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Keep on Dancin Miami

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Christina Visca in association with Joe B(erinato), AREA, GMHC and Lifebeat present

KEEP ON DANCIN’ Miami 2011
Remembering MEL CHEREN with the music of the PARADISE GARAGE


March 9, 2011

DJ’s and dance music fans will come together for KEEP ON DANCIN’ 2011 MIAMI for a fundraising event to remember Mel Cheren. This event follows the hugely successful KEEP ON DANCIN’ NYC and KEEP ON DANCIN’ MIAMI in 2009 and 2010.

With a career spanning almost 5 decades, Cheren’s many accomplishments over the years clearly proved him to be one of the most important and passionate figures in Dance Music history. He demonstrated the same commitment and dedication to his AIDS charity work from the early days of the crisis. His countless contributions to the fight against AIDS became as legendary as his music industry landmarks and his iconic status within the evolution of New York City nightlife. In addition, Mel was the CEO and founder of West End Records, financial backer of the legendary Paradise Garage, founder and president of 24 Hours for Life, and was owner of the Colonial House which Mel donated office space to GMHC to use in its first year, 1982. In 2001, Mel was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame with their Lifetime Achievement Award. The music pioneer and activist died December 7, 2007 of AIDS-related complications.

Our event is named after Mel Cheren’s autobiography “Keep on Dancin’: My Life and the Paradise Garage” which was made into the documentary, “The Godfather of Disco.” In the spirit of his charitable philosophy, Cheren’s share of the proceeds from his book were donated to his non-for-profit organization, 24 Hours for Life.

KEEP ON DANCIN’ will take place on Wednesday March 9th, 2011 from 10PM to 5AM at SCORE

DJ’s (in alphabetical order by first name: DANNY KRIVIT , QUENTIN HARRIS, RICHARD VASQUEZ and TONY SMITH will all pay tribute to Mel with dance music from and inspired by the Paradise Garage.

Tickets are $15 in advance available at or $20 at the door. $10 for WMC badge holders

ALL DOOR PROCEEDS will benefit AREA, GMHC, and Lifebeat and their HIV/AIDS prevention and support programs. More information available at:


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