Chosen Few Dj Alan King+others @ Boiler Room (Official Tribute to Frankie Knuckles)

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Chosen Few Dj Alan King+others @ Boiler Room (Official Tribute to Frankie Knuckles)

Post by Robbi on Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:35 am

ON MARCH 31 at


The second broadcast marks an extremely rare, and important landmark for Boiler Room: the only international Official Tribute to Frankie Knuckles, as approved by the Frankie Knuckles Foundation and his estate. The show will take place on March 31st, to mark the first anniversary of his passing, at the city’s indefatigable Smart Bar, where Frankie held a residency since 1982 right up until 2014.

The four DJs on the night all have an intimate and intractable connection to Frankie. Elbert Philips, one of the Foundation’s key figures and a DJ that Knuckles cited in 2002 as a “definite first-choice if I ever need to pass the torch,” will warm up in the role he became accustomed to under the Godfather’s tutelage. Then there’s Alan King, one of longstanding collective The Chosen Few (alongside Mike Dunn, who will play on the 30th) and head producer/promoter of the annual namesake summer gathering, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Also performing will be Michael Serafini, encyclopaedic house guru and proprietor of Gramaphone Records; an environment which gave behind-the-counter experience to the likes of Ralphi Rosario, DJ Sneak, and Mark Farina amongst others. Another Chicago legend to cut their teeth at Gramaphone, and later go on to take up a Smart Bar residency, was Mr Derrick Carter: a long, longstanding BR fav and one of Frankie Knuckles’s dearest friends. The broadcast will close with a final tag-team set with some as-yet-unrevealed surprises.

There will be specially-commissioned artwork available on the ground to raise money for the Frankie Knuckles Foundation [an active Paypal for donations will be available here shortly], with visuals on the 31st provided by Moebius Loop Design (a long-standing Detroit head driving from the Motor City especially). All manner of Chicago music royalty will be attendance to pay their respects to the Godfather of House.

We gathered some choice testimony from a few of the key players with the city’s music scene who will all be involved to speak to Frankie’s legacy and moreover outline the importance of unity underpinning these twinned broadcasts. It’s due to be a very, very special 48hrs of music in the city.


Gene Farris

“What Frankie Knuckles and legacy means to me and Chicago can not be put into words, but can only be fully expressed through music. He was the true Godfather of House music to us all.”


Alan King

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to be asked by the Frankie Knuckles Foundation and Boiler Room TV to participate creatively in this very special tribute to Frankie. It’s been a year since the house music community lost our guiding light, and we should continue to celebrate Frankie’s life and legacy for all he has given to us and the world.”

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