45 FEVER: GOING GLOBAL

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September 24, 2012 by joesonotheque

Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar presents
45 FEVER: GOING GLOBAL – A CELEBRATION OF THE 7 INCH SINGLE
Thursday, October 11 with DJ Rik Shaw and Thursday, October 25 with DJ
Clark Quente
9PM-2AM – Free, No Cover
960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, Il. 60608 – 773.890.0588 – http://www.community-bar.com

For the past three decades, record collectors in the U.S. have scoured
every possible hidden haven seeking those little heard of treats that
somehow by-passed the normal music consumer. Many of these treasures,
what avid record collectors consider vinyl “holy grails”, have often
proven over time to be as important and seminal as the more popular
music of the past periods. Often focusing on the 45RPM record in their
quests, these vinyl junkies have unearthed many important regional and
stylistic curiosities from artists who barely scratched out a living.
Pressed in very limited quantities, the 45 RPM single allowed these
creative musicians some exposure in the marketplace with the hope of
scoring a bigger contract with a major label. The 45 RPM single also
allowed regional differences in style to more immediately reach out to
their nearby audience by capturing and integrating distinctive
recording forms to flourish outside of the mainstream. Small and
mid-range labels like Cadet, Okeh, Volt, Mar-V-Lus, Blue Cat, Mala,
Laurie and Turbo (to only name a few) where able to create a buzz and
sometimes break into the Top 40 charts.

Similar recording efforts also occurred on a global scale with the 45
RPM single reaching into townships, hamlets, countrysides and cities
worldwide. With its durability, portability and affordability the 45
single was the mainstay of the music business between the fifties and
eighties in the U.S. and equally important in India, Jamaica, Brazil,
Africa, Vietnam and the Middle East. There was little difference,
outside that of language and ethnic musical styles, between kids in
either Philadelphia, New Orleans, Gary and Portland with their
compatriots in Kingston, Lagos, Saigon or Buenos Aires when they got
together for dances where the 45 reigned supreme. Those records, often
centering on a worldwide dance craze, crossed boundaries with an
immediacy unparalleled since the advent of the cinema.

To give better focus on the scope and importance of the 45 RPM single
globally, Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar is continuing its
monthly residency this October with 45 FEVER: GOING GLOBAL – A
CELEBRATION OF THE 7″ SINGLE. On two separate evenings (Thursday,
October 11 and 25) we are honored to have two of Chicago’s premier
global groove record collectors, Rik Shaw and Clark Quente, mastering
the turntables showcasing rare records from their personal
collections.

On Thursday, October 11 dancehall master deejay supreme Rik Shaw will
focus on his passion, the Reggae 45. Since the mid 20th century, the
45 RPM single has been the mainstay in Jamaica and its durability
continues even nowadays in this time of digital downloads. Deejay Rik
Shaw has been one of Chicago’s main preachers in exposing both Reggae,
Dub and Dancehall to the chilly confines of Chicago. Previously, Rik
was part of the infamous Deadly Dragon Sound System deejay crew and
has run numerous residencies around town. He shares the first Monday
of the month residency at Maria’s with DJ Le Deuce titled “Future Past
Music” where they provide an auditory journey into obscure and sought
after New Wave.

Two weeks later on Thursday, October 25 Brazilian specialist DJ Clark
Quente will take over the wheels of steel to showcase his collection
of rare tropical singles. Having lived a decade in Brazil and learning
the difficult Portuguese tongue, Clark began scouring many favela flea
markets and Rio record stores where he was lucky to unearth many rare
Brazilian vinyl treasures including bossa jazz, tropicalia, favela
funk, rock and samba. Clark helms the monthly “Spins & Needles”
residency (2nd Friday of the month) where he plays vinyl-only tracks
of a wide range of eclectic styles.

Both evenings begin at 9PM and continue until 2AM. There is no cover.

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