Whether you dance to mainstream dance-pop hits, dark-room tech-house bangers or even bass-riddled future drops, you’ve got Frankie Knuckles to thank for the party. As the resident DJ of Chicago’s Warehouse club in the ’80s, the iconic figure was instrumental to the propogation of house music. Indeed, the Warehouse is where “house” music got its name.
Knuckles died in 2014, but his message of love and community lives on in all the music house inspires. It also very directly lives in the Frankie Knuckles Foundation (dedicated to the support of music in schools, LGBTQ youth homelessness, AIDS research and prevention, and diabetes research and education), and you can actively participate in the message at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event by dancing and raising funds at the first official Frankie Fest.
Frankie Fest is founded and organized by Knuckles’ living partners Eric Kupper and Kenny Summit as a means to honor his legacy and bring dancers together on the floor for good. The ADE launch party features performances from both Kupper and Summit, as well as Francois K, Mousse T and DJ Sneak. The brand will then travel around the world with a November edition in San Francisco and more to be announced.
Frankie Fest comes to ADE Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the W Amsterdam. Check the official flier below.