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February 25, 2013 by joesonotheque



Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar presents


Featuring Soul Brother From Another Planet DJ “Smokey” Joe Bryl

Friday March 1 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover

960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, IL. 60608 – 773.890.0588 –


R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out what it means to me, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Take care, TCB


Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me), A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me), Whoa, babe (just a little bit), A little respect (just a little bit), I get tired (just a little bit), Keep on tryin’ (just a little bit), You’re runnin’ out of foolin’ (just a little bit), And I ain’t lyin’ (just a little bit), (re, re, re, re) ‘spect, When you come home (re, re, re ,re), Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit), And find out I’m gone (just a little bit), I got to have (just a little bit), A little respect (just a little bit)


– Aretha Franklin’s version of “Respect” (1967)


The decades of the sixties and the seventies saw a massive creative re-emergence of urban Black American music with artists experimenting with the varied forms of both Soul and Funk. Following on the heels of Jazz, Gospel and Rhythm and Blues; a new generation of inner city African Americans from coast-to-coast gave voice to their personal experiences, struggles and passions through Soul and Funk music.


Besides the apparent success of major labels and cultural movers like Stax, Motown, Atlantic, Hi Records, Federal, Josie and Curtom that often saw their artists charting with Top 40 hits worldwide, competing head-to-head with rock and being featured on every variety TV show imaginable; a major portion of the most collectible Soul and Funk releases remained obscured and hidden to the general public. Regional labels like Jamal, Hot-Line, Cap City, Soul Click, Kayden, A-Bet, Dynamic Sounds, Fury and Karate (to name only a few) put out very limited pressings of a wide range of soul-stirrers and funkateers that sadly ultimately gathered dust in abandoned storage bins and personal collections.


To pay R-E-S-P-E-C-T to these jukebox jams and hidden treasures Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar hosts its monthly residency aptly titled SMOKEY JOE’S SOUTHSIDE SOUL SHACK on Friday, March 1 named in honor of Chicago’s premier southside soul boutique, Smokey Joe’s. Located at the corner of Halsted and Roosevelt in the Maxwell Street corridor, Smokey Joe’s was the fashion-forward destination for stylish mack daddies looking to find the most current outfit for a night out on the town. Headed by soul brother from another planet DJ “Smokey” Joe Bryl, this February’s event will be diggin’ deep and focusing particularly on those forgotten obscure gems from artists like Renaldo Domino, Jimmy Roma, Funkhouse Express, Darrell Banks, 4 Jades, Damn Sam the Miracle Man, Fabulous Fugitives, Clarence Garlow, Gigi & The Charmaines, Lonnie Lester, Roy Roberts and many, many more.


To give an added layer of gritty realism to the evenings music we will be showing a combination of rare soul and funk performances, documentaries of the Black experience and choice blaxploitation films including Disco Godfather (1979), Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) and Willie Dynamite (1974) on DVD.


So get your groove on for this sweaty soul-drenched evening of soul selections and funky flavors. The waxs start tracking at 8PM. There’s no cover.


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