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In Conversation With Hip Hop Pioneer Michael Holman
2:00 PM14:00

In Conversation With Hip Hop Pioneer Michael Holman

In Conversation With Michael Holman Detroit John Varvatos Ron Trent Adrian Loving Vikki Tobak Robert Williams Larry Hope

Detroit Music Festival Speakers Series in collaboration with John Varvatos & MUSICANDPOWER Presents >>>

"A Conversation With Hip Hop Pioneer
Michael Holman (NYC Breakers / Graffiti Rock / 'Downtown 81' / Gray)"

- A Live In-Store Panel Discussion

@ John Varvatos Store, Wright-Kay Building, 1500 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

With Special Guests >>>

Robert Williams ( The Warehouse / Music Box)
Larry Hope (Fashion Designer)

***Free Entry***

Doors open at 1pm
Talk 2pm - 5pm

A multimedia discussion with Michael Holman, legendary artist and Hip Hop pioneer, discussing street style, current projects and his involvement with the New York Downtown scene.

Moderated by >>>

Vikki Tobak
Adrian Loving

There will be showing of classic photos, video clips and Q&A with audience members.

Also presenting >>>

"The Search for Heaven"

With Carlton S. Gholz, PHD & Curtis Lipscomb

Discussing the restoration of Detroit's historic club Heaven soundsystem

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Chicago House Music Festival
1:00 PM13:00

Chicago House Music Festival


Ron Trent will feature a stellar roster of House Music DJs at the 'Chicago House Music Festival'!

Throughout the day, DJs and live performances will showcase the various sounds and styles of house music, the musical form born in Chicago that has gone on to revolutionize dance music internationally. 


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Jay Pritzker Pavilion - Hosted by Disco Poet Khari B
7:30–9pm - Louie Vega and the Elements Of Life band
7:15–7:30pm - House Music Awards
6–7:15pm - Gifted Souls featuring Joe Smooth & Craig Loftis
5–6pm - Chez Damier
4–5pm - Mike Dunn
3–4pm - Donna Edwards
2–3pm - Jose Marquez
1:45–2pm - House Dance Performance by Fivestar Boogie

Deep House Stage (Chase Promenade North)
7–8pm - Ron Trent
6–7pm - Adam Gibbons
5–6pm - Sabine Blaizin
3–5pm - "EXCURSIONS" w Cordell Johnson & James Vincent
2–3pm - DJ Duane Powell
1–2pm - John Simmons

Chicago House Stage (Chase Promenade South)
7–8pm - Paul Leighton Johnson
6–7pm - DJ Deeon
4–6pm - Ron Carroll
3–4pm - Zernell Gillie
2–3pm - Celestethedj Alexander
1–2pm - Boogie McClarin Dance Workshop

Park Grill - Chicago Stage
8-9pm - Sean Haley
6-8pm - DJ V From Chicago
4-6pm - Fathom Dj
2-4pm - Hugo Moya
1-2pm - DJ SHANI
12-1pm - Caswell James

Proud to help celebrate Chicago's music legacy, followed by the Chicago Gospel Music Festival on June 1-2 and the Chicago Blues Festival on June 8-10. All events are FREE!

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In Conversation With Fab5 Freddy
6:00 PM18:00

In Conversation With Fab5 Freddy

In Conversation With Fab5 Freddy Ron Trent Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Keith Haring Adrian Loving Robert Williams

'In Conversation with Fab5 Freddy & Special Guest Robert Williams'

As part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events -Chicago House Music Festival & Conference, May 24-26 2018

Co-curated by Ron Trent and in conjunction with 'Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural' March 3 - September 23 2018

New York legend and Hip Hop pioneer Fab5 Freddy will be making a very special appearance as part of the Chicago House Music festival, discussing his artwork, current projects and his involvement with the New York Downtown scene. 

Fab also reflects on the 30th anniversary of 'Yo! MTV Raps', graffiti-as-public-art and Keith Haring's famous Chicago mural project in 1989. 

There will be multi-media discussion with classic photos, video clips and Q&A with audience members. 

Panel discussion, moderated by Vikki Tobak and Adrian Loving, will start at 6pm, with a special After-Set by Ron Trent from 8pm -11pm.

***Free Entry***


Born in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Fred Brathwaite aka FAB 5 FREDDY began his artistic career creating graffiti pieces throughout New York City. In homage to Andy Warhol, Fab Freddy covered a subway car with Campbell’s soup cans, creating a classic of subway graffiti art. Moving on to painting on canvas, FAB 5 FREDDY exhibited work both here and abroad. His work created a bridge between the rising hip hop movement in Harlem and the Downtown New York art scene. Along with friendships with fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Harring, he has worked with pop culture icons ranging from Blondie to Queen Latifah, as well as appearing in films and televions shows such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent as well producing films such as Wild Style. (biography courtesy of Gallery 151)


Born in New York City, now longterm Chicago resident, Robert Williams have been credited as a major component in the history of House music, having owned the famous venues 'The Warehouse' and 'Muzic Box' in Chicago City. Mr. Williams will help to set the context of 70s and 80s New York City in this discussion.


Best known for being the co-founder of Prescription Records, Ron Trent is no stranger to New York City life, having relocated to NYC in the 90s and being an active participant in the underground music, dance and arts culture in the city. A longtime fan of Keith Haring, Ron Trent has collaborated with the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs to curate this very special gathering for the Chicago House Music Festival and Conference 2018.


Vikki is a journalist, author and producer, she currently writes about culture, politics, arts and social justice. Author of "Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop" (Random House/Clarkson Potter Fall 2018), Vikki previously served as a TV network news producer and reporter covering technology, global politics and economy for CNN, Bloomberg News, TechTV, CBS MarketWatch and other leading media organizations. Born in Kazakhstan, fluent in Russian and raised in Detroit, Vikki's interest in the intersection of culture and political/social worlds drives her media work. 


Loving has curated art exhibitions and public programming at various museums and cultural institutions in his 20-year career including the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art (NMAFA), The National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Art and Corcoran Gallery of Art, amongst many others. Loving’s active participation at music festivals, art fairs and conferences has further developed his unique perspective on contemporary pop-culture and issues of historical importance. Loving currently maintains a full-time faculty position as an Instructor of Visual Art, Film and Video at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC. Prior to his current role, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Art and Graphic Design at University of Maryland College Park and Howard University.

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to Jan 15

Queen! in association with FKF present: For Frankie!

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Queen! in association with FKF present: For Frankie! - a celebration of his life with all proceeds benefiting the Frankie Knuckles Foundation…

In Metro: Derrick Carter / Ron Trent / Mike Dunn

In smartbar: Michael Serafini / Garrett David / Shaun J Wright / Eris Drew

Hosted by Lucy Stoole / Nico (Dustin) / Jojo Baby / Valentine Addams / Beverly Lately

$20 Advance, $25 door / 21 & Over / Doors: 10PM / Show: 10PM

To purchase tickets click here.

Queen! at Smart Bar- Sundays
The Frankie Knuckles Foundation

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African Blues (The Reprise) Silver Room Block Party Launch Party
to May 14

African Blues (The Reprise) Silver Room Block Party Launch Party

Join us in celebrating the return of African Blues and the launch of the 14th Annual Silver Room Block Party, with Ron Trent and Joe Claussell (all night long!) with very special guest Kahil El Zbar performing live.

Tickets $15 early bird, $20 in advance. Click here to purchase yours now to reserve your space.

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Prescription Underground Presents: Robert Williams Birthday Celebration With Special Guest Nicky Siano
to Mar 12

Prescription Underground Presents: Robert Williams Birthday Celebration With Special Guest Nicky Siano

Prescription Underground will be celebrating of the birthday of one of the pivotal figures in underground music culture, Mr. Robert Williams, former owner of the Warehouse and Muzic Box. This event is in conjunction with the Frankie Knuckles Foundation, with music provided by Ron Trent and special guests.

Tickets are $15 in advance online only, click here to purchase yours now.

Strictly over 21s only, ID essential.

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Disco :  An Artist Talk & Panel Discussion
5:30 PM17:30

Disco : An Artist Talk & Panel Discussion

Opening Reception Event>>>>>.
The 13th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party

In honor of Frankie Knuckles. We take a look into the world of "Disco" and the underground music scene through the lens of Author Bill Berstein and his Book titled "Disco" Along with a panel Q&A of Chicago's and NYC's luminaries of the era.

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