Chicago House Doc Thee Debauchery Ball Launches with 14 Days of Virtual Afterparties

Finding freedom, finding community + celebrating black lives...

A new film shining a spotlight on the intersection of Black lives, body positivity and house music is launching this week followed by two weeks and more than 30 DJs playing “virtual afterparties.”

Directed by David Weathersby, Thee Debauchery Ball is an award winning film celebrating “Black lives, freedom, sexuality and house music.” Awarded Best Film at the Southside Chicago Film Festival, Thee Debauchery Ball “celebrates Chicago’s large and thriving Afrocentric house music scene” with a focus on the bi-annual party and the people who find freedom and community there.

The Video-On-Demand release by ImageNation’s Sōl Cinema Cafe will be accompanied by 14 days of virtual afterparties on Instagram Live. #BeDebaucherous will feature a total of more than 30 house DJs from Chicago to South Africa and a few stops in between from June 12 to June 25, 9pm to 11pm EST, with day parties on June 14, 16, 17, 18 from 3pm to 5pm EST.

“Attendees are encouraged to broadcast themselves dancing live in their homes, being debaucherous, during this two-week soiree,” a release notes. “Debaucherous attire encouraged.” The line-up with some serious old school heavy hitters follows; for more info visit

6/12 – DJ Adam Cruz, NJ
6/12 – DJ Big Will, Resident DJ for The Debauchery Ball, CHI
6/13 – Cales & Mr. Hyde, Colombia, South America
6/13 – Steve Maxwell, CHI
6/14 – DJ Stormin Norman/Sundae Sermon, NYC
6/14 – Chris Underwood, CHI
6/15 – Salah Ananse, ATL
6/15 – Craig Elliot, CHI
6/16 – Rhythm & Soul Radio
6/16 – Rae Chardonnay, CHI
6/17 – DJ Shani, Austin, TX
6/17 – SolKat, CHI
6/18 – DJ King JamesNYC
6/18 – Dave Maze, CHI
6/19 – DJ Blackicon1, NYC
6/19 – Jo de Presser, CHI
6/20 – The Legendary Chris Washington, NYC
6/20 – DJ Big Will, Resident DJ for The Debauchery Ball, CHI
6/21 – Harlemworld & DJ P/Shift, NYC
6/21 – Ron Carroll, CHI
6/22 – DJ Nikki Jax, MOBI NYC and Upbeat Radio, NYC
6/22 – Gene Hunt, CHI
6/23 – Soul Summit DJs, BK, NY
6/23 – Vince Adams, CHI
6/24 – DJ FoundACEtion, Charlotte, NC
6/24 – DJ Craig Alexander, CHI
6/25 – DJ Nimbus, Houston, TX
6/25 – DJ Big Will, Resident DJ for The Debauchery Ball, CHI


6/14 – DJ HK, South Africa, 3PM, EST
6/15 – DJ Jazzy Dee, South Africa, 3PM, EST
6/16 – DJ Positive K, South Africa, 3PM, EST
6/18 – DJ Mac Lopez, South Africa, 4PM, EST