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How Frankie Knuckles's Label Def Mix Marked the First Anniversary of His Death

Listen to a recording of David Morales' set from the nostalgia-steeped night.

by Michelle Lhooq
Apr 2 2015, 5:05pm

Celebrations are happening across the country to mark the one-year anniversary of beloved house pioneer Frankie Knuckles. This week, in his hometown of Chicago, Frankie's closest friends threw a launch party for a movie about his legendary club, The Warehouse. Meanwhile in Miami, David Morales, Hector Romero and Quentin Harris, all essential members of Knuckles' New York-based label Def Mix, gathered for a joyous tribute to his memory.

Co-hosted by the revered (and sadly defunct) local club Vagabond, the party was a contrast from the rest of Miami Music Week's usual trappings—Ultra Music Festival's kandi kids and South Beach's chi-chi pool parties felt a world away as the Miami Beach Edition's basement nightclub filled with the diva vocals and piano stabs of classic disco and house. Everywhere you looked, there were towering club kids dressed in stuffed animal costumes, glamorous middle-aged women in feather boas, muscle-bound gay men showing off their tans, and wispy models waving glowsticks—an eclectic crowd that would have done the dancefloor of The Sound Factory proud. Listen to a recording of Morales' set, and check out some photos from the nostalgia-steeped night below.

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Hector Romero, Quentin Harris and David Morales
The dancefloor at Basement Miami at the Miami Beach Edition

David Morales
Hector Romero and David Morales

Dancers wore costumes bedazzled with red sequins and toy soldiers
Giant disco balls doubled as ice buckets and table decor

Party guests taking GIFs with the club's resident props
Pool tables, a bowling alley and an ice skating rink rounded out the nightclub's unusual amenities

An eclectic crowd filled the dancefloor
Go-go dancers