Larry Sherman, co-founder of legendary Chicago house label TRAX Records, has died, aged 70.
The sad news was broken on Thursday (9th April) by Marshall Jefferson, who tweeted that Sherman had died of heart failure. It was later confirmed by TRAX Records, who shared a statement to the label’s official social media channels.
Metro Chicago, the concert hall which houses three venues including hallowed club, smart bar, has launched a fundraiser for its staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Given that three three venues, Metro, smart bar and GMan Tavern, will be closed indefinitely in the midst of the global spread of COVID-19, the fundraiser aims to provide aid and support for their staff. At the time of writing, over $19,000 has been raised.
The first Frankie Fest will take place at this year's Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).
Founded and organised by Eric Kupper and Kenny Summit, Frankie Fest will raise money for the Frankie Knuckles Foundation, which was set up after the Chicago house legend's passing in 2014 and supports music in schools, LGBTQ youth homelessness, AIDS research/prevention, and diabetes research/education.
Kim English, the iconic Chicago-born vocalist who performed on multiple house classics, has died.
There’s a glory to whacking open a thick paperback cover of raised black title design, of a typical hand-drawn skyline and musical quavers, atop a gradient pink to blue. Through it, you discover far more than the pure basic beauty of a movement’s pre-Photoshop days. It’s a joy to get inside the early flyers via the archive of DJ Mario “Liv It Up” Luna, in Brandon Johnson’s new book, Beyond Heaven: Chicago House Party Flyers From 1983-1989.
Richie Hawtin has responded to a message from a Twitter user suggesting that he return to Chicago to play in a warehouse for an underground promoter.
“Would love to come back for a warehouse type party!,” Hawtin said, quoting the tweet. Now, all that remains to be seen is whether a promoter in the city will make it happen.