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Back 2 Basics: Chez Damier and Boo Williams

Flash - Washington, DC, US

March 12, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - March 13, 2016 @ 4:00 am

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Saturday, March 12th • Bar opens 8PM, Club doors 10PM

Splitting his time between Detroit, Chicago and occasionally New York, Chez Damier set up the Music Institute with Derrick May while Alton Miller looked after its business affairs. He also managed the studio outputs of Kevin Saunderson’s KMS label while helping countless producers get a start in production. This time around fellow Chicago native Boo Williams joins Chez on the decks to bring us back to the basics.

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Chez Damier ( Balance Records | Chicago )

Boo Williams ( Relief, Rush Hour | Chicago )

DJ Soul ( DUSK | DC )

Bar: The Dance Party Chronicles
Martín Miguel

Remote Ctrl (DJ)



A legendary figure in electronic music, Chez Damier has played close witness to many of the pivotal moments in the history of house and techno. Jointly responsible with partner Ron Trent for both Prescription Records - widely recognized as one of the greatest labels of all time - and The Morning Factory - one of the most ethereal jams ever to rock a room - Chez Damier carries abound the soul of house music.

KMS, The Music Institute, The Bellville three: the Chicago DJ has played pivotal roles in the development of all three hallowed pieces of musical history. However his natural artistry and constant need to out do even himself has led to him passing off such seminal tunes as Can You Feel It as just a stage in his artistic development.

For as an artist Chez Damier represents a unique blend; he is as impetuous and daring as now as in 1989 and being able to qualify this with his own unique heritage makes his releases and DJ performances doubly formidable. When The Music Institute opened in Detroit in the late '80s it provided the home for a developing music scene. It proved just as important for the development of techno in the city as The Warehouse and The Music Box had been for house music in Chicago and the hedonistic experiences in that club have gone onto shape much of Damier's life ever since.

After a few years managing the KMS studio and label for Kevin Saunderson, he returned to his hometown of Chicago and, alongside Ron Trent, created the musical legacy that has guaranteed his legend. Immortal cuts like "Sometimes I Feel Like," "The Choice" and "Be My"-remain unparalleled examples of the genre. After taking an extended break from the music industry either side of the turn of the millennium, the house music impulse returned to Damier.

A handful of releases in 2004 and the odd DJ date hinted that a return was on the cards. In 2009, the last year of the decade Damier found a trusted outlet for his talents. A series of releases for the German label Mojuba signaled that he was on his way back to show the young pretenders the way. Taking up the torch of Prescription, Damier launched Balance Alliance as a home for some of the most forward thinking and talented producers he deems fit to join him on the imprint. With constant momentum building behind him, Chez Damier continues to explore fresh artistic avenues and legendary status as a DJ.


Boo Williams is a second generation house producer from Chicago. Boo followed the footsteps of Chicago greats like Larry Heard, Marshall Jefferson and Lil Louis. With recordings for labels like Peacefrog, Cajual, Relief, Rush Hour, Boo left an enormous legacy.

Since his career started over three decades ago back in 1981, The Chicago house veteran Boo Williams has been heavily involved in the house music industry, racking up highly strong reputation with his massive discography which includes a wide range of influences.

Hooking up with Mr Green Velvet, aka Curtis Jones’, much celebrated Relief Records in the mid-‘90s, the hard, jackin’ sub-label of Cajual, and later releasing on the tough-as-nails Dutch label Djax, 1996 saw Boo produce his seminal album with the bouncy house of ‘Home Town Chicago’, the first of a series of reissues by Anotherday Records.Boo has since gone on to record for reputable imprint such as Ovum Recordings, Relief Records and Rush Hour.

For those who have religiously followed Boo over the many years, he continues to deliver as promised, once again bringing the driving beats and textured etherial soundscapes as you'd expect from the master‘. And for those who are just tuning in for the first time, Boo will open up your ears to a new level of sound.
Many things have been said, written and rightfully attributed to DJ and Producer Boo Williams' monumental career: "innovator".
As Boo Williams said: «House music will never die! Love, peace and hair grease».


March 12, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
March 13, 2016 @ 4:00 am
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645 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
(202) 827-8791


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