His name is synonymous with the great’s in house music. Responsible for opening the warehouse and Music box and introducing us to Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy, Robert Williams is House Music Royalty. Throwing and promoting parties since the 1970s, he is a master at creating events people love to attend. This year, house people gathered at the Elastic Arts Café to celebrate Robert Williams’s birthday. The room was a “who’s who” of the Chicago House Community. DJs, producers, Recording artists and dancers all came together from every side of the city to pay tribute to a living legend.
Opening the night was Italian DJ and Producer Gigi Testa. I had not had the privilege of hearing him play before but I was so happy I finally got to hear his set. This DJ played an incredible set. He knows how to read a room and open a night. The dance floor was packed as he took us on a musical journey at the perfect pace. Next up was an epic tag team by Chicago’s own, Ron Trent and New York DJ/Producer, Joe Clausell. These two were the perfect blend, taking dancers on a musical journey. They played the old, the new, the rarely heard before and did it all with ease.
Partygoers danced until the wee hours of the morning, on a jam packed dance floor covered in sweat and euphoria at a night filled with epic music from epic talent! Robert Williams’s birthday parties are always memorable but this night was a night, I wish I could relive over and over again. The sound selectors for the evening were the perfect team to create something fresh, different and new. Just another incredible night enjoying Chicago House Music!
Happy Birthday Robert Williams, your impact and influence on the culture was reflected in a room full of love for the man we call “The Senior”.