That night there were two guys competing for our attention. Two major bookings in Atlanta on the intensely cold evening had the ATL house scene jumping from one venue to the next. As soon as the party goers walked through the double doors of SOHO Lounge layers of clothes were immediately removed and dancing commenced instantaneously. If you made it to the venue early enough you were able to snag a $5 coat check, but as the night went on the prices climbed to $10. Although, this is something that is to be expected in a venue like this one. Beautiful bottle girls pranced through the crowd with sparklers to the VIP section. Drink prices were no exception. A glass of house Merlot cost you $11.
Bobi Stevkovski played to an early packed out house, everyone was feeling his groovy tracks. People were dancing and smiling while friends greeted one another. Flat screen TVs lined the walls reminding us of the next Underground Sessions event, Lee Burridge on January 22. Atlanta is finally shifting from the hip-hop mecca of the south to a musically diverse crowd thirsty for more.
Around 1 a.m. the music abruptly cut off for about 4-5 minutes. For the most part the crowd seemed unaffected by the disruption, however looking around friends of mine were certainly confused by the mishap. At that point we expected Guy Gerber to enter the DJ booth but to our surprise Bobi remained warming up the room.
It wasn’t until 10-15 minutes later that the man of the hour made his way to the booth. A disappointing entrance in fact, there was no cheering and no heightened excitement from the crowd. They seemed unsure of the music. I heard someone say, “Something is weird with his mixing. Like, it’s not timed right.” It turns out there were some equipment issues and Guy Gerber didn’t have everything he needed to work the room the way he imagined. However, rule number one is always have a backup plan, then have a backup for your backup plan.
Despite some technical issues the night was an overall success. Word on the street the next day was that everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The party was packed with smiles and the dancing never stopped. Big props to Underground Sessions for throwing a proper party, cheers!
Photos by Kayode Lowo // Video by Kyle Robbins