The late Larry Levan’s soulful disco grooves at the New York City dance club Paradise Garage mark a time in dance music history that essentially helped pave the way for pop music’s current infatuation with electronic beats and superstar DJs.

The folks at Thirtyninehotel intend to bring the distinct vibe of Paradise Garage this Friday with a special one-of-a-kind event to celebrate Levan’s legacy and the famed discotheque he called home.

Born in Brooklyn, Levan is commonly referred to as The Jimi Hendrix of dance music. He is credited for laying the groundwork for house music throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. When pop culture decided disco was dead, he brought it back to the underground where it belonged. During his ten-year residency at PG, Levan had the innate ability to connect with the crowd; the musical journeys he would take club revelers on was second to none. Levan was the ultimate purveyor of the underground sound and one of the most influential DJs of his era.

Levan passed away 12 years before he was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2004, yet his contributions in American dance culture live on. It’s your chance to pay homage to one of the most important DJs in history. Period.

Now get your dancing shoes ready.

Thirtyninehotel, 39 Hotel St., Fri.,3/23, 9pm, 21+, [], 599-2552