‘Dance For Stevie’ - Ministry of Sound Fundraiser For Steve Lavinere Of Legendary Duo Bobby & Steve
Money raised will support Steve Laviniere as he recovers from rare brain injury after contracting COVID-19
Artists set to play include David Morales, Norman Jay MBE, Trevor Nelson, Barbara Tucker and more
Event to take place on 3rd October at Ministry Of Sound
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Taking place on Sunday 3rd October, music industry friends and the Laviniere & Groove Odyssey family will be hosting a huge fundraising event at Ministry of Sound in support of legendary DJ and promoter Steve Laviniere — of duo Bobby & Steve fame. ‘Dance For Stevie’ aims to raise funds to facilitate Steve’s rehabilitation and future care after complications from COVID-19.
Perhaps best known as pioneers of soulful house with their legendary KISS FM slot, Garage City and enduring Groove Odyssey label and club event, Bobby & Steve are dance music royalty. With their dedication shaping nightlife as we know it and giving so much to the scene, it’s now time for those who have benefited from their input to rally round.
After Steve contracted COVID-19 in March 2020, the virus spread to his nervous system, causing a rare brain injury called Acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis (AHLE/Hurst Disease). This diagnosis has caused a Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness, leaving Steve unable to communicate or move his body. All money raised will go towards the family home adaptations, and future care to enable Steve to return home when the time is right.
Bringing the best in dance music together, the team have rounded up a breathtaking lineup, comprised of artists who have collaborated and connected with Bobby & Steve throughout their remarkable careers, shared countless stages with them and are all close friends. It’s yet another example of the house music family coming together and supporting one of their own. Kicking off at 2pm and running until 1am, the all-dayer will play host to an expansive range of genres and styles to delight all fans.
Stepping up to the decks throughout the day, legend of the scene and remix titan David Morales, while the disco don Dave Lee will serve up the deepest cuts of soul, funk and disco with Defected label head Simon Dunmore unleashing only the most infectious of house classics. Few encapsulate London club culture quite like Norman Jay MBE and the rare groove pioneer will be on deck, as well as Chicago house trailblazer Terry Hunter. Without Barbara Tucker, house music simply wouldn’t be what it is today and she’ll be laying down her iconic soulful vocals on countless hits, with garage titan Spoony and number one soul man Trevor Nelson also making appearances alongside many, many more, all in support of the cause.
David Morales says: “I first met Bobby & Steve when I first went to London in the late 80’s. Bobby & Steve have and still play a pivotal role in the world of house music in the UK. Respect.”
Simon Dunmore says: “The love & respect of family & friends is hard earned. For over 30 years Steve has promoted good times, great music, supported and been at the forefront of a great London scene, created communities, bringing people together, made them dance…made them smile. As father. As DJ. As an entrepreneur. As a man. I feel & see nothing but respect & love for Steve.”
Norman Jay MBE says: “My love, admiration and total respect for Steve as a terrific DJ and all round great music and family man which knows NO bounds. The music world’s a better place with Bobby & STEVE!!”
The team have also started a GoFundMe to further raise money for Steve’s rehabilitation.
Full lineup A-Z:
Bobby & Steve
Jumpin Jack Frost
Norman Jay MBE
Notes: In line with government guidelines, all COVID-19 protocols will be closely followed at the event. Further information will be given closer to the date.
A personal letter from The Laviniere & Groove Odyssey family:
On Sunday 3rd October we will be holding a fundraiser event for our Steve, from Bobby & Steve, at Ministry of Sound from 2pm-1am.
After battling Covid for a couple of weeks, our Steve walked into his local hospital on the 29th March 2020. As his symptoms worsened he was put on a ventilator and into an induced coma. In that time they had to perform CPR and his wife Julie received calls saying things weren’t looking good, as one by one all of his organs started to fail.
After 25 days he was taken out of the induced coma but was non-responsive. An MRI scan showed the virus had gotten into Steve’s nervous system and inflamed cells, causing a very rare brain injury called Acute haemorrhagic leukoencephalitis (AHLE- aka- Hurst disease). This diagnosis has left Steve in a state of Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness, meaning he is unable to communicate or move his body and is being fed by a tube.
There’s no medicine to repair this condition, however Steve is in a great neurological facility receiving the best care, and we are confident that his condition will improve. When the time is right we know Steve will benefit from being at home, surrounded by the love of his wife and family, the greatest medicine of all. This will mean major home adaptations, so on Sunday 3rd October, some of our music industry family from different genres, will be coming together to raise funds to assist with Steve’s future rehabilitation.
For those who can’t make it but still want to donate, we’ve set up a GoFundMe page.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all for your continued prayers, love, support and positive energy.
The Laviniere & Groove Odyssey family.
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July 19, 2021 8:00pm ET by Name PR