Steve Laviniere, half of acclaimed soulful house duo Bobby & Steve, has been disabled as a result of complications from coronavirus and some friends are organizing a fundraiser at Ministry of Sound to support him.
David Morales, Norman Jay, Barbara Tucker, Dave Lee, Mark Knight, DJ Spoony, DJ Spen, Terry Hunter and more will be supporting Dance For Stevie, the October 3 2021 event held at Ministry of Sound. The event along with a GoFundMe campaign aims to help Steve return home and receive around the clock care.
Born in London’s East End, Bobby & Steve, made up of twins Robert and Steve Laviniere, began playing records in the 1980s, with a weekly slot on Gordon Mac’s pirate radio station Kiss FM. They would later establish residencies at Ministry of Sound and elsewhere and most recently hosted the main stage at the 51st State Festival with their event brand and label “Groove Odyssey.”
Steve contracted COVID-19 in the first wave of March 2020. After battling COVID for a couple of weeks, his condition worsened and he was put on a ventilator and placed in a medically induced coma. “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, or Hurst Disease),” according to a note from Steve’s family. “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.”
The full event line-up in alphabetical order:
Bobby & Steve
Jumpin Jack Frost
Norman Jay MBE
Photo via Steve Lavinere on Twitter.