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December 11, 2012 by joesonotheque

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents
Featuring Groove Merchant Joe Bryl
Friday December 28 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover
960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, Il. 60608 – 773.890.0588 –

Like other popular musical forms, Disco has it’s fervent fans and belligerent naysayers. Before its quick rise towards the mainstream in the seventies with chart topping hits like “Rock The Boat” (Hues Corporation) and Giorgio Moroder’s opulent production for “Love To Love You Baby” (Donna Summer) Disco found its early audience in out-of-the-way destinations where an emerging subculture of gays, blacks, Latinos and artists found both safety and a sense of community. In these hidden haunts the deejays reigned supreme creating extended versions and remixes, keeping the party going to the early hours of the morning and the crowd enraptured in a sweaty bacchanal of cathartic ecstasy. Like anarchic Dadaist collagists, these musical taste makers and sound shifters (David Mancusco, Larry Levan, Tom Moulton) reconstructed, enlarged and altered the basic structure of songs ripping to shreds both melody and beat, pasting and layering one sound over another while repeating and ultimately distorting the essential break.

In Chicago, the Disco scene followed its own peculiar trajectory with the emergence of House in similarly underground venues like those in New York. Off-the-map destinations like the Muzic Box, the Power Plant, AKA Nite Club and the Warehouse grew by word-of-mouth, d.i.y. flyers and postings in various record stores that specialized in 12 inch singles and imports. Burgeoning yet influential labels like Trax and DJ crews like the Hot Mix 5 spread the gospel of both Disco and House with its use of early synthesizers, effects machines and loops.

Word spread quickly overseas and records exchanged hands between beat-makers in Chicago, London and Manchester with the massive Acid House dance scene in the UK creating its own culture. Similar sound-clashes and offshoots found expression worldwide from Detroit (Techno), Ibiza, Italy (Euro-Disco), Paris, Soweto, Rio and Tokyo. Even now with the help of dedicated musicologists, we are slowly discovering strange musical mutations and manifestations of Disco in areas as unlikely as Lagos, Columbia and Turkey.

To pay tribute to these undercurrents of Disco, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar is hosting its monthly residency titled “SECRET DISCO” on Friday, December 28 (and every following 4th Friday). Headed by groove merchant and deep crate diggin’ DJ Joe Bryl “SECRET DISCO” will bring to light the varied tones, textures and hidden histories of Disco from its roots in both funk, atmospheric electronics, sweaty soul and minimal microbeats. This nighttime journey will give equal exposure to both the seminal creators of the master plan and to the undiscovered and unsung heroes who’s story is still to be told.discorewrite


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