Saturday, June 25, 2016


A good flow, energy and style was in place at the 
opening of the Some Like It Black Creative Bar in Bronzeville 
at Muddy Waters Drive and Cottage Grove 
(4259 S. Cottage Grove) on Friday, June 24, 2016.  
This is a two night opening which will be 
continuing on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 7 to 11 pm.

There was a interesting Black & White Photography exhibit by photographer, Tony Smith (of the South Side Community Art Center)  of iconic artists and creative folk from the Black Arts Movement 
circa..@ today in the New Millennium…  
It was interesting to see well known creatives from today being celebrated…with the retro-nuevo look of Black & White and Greyscale..tones… blended with a  mystical softness  from the past...

There was  a DJ pumping tres' Lounge' music which gave the spot a North side kind of sound and feel... 
There was a Cool Juice Bar…with some interesting healthy foods on the menu…
(I haven't been 2 a South side Juice Bar with performance since 
Way back in the day at NTU so this was C.O.O.L.) 

Overall there  was a new funk flow at the spot 
which is  interestingly located in the heart of BRONZEVILLE.
On 43rd & Cottage Grove…
(Muddy Waters Drive and Cottage) I DIG it!
On the Back Wall..
there is a COLLAGE of images and Creative Arts flow...
Artists musicians, dancers, poets were enjoying the opening night as the Some Like It Black creator, Kelli Rich 
welcomed the public into the her new incarnation. 

Many years ago, she had a SLIB bar in the South loop which featured Poetry, Spoken Word, Music, Creative performances and Art. 
This nu Some Like It Black REMIX holds the  promised more of the same flow and magic… in Bronzeville. 
Check out the 2nd day of opening on 
Saturday,June 25th, 7-11 pm. 
Poet & President of AACM Khari B. 
and Activist Queen…Afrika Porter
light up the spot at SLIB!
Queens… & Creative Performers 
were having some fun kicking it on opening night at 
Some Like It Black!  
Keyboardist Composer Aki Antonia,Vocalist, Performer, Maggie Brown, SLIB owner and actress, vocalist, poet, 
Kelli Rich, Flautist, Tiona, Vocalist, Dancer, Africa Brown
 KINGs… doing their thing!
DJ, Photographer, Tony Smith was a host and had a stellar Black & White exhibit  in the house, and Poet, Khari B…was  all part of the Mix!

Vocalist and Impersario of the Brown Derby in Bronzeville, Sandra Bivens shared a big smile with Flautist, Tiona. 

Juices, healthy foods and Creative 
energy are all on the menu at Some Like It Black!

Lively patrons and  good vibes were in the room on opening night!
The energy was great at Some Like It Black!

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All photographs by Aki Antonia c 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Funkin' on 4-TREY…DNA Blues!

Over the  weekend of the Blues Fest in Chicago … 
I've been time traveling through some of my Blues memories…& flashbacks...

Flashbacks of 4-Trey (43rd St.)...
Tonight  I've been listening 2 some industrial 
Blues~Funk I played back in the day…
when I was jammin' with guitar player,  
Dale Williams …😎

We had been hanging out and playing with Dizz  
(Lefty Dizz) 
up at the original Checkerboard 
on 43rd St. 
(Muddy Waters Drive)
and we hadn't gotten our fill…

After playing with 

we were all upbeat and craZY...

So we stopped at my house...
I turned on my drum machine…  
and we kicked out some Chi -Town Blues grooves…
I was zooming on my Juno 60 synth..🎹🎹😎
and Dale was on his gee-tar….😎 
and we were gone…

There were a few Prince & Dizz riffs floating in there…
BUT it was really all about 
some serious Cosmic  CHICAGO Funk!

     ~♪♫•*¨*•¸¸*¸.•*¨*•♫♪  ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸*¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪~
We were playing some serious pocket! 
with some chords that were flying  around..
all Atonal and Free….♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪
some of 'dat straight up  Chicago free Jazz~Funk...   
We were sprinkling in some SUN RA 'cause Dale used to play in RA's band...

and MOI… 
I was just kicking a flurry  of colors & grooves… 
A combination of techno FUNK  Rhythms and some industrial and indigenous 
Akisan TribaL  Funk!

And Once again we were…
Funkin' on the 4-TREY!