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Funeral Services

Mr. Melvin James
POSTED 4.23.15

Melvin James

DETROIT, MI – Our Beloved Skater Melvin James made his transition on Thursday April 16, 2016. Services for Melvin will be held:

Monday, April 27, 2016
Haley Funeral Home
24525 Northwestern Highway
Southfield MI 48075
Viewing 1:00 pm
Services 5:00 pm.

His sister Reverend Cynthia N. El-Amin will have information regarding the Repass after the services.....Family request no flowers, donations will be gladly appreciated.

A Go Fund Me account has been created.  ...Thank you, The Family of Melvin James.

(excerpt from Tee Jones post)

New Party Announcement

POSTED 4.7.15

CHICAGO, IL – It’s coming and it’s coming fast!  INDEPENDENCE ROLL V.  Friday, come and enjoy fun and games at Whirlyball in Lombard.  Join your fellow skaters for music, games, vendors and food.  Then Friday night skate at Rich City with DJ Fly Ty, Mz DJ Tone and DJ DMC.  Saturday come to Skate U Workshop with DJ Tone followed by fun on the Lakefront.  Then the party goes out to Palentine for “Silver Night” with DJ Joe Bowen, DJ Narsistic and DJ DMC.  Sunday, party with Jeremy at Macarthur’s Restaurant and round out the weekend at Glenwood Roller Rink.
Independence Roll 5

2nd Annual Skate 4 Awareness
POSTED 4.7.15

CINCINNATI, OH – Are you familiar with Behcets Disease?  If not, now is a good time to find out.  Come to the Skatin’ Place in Cincinati and roll at the 2nd Annual Skate 4 Awareness event.  Music will be provided by DJ Narsistic from 11:00 PM until 3:00 PM.  Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  Members of the board of the American Behcets Disease Association will be on site to give you information about this seldom talked about disease.
Skate for Awareness

STL Summer Skate Jam
POSTED 4.7.15

ST. LOUIS, MO – Brooklyn’s own DJ Big Bob and Chicago’s DJ Joe Bowen are bring their skills to the STL for the 4th Annual Summer Skate Jam.  The STL Rollers invite you to come and roll with them Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th at Coachlite Skate Center in Bridgeton.  Hotel reservations can be made at the Holiday Inn under the STL Summer Sk8 Jam block. 
Summer Skate Jam

6th Annual Rolling Royalty Affair Weekend
POSTED 4.6.15

CHARLOTTE, NC – Come and witness the musical mayhem between the Young Gunners and Da Vets all while raising awareness for Breast Cancer.  October 2-3, the Queen City Rollaz invite you party and roll in Charlotte.  Friday,  the Young Gunners take the turntables and everyone is asked to wear their purple.  Saturday, Da Vets take their turn with everyone in pink.  The weekend also includes a Meet and Greet and a Saturday Day Party where you can purchase your advance tickets for both events.  See the ad for the DJ lineup.  Vendors are welcome.
Rolling Royalty Affair

Rolling for A Cause: Stop the Violence
POSTED 4.5.15

COLUMBIA, SC – The Capital City Rollaz would like to invite all skaters to the 2nd Annual Rolling for a Cause, Stop the Violence skate jam.  May 30, 2015, come to Three Fountains Skating Rink and roll to the sounds of DJ Soulnificent, the Music Director.  The party starts at 11:30 PM and admission is $10.
Rolling for a Cause, Stop the Violence

Go With The Flow!
POSTED 4.1.15

CLEVELAND, OH – June 26-28, 2015 Cleveland will be rocking as the C-Land Freestylers host their 10th Annual Go With The Flow Skate Jam at Plamor Roller Rink.  Friday, June 26 party all night at Gibbs Lounge with the skate family.  Saturday, meet and greet your fellow skaters at the Hawaiian Luau Style party featuring DJ Hurricane.  That evening just roll and “Go With the Flow”with DJ Narsistic and DJ Soulnificent. There will be contests, food, games and birthdays to celebrate.  Admission for the main event is $12.
Go with the Flow

Big Wheel Blowout 3 Weekend
POSTED 3.31.15

CHICAGO, IL – Coming May 15-16, 2015 to Chi-Town, it is the Big Wheel Blowout 3 Weekend!  Friday, put on your best whites and take a cruise at the Appreciation/Award Yacht Party hosted by Snoop and Sandice.  Skaters, Steppers, and Line Dancers can get your dance on with DJ Calvin of V103 and DJ DMC.  Two DJ’s playing the jams for skaters, steppers and line dancers.  The weekend also includes G Slide lessons with Juice and a special performance by S.EX.I. Kitties of Chicago.  Saturday is the main skating event at Rich City Skate in Richton Park featuring Chicago’ own DJ Joe Bowen and DJ CJ. 
Big Wheel Blowout 3 Weekend

The Greatest Skateshow in the Land
POSTED 3.19.15

CLEVELAND, OH – The RollinBuckeyez welcome you to Cleveland, Ohio for the "3rd annual Greatest SkateShow in the Land", August 14 -16, 2015.

Experience the "Greatest SkateShow in the Land" One of Cleveland's premier events of the summer featuring four of the country’s HOTTEST DJ’s:  DJ Joe Bowen, MzTone, DJ Brian and DJ Arson.  Friday come to Happy Hour on the Goodtime Cruise at the North Coast Harbor.  Follow it up with the All White After Party.  Saturday there will be a Cookout, Beach Party and Kick-Ball Challenge at Edgewater Park.  Saturday Night is the Main event.  Admission is $12.  Stick around Sunday for the Adult Sunday Night skate session at United Skates Wickliffe.
The Greatest Skateshow in the Land

5th Annual ColLABORation Sk8 Jam
POSTED 3.15.15

SACRAMENTO, CA – Labor Day Weekend 2015 it’s the 5th Annual ColLABORATION Sk8 Jam at Roller King in Sacramento.  Two nights of skating, Saturday and Sunday with the main event on Saturday night from Midnight until 4:30 AM..  Advance tickets are $15 and $20 at the door.  Sunday, roll from 9:00 PM until 1:00 AM.  These events are for adults only. 
5th Annual Collaboration Skate Jam


Message to Skaters
Let's Help Larry Black get it Back!
POSTED 4.5.15

Larry Black

COLUMBUS, OH – I have been shooting for SkateGroove for over 15 years.  I started out with a point-and-shoot camera and found that I did not like the quality of the images so I moved to DSLR photography.  This was not a cheap move.  Anyone who has ever priced or purchased DSLR equipment and accessories knows that it is expensive, too expensive to be a hobby.  For someone to really make such an investment without much return must really have a passion for the craft.  With that said, I have learned that one of our skate family photographers have had the misfortune of having his equipment stolen.  If you currently have a small amount of disposable income, let’s show how much we appreciate Larry Black for his time, effort and investment in us.  If you would like to donate, please click on this link.  Any amount would be helpful. 

Thank you 


April 24-25, Baltimore, MD
Low Riderz 7th Anniversary

April 24-25, Atlanta, GA
AJAX Skate Jam

April 26, Gastonia, NC
Back to the 80's Skate Jam

May 8-9, Richmond, VA
6th Annual All Sweat Weekend

May 15-16, Chicago, IL
Big Wheel Blowout III Skate Jam

May 16, Youngstown, OH
Spring Bling Skate Jam

May 21-24, Los Angeles, CA
Back-2-Cali Memorial Day Weekend

Weekly & Monthly Jamz

Weekly Jamz
FL: 1st, 3rd, 5th Sat
GA: Sparkles, Skatetowne
Monthly Jamz
IL: 4th Sat
MD: 2nd & 4th Sun

7th Anniversary Dance, Bowling and Skate Party

BALTIMORE, MD – The Low Riderz Skate Club is celebrating its 7th Anniversary of being a skate family.  Come and party with them April 24 -26 at Shake and Bake Family Fun Center.  The weekend’s activities include a two-part Meet and Greet Dance Party and Bowling party and two nights of skating.  Music will be provided by DJs Miss Classy, Jammin, JB, and Nile. Free food will be served.

Back to the 80's Skate Jam

GASTONIA, NC – Take it Back to the 80’s at Kate’s Skating Rink in Gastonia, Sunday, April 26.  DJ Incognito of V101.9/WPEG98 will be playing all the hits from the 80’s for you to get your roll on.  Come dressed to impressed and vie for the Best Outfit among other contest to be held that evening.  Doors open at 7:00 PM.  Tickets can be purchased online at

4th Annual AJAX Skate Jam

ATLANTA, GA – Coming to ATL April 2015, it’s the 4th Annual AJAX Skate Jam.  Three nights of skating and a weekend of fun while being entertained by DJ Jammin, DJ Wildchild, DJ Warlock, DJ Cypher, DJ Soulnificent, DJ Arson and DJ Brian.  Take your pick or pick them all and roll at SkateTowne and Sparkles.  Check the ad for details about admission and hotel discounts.

Skate Session

Throwback Thursdays at Skatetowne
POSTED 3.10.15

ATLANTA, GA – Get your weekend started on Thursday night!  DJ Sugar Ray would like to invite the Grown and Sexy out for a night of rollerskating while he provides musical enjoyment with some of the best ATL Ole Skool sprinkled with a touch of Nu Skool.  Show up and show out each and every Thursday from 8:00 PM until 12:00 AM at Skatetowne in College Park.  Admission is only $5.
Throwback Thursdays


Cruise and Skate is Back!
POSTED 2.26.15

DETROIT, MI – Plans are in the works for the 2016 Cruise and Skate hosted by the Detroit Rhythmic Rollers.  If you have always wanted to go but did not get the chance then here is another opportunity.  Plans are currently in the works and when the information is available, it will be posted on  Why the heads up? Start saving your money.  If you need a savings plan, check out the 52 Week Savings Challenge.  We are already almost into March so play catch up and you will be ahead of the game.


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Apr 19 – Patrice aka “Sparkle”, Louisville, KY
Apr 20 - Dee, Nashville Quad Dymes, Nashville, TN
Apr 20 – DJ Storman Norman, DC/MD/VA
Apr 22 - Tiffany, Branch Brook Park, NY-NJ
Apr 23 - Mr. Neal "Freaky Deaky" Artis, Skate Freaks, NC
Apr 23 - Baby DJ, Nashville Quad Dymes, Nashville, TN
Apr 24 - Phelicia Wright, Los Angeles, CA
Apr 25 - Wanda, Branch Brook Park, NY-NJ
Apr 25 - Daryl "D-Mac" McNeil of Mil-Town Rollers, Milwaukee, WI
Apr 26 - Lauretta Lawrence, Branch Brook Park, NY-NJ
Apr 26 - Dre MJ Thomas, Branch Brook Park, NY-NJ|
Apr 27 - Lance Hull, Baton Rouge, LA
Apr 28 - April “N2SK8N” Major, Skateking, St. Louis, MO
Apr 29 - Margaret "Killer", Branch Brook Park, NY-NJ
Apr 30 - Myles "Chilly-Mac" McPherson¸Ohio Legends, Huber Heights, OH

May 1 - Charlene (Winky) Demby, Unique Rollers, Delaware, Tri-State Area
May 1 - Darrell "Jokey" Martin, Vice President, Crowd Cutta Productions, Columbus, OH
May 2 – Andrea “Moneymaker”, Tampa, FL
May 3 - Edward "Speedy" James, Virginia Skater BWO Michigan
May 4 - Lauren Fountain, Little Rock, AR
May 9 - Tammi "Dark Chocolate" Williams, Cincinnati, OH
May 10 - Sharnell "Ms. Charm, DMV
May 11 - Anthony "Tee" Baker, Rock Town, Hell on Wheels
May 13 – Tom White, Pittsburgh Steel City Rollers, Pittsburgh, PA
May 14 - Joanne Fountaine, Prescious Productions
May 17 – Kendra Davis, Flint, MI
May 17 – Shakiyla Smith, Decatur¸GA
May 17- DaLisa Ball, As The Wheels Turn Skate Club, Oakland, CA
May 16 - Dawn Hilton, Jus Sk8, New Jersey
May 18 - Delores Donald, NSC Freestyle Rollers
May 19 - Michael Moss, Skateology, Columbus, OH
May 19 - Miss Cookie, DC/MDC
May 20 - Tanisha Davidson, Master Rollers, DC/MD
May 20 - Stich, Ruff Rollerz, DC/MD
May 21 - Jeanette J.L Littlejohn, Indianapolis, IN
May 21 – Milo, Louisville, KY
May 23 - Ebony Hood VA Skate Connection, Hampton, VA
May 23 - Brandi "Fancy" Christia, Richmond, VA
May 24 - Marcial Wiggins, aka Mouse, Diamond State Rollers, Wilmington, DE
May 28 - Shawn Lo-Key Lawhorn, Skateology, Columbus, OH
May 31 - Marsha Cepeda "Heaven on Wheels", North Jersey
May 31 - Khannie Butler, The Scenario, Philly, PA
May 31 - Chel SoChic Mason, Jacksonville, FL

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