Thursday, December 8, 2011

Time Out Chicago feature: "Ald. Roderick T. Sawyer, funk DJ | Secret passions"

Alderman Sawyer has been featured a lot in the media lately. Yesterday, we talked about the NBC 5 Chicago profile of him. Now the magazine "Time Out Chicago" has featured our alderman, choosing to focus on the more personal side of him: his life as a DJ / Nightclub owner (pre-attorney days).
In ’86, Sawyer and a friend opened a nightclub called S’s on 71st Street just east of King Drive, where the pair hosted a popular party called Funk Fest.
but that
After he graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1990 and passed the bar exam, deejaying took a backseat to his legal practice. Sawyer and his business partner shuttered S’s in ’93. But the rookie alderman still blows off the dust from his Technics SL-1200 turntables to spin parties he hosts with his wife, Cheryll.
A couple of questions:
  • Is the building that housed "S's" still operational (and if so, with what)?
  • And we will see Ald. Sawyer guest DJ and some of next summer's neighborhood festivals?
And one "concern": wouldn't it have been better for our neighborhood if Ald. Sawyer was featured at Fletcher Records, here in our neighborhood (on 75th street)?


  1. The building that housed S's is still operational, it currently house another lounge.

    I wouldn't put it past him as he "promised" if he won we would see a old school Funk Fest.

    The funk comes from the neighborhood band that was formed for the 4H competition. The band only knew two songs, the bass line for the Ohio players 'skintight' and "breezin" by George Benson.

  2. Alderman Sawyer on the 1's and 2's. That's awesome!


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