1. Uptown Stories
Past featured NPO Connect Force is hosting “Uptown Stories”, a theatre production incorporating the four elements of hiphop, telling the lives of youth in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Showing THIS FRIDAY (Dec 4th) 6 to 9PM at Alternatives Inc (4730 N Sheridan).

    Uptown Stories

    Past featured NPO Connect Force is hosting “Uptown Stories”, a theatre production incorporating the four elements of hiphop, telling the lives of youth in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Showing THIS FRIDAY (Dec 4th) 6 to 9PM at Alternatives Inc (4730 N Sheridan).

    Connect Force Uptown Stories

  2. Music is the Weapon 2 mixtape

    Featuring interviews with Shawn Campbell from CHIRP and Brook Woolf and Edwin Perry from Rumble Arts!

  3. Music is the Weapon 2 press release


    Victor Carreon: 847.477.0126 ~ djlimbs@gmail.com
    December 12, 2009 ~ 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

    Music is the Weapon 2 Unites Beats and Party Atmosphere with Community Activism

    A current of innovative, unwavering dedication to grassroots organizing and community outreach runs like a pulse through the avenues of Chicago’s neighborhoods. True to form, in a city often thought of as a collection of unique villages as opposed to a cohesive metropolis, there can exist an extreme social divide between nonprofit organizations, even those with similar goals. Victor Carreon, known in nightlife and philanthropic circles as the inimitable DJ Limbs, decided to act.

    His brainchild, Music is the Weapon, has begun: a series of hip-hop, soul, house and funk parties created to highlight and fundraise for nonprofit organizations and encourage them to get out and network with the public and one another. The first installment—at the elegant Between Lounge in Wicker Park—was wildly successful, and set a precedent for how one can incorporate an old-school hip-hop party atmosphere with altruism, leaving patrons simultaneously rocked and informed. The night is produced with the Boogie Knightz Cru and Huyen Tran.

    Demand for more has taken hold. Music is the Weapon 2 will feature two non-profits—Chicago Independent Radio Project, a media advocacy group, and Rumble Arts, a Humbodlt Park community arts center. Each get their own booth to disseminate information, a bottle of champagne courtesy of Between Lounge and a chance to speak on the mic about their cause. At the night’s end, 15% of the bar’s gross (usually the DJs’ take), plus donations, are split evenly between the two groups. Joining Limbs are local phenoms DJ Dishwasha and DJ Aroc. Although the DJs spin everything from dusty grooves to dubstep and jungle, the event is firmly rooted in hip-hop culture.

    “There are so many great nonprofits around town and one thing that always comes up when I talk to artists and groups is how the scene is still more segregated than we’d like,” Carreon muses. “This is my way as a DJ to celebrate nonprofits and bring groups around Chicago together. On top of all that, it’s a hype party with great DJs.”

    Carreon brings a broad perspective to his work as a DJ, music producer and sound designer. Having lived in Geneva, Switzerland, and Manila, Philippines, his collaborations span from a Brazilian singer/songwriter (Ruth Vallera; helped write music for R. Kelly and Smashing Pumpkins, and produced Anacronica and Copacobana Club in Curitiba, Brazil), to a rapper in the Philippines (Nimbus 9) and local up-and-coming artists in Chicago (AMS, Zirafa, Nadia Alfadel, Magnum Exel), San Francisco (Spinnerty), Las Vegas (Krukid) and New York (Murdertronics). In Chicago, he’s pulverized decks at Alive One, Liar’s Club, Evil Olive, Quennect 4 and The Art Institute. His sound swings from milky and contemplative to raucous and infused with a palpable visionary energy.

    Music is the Weapon 2 happens at Between Lounge, 1324 N. Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, December 12. Free admission. Donations are also possible through the Web site: mitw-chi.com / djlimbs.com.

  4. Music is the Weapon 2 coming Dec 12th

    Keeping things moving. Music is the Weapon 2 is coming December 12th at Between Lounge. This time it’s a Saturday so we’re gonna pack the spot. Come through to party and support local non-profit organizations doing things for Chicago!

    This time around we’re featuring CHIRP (Chicago Independent Radio Project) and Rumble Arts. Come out to support, or donate if you can’t make it out! Mixtape, press release and flyer coming soon.


  5. More photos from Music is the Weapon 1! Courtesy of Maggie Mui, better known as “the crapper” for her photo work. Peep the whole collection at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thecrapper/sets/72157622433108882/. And peep all the other events Maggie works on here: www.thecrapper.net!

  6. A few photos taken by my DJ boss, Shelley who came through with my other DJ boss Tyler. Peep http://www.shelleyandersonblog.com/?p=139 for more photos and visit her website (www.shelleyanderson.com) to get some ill shots of your next event!

  7. Music is the Weapon 1 was a success!

    Big thanks to the participating NPOs: Connect Force, En Masse and Original Change Project. Each group repped hard, got mad support and pushed their cause.

    Gratitude to Lulu and Carl at Between and Huyen for hooking up the night.

    Props to Magnum Exel for hosting and BKC for reppin’, providing linoleum and bringing crew. Thanks Man-O-Wax for dropping the funky breaks with me. Peace to Ian for video mixing, Maggie for taking photos, Aroc for taping and Edit17 for the flyer design.

    Special thank you Erika for all the promo help and moral support while I was running around organizing. Big ups to a lotta folks that gave a ton of support, told their friends and spread the word.

    Photos and video coming soon. Look out for Music is the Weapon part 2, bigger, better and little re-formating. Potential sponsors hit me up djlimbs@gmail.com.


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