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Wonder-full DC Inauguration Edition

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Editorial Review

Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life" album is not only his masterwork, it describes the essence of his career, which is music inspired by and created for the joyful moments of life, from the mundane to the profound. In the hands of a DJ, Stevie's records turn into emotional lightening rods that can catalyze the feelings of everyone on the dancefloor. There are few artists whose songs inspire full-throated sing-alongs at parties more than Stevie Wonder's. When New York DJ legends Spinna and Bobbito did their first all-Stevie Wonder dance party almost a decade ago, it was immediately clear that a phenomenon was born, and it's been repeated every year since. Wonder-full parties are now akin to fan conventions with a spiritual bent. They've spawned plenty of memorable moments: Once, Stevie himself called Spinna's cell phone during the party and the phone was placed next to the microphone so he could address his devotees. This lovefest will take place in Washington with Spinna and Bobbito at Liv pulling out not only Steveland Morris's classics but obscure covers and works of other artists on whose songs Stevie played, produced or collaborated.

-- Rhome Anderson (Nov. 2007)