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Boiler Room Returns To Chicago For Frankie Knuckles Tribute

By Katie Karpowicz in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 12, 2015 7:25PM


It's hard to believe that a year has already passed since the tragic passing of Chicago icon and house music godfather Frankie Knuckles.

Knuckles' death punched a hole in the local, national and international dance scene, but it also reminded us all of the monumental impact he had over the course of his life. The past 11 months have seen countless memorials and tributes to the DJ/producer, and they're not slowing down any time soon.

Following the recent announcement of a movie called The Warehouse that will be based on Knuckles' life and the eponymous club he put on the map, comes more news today about a March celebration.

The international telecast party and producer of dozens of awkward GIFs, Boiler Room is coming back to Chicago on March 30, the anniversary of Knuckles' passing, for "Home: A Celebration Of Chicago."

The pop-up experience returns for the first time since last February at a secret location with sets from Gene Farris, DJ Hyperactive, The Black Madonna, Jamie 3:26, Mike Dunn and Andrew Emil aka Change Request.

The following night Boiler Room and the Frankie Knuckles Foundation will host an official tribute at Smart Bar. Knuckles' close friend and Foundation member Elbert Philips, Chosen Few vet Alan King, Gramaphone Records' house music proprietor Michael Serafini and Knuckles' right-hand man Derrick Carter round out the night's insane lineup.

As always with Boiler Room's events, both shows will be broadcast live. Expect RSVP info to follow but good luck getting on that list.