One of my visions for Sugar Town was for it to be more than a dance party. I wanted Sugar Town to be a community of soul-loving queers who gather regularly to support each other in a welcoming environment in which people could feel relaxed enough to enjoy themselves without worry of judgement. In short, a place where we're free to "let it all hang out" in a supportive atmosphere. Of course, for this vision to become a reality it takes a group effort. As they say, "It takes a village". That's why I feel blessed that so many wonderful Portland queers have become members of the Sugar Town community (I like to call them Sugars).
I'm riding on a high from Saturday's Sugar Town Sno-Ball which really felt like my vision had become a reality. DJ Lar-Supreme brought incredible positive vibes to our town (not to mention the best dance moves I've seen in a long time). His smile lit up the room and we all were basking in that warmth.
In the years to come, I hope for our community to keep growing and to include folks from the full spectrum of the Pacific Northwest LGBTQA community. I hope for Sugar Town to be a safe haven where we can come together in love for a positive recharge, especially when the world around us feels like it's spinning out of control. We'll come together for a pause, then go out there and fight the good fight together.
Thanks to everyone for making last Saturday so special. Thank you for making the holidays truly a season of peace and love, if only for one night.
The Record of the Day is inspired by this experience and my hope for Sugar Town's future. It was recorded in 1971 by a group of young men (I believe at least some of them were teenagers at the time) in a group/band called Love's Children. The band originated from Gary, IN and recorded as the Domestics for both Stax and Motown before being discovered by Curtis Mayfield who gave them a name change. Rumor has it he was hoping they would fill the void on his Curtom roster after the departure of the 5 Stairsteps (another teen group).
This track was written and produced by Curtis and arranged by the legendary Leroy Hutson.
Smokey Holman of Love's Children is still performing today. Check out his band's site.
DJ Action Slacks
I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!