11/5: Make It New with The Black Madonna



There are a few new American DJs who can be said to turn a club into ash and one of them is Chicago’s Black Madonna.

From the Bunker NYC to San Francisco, reports of her blazing sets have carried like the wind. As Creative Director at Chi-town’s renowned Smart Bar, she’s transformed it into a destination for techno tourists. Her stance on dance music is no laughing matter:

“Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. It needs DJ Sprinkles. Dance music needs some discomfort with its euphoria. Dance music needs salt in its wounds.”

We’ll let her do the rest of the talking.

w/ Resident DJ John Barera
Thu 11.5
Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave.
Central Square Cultural District
Cambridge, MA

“Your Love” to Make UK Chart Debut #RIPFrankieKnuckles

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Here’s a wonderful development. “Your Love,” one of the most iconic songs in the history of house music, is set to make its debut on the UK charts as people have been buying the song in tribute to the late Frankie Knuckles. Who is credited with creating the genre.

According to Official Charts: “If momentum continues, this would give the affectionately named Godfather of House his first UK Top 40 chart placing in almost 20 years.”

At a time when the world needed to come together, in creating house, Frankie Knuckles created the kind of music that made that happen. For 40 years, the world has really been an incredible place. Yes, we’ve had hiccups along the way (and I’m certain there will be plenty more), but let it be said that a world that was separated for so long is now learning how to live and work together largely because of Frankie Knuckles and because of house music. In being the most connective and progressive form of soul music ever created, Frankie Knuckles isn’t just a legend of music, he’s a legend of life.

Read the rest of this wonderful obituary over at Do Androids Dance.

While you are at it, go “Like” the Let’s Get Frankie Knuckles To Number One – Your Love Facebook page.

#HOMEWORK: A Brief History of Dance Mania Records

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Inside the classrooms, we have a litany of documentaries discussing the lengthy history of dance music and DJing. Add to that list this short documentary about Chicago’s seminal underground house label: Dance Mania.

Chicago gave birth to the name of house music and if it weren’t for labels like Dance Mania it would have never survived into the modern area.

The story of one of Chicago’s greatest underground house labels. Featuring interviews with label founder Ray Barney and artists Parris Mitchell, Duane Buford (Duane & Co) and Wax Master.

A collection of essential Dance Mania releases, Hardcore Traxx, is out February 10th on Strut Records.

To visit our classes or learn more information on how you can join in creating history, head over here.