Frankie Knuckles Memorial Pays Tribute to the Late Great House Pioneer

Bundles of supporters gathered at the Liberty Theater in NYC last night for a touching Frankie Knuckles memorial. Fans and the who’s who of dance music, including Francois K, Danny Krivit, David Morales, Louie Vega, Kenny Gonzales, Tedd Paterson, all joined together to pay tribute.

View Ann Nesby‘s (Sounds of Blackness) grand finale performance of “The Pressure” above and a couple pieces from the program below.



Rest In Peace, Frankie Knuckles



The Bronx-born Godfather of house music, Frankie Knuckles, has passed away. Upon moving to Chicago in the late 70s, the legendary DJ and producer helped change the face of dance music and culture with the advent of Chicago house music. Some words from Maurice:

We are all deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Frankie Knuckles. When I first came to New York from England in 1987, I knew dance music and culture. It wasn’t until I heard Frankie Knuckles DJ at The World that I discovered House Music and my life changed forever. Without Frankie Knuckles’ influence, there would be no Giant Step plain and simple. Dance music has lost its Godfather; he is gone but will never be forgotten.

Watch the 1989 video for “Tears” after the jump

NextAid’s World AIDS Day Campaign (WAD2010)

NextAid, a leading nonprofit organization that harnesses the power of music to support sustainable development projects that serve vulnerable children, youth and women in Africa, has announced its fourth annual World AIDS Day Campaign (WAD2010).

Beginning November 27, 2010, WAD2010 will kick off a multi-date campaign in cities across the world to raise funds and awareness for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children, youth and women in Africa. Current cities include Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Cape Town, Detroit, Vancouver, and many more. Top dance music artists including Frankie Knuckles, Rocky Dawuni, Mark Farina, Osunlade, Stacey Pullen, Marques Wyatt, Ultra Nate’, Swayzak, and others are all participating in this year’s events. Information about NextAid and the WAD2010 events and related activities can be found at