating rhythms, synth-driven melodies, and themes of love and togetherness – has been a driving force in dance culture for decades. But the roots of this beloved genre run deeper than just its infectious beats. House music is fundamentally intertwined with the history and struggles of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly gay men of color. Its origins tell a story of resilience, creativity, and the undeniable power of marginalized voices shaping a sound that would reverberate across the globe.

In the Heart of the Disco Backlash

To understand the genesis of house music, we must revisit the turbulent era of the late 1970s. Disco, with its flamboyant celebration of sexuality and its embrace by the gay, black, and Latino communities, became a target of a cultural backlash. This culminated in the infamous “Disco Demolition Night” in Chicago, a spectacle of homophobia and racism that sought to destroy this empowering musical movement.

Sanctuary in the Clubs

Against this backdrop, underground clubs like The Warehouse in Chicago and the Paradise Garage in New York became vital sanctuaries for those marginalized by mainstream society. These spaces – primarily frequented by black and Latino gay men – fostered a sense of belonging and freedom of expression that was all too rare. DJs like Frankie Knuckles, “The Godfather of House”, Ron Hardy, and Larry Levan began experimenting with stripped-down disco, incorporating electronic elements and drum machines to create a raw and fresh sound.

Innovation and Expression

House music was a form of liberation, a musical response to the oppression faced by the LGBTQ+ community. It embraced elements of gospel, soul, and funk, often incorporating uplifting vocals preaching messages of love, unity, and self-acceptance – themes sorely needed in the face of the AIDS crisis unfolding at the time.

House music also became intertwined with the rise of voguing and ballroom culture, providing a soundtrack to these vibrant expressions of queer identity and creativity. These scenes offered a safe space for individuals to explore gender, sexuality, and self-expression in a supportive environment.


From the Underground to Global Phenomenon

House music eventually crossed over from its underground origins to international acclaim. Its hypnotic rhythms and inclusive messaging attracted an ever-expanding audience, shaping global dance music culture for decades to come. The genre’s influence can be heard across popular music, from pop to hip-hop to electronic dance music subgenres.


Lessons of Resilience and Artistic Power

The story of house music is one of resilience. Born out of a desire for safe spaces, community, and self-expression, it became a powerful force for change and acceptance. It’s a reminder that marginalized voices, when given the room to create and express themselves, can shape culture in profound ways. The story of house music is, and always will be, the story of the LGBTQ+ community finding their voice and their place through music.

House music’s legacy continues to inspire and empower. Its spirit of inclusion and celebration welcomes everyone to the dance floor, regardless of background, identity, or orientation. That spirit is perhaps the most important lesson of all – the enduring power of music to bring people together and create moments of pure joy.

                                                                                                                                                                          

Freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for SoulTrain.com, NDigo.com, ChicagoDefender.com, EmpireRadioMagazine.com, and UrbanMuseMag.com. In addition, he’s an Author, Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Model, Poet, Dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.

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Contrary to the stigma and misnomer surrounding Cabrini-Green, the area he grew up in what was simply known as Frances Cabrini, located on the near northside of Chicago and originally referred to as Little Italy. Before the red and white projects were built, the Row Houses as they were called, represented the total extent of Frances Cabrini housing development: Hudson, Cleveland, Mohawk, Cambridge, and Oak Street, cut off by an alley going west and Chicago Avenue going south.

In this close knitted area were Italians, Chinese and Puerto Ricans, some of every ethnic people except Arabic and African. Before we realized, that meant them too. This would quickly change by the early 60s, and soon it was just them. White flight was on the move.

At 11 years old, Vincent became a petty shoplifter and just before turning 12, he got arrested and released to his angry mother. Afterwards, he became a regular Audy Home juvenile delinquent. That same year Vincent and three others were sent to a place called St. Charles for Boys. They had cottages named after presidents and that was where they were assigned. None of them got to be in the same cottage. Of the four, Vincent would be last released after nine months. Vincent was seen as the leader.

Once in his 20s and 30s, he developed into an upscale burglar, thanks to an Italian friend of his. However, his heart was dedicated to the community. So he and a friend started a non-for-profit organization chartered in Springfield, Illinois that was designed to generate economic and social independence and unity. Long story short, they were betrayed and an attempt on his life was made.

Thanks to Vincent’s mother, many years ago, poetry became his main focus. May book one and two, speak for itself.

“Dive into the lyrical world of Chicago poet Vincent L. Johnson, where every word is a brushstroke on the canvas of your soul!” — Joaquin Mann, ARTiculation Radio.

Published with assistance from BePublished.org in October 2023, Chicago resident Vincent L. Johnson’s literary debut (W.H.A.T.: Wisdom Honors All Truth) is a handy book of quotations written over a period spanning nearly 50 years that gives readers nuggets of wisdom to help navigate various paths in life. An inspirational work that moves you to keep going and perform introspection, readers are motivated by sage advice and empowered by emanating love to push past all attempting to keep them stagnated and bound.

​Vincent goes on to say, “I cannot express the overwhelming sense of joy and awe I am feeling right now. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me over the years and have pushed me to release my poetry and quotations.”

He continues, “If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you need to get your copy of my debut book — W.H.A.T. (Wisdom Honors All Truth) by Vincent L. Johnson — as soon as you can. It’s a collection of quotations that are poetic masterpieces from my heart that I hope will awaken your senses, touch your heart, and stir your imagination. I invite you to join me on this enchanting literary journey.”

​So, what are you waiting for? Immerse yourself in his world of timeless verses and embark on a poetic adventure like no other.


GO BANG Magazine: What was your experience growing up in Cabrini-Green? What were the biggest challenges and opportunities you faced?

Vincent Johnson: It was a time when we as a community had a lot of respect and we were very considerate of one another. We occasionally had good fun with drinks, laughter, dancing, and just good old positive vibes.

GO BANG Magazine: How did your childhood in Cabrini-Green shape your decision to become an author?

Vincent Johnson: There were no specific experiences.  Just life in general.

GO BANG Magazine: How do you think your upbringing has influenced your writing style and themes?

Vincent Johnson: It did not influence my style of writing. It was something I gained on my own.

GO BANG Magazine: What inspires you to write? Do you draw inspiration from your own experiences or other sources?

Vincent Johnson: It’s a combination of what I’ve experienced and the way I perceive myself and us as a people.

GO BANG Magazine: What are some of the recurring themes or messages you explore in your work?

Vincent Johnson: My heart is with us as a people, and that influences my writing.

GO BANG Magazine: How does your writing process work? Do you have any specific routines or rituals?

Vincent Johnson: During the morning is when I have my most inspired thoughts.

GO BANG Magazine: What are some of the biggest challenges you face as an author from Cabrini-Green?

Vincent Johnson: None that I can think of.  My background is not so much a factor as my present mindset of how I see things today.

GO BANG Magazine: How do you hope your writing can impact readers, both within and outside of your community?

Vincent Johnson:  I’m hoping that the young people who check out my work will find a greater sense of themselves, especially in terms of who we are.

GO BANG Magazine: Do you feel a responsibility to represent the experiences of your community accurately and authentically?

Vincent Johnson: Any reference to my former community will always be one of appreciation and love.  During the time I was coming up in the 50s and 60s, we had a natural concern for each other.

GO BANG Magazine: What are your hopes and dreams for your future as an author?

Vincent Johnson: That I will be recognized as someone who told it like it was, raw with no filters, based on my love for us as a people.

GO BANG Magazine: What advice would you give to aspiring writers from marginalized communities?

Vincent Johnson: Just be your self whatever that is, in spite of nay-sayers and occasional setbacks.

GO BANG Magazine: How has the demolition and redevelopment of Cabrini-Green affected your perspective and writing?

Vincent Johnson: Actually, I’m glad they tore them down because compared to my time, we didn’t have all those shootings, killings, and rapes going on as it was. So again, I’m glad that they tore them down.

GO BANG Magazine: Are there any specific literary influences that have shaped your work?

Vincent Johnson: None at all. I’m coming straight from the heart, with my own experiences.

GO BANG Magazine: What would you like your legacy to be?

Vincent Johnson: A man who stayed true to our cause as a resurrected people from the slave effects of our past.

GO BANG Magazine: Well Vincent, I want to thank you for granting me this interview and you have now officially been BANGED! GO BANG!

Vincent Johnson: Thank you!

 

In the WHAT book, it’s about being you
and a closer look at who’s really who.
Plus, there is no “but” in the book of WHAT
because in it we find right from the start
it opens your mind and speaks to your heart.

WHAT is an acronym which means:
Wisdom honors all truth
It’s also a slogan that means:
Time answers hard work

The WHAT book is full of wit, humor and power,
And, bit by bit, the blue lotus flower!
The sayings that follow and the messages they hold,
may they make your tomorrow like silver and gold.

Believers beware these are changing times
and those who can bear the truth in these rhymes.
Life is a chance, challenge and sometimes a choice,
sometimes we mourn and sometimes rejoice.
But it’s never for sure when it comes to time
and nor are my thoughts when it comes to rhyme.



To order your autographed copy, simply contact Vincent to pay your $20 in person or to notify him you are sending your payment via Zelle to 312-772-7881 or email to:leonvj888@yahoo.com.

 

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Freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for SoulTrain.com, NDigo.com, ChicagoDefender.com, EmpireRadioMagazine.com, and UrbanMuseMag.com. In addition, he’s an Author, Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Model, Poet, Dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.

 

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DJ Slugo has been performing since the early 1990’s as a founding member of Chicago’s infamous Dance Mania label, along with co-conspirators Paul Johnson and DJ Deeon.

Slugo is world-renowned for his hits including, “Wouldn’t You Like to be a Hoe Too?“, “A Blunt“, “Godzilla Track“, “Where the Rats?“, and many more. London’s Underbeat Magazine calls Slugo’s Cardboard Booty album, “The most influential Ghetto House CD ever made,” and went on to call him, “The Ghetto-father of the American Dance floor.” His “Chicago Juke” DVD’s have gained over 2-million views in 2017.


Daft Punk credits him by name, and references his track “DJ’s On the Low“, on their iconic song “Teachers.” He was featured by name recently on HBO’s hit TV show Ballers along with his track “I Ain’t Yo Baby Daddy.”  Slugo has done remixes for major artists such as Nina Kraviz”s “Ghetto Kraviz” and Missy Elliott’s “Work It”, and has collaborations on the horizon with artists and labels in France, Brooklyn and Japan.

 

 

Early Days and Influences:

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What initially drew you to the Ghetto House scene in Chicago? Were there any specific DJs or producers who inspired you early on?

DJ Slugo: I wanted to change the old school House sound to more of what was going on in my environment. My cousin DJ Geno inspired me early on to start DJing.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: How did you develop your signature sound and style? What elements make your music distinctly “DJ Slugo”?

DJ Slugo: I developed my sound from being raised in the Robert Taylor Holmes. My drums in my music is one of my distinctive traits that make it a DJ Slugo Record.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Looking back, what were some of the biggest challenges you faced in establishing yourself as a DJ and producer in the early days of Ghetto House?

DJ Slugo: One of my biggest challenges was getting people to know that I was a DJ and not just a Ghetto House/Juke DJ

Chicago Scene and Impact:

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: In your opinion, how has the Chicago Ghetto House scene evolved over the years? What are some of the biggest changes you’ve witnessed?

DJ Slugo: Well I can only speak for Ghetto House. We have evolved for sure, but we are nowhere near where we should be. The biggest change I have witnessed is our sound being played and copied in other countries.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What impact do you think your own work has had on the scene and its legacy? Do you feel you’ve helped shape its future in any way

DJ Slugo: I can say for certain that I know have made a huge impact on the scene and its legacy with hard-working ethics. And yes, I know I have shaped its future by instilling my work ethic into the producers I have worked with.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: You’ve collaborated with many iconic artists. Can you share a memorable experience or highlight a collaboration that stands out for you?

DJ Slugo: I wouldn’t point out just one specific collaboration because I loved and enjoyed the majority of the collaborations I have done with anyone. But, I will say working with the underground artists on collaborations is a lot more fun, because they a extremely creative when they are in that hungry stage of their career.


Production and Legacy:

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Walk us through your creative process when producing a new track. Do you have any specific rituals or techniques you use

DJ Slugo: No rituals here. I Just sit at the drum machine and computer and let the ancestors lead me.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What are some of your upcoming projects or goals? Are there any new ventures you’re excited about exploring?

DJ Slugo: I have a new Vinyl Only album, Ghetto House Music Vol.2 , dropping in May for my birthday. I’m exploring a lot of things outside of music that have me really excited, but I never speak on things until I’m actually almost done doing them.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Looking ahead, what advice would you give to aspiring DJs and producers who want to carve their own niche in the electronic music landscape?

DJ Slugo: Know your craft and always continue to perfect it. Also, understand that this is a business that you’re getting into. So learn the music business the same way you are learning music.


Bonus Question:

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: If you could curate a dream Ghetto House party with any DJs or artists, past or present, who would you invite and why?

DJ Slugo: My Dream Party would be the ones we had in the 90’s, but with the knowledge we have now. I would invite anybody that’s coming to enjoy themselves and enjoy the music.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Well DJ Slugo, thank you for your time and this interview.  You have been officially BANGED! GO BANG!!!

DJ Slugo:  No problem.



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When you mention the name ”HOLLY MAXWELL”, you have mentioned a name that is respected all over the world. She IS “THEE entertainer’s entertainer” and IS better than she has ever been before! Musically, this lady has done it all, traveled everywhere and knows everybody that is somebody and is equally well known by the same somebody’s.

HOLLY MAXWELL at birth was named HOLLE’THEE MAR CLA RO DE’ MAXWELL. She is now using the spelling of her real name HOLLE’THEE MAXWELL. A native of Chicago, Illinois, born October 17th, 1945, HOLLE THEE’ was destined to be one of the world’s greatest entertaining performers.

Holle’ Thee sang her first song at age of five years young professionally. Still, unlike most, she gives all due respect and credit to a higher spiritual power for creating her parents, Marcellus and Eula Thee Gladys, for being her sole inspiration to continue being musical, starting with classical piano and singing opera, in German, French and Italian.

Holle’ Thee to this date, is the only American from African descent to have been presented in concert at THEE age of 12 years young at Chicago’s Lyric Opera House, presented by noteworthy Rev. Dr. Lena McLin and her mother, Eula Thee.

Holle’ Thee has graduated with two master degrees in music, one from Roosevelt University, Chicago Musical College, Chicago, Illinois and the other from the world class Julliard School of Music, New York, New York.

Holle’ Thee was THEE first and only to perform a live show in flight aboard a 747 TWA Jet, going from Chicago to Costa Del Sol, Spain in 1972 to sing for President Franco.

Holle’ Thee replaced Tina Turner with the musical Legendary Ike Turner Review and was the only vocalist that toured with jazz great organist Mr. Jimmy Smith for three years. She has opened shows for The Mighty Dells, The Tempting Temptations, The Spectacular Spinners, Music Legend King Curtis, Legendary comedian/actors Slappy White and Redd Foxx, Pop Music Legends Captain and Tennille, Oscar Award-winning living legend actor Louis Gossett Jr., and too many more to mention.


Holle’ Thee is a favorite on THEE Chicago Blues Festivals, 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013, 2015.

2014 & 2017 – Inductee into Thee Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.

2015 – Life Time Achievement Award from Chicago Music Awards.

2009, 2011, 2015 – Holle’ Thee represented the Chicago Blues Festivals on popular television station WCIU on “You and Me In The Morning” during the Aly Bockler segment.

2015- Life Time Achievement Award from Chicago Women in The Blues.

June 2015 – Holle’ Thee was featured in a documentary about the “Grandfather of Rock and Roll”, legendary Ike Turner in a television show entitled, “UNSung.”

2016 – Holle’ Thee received a resolution from The City Council / City of Chicago, Mayor Emanuel and Alderwoman Pat Dowell for Holle’ Thee’s seven decades / 65 years devotion in music, also celebrating her 71st birthday.

2023 – Nominated for Literary Award for “Freebase Ain’t Free” by the Black Arts and Culture Alliance of Chicago.

Holle’ Thee represented on poster and all advertising, the first time ever “Women of The Blues”, Coast to Coast Collection of photographs from photographers from all over THEE world photographing women Blues singers from across the country at Firecat Gallery, Chicago, IL, the University of Chicago, to The Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri; all produced by Orman Music and Media.

She is a featured part of THEE Chicago Women in THEE Blues 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and with many radio interviews and television appearances under her belt.


Holle’ Thee was the entertainment producer and host of “STRAIGHT TALK PRESENTS MUSIC” on Mondays at www.starplanettv.com.

Holle’ Thee is a graduate model and accomplished songwriter; having written many originals on her CD’s and “Ain’t God Something” for THEE internationally known Blues artist great, legendary Bobby Blue Bland.

THEE Icon, THEE musical living legend, THEE exceptional talents given by God to THEE one and only, Ms. Holle’ Thee Maxwell

Legendary Holle Thee Maxwell…..
THEE Original BLACK BLONDE BOMBSHELL!!!



 

GO BANG Magazine: Where were you born and raised and how would you describe your childhood?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  I was born in Chicago at Providence Hospital…..My childhood was filled with music, for my mother was an opera singer.  So, I learned to sing opera (classical music) at a very young age..

GO BANG Magazine: Looking back on your incredible seven-decade career, what milestones stand out as most meaningful to you?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  There are so many.  Did you read my bio’s,  short and Wikipedia?   My life with Ike Turner, who they destroyed with Annie Mae’s help, and my singing with jazz organ great Jimmy Smith. Also, being THEE first and last to ever entertain on a TWA flight in THEE air from Chicago to Spain..to perform for President ..Franco….Also I was THEE first Afro American 12 year young child to ever be presented at Civic (Lyric) Opera House singing French, German and Italian. There have been so many wonderful actions of God in my life, I can’t remember and them all!…Just read my stories as they come this year!

GO BANG Magazine: You’ve seamlessly navigated diverse genres throughout your career, from opera to blues. What drives your artistic curiosity and versatility.

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  Thee simplest way to answer that is….I’ve been blessed with an enormous amount of talent and I just was never and will never settle for being less than God intended me to be..I am setting my sites now on being THEE first black senior woman in Country music.


GO BANG Magazine: As the only American of African descent to perform at Chicago’s Lyric Opera House at such a young age, how did that experience shape your perspective on the music industry?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  That experience of being able to sing opera in different languages fluently, enabled me to switch my music into jazz singing very easily, (especially) after being raped by my stepfather and my mother shooting him dead. While singing, she was hand cuffed behind THEE curtains!  That had THEE effect on me to change my music from opera to jazz!

GO BANG Magazine: Collaborating with legends like Ike Turner and Jimmy Smith must have been unforgettable. What did you learn from these collaborations that continue to influence your work?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  THEE main thing I learned from them both was to know you’re THEE best and let THEE world know it….while at THEE same time help those that probably won’t appreciate your help…but it makes me feel good to be in a position to help!  I just watch now who to help!

GO BANG Magazine: It is your mission to clear Ike Turner’s name. You recount a different man than who is commonly reported in the press. Please describe your friendship with Ike Turner and why it is so important to you to clear his name.

Holle’ Thee Maxwell: Entertainers always, always get a bad rep and especially from those that I ask, “What closet were you hiding in to know all you babble about?”  and most too often, they shut up!  I know how it feels to be accused falsely. Even now, I go through that with THEE last of so called friends, whom I am slowly eliminating even now…Ike was a musical genius that a self-abusive Annie Mae, along with “white man America” destroyed…. He was given an unjustified bad rep and I will, as long as I live and after my death, keep telling the truth that lies about him, I will not allow to stand!!!  Read my book, THEE untold story about Ike, entitled, “Freebase Ain’t Free!”  He died and I’ll keep riding with him and his spirit in me  We loved each other, spiritually!!!  Ike was my Ride or Die!!!!

GO BANG Magazine: What rituals or routines do you use to prepare yourself for a powerful performance?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  There are no rituals that I go through.  I am just a natural… No effort!  I love what I can do…so i just go and do it!  I keep thanking God!

GO BANG Magazine: You’ve captivated audiences worldwide, earning the title of “Queen of Entertaining Entertainers.” What do you consider the essence of true entertainment?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  THEE essence of true entertainment is having THEE natural ability to relate and talk to your audience like they’re family.  You must be able to act what you’re singing about and take your audience where you need them to be with you and where you want them to go with you….Just don’t stand there and sing!  Anybody can do that!  You must be an “Entertaining Entertainer!”

GO BANG Magazine: What advice would you give to aspiring musicians who dream of achieving similar success and longevity in their careers?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell: First, you must believe in yourself wholeheartedly!  Do not allow yourself to be with those unlike yourself!  Never allow others’ thoughts about you, if negative, to get in your way!  You have to get and stay out of your own way first!  Do not allow yourself be be fearful…Be fearless!  Tackle challenges!  ALLWAYS ALWAYS, CHALLENGE YOURSELF!  Reach higher and higher!  Success is not what others think of you or defining who you are….as long as you remain what God designed you to be within his creation…you are already successful!!!

My longevity comes from me telling THEE truth and laughing a lot  and when obe doesn’t like it I laugh more!

 


GO BANG Magazine: Throughout your journey, what challenges have you faced, and how have you overcome them?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  I have had so many challenges in my life, too many to tell about now…but I overcame them all believing God didn’t create me to be “nothing” with all THEE talent I had and I still have…Read my new book and see my life story documentary entitled, “All Kinds A Rape From Opera to THEE Blues!”  when they come out!!! That will tell it all!

GO BANG Magazine: With such a rich experience, you decided to self-publish a book entitled “Freebase Ain’t Free.” Please describe what inspired you to write the book and what it is about.

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  What was done to Ike and what was done to me inspired me to write “Freebase Ain’t Free!”  Just how dirty entertainment can be destroying Ike and how others outside of entertainment attempted to destroy me!  Thee book is about my life and love for Ike and myself  He had my back! I had his!!!  Read it when you need THEE truth about us both!

GO BANG Magazine: Looking ahead, what legacy do you hope to leave behind with your music and influence?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  I would love to leave behind a “Black Musicians Matters”  Museum behind, telling just our stories with nothing else mixed in, just our musical histories, along with mine .

(Photos below courtesy of Hyde Park Records/Facebook)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


GO BANG Magazine: Lastly, on Saturday, February 17, 2024 @ 2pm, you have an event in Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. Please invite our readers to your event as and tell us all about it?

Holle’ Thee Maxwell:  THEE event is a book, CD, signing along with THEE sale of BLACK MUSICIAN MATTERS tee shirts.  It will be held at Hyde park Records  1377 East 53rd Street Saturday Feb. 17th from 2pm until 5pm//  I’ll be signing my book and all my CD’s  and THEE tee shirts are from my organization call      THEEMaxxeMomMusicGroup@gmail.com Come and see some folks you aint’ seen in along time, if they ain’t dead!  Love IS!!!  BMM  See you soon!

EVENT FACEBOOK LINK: CLICK

 

 

GO BANG Magazine: Well, Holle’ Thee Maxwell, you have now been officially BANGED!!!!  GO BANG!!!

You can purchase “FREEBASE AIN’T FREE” book at:  https://holletheemaxwell.love/merch

You can follow Holle’ Thee Maxwell online at:

WEBSITE: 

https://holletheemaxwell.love/

Holle’ Thee Maxwell on Wikipedia:  

Facebook: 

YouTube:  

https://www.youtube.com/user/HolleThee

 

Star Planet TV: 

Twitter:  

https://twitter.com/hollethee

Emailtheemaxxemommusicgroup@gmail.com

 

Freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for SoulTrain.com, NDigo.com, ChicagoDefender.com, EmpireRadioMagazine.com, and UrbanMuseMag.com. In addition, he’s an Author, Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Model, Poet, Dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.








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As most of you know, our brother in House music, Jesse Saunders suffered a severe stroke in November of 2022. Since then, he has been hospitalized, then in rehab, non-vocal, getting fed through a tube, his walk staggers, and he had been trying to get back to some semblance of normalcy. Just recently, his health took a turn for the worse and he collapsed on the kitchen floor where he lives. His blood sugar and blood pressure were both dangerously off the charts. Right now, Jesse needs our help in a big way. He is NOT in a good place–he cannot afford the care he needs in the rehab facility and is at risk of being released without further help. This is an URGENT matter, as he will be evicted from the care facility by the end of this month, if we cannot get him the funds to maintain his care. Let’s all step up to get him the care he needs.

“Team Jesse” is supporting this cause, which includes: His brother DJ Wayne Williams, his Chosen Few brothers Alan King, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter, and Mike Dunn. DJs Chip E, Joe Smooth, Maurice Joshua, Eric Esmoove Miller, Steve Silk Hurley, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Eric ET Taylor, Lori Branch, Celeste Alexander, Dee Jay Alicia, G Whip, Greg Winfield, DJ Spen, Hans Cherry, Reggie Corner, Angie Tee, and the list is growing from around the world.

We ask that people not only donate what they can but SHARE it with everyone across every platform.

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Jesse’s history
• Considered one of the founding fathers of House music, Jesse released the first commercially available House record, “On & On” (1984) with Vince Lawrence.
• Instrumental in shaping the early sound of Chicago House with its raw, minimalist style and use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine.
• Renowned DJ, playing at Chicago’s legendary warehouse parties in the 1980s and continuing to perform globally today.
• Prolific producer, releasing numerous solo albums and singles, along with remixes and collaborations with other artists.
• Founded multiple record labels, including his own imprint, Jes-Say Records, and worked extensively in music and film production.
• Author of the book “House Music… The Real Story” (2008).

Early Life and Influences:
Jesse Saunders was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. He developed a love for music at a young age, inspired by R&B, soul, and disco. By 15, he started DJing at parties and clubs, later becoming a resident DJ at the iconic Playground venue.

Birth of House Music:
In the early 1980s, Saunders, along with Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy, experimented with combining disco, electro, and European synth music, crafting a new sound that would become known as House. Saunders’ “On & On” became a defining track of the genre, sparking its growth and popularity.

Career Highlights:
Throughout his career, Saunders has released several influential albums and singles, including “Love on Mars” (1984), “Can’t Turn Back” (1988), and “The Funk Phenomena” (1993). He has collaborated with artists like Larry Heard, Marshall Jefferson, and Robert Owens, and remixed tracks for Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and others.

Beyond Music:
Beyond being a musical pioneer, Saunders has been involved in various ventures. He founded record labels, worked in film production, and served as a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. His book, “House Music… The Real Story,” chronicles the genre’s early days and his own contributions.

Legacy:
As a member of the Chosen Few DJs, Jesse Saunders is revered as a true legend in the world of House music. His innovative spirit, technical skills, and dedication to the genre have left a lasting impact. He continues to inspire DJs, producers, and music lovers worldwide.

 

 

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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for SoulTrain.com, NDigo.com, ChicagoDefender.com, EmpireRadioMagazine.com, and UrbanMuseMag.com, an author, singer/songwriter, actor, model, poet, dancer, and DJ. He is also the Owner of Pinnacle Entertainment Productions and the Owner/Publisher of GO BANG! Magazine. Follow him on Facebook @Pierre Andre Evans, Twitter @Playerre, and on Instagram @Pierre_Andre_Evans.

(Chicago, IL) Opening tonight, “IRL” at Goodman Theatre, is Highway Patrol—Emmy Award-winning actor Dana Delany’s (China Beach, Desperate Housewives) true personal story crafted entirely from her digital archive of hundreds of tweets and direct messages on Twitter. Together with three-time Emmy Award nominee Dot-Marie Jones (Glee’s Coach Beiste) and emerging Chicago actor Thomas Murphy Molony (A Christmas Story, The Musical at Marriott Theatre and Fun Home at Paramount), Delany stars as herself in the world-premiere production she assembled with co-creators Dane Laffrey, Jen Silverman and Mike Donahue, who also directs. The creative team includes Laffrey (Set Design), Enver Chakartash (Costume Design), Jen Schriever (Lighting Design), Sinan Refik Zafar (Sound Design) and Yee Eun Nam (Projection Design). Highway Patrol appears in the 856-seat Albert Theatre January 20 – February 18, 2024. Tickets ($25 – 90; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Highway or by phone at 312.443.3800. Highway Patrol is presented by special arrangement with Mark Gordon Pictures and is the winner of a 2023 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. The Goodman is grateful for the support of the Edgerton Foundation (New American Plays).

TIMESTAMP: October, 2012: “@DanaDelany, Are you married? If not, I’d marry you.” When Cam (Thomas Molony), a 13-year-old fan in a desperate medical situation captures actress Dana Delany’s attention on Twitter, she’s quickly swept into an intense, around-the-clock online friendship with the whole family—including Cam’s care-giving grandmother, Nan (Dot-Marie Jones). But when Cam starts relaying messages received from beyond, Dana is thrust into a world where unexpected revelations raise the question of how far we go to love and be loved.


Highway Patrol
Playwright and Text Curator Jen Silverman
Based on the Digital Archives of Dana Delany
Created by Dana Delany, Mike Donahue, Dane Laffrey and Jen Silverman
Directed by Mike Donahue
January 20 – February 18, 2024

Dana….. Dana Delany
Nan, Others….. Dot-Marie Jones
Cam….. Thomas Murphy Molony

Understudies for this production include Meighan Gerachis (Nan, Others), Brennan Monaghan (Cam) and Rachel Sledd (Dana).

Assistant Direction by Jamal Howard
Set Design by Dane Laffrey
Costume Design by Enver Chakartash
Lighting Design by Jen Schriever
Sound Design by Sinan Refik Zafar
Projection Design by Yee Eun Nam

Line Production by Malkia Stampley
Casting is by Lauren Port, CSA.

ENHANCED AND ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Visit Goodman theatre.org/Access for more information about Goodman Theatre’s accessibility efforts.

ASL-Interpreted: Friday, February 16 at 7:30pm – An American Sign Language interpreter signs the action/text as played.

Touch Tour and Audio-Described Performance: Saturday, February 17, 12:30pm Touch Tour; 2pm performance – The action/text is audibly enhanced for patrons via headset.

Spanish Subtitles: Saturday February 17 at 7:30pm.

Open-Captioned: Sunday, February 18 at 2pm – An LED sign presents dialogue in sync with the performance.

Salute to Black History Month in Chicago! ✊


February is Black History Month, and Chicago, its birthplace, offers a vibrant tapestry of events and experiences to celebrate the rich contributions of the Black community.

Here are some ways you can join the celebration:

Immerse yourself in history:

Bronzeville: Take a self-guided walking tour of Bronzeville, a historic neighborhood renowned for its significant African American figures and landmarks. Visit the Monument to the Great Northern Migration, the Bronzeville Walk of Fame, and the Ida B. Wells-Barnett House.
Chicago History Museum: Attend their Family Event on February 9th for artmaking activities inspired by African American art and stories.
DuSable Museum of African American History: Explore their permanent exhibitions and special programs highlighting Black achievement and culture.

Engage with the arts:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Experience the CSO’s Black History Month celebration featuring diverse composers and artists.
Victory Gardens Theater: See their production of “Pass Over,” a powerful play exploring themes of race and power.
Green Mill Cocktail Lounge: Immerse yourself in the legacy of jazz at this iconic venue, a mainstay of Chicago’s vibrant music scene.

Support local businesses:

Bronzeville Collective: Discover unique handcrafted goods and artwork from Black vendors.
Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery: Browse their curated selection of books by and about Black authors.
Soulful Chicago: Explore their website for a comprehensive list of Black-owned businesses in various industries.

Attend community events:

Black History Month Community Celebration at Taylor Park: Enjoy performances, activities, and vendors celebrating Black culture.
Chicago Public Library Black History Month Programs: Participate in author talks, film screenings, and discussions hosted by different branches.
Black Girls Rock! Chicago: Celebrate and empower young Black women through this inspirational event.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Remember, Black History Month is a time for reflection, education, and action.

7 Ways to Honor Black History Month
  1. Educate Yourself on the Black History in Your Community.
  2. Visit a Black or African-American History Museum.
  3. Learn about Black Music History.
  4. Read Books Written by Black Authors.
  5. Watch Films or Videos by Black Creators.
  6. Support Black-owned Businesses.
  7. Support Influential Black-led Nonprofits.

Photo courtesy of Facebook & Article reprinted from Mixmag Magazine


 
Black Coffee is currently receiving medical treatment after he was involved in a “severe travel accident on a flight” while travelling to a show in Argentina, supposedly from turbulence.

Please join me in prayer for a full recovery for Black Coffee.

 

 

 

 

Mixmag link: https://mixmag.net/read/black-coffee-receiving-medical-treatment-involvement-severe-travel-accident-news

As we come to the close of 2023, GO BANG! Magazine and myself, Pierre, would like to wish you and yours a HAPPY HOLIDAY season and a prosperous New Year.

Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, and make a POSITIVE difference in someone’s life, each and every day.

Live life to the fullest every day, because tomorrow is not promised to ANY of us!

Dance like no one is looking and for GOD’S sake…. GO BANG!!!!!