Tuesday, August 31, 2010

House In The Park - Atlanta

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So I was out one night and this man came up to me and a fellow friend of mine. That man was Ramon Rawsoul, the organizer of House In The Park and a good friend. Now you MUST remember, I was cutting a rug and doing the damn thing on the dance floor. He told me to be at this event the following day and that I would enjoy it. That Sunday before Labor Day in 2005 changes my view of House Music on a daily.

The music was beautiful and what many do not know is that it was held at Candler Park. There was a small group of us househeads, probably no more than 150 dancing around at the Pavillion, getting to know one another, on top of getting our eat on. Let's go into the following year: Perkenson Park. I walked up and saw the venue, not realizing how many people would show up. The crowd started to build and so did the amazing line-up of DJ's.

(c) 2006. John Crooms Photography

The following year was even greater and the energy was massive! People traveled from afar, such as: New York, Chicago, Miami, Charlotte, Detroit and even Washington State. To see individuals of all creeds, religions, sexual orientations come together just for one day in the name of House Music makes my soul happy. To hear that this event represents the South on a grander scale makes me even happier. Ramon Rawsoul, Kai Alce, Salah Ananse and DJ Kemit are staples in the House Music scene. So to see these men put together an event that unites ALL in the music community shows the sheer commitment being placed upon the community as a whole.

Flash onward to 2007: Man that day was hotter than ever! The crowd was even larger and the energy was immense.

Left to Right: Salah Ananse, Kai Alce, DJ Kemit, Ramon Rawsoul

The following two years have exploded into something many could only dream of when it comes to Summer outdoor festivals in Atlanta. Reports of people camping out overnight, some coming from outside of the U.S., 5,000 bodies all in unity and celebrating and others soaking up the energy the day after the event have been said about this event. So for those who love to dance, have a knack for amazing House Music and enjoy outdoor festivals, then this event is for you.

This Sunday promises to be a treat for all!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tambor 1 YEAR Anniversary, House In The Park Fundraiser and Sunday School

I know, I have been off the map for a minute. Between working on my makeup portfolio and getting ready for a busy couple of months, I have not updated. I will do a better job. Promise. Anyways, first and foremost, I would like to give a shout out to the Tambor Crew, Lou Gorbea, Ramon Rawsoul, Salah Ananse, Anthony David, Sean Alvarez and others for making this past weekend so amazing for Atlanta. Many do not realize how much work is put into all of this to come together. I am excited for the next couple of months that are in store. House In The Park is celebrating its sixth year. WOW! I remember the very first one at Candler Park with less than 200 people and now look to what it has grown into. If people think House Music is dead, think again. This movement is going no damn where. On top of that, I will do whatever I have to do to maintain this scene, as well as others who are involved.

Back to basics: TAMBOR PARTY WAS RIDICULOUS! For me to dance on the wall and on the floor takes a lot for me to feel music that whole night and break a damn sweat with my 'fro. I had a ball. Now for the pictures:

Saturday night was amazing as well. Ramon Rawsoul, Sean Alvarez and Kai Alce threw down at The Sound Table for House In The Park fundraiser. Here are some pics:

So that Sunday night was Sunday School. A monthly event with DJ Salah Ananse and guests. Was a pleasure to have been there. John Roberts on drums, Anthony David on the vocals, Ramon Rawsoul and Salah Ananse on the decks. Yessir!