Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House Music, Spins a Birthday Set at Smartbar
The Godfather of House Music turns 59 on January 18, which means that house—the genre of music he’s credited with creating—is inching toward 40 years old. To celebrate, Smartbar is throwing its most iconic resident a party at popular Sunday event Queen!. The guest list includes legendary New York City DJs David Morales and Louie Vega, who will spin alongside “Nasty Girl” singer Inaya Day and longtime Queen! residents Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, and Garrett David. Of course, Knuckles will also treat the crowd to a set of his own.
If you’re unsure of what to get Knuckles for his birthday—or simply for helping make Chicago’s dance floors more diverse and inclusive—we have some help. A birthday on January 18 makes Knuckles a hard-working, up-all-night Capricorn. Susan Miller over at Astrology Zone has a few suggestions: “Capricorn rules history, so an antique gold coin, a rare letter autographed by an American president, or a bestseller on a historical subject would be terrific.” Hmmm. Maybe just wear comfortable dancing shoes and make sure you have a good time. (Smartbar, 3730 N. Clark St. Sunday, January 19, at 10 p.m. Tickets: $15)
Photo courtesy of Frankie Knuckles’s Fan Page on Facebook
Courtney Ryan is a Chicago-based writer and Derrick Rose fan. She spends almost 100% of her time making or eating popcorn.