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October 9, 2012 by joesonotheque

Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar presents
Thursday, October 11 with DJ Rik Shaw featuring Reggae 45s
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 Thursday,October 11 we are honored to have two of Chicago’s premier global groove record collector Rik Shaw mastering the turntables showcasing rare records from his personal collection.

For this special outing 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.

There is no cover for the event


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