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August 27, 2012 by joesonotheque

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents

Featuring Groove Merchant “Smokey” Joe Bryl

Friday September 7 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover

During the sixties and seventies no self-respecting mack-daddy would

make the scene at any of Chicago’s many neighborhood night-time blues

bars, juke joints or discos without a trip to Maxwell Street and more

particularly Smokey Joe’s on the corner of Roosevelt and Halsted, the

mecca for the most current dapper and stylish trend-setting clothing.

Behind its doors, one could find everything from brightly colored

Nehru jackets, flowing paisley patterned shirts, leather jackets

fringed with fur, stripped bell-bottomed pants and disco boots with 4

inch heels. This look and attitude was seen onscreen in downtown

theaters by an emerging cinematic subculture later called

Blaxploitation and its essence of African-American self-empowerment

was perfectly rendered by singer William DeVaughn in his 1972

much-sampled hit “”Be Thankful for What You Got” with its lyrics . . .

Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac

Gangsta whitewalls, TV antennas in the back

You may not have a car at all

But remember brothers and sisters

You can still stand tall

Just be thankful for what you got.

Diamond in the back, sunroof top

Diggin’ the scene with a gangsta lean

To re-imagine and re-live some of this attitude and essence Maria’s

Package Goods & Community Bar is hosting “Smokey Joe’s Southside Soul

Shack” this Friday, September 7. Hosted by crate diggin’ groove

merchant brother from another planet “Smokey” Joe Bryl, the party will

feature the best soul-drenched songs, funk bombs and underground disco

beats from the past and the present. We’re inviting all dapper dudes

and hip mamas to polish and put your dancing shoes on for a night of

churning and burning dance action.

The funk drops at 8PM and continue until 2AM. There is no cover.


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