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Jesse Saunders spins on June 18 at the Oriental

In 1984, Jesse Saunders released "On and On," the track widely credited as the very first house music in existence. Saunders used old-school funk, disco, early pop, hip-hop and R&B to create the template for what would grow into a worldwide phenomenon. Now, almost three decades later, he's still making music as both a producer and a DJ, plus working as a filmmaker and author. Saunders brought house music to the masses when it was being spun primarily in gay clubs in Chicago; in 1997, Chicago mayor Richard Daley announced that July 17 would forever be known in the Windy City as "Jesse Saunders and the Pioneers of House Music Day." Clearly, Saunders is a really big deal; his recent tour, titled Art of the DJ, incorporates a program of visuals that takes the audience on a journey through the history of this music that moves people all over the planet. On Saturday, June 18, he's headlining a once-in-a-lifetime show at the Oriental Theater, presented by Supernova and with local support from Uriah West, Rescue, Brett Starr and Joey Mazzotta.

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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