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First-ever Atlanta Weekender continues through Sunday

31 Aug

For those who want to mix in a little house music with their Dragon*Con and Black Gay Pride plans, consider the Atlanta Weekender. It officially kicked off yesterday.

Atlanta’s finest house and soul music DJs — Kemit, Kai Alce, Salah Ananse and Ramon Rawsoul — are the main attraction, although guests from out of town, including Baltimore’s Karizma who is spinning at Sound Table tonight, will represent as well.

The big event is Sunday’s House in the Park, which moves to Grant Park from Perkerson for the first time.

Here’s an excerpt from my buddy Carlton Hargro, who wrote about it for Creative Loafing.

By now, most dance enthusiasts are aware that Labor Day in Atlanta means it’s time for another installment of House in the Park. This annual outdoor celebration of music and fellowship … featuring the turntable powers of Ramon Rawsoul, DJ Kemit, Kai Alce and Salah Ananse has become a destination for house heads from all over the world for almost a decade.

Check out the full story, which includes a Q&A with Weekender founder Ananse here.

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ATL Greenhouse brings house music to Piedmont Park on Saturday

29 Jun

ATL Greenhouse celebrates its fourth year at Piedmont Park on Saturday, and yes, both the weather and the DJs will be hot.

DJ Yusef, Cullen Cole, DJ Theo, and Stan Zeff and DJ BE of Tambor will be playing house music under the pavilion for a mixed crowd of house heads, families enjoying the park and curious onlookers.

While those five DJs round out the organizing crew, special guests DJ Tabone of WRFG-FM’s “The Soul Chamber” and vocalist Sheila Ford add more heat to the bill. Ford will perform around 6 p.m.

“Right now, we are the only ones doing anything at Piedmont as far as soulful house. We wanted to be able to bring different nationalities together to be able to freely express themselves through music and dance at an outdoor event,” DJ Yusef says.

Yusef says the process for obtaining his permit for an event at Piedmont Park was fairly easy, especially once the city and the Conservancy understood the event’s mission. “They were open once we expressed what we were doing and that it was an event that was for all families and children, and the type of music that we’re playing because it doesn’t consist of hip-hop, which is a different cultural thing,” he says. “We play music that people can respond to, relate to, dance to. A lot of the music that we play are spiritual songs, African, things like that. It’s just a matter of convincing them that you’re bringing an event that is family-oriented that’s just a lot of different.”

The event is free and is from noon to 9 p.m.

Sunday School moves to new location tonight

20 May

Tonight, Salah Ananse moves his weekly Sunday School soiree to the Sound Table after nearly a year at the Reserve atop Cafe Circa.

I’m more excited about the event now that it’s at the Edgewood Aveune favorite, just a few doors east of Cafe Circa. Expect fewer cigars, a bit less pretense — although there have always been friendly faces and no formal dress code — and maybe more dancing.

The weather’s gorgeous (and will remain in the 70s till later), so check it out tonight and every Sunday at 8 p.m. until late. No cover.

The Gathering helps raise funds for Year of Boulevard project

4 May

TED is an annual conference of sorts that asks the world’s greatest minds to share what they’re passionate about, broadcasting these “ideas worth spreading” live and across all mediums.

For more than two years, Atlanta has hosted its own independent TEDx events, inviting Georgia-based thinkers and advocates to speak on an impactful theme such as “community.” That was the theme for March, when I attended. (I was mainly inspired and impressed. Check out my Tweets from the event on March 13.)

Out of that session came an initiative to move TEDx out from the Westside consulting agency where it’s held and into the community.

The Year of Boulevard is a project spearheaded by the Atlanta councilman for the area, Kwanza Hall. Hall is a strong supporter of economic equality and culture — you’re just as likely to see him leading a neighborhood clean-up in the Old Fourth Ward as you are chilling at the Sound Table.

Now you know Boulevard can be a straight mess. “Live Mas”? Not if I have to get food from the Taco Bell off Parkway. Let’s not even get started on the gas station off North, or the corner store just south of Edgewood.

According to the TEDx site, “the TEDxAtlanta Community is working to bring a Summer of Possibility to the kids of the Boulevard corridor through summer-camp scholarships, internships and entrepreneurial mentoring. … Our most immediate challenge is to raise the money needed to cover summer-camp tuition for the kids of Boulevard. It costs an average of $110 to send one child to camp for a week.”

Yes, $110 is steep. But you can contribute by donating a few bucks at the Gathering tomorrow night at Space 2. Kai Alce and Ramon Rawsoul are spinning, along with guest DJ Jamie 3:26 from Chicago.

The $5 admission does not include a donation to the Year of Boulevard, so bring a little extra.

Green Velvet at Primal Atlanta: 10 highlights

20 Feb

Ten quick highlights from Green Velvet, DJ Pierre, and J-Luv at Primal Atlanta on Saturday, Feb. 18:

  1. Green Velvet at Primal Atlanta on Sat., Feb. 18. PHOTO BY DAVE FERNANDEZ

    “Flash” live!

  2. “La La Land” live!
  3. Hearing Green Velvet freak “Percolator.”
  4. Watching Cajmere/Green Velvet dance to his own music.
  5. The patio with DJs Kai Alce and Matt “Dough” Donathan.
  6. DJ Pierre dropping “French Kiss” by Lil’ Louis, another legendary Chicago-bred DJ, just before Green Velvet took to the tables.
  7. “Good evening, parents!” In other words, over the hill men in Hawaiian shirts dancing with girls in gold booty-cutters and bikini tops, nipples exposed. HA!
  8. Tambor regulars at Primal Atlanta.
  9. Bartenders who cut deals.
  10. Parking at Chinese Buddah for a short (if cold and damp) walk.

Classic tracks below.

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