Après -Ski Party (the winter series continues @ Maria’s!)

Après -Ski Party (the winter series continues @ Maria’s!) Sat | Jan 21st | 8pm – 3am – Free, no cover Presented by: Full Spectrum http://fschicago.blogspot.com/ Music by Maria’s Resident DJs: LGA | aka Luis Gabriel Aguilera http://luisgabrielaguilera.bandcamp.com/ & Introducing: The Snow Docta’ Après Ski Party In the ultra-chic winter resorts of France, Switzerland, Germany and Austria, skiers and non-skiers alike have for decades celebrated the end of the day’s demanding activities with an Après-Ski party, a boisterous social evening of warm libations, singing and dancing, allowing the participants to revel in the day’s activities after the last run of the day in a communal environment of good cheer and humor while warming up at both the open fire and the bar. To capture this hedonistic winter celebration, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar is hosting a monthly winter series titled “Après-Ski Party,” continuing Saturday, January 21st and throughout the winter, complete with hot toddies and Maria’s perfect ski lodge-like décor of dark wooden walls adorned with mounted deer heads, and a heated outdoors where guests (snowboarders welcomed) can enjoy their toddies, mulled drinks or glugs. Music By: Introducing: The Snow Docta’ Today’s après-ski parties aren’t exclusively about ski aficionados, 60s and 70s go-go music and the like – though we really like this stuff too! But with all sorts of snow revelers on board, including snowboarders, the musical tastes of this 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 from across the pond from 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. So with that said, be open and ready to receive those audio transmissions from the Snow Docta’!Don’t be nostalgic, being vibrant is key for a good après-ski party. Luis Gabriel Aguilera | aka LGA The concept man behind Full Spectrum and its notable raves of the 1990s, which included massives like Bonkers, Bonkers Dos, No Place Like Home and the Samsara series, as well as flirtations at the now defunct but legendary Sonotheque nightclub with the summer rock en español series La Poderosa, Luis is once more delivering the musical goodies and good vibes – this time at Maria’s thru the monthly Hooray for the Mixtape! (HFTM!) series where he showcases mixtape DJ sets from 1984 – 2001. 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 to put us all in that good mood. Come with no expectations, but be a part of having a good time. Videos By: An avid ski addict (and that’s one of the reasons we’re having these parties), Luis has solicited the contributions of independent ski film company, Toy Soldier Productions (Montana) as part of the visual package for the “after-ski party” journey @ Maria’s with ski and snowboard resort and backcountry films like “Come Find Us” and this year’s release of “Set Your Sights.” Toy Soldier Productions http://toysoldierproductions.com/