Team Jukeboxx Mas Band first made their debut in 2018 at Windy City Carnival in Chicago. Windy City West Indian Carnival is a not-for-profit festival and colorful parade that takes place in Chicago during the month of August. It is a family-oriented cultural event with live entertainment, children’s activities, and authentic Caribbean cuisine. The festival also hosts a popular Street Parade of Mas Bands that showcases colorful handmade costumes, authentic steel pan music and traditional dance performances.
After participating in Windy City Carnival for three years as a masquerader, Stacy was inspired to start her own mas band called “Team Jukeboxx”. In May of 2018, Stacy introduced her band to the public through a band launch titled “Keys to the Garden”. This band launch revealed the theme, “Tropical Garden” and the beautiful costumes that brought this garden to life. Chicago hadn’t seen a band launch of this magnitude in a long time. This successful event showed everyone just how serious Stacy was about changing the face of Chicago’s Carnival.
On August 18 , 2018, “Team Jukeboxx” entered Windy City Carnival’s joy filled festival for the first time. Due to her status as a first year bandleader, many people doubted Stacy’s ability to pull off a successful band or to secure a win. However, Team Jukeboxx surprised the carnival scene when they arrived on Carnival Day with 150 masqueraders from Chicago, Toronto, Kansas City, Miami, and the Bahamas. Team Jukeboxx was the largest band on the road with members ranging from 2 years old to 60 and various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Team Jukeboxx also proved to be the best band on the road as they won the title of Band of the Year and Best Dance.
This band has now expanded into a performance company which performs locally and in surrounding states throughout the midwest. In 2021, Team Jukeboxx will be traveling to Caribana for their first international event.