Hunters Nightclub Hosts Legends of Vinyl to Award Numerous DJs

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The Legends of Vinyl for the DJ Hall of Fame will take place Wednesday, August 19 at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors. The 4-hour seminar and forum will feature a panel of those in the music industry, including record company owners, producers and DJs. Also included will be a live performance by Ray Martinez of Amant and a tribute to Mr. Henry Stone and T.K. Records.

Stone was an American record company executive and producer who started T.K. Records, an independent record label. He worked with numerous artists, most famously with Ray Charles and James Brown with their early works. Stone was in the Miami music business for over 65 years and is said to be very influential in forming numerous musical sounds such as disco, southern soul, and the Miami Sound. He also had a big impact in blues, gospel, R&B and even the beginning of electronic music. Stone passed away August 7 in 2014.

Honorees of the musical event include DJ Robbie Leslie, DJ Bob Miro, DJ Jimmy Yu, DJ Ellen Bogen, DJ Howard Merritt, and more. Awards will be presented to various DJs, artists, producers, and recording engineers. Luis Mario, founder of the Legends of Vinyl, will be presenting the awards the Legends of Vinyl Board of Directors.

There will be two panels attendees can view. The first is more so categorized as a "technical" panel featuring Mark Zimmer from the first generation Hall of Fame DJ, "new" generation mobile DJ Freddy Lopez, owner of Internet radio station EAGLEradio.PRO Jimmy Perigny, and owner of Fort Lauderdale record store We Got The Beats Anthony Cicalese.

Zimmer’s presentation will be focused on polyrhythms, rhythm patterns and triplets, Lopez will be talking about music production with Ableton Live and Perigny will give an overview of radio stations in general. In addition, Perigny and Cicalese will talk about the resurrection of the vinyl record business and its coexistence with MP3s.

The second panel is titled "The Past, The Present, and The Future of the Music Industry." This will be moderated by Bill Kelly, DJ who is the co-founder of the Winter Music Conference. Joining him on the panel will be promoter of product Ray Caviano of Warner Brothers/RFC and T.K. Records, Bo Crane, a DJ and founder of the Florida Music Pool and John Luongo, a DJ, producer, remixer and CEO/President at JL Management LLC. Guests can partake in the question and answer sessions.

But the fun doesn’t stop at the forum. There will also be an after party featuring DJs Jellybean Benitez, Luis Mario and Frank Corr.

“The Legends of Vinyl will be hosting one of the most unique events in South Florida,” said Mario. “We are planning on touring across the country as well. The first event was held in Philadelphia in April; it was a huge success. The next stops will be Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and possibly Atlanta. At each event we will be acknowledging approximately 25 individuals. We also plan on adding new categories, such as dancers, in the future. As a national institution, we will continue to represent and acknowledge the individuals who have contributed since the beginning.”

Added Mario, "I am so grateful to everyone who has helped and encouraged us."

The Legends of Vinyl takes place at Hunters Nightclub located at 2232 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. Call (954) 630-3556. Doors will open at 4 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.


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