Red Bull Music Academy is in full effect this month bringing you a wide array of events, parties and lectures all based around the emerging in music from the past and present. Last Sunday, was no different with over thousands of attendees who came out to support the legacy and music of Larry Levan at the Larry Levan block party hosted on King Street in Manhattan (between Varick and Hudson). However, it was apparent that maybe another block (or two) should have been shut off since the event concluded one hour early due to a very high attendance rate, with many anticipating attendees being turned away from the event.
The block party was on Mother's Day, with attendance of mother's, father's, the young, the old, dancers, models, actors and the eclectic of New York for the music of Larry Levan and the Paradise Garage. Special performers and DJs included: David DePino, Francois K, Joey Llanos - all who were very close friends of Larry Levan during his lifetime and played music including the Paradise Garage classics, pioneered by Larry Levan in the 1980s (an eclectic mix of disco, early house, new wave, electro, R&B, soul, funk and boogie). Attendees also had the opportunity to purchase rare Paradise Garage t-shirts and take photos in a photo booth to reinvent the old membership cards from the Paradise Garage.
The main highlight of the event was a campaign/petition to "make it last forever" and merge King Street to Larry Levan Way to honor Levan's legacy and impact as the legendary DJ of the Paradise garage which gained support from a wide array of communities in the 1980s and one of the first DJs to perform worldwide. Many feel should have been done a long while ago with over 4,660 signatures collected at the event. The Larry Levan petition now has 13,473+ in total and you can also sign the petition for the section of King Street (between Varick and Hudson Streets) be renamed officially Larry Levan Way.