Larry Levan Throwback Thursdays

This weekend, Red Bull Music Academy celebrates the life and immeasurable musical influence of the one and only Larry Levan, a legendary New York City DJ, remembered for his impact on American dance music and club culture, and his renowned decade-long residency at New York’s Paradise Garage.

At Paradise Garage, Larry was the priest, the DJ booth was his altar, the patrons were his congregation and his music was their religion.  This was Saturday Mass, and the dancefloor exalted.  In Larry’s honor, on Sunday, May 11th, Red Bull Music Academy is hosting the Larry Levan Street Party at the site of the former club, in conjunction with local initiatives to rename the block, Larry Levan Way.  The street party will feature Levan affiliates David Depino, Francois K, Joey Llanos and special guests.  More details can be found on the RBMA event website and below.

You can learn more about Larry Levan  by watching the documentary film on his life, directed by Josell Ramos, titled Maestro.  The film also features David Mancuso, Frankie Knuckles, Nicky Siano and Tony Humphrie.  The first 10 minutes can be viewed here.

Also, be sure to read RBMA Magazine’s special feature, Saturday Mass: Larry Levan and The Paradise Garage.

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