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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.

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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, 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,,,, and 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

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…..


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 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 .

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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 Come and see some folks you aint’ seen in along time, if they ain’t dead!  Love IS!!!  BMM  See you soon!




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

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Freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and 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.


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.

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.






Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, 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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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.





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Ozie Nzeribe, also known as “ZMNY” is an 18-year-old international rapper with genres reaching Hip Hop, melodic and lyrical Rap, R&B, and Afro Beat.

He’s an Actor, Model, Humanitarian, and well-rounded scholar who appears as a series regular role on “Swagger”, with Kevin Durant’s basketball drama series on Apple TV produced by CBS. He recently appeared in a guest starring role on Jamie Foxx’s “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me”. He will also be in the upcoming film, “I Want It All” in the role of Ty, alongside, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Rick Ross, Lil Durk, Nas, Busta Rhymes and more.

You may have seen him in his recurring role on the hit Showtime series, “Shameless” as Todd, an oversized scary kid with a big heart.







Catch him in “The Mr. X Family Show” on the Africa Independent Television network, Beyoncé’s “Black is King” film/music video, and in an upcoming American Drama Miniseries, “Little Fires Everywhere” starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.

Ozie has appeared in an Adidas commercial with Childish Gambino and has also appeared in Louis Vuitton’s 2019 Men’s Spring Print Campaign.

Ozie, “Zmny” at age 13 recorded a song “Hater-Free” with R&B artist Ray J Norwood, Brandy’s brother. He also collaborated with other popular African and American Hip Hop artists. Ozie was the youngest to have a “Grammy Party” approved by the Grammy’s Recording Academy Governance.

Ozie is a role model for kids of all ages and uses his platform to help inspire and empower. As a Youth Ambassador, Ozie has touched many teens’ lives internationally. In Nigeria, he sponsors and donates to a youth charity group to help end racism and poverty in their communities. Ozie’s compassion compels him to go in the streets of Lagos around Christmas time to clothe and feed the impoverished. Ozie’s empathetic quality is honorable.

As a stellar student, Ozie received several Estella Awards due to his excellent grades and humanitarian efforts.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Where were you born and raised?

Ozie Nzeribe: I was born and raised in Monrovia, California.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: How and when did you get started in acting and modeling?

Ozie Nzeribe: I stumbled into acting while in a recording studio making music. I was approached by an acting manager about a possible acting job. Although I was skeptical at first, I was talked into it by my mom.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Over the years, you’ve appeared in numerous tv series and more recently you’re working on “I Want It All”, alongside several Hip Hop heavy hitters. What can you tell our readers about that role and the show?

Ozie Nzeribe: Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to discuss details regarding the film until I get the greenlight from the producers. Guess you guys are just gonna have to wait.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Kevin Durant has a basketball tv drama series on Apple TV titled “Swagger” and you’re a regular on the show. How did you become a part of the show, please describe your character and what you like most about the role you play?

Ozie Nzeribe: I booked my series regular role on “Swagger” after my agency acquired the audition. I originally read for a different part, but instead booked my current role as Royale Hughes. Royale is a dyslexic sub-par basketball player with a wealthy dad and insanely unmatched basketball knowledge.



Kevin Durant’s “Swagger” Official Trailer

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: In addition to acting, you are also an international rapper, known to flow to Hip Hop, melodic and lyrical Rap, R&B and Afro Beat. At 13 years old, you recorded the song Hater Free” under the name of Zmny, with Brandy Norwood’s brother Ray J Norwood. How did that opportunity come about, and can you please introduce yourself to our readers that may not be familiar with Zmny, to give them a feel of Zmny, the recording artist.

Ozie Nzeribe: I’ve been infatuated with music my whole life. By the time I turned 12, I wanted to make my own music. So, my mom and I sought out an artist to collab with in the hopes of giving my first song a good push. The artist I decided on was Ray J.

My stage name Zmny, pronounced Z Money, was first coined by my dad when I was a kid, because I was obsessed with money and the Z being the second letter in my name. I currently go by my actual name, Ozie.

“Hater-Free” with R&B artist Ray J Norwood

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Who are some of the recording artists that have influenced you?

Ozie Nzeribe: Artists that have influenced me, from the top of my head, out of order, I would have to say Post Malone, J. Cole, Chance The Rapper, Lord, Juice WRLD, Tyler, The Creator, Lewis Capaldi, Justin Bieber, Kyle, and many more.


“Function” – Zmny ft. Ana Lou

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: Who are some of the actors that have influenced you?

Ozie Nzeribe: Actors that have influenced me, from the top of my head, out of order, I would have to say Dylan O’Brien, Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Reynolds, Frankie Muniz, Tyler Posey, Denzel Washington, and many others.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: You are also a humanitarian, a scholar, and a role model. Many entertainers do not like to hold the responsibility or title of being a role model. How do you feel about being characterized as a role model and what type of responsibility does that title place on you as an individual?

Ozie Nzeribe: I personally wouldn’t want to be characterized as a role model, because of the weight it bears and the responsibilities for countless others I would be agreeing to carry. I don’t aim to be a giant beacon for others to follow because no human is infallible. I only wish to become the best possible version of myself. I’m spreading joy and good vibes through my art and spreading love and kindness as a person, while still learning and growing. But, if my actions and what I stand for helps others along the way, I am happy to continue doing so.

GO BANG! MAGAZINE: If you had the opportunity to work with any actors/recording artists/producers in the world, who would it be and why?

Ozie Nzeribe: For actors, all out of order would be Reynolds, for his unfiltered raw comedy, Jenna Ortega, because of her versatility and dedication to her roles, and Tom Holland for his ability to portray American and for his work on “Spider Man.”

For music artists, Tyler, The Creator, because I’ve loved his style of Rap since middle school and his rapping voice. Lorde, because I’ve loved her music for the longest and has always put joy and good vibes in my house. Then Post Malone for his rocker/mellow musical style.




GO BANG! MAGAZINE: What’s next on your agenda and what should our readers be on the lookout for from you?

Ozie Nzeribe: Season 2 of “Swagger” on Apple TV+, airs this June, so watch out! I will be working on a lot more music this year. I’ll be adding in a couple more genres too. You may also see me in a film or two this year, and another show!

Last but not least, Kevin Feige, Sarah Finn, James Gunn, and all the other esteemed members of marvel, if you’re reading this, I think I would make a great addition to the family as Miles Morales (Spider-Man), just to put it out there. 😉

GO BANG! Magazine: Well Ozie, I want to thank you for granting me this interview. I also want to inform you that you have now been officially BANGED!!! GO BANG!







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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, 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.


Dancers pictured: (female) Cortney LaFloy & (male) Pierre Andre’ Evans @ Chosen Few Picnic’s 25th Anniversary (2015) in Chicago, IL


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Young and mature House music dancers needed for a WTTW-TV taping!!!

We are doing a re-creation of the Warehouse club in the 70’s and 80’s.

WHEN: Monday Dec 4, 2023

WHERE: Smartbar, 3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

TIME: 2:30pm-8:00pm (CST)

WHAT: We need real House dancers dressed in 70’s & 80’s clothes.
Please include full name & phone #, email and headshot/picture.

Email to:

Pictured above: Andre Pierre “The Dancin’ Machine” aka Pierre Andre Evans





As a sidebar, I have been informed that I, aka “ANDRE PIERRE THE DANCIN’ MACHINE”, have been selected to participate!!!!!! 

This should be fun!!


Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, 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.


Harry Kappen is a Dutch producer, musician and music therapist. His latest full album ‘Escape‘ (Spring 2022) contains songs about escaping reality, escaping violence, even life, escaping into love, dreams or art. It became a personal journey with personal lyrics. ‘Barefoot in the Dew‘ was the only single from this album.

In the beginning of 2022, Russia attacked Ukraine and the atmosphere in Europe changed completely. During the summer, Harry realized that there were no protest songs in the Dutch charts. In general, you could say that musicians do not speak out against abuses and threats, while there is reason enough to protest, you would think. (Ukrainian war, climate change, fake news, ignorance, etc.) How different it was in the 60s and 70s during the Vietnam War. So, Harry made this new song about this subject and released the single ‘Wargames’.

In November 2022, ‘The Freedom Inside‘ was released. Instead of complaining and grumbling about the state of the world around you, it may be better to feel the freedom inside to change yourself and thus make a constructive contribution.

Then came June 2023, “Not All of us Agreed”, another separate single release. This song is an indictment of the rapid development of new technologies, particularly Artificial Intelligence, and the many questions it raises for human beings.

Harry played in many bands in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. He composed his first song when he was 10 years old. He played with his sister Hanneke in Kapsonic and released an album with her called ‘Kapsonic’.

Harry is an admirer of David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Prince, Radiohead, Scandinavian pop music by Björk and Motorpsycho. Sometimes their music reflects in Harry’s eclectic music.

Harry is a multi-instrumentalist. His work as a Music Therapist requires him to be able to play a variety of instruments, including voice, in order to connect with his clients in different ways. This is necessary both in the treatment of individual clients and in system therapy (for example, in dysfunctional families).

GO BANG! Magazine: What was life like for you growing up in the Netherlands?

Harry Kappen: I was born in Groningen, a city in the north of the Netherlands. I had a carefree childhood. Music has been very important to me since primary school, first miming in front of the class, later followed by playing in many bands. My sister played the guitar and I soon couldn’t contain my curiosity and started to discover the guitar myself.

GO BANG! Magazine: How did you get an interest in music and when did you know you wanted to pursue it professionally?

Harry Kappen: Groningen has a lively music scene and there are many opportunities to perform in the city. Making music and composing songs was second nature to me. It became a part of me that I never stopped doing. I have really written a lot of songs and pieces of music. I continued in music without really thinking about it; recording in studios, recording other bands as a producer, making music for occasions, for radio and Dutch TV.

GO BANG! Magazine: For those that may not be familiar with you, you are a multi-instrumentalist. What instruments do you play and which are your favorites?

Harry Kappen: I mainly play guitar and bass, but gradually I learned to play the drums and understand how the piano/keyboards works. Through a lot of recording and producing, I have been able to gain a lot of experience over the years.

I don’t have one instrument that is my favorite, I like arranging a whole, a unity. I don’t see myself as an excellent instrumentalist, but more of a generalist.

GO BANG! Magazine: Who are some of the people that inspire you as a singer, songwriter and musician?

Harry Kappen: The musicians who are inspiring to me are and were Paul McCartney, John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, Prince, Radiohead and many more. Often it was also individual songs that inspired me; I mention ‘Wichita Lineman’, ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, ‘Smoke on the Water’, ‘Creed’, etc. It is often an atmosphere that grabs me.

GO BANG! Magazine: One of your recent songs titled “Wargames” was written as a response and protest to Russia attacking Ukraine. Can you please explain this single to our worldwide readers?

Harry Kappen: A lot changed in Europe in 2022, because of this Russian attack on Ukraine. A war with a lot of casualties, refugees all over Europe, and a Russian leader who threatened Europe and NATO with a nuclear attack. While this was happening, I looked at the Dutch music-charts, the top 40 or 50, and saw there were no “protest-songs” on it. How different that was in the 60s and 70s during the Vietnam-war. During this period, the protest-song was invented (there was Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Billy Joel, John Lennon (“Give Peace a Chance) and a lot more. But now? Maybe some independent artists have protest-songs, but in the mainstream charts there were none. So, I felt I had to make this little contribution by releasing “Wargames.” During the solo, you might discover a musical reference to Jimi Hendrix, who played the US anthem in Woodstock and reflected on the Vietnam war. I really liked that idea.

GO BANG! Magazine: Then your single “The Freedom Inside” was released, which is an urge for people to look inside of themselves. What inspired you to write this song?

Harry Kappen: ‘The Freedom Inside’ is also critical, but has a more positive vibe. ‘Don’t try to change the world, but change yourself first’ is the message. We all know we live in troubling times with war, climate change, indifference, etc. There’s a lot of complaining everywhere (social media!) and declining trust in governments. Harry says, “If you want to change the world, stop nagging and whining at others and start to change yourself first and search for the freedom inside you to do so!”

GO BANG! Magazine: More recently in June 2023, “Not All of Us Agreed” was released. It’s themed around the highly-controversial new technologies, like Artificial Intelligence (AI). Please tell us more about that song.

Harry Kappen: ‘Not All of Us Agreed’ is a song about the threats of new technologies, such as A.I., for intimate contacts between people. What will be real in the future and what will be artificial. Is the news we see fake or real? Are we only going to communicate with our government via robots? Will every human just turn into an algorithm? Technology is developing so fast without normal people like you and me having a grip on it. Shall we just have to cope with it and adjust or do we still have some influence on something? I’m just saying, ‘Not All of Us Agreed’….

GO BANG! Magazine: In addition to being a songwriter and musician, you are also a Music Therapist. What exactly is a Music Therapist and what do you do?

Harry Kappen: In music therapy, I treat my clients through music. Many disorders and unhealthy patterns become audible in making music. The audible ‘wrong’ music that this produces can be improved in the music. It is a safe practice place to indirectly deal with your real problems, to go and look for solutions, and then translate them into real daily life.

As a Music Therapist, I help youngsters and adolescents to cope with a variety of problems in an institution for youth care, problems caused by development disorders or/and behavior disorders.

The fact that I’m a multi-instrumentalist comes very handy in my work as music therapist. It’s important to be able to connect musically with a client quite quickly on every instrument. Also, I help families who are struggling with dysfunctional patterns. Music therapy is a great way to make these patterns audible and curable.

Besides my work as a Music Therapist, I work as a lecturer and tutor on an international master’s degree in music therapy in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands (Codarts).

GO BANG! Magazine: You’ve played in several bands in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. Are you planning to play in the US anytime soon?

Harry Kappen: At this moment I don’t know. It would be nice to do so!
I really enjoy being in the spotlight and performing, but I also aspire to a role as a composer and producer for other artists. I am sure that with my experience, I can help many people to move forward.

GO BANG! Magazine: In conclusion, what would you like your legacy to be? How would you like to be remembered?

Harry Kappen: As a musician. I hope that people just enjoy my music. In December, I will release a new single called ‘One Life’. You may check my website for the latest developments.

As a Therapist. I hope, well, I know, to be (remembered as) a game changer for young people, by offering my ears, heart and skills.

GO BANG! Magazine: Thank you for this interview and continued success! You have now been officially BANGED!

Harry Kappen: I’m honored to be banged, thank you!


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Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, 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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One of our own…Chicago’s own…House’s own…Craig Loftis, pioneering DJ, music producer, club owner and one of Frankie Knuckles’ proteges, needs our help. His club, “The Lodge”, one of Chicago’s only southside clubs dedicated to House music, culture and the community, was recently closed by the City of Chicago due to minor licensing violations and structural issues.

He has set up a GO FUND ME account asking the community to help save The Lodge. CLICK HERE

For those that may not be familiar, Craig Loftis has been a DJ in the Chicago music scene since 1979. He realized that music was his true gift from God and he decided to take it further. He attended Columbia College Chicago, where he received a degree in Arts and Entertainment Management and Sound Engineering. In the early years, he redesigned the sound system for Frankie Knuckles’ legendary “Power Plant” and became Knuckles’ personal sound engineer, opening DJ and General Manager for the next four years. In 2000, Loftis started a new promotion company, Loftwerk Productions, working with Loleatta Holloway, Ava Cherry, Sharon Pass, Darryl Pandy, Byron Stingley, Rochelle Flemming, Georgy Porgy and Martha Wash, to name a few.

Craig says, “The Lodge is in need of your help and support. The Lodge is located at 5108 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago. It’s a Black-owned-and-operated private dance club. The Lodge is a place that welcomes all regardless of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It’s also a great place to hear HOUSE MUSIC in the city that it was born in… CHICAGO! 

The Lodge

Just recently, the global House community united to save the historic building in Chicago that housed Frankie Knuckles’ “The Warehouse”, which resulted in getting it designated as a national historic landmark. Let’s come together again to save The Lodge, a possible future national historic landmark!!!

GO BANG! Magazine is asking all lovers and supporters of House music and the House culture across the world, to unite and save a historic and important structure in the legacy of House, The Lodge!

Please dig deep and donate whatever you can.  We have a goal of reaching $50,000.


At the time of this writing, The Lodge’s GO FUND ME has reached a little over $2300



Loftwerk Production is the name of the production company that hosts and manages the The Lodge guest memberships events @ The Great Lakes Elks Lodge #43 5108 S. Prairie ,Chicago Il. 60615. The sole purpose of the group is to promote and preserve the rich legacy of Chicago House Music . All like minded individuals are welcome to join. Being a member of Loftwerk Productions (THE LODGE) in no way makes you a member of Great Lakes Elks Lodge #43 . What it does do, is allows you to enter the event hall as a guest of Craig Loftis, member of Great Lakes Elks Lodge #43. THE LODGE IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.. you must be invited by a member of Great Lakes or a guest member of THE LODGE.

Lastly, Craig requests, “To everyone who has donated and that plan to donate, please send me a SHORT VIDEO SNIPPET of what “The Lodge” means to you. Please end it with ‘25 to stay alive’…Support The Lodge.’ You can drop it in my inbox or email it to . Thank you!”





Pierre A. Evans is a freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, and previously for,,,, and, 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.