Through his legendary residency at New York's Paradise Garage, Larry Levan elevated DJing to an artform and provided the soundtrack to one of the most fertile moments in the history of dance music. Levan's sessions throughout the '80s at the Garage were dubbed "Saturday Mass," an acknowledgement that - to many - going to the club was a weekly ritual of the upmost importance.
As part of the local initiative to rename King Street Larry Levan Way, the Red Bull Music Academy is proud to pay tribute to the legacy of Levan at the Larry Levan Street Party on May 11. We'll be taking over King Street between Varick and Hudson with François Kevorkian, David DePino, Joey Llanos and a few special guests. In advance of the event, we asked disco authority Peter Shapiro to tell the story of Levan, explaining why the beloved Paradise Garage DJ is still held in such high esteem more than two decades after his untimely passing.