Pay your respects to Larry Levan's pioneering dance club Paradise Garage on April 3rd at Le Poisson Rouge. Among the most influential nightclubs in New York history, the Garage's annual Reunion Party will honor "34 years with 10 hours of music" from Kervyn Mark, Joey Llanos and David Depino, who helped define the venue's early house sound (and thereby shaped the genre itself) as Levan's handpicked opening D.J.
Contemporary house and techno artists still make pilgrimages to original Garage site at 84 King Street despite its current status as a Verizon truck depot. Being part of such a legacy is enough to draw Depino out of retirement (he officially quit the game in 2000) for the reunion and Levan's posthumous birthday party each July. In the spirit of the democratic original, proceeds go to charity. As Depino tells Black Book's Steve Lewis, the reunion, like the Garage, isn't about the money, but "all about the party."
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