By Jay Ray / (@jayrayisthename)
Late nights in Atlanta are never boring. No matter what day of the week it is, if you really want to, in Atlanta you can. (Insert your definition of "can" here.) The WERC Crew is your classic example of "EMERGING" that actually emerged in a major way in 2014. If you were even somewhat in the know, you knew about a WERC event, and were excited to be part of the experience.
When it was announced that Gravez (@GravezMusic) #StaticcFav Chris McClenney (@MisterMcClenney) (BTW, here's your opportunity to get hip to him. Click) was visiting for a DJ set I decided to make a stop through. Admittedly something I haven't done in a while, because my schedule has gotten so hectic. I was very committed to making it, though. On Fourth of July. In Atlanta. Near Centennial Park. Yeah, this was going to be a thing.
The day of, I texted Will Edmond to see if I could bring my camera in. I'd never actually done any capturing before, and I was hopeful it'd be ok if I did. I received a swift text back - "No, I don't mind at all, bro. See you soon." So, about 10:00p off I set out on my journey. Traveling along with me was Mr. Traffic and Ms. Rain beginning to pour. I was not about to be outdone. I had my poncho AND camera bag cover. I am kind of a Boy Scout that way.
Vibes, as an event, captures the classic spirit of parties of the past, infusing the space with classic vibes interpreted in a new way. (See my piece about Soulection for more about what I mean.) Interestingly, I didn't get to stay to actually hear Mr. McClenney. When my spirit says move, I tend to just do that, but before I did I captured what I saw that night. Below is the result.
WERC is important to the future of Atlanta, by bridge building sonically. Vibes is just one example of that.