The City of Chicago is known as the birthplace of house music, but there is no house music without the contributions of DJ, Remixer and Producer, Frankie Knuckles. Known as the “Godfather of House Music,” Frankie Knuckles is revered as a legendary icon credited with developing and popularizing house music in the late 70s and early 80s. His parties at the Warehouse and PowerPlant in Chicago were often copied on cassette tapes and passed around the city. This music, created in Chicago and originally called “Warehouse Music,” was eventually shortened to House Music, and the birth of a new musical genre was created. Combining disco, soul, punk, and even rock music, Frankie drew large audiences from diverse backgrounds from every part of the city. On the weekend of what would have been his 65th birthday, his legacy and impact on the genre and culture of house music will be celebrated with events this weekend.
Frankie Knuckles and the Power of Liberatory Space.
This event happening on Sunday is hosted by The Rebuild Foundation and curated by music historian and DJ, Duane Powell. The event is happening at the Stony Island Arts Bank on Sunday in the space that holds Frankie Knuckles’ massive vinyl collection will discuss his impact on house music and how he created sanctuaries for the marginalized.
The event is free, but RSVPs are required. Tickets available on www.eventbrite.com
For Frankie! A Celebration of his 65th Birthday
Queen! In association with the Frankie Knuckles Foundation holds a celebration of his 65th birthday at Metro Chicago. The celebration features premiere DJs, Michael Serafini, Garrett David, Mark Grant, Zac Jones, and Chosen Few DJ, Alan King. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds benefit the Frankie Knuckles Foundation.
For More Information and tickets, visit the Frankie Knuckles Foundation www.thefkfoundation.org