Monday, March 5, 2012

Après -Ski Party (the winter series continues @ Maria’s!)
Fri  | Mar 16th | 8pm - 2am – FREE, no cover
Presented by: Full Spectrum
Hosted by: Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar | 960 W 31st | Chicago | 773-890-0588
Music by Maria’s Resident DJ: LGA | aka Luis Gabriel Aguilera
& Snow Docta’
Ski films by: KGB Productions & Toy Soldier Productions

For the past few months, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar has been hosting a monthly winter series “Après-Ski Party” complete with hot toddies, Maria’s perfect ski lodge-like décor of dark wooden walls adorned with mounted deer heads and a heated outdoors where guests have enjoyed their toddies, mulled drinks or glugs. Revelers have even dropped by in ski and snowboard gear! All in all, it’s been one sick ride. No doubt.

As the approaching Spring ski season arrives, winter recreationists have seen a good start to the season and a dud of a snowfall for the northern resorts in the U.S. for the month of December. BUT…a change of weather starting in late January have brought about record snowfalls. Steamboat resort, for instance, set a record of 27 inches of snowfall only a few weeks ago! And there’s been a consistent flow of snow touching local resorts like Copper Mountain. So on that solid note, we’re wrapping up our Après -Ski Party series.

Drop by Friday, March 16th to check out what may be one of your last chances to enjoy this spectacular series. And thanks to all of you who have been part of the good times.

The Music

Luis Gabriel Aguilera | aka LGA

The concept man behind Full Spectrum and its notable raves of the 1990s: Bonkers, Bonkers Dos, No Place Like Home and the Samsara series, as well as flirtations at the now defunct but legendary Sonotheque nightclub, LGA is once more delivering the musical goodies  – this time at Maria’s via the monthly Hooray for the Mixtape! (HFTM!) series where he showcases mixtape DJ sets from 1984 – 2001, occasionally playing a recorded or live set of his own.

As a DJ, Luis has performed in places like Toronto, Costa Rica, Mexico City, Guanajuato and across the Midwestern States. And like a skier gliding across fresh pow, the published author (Gabriel’s Fire, The University of Chicago Press, 2000), is also currently producing techno, tech-house and what he terms DC Fusion, a nod to both the Chicago House and Detroit Techno music scenes, as well as his experimental and ambient works. Rest assured that LGA is probing for the right music for this après-ski party to put us all in that good mood. Come with no expectations. Be a part of having a good time.


Today's après-ski parties are not just about ski aficionados, 60s and 70s go-go lounge music and the like - though we really like this stuff too! But with all sorts of snow revelers on board, the musical tastes of these arctic party-goers have taken to also include fresh hip-hop grooves (some of them classic tongue twists and turns, some of them new skool roots moguls) from Coast to Coast and places like Italy, France, etc. – in step with what a culture is: dynamic, not static.

The Snow Docta' understands that what is forever young is forever growing, morphing, evolving but is at the same time eternally paying respects to what keeps the energy and flow going. Be open and ready to receive those audio transmissions from the Snow Docta'!

Videos By:

We’ve solicited the contributions of the fully integrated boutique HD production company KGB Productions (Wyoming) and ski film crew Toy Soldier Productions (Montana) as part of the visual package for the “after-ski party” journey @ Maria’s. Be ready to be mesmerized by epic proportions of land, snow and human will.



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