2016 Was A Rough Year - A Werc-Out Fest is what we all needed.
I’ve been an Atlanta resident for a little over three years — I’m awfully ashamed to admit that WERC-OUT FEST was my first WERC Crew event, please judge me — I deserve and expect it. WERC Crew is determined to become the nucleus of Atlanta nightlife, and to be able to witness it is awe-inspiring. Okay so, WERC-OUT Fest? It was ridiculously awesome. There were so many beautiful people present—frolicking around with open-mouthed smiles and twinkling eyes, drinking, laughing out loud, hugging — spreading love, loving the heck out of life.
WERC-OUT Fest was the collective’s first festival; it included all three of their monthly parties under one roof. Yes indeed — Smothered + Covered, Whine and The Groove parties all under one roof. It took place at 327 Edgewood and consisted of 3 rooms, 12 acts (along with a few other special guests.) Those 3 rooms showcased 3 stages (representing WERC Crew’s 3 monthly parties) — Whine in Bonelick BBQ, The Groove in Speakeasy and Smothered + Covered down in The Music Room. So yes! Here’s what went down:
The Whine Stage took place in Bonelick BBQ, the restaurant turned dancehall reeked of smoky delicious Jerk barbecue, sweat and was slightly humid. Jamaica, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Bahamas and many other Central and South American countries adorned the walls; the set designer really did her thing! A look to my right, I saw women taking their heels and outerwear coats off to get busy on the dancefloor ( So cozé-chic.), twist to my left—I saw men pelvic thrusting and grooving to the beat, and a subtle chin lift forward—two gal-pals rolling and whining atop the DJ booth — FYA PON DE PLACE was an understatement. The chilly misty night was not tortuous enough for the party people to stay inside and Netflix and chill. No one was on their phone or clenching their partner’s hand — everyone was smiling for the photographer, women were too busy dutty-whining to head to the bathroom and fix their sweated-off foundation, vibes were too strong to point out the blonde haired woman from a small town closing her eyes and twirling and whirling around as if she was Rihanna in the “Work” music video — all thanks to the DJs: Jeremy Avalon, Florista and Helix.
Next door in the Speakeasy was The Groove Stage, for those who are not familiar — The Groove is strictly R&B — For the young grown and sexy — whose business casual does not consist of fedoras and linen, yet. Here, Classic R&B, New Jack Swing and Neo-Soul were played. You were able to step in the name of love and two-step with your drink in your left hand and your sweet thang in your right. A major shout-out to DJ Wally Sparks and Divine Interface, spinning them records!
Last but certainly not least! Smothered + Covered down in the Music Room. The room of all rooms — The dance and groove all night room, the Yes! I came here to dance! Room. The Sweat it out and hug your neighbor because it got hot as hell yet everyone was so friendly room. It was lit and very crowded (cue Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” music video — yes, it was that packed.) I witnessed StarRo hop around with his keytar and keep the crowd live — highlight of his performance was when ethereal-voiced BOSCO surprised the crowd by getting on stage to sing “Kiss, Kiss." Also! I was not aware of Xavier Omår, but when he performed “Blind Man” I made a promise to myself to get more familiar with him. Kiya Lacey put the crowd in a trance with her graceful vocals and undeniable star quality. Smothered + Covered was popping, there is absolutely no turning back now — this year, If I’m able — I plan to be present at all of WERC Crew events. DJ Xavier BLK, DJ Hourglass, Thrice Groove and Bae Worldwide’s DJ Mikkoh seriously rocked the place.
2016 was a rough one, love your self and your neighbor. Don’t be like me and just “like” pictures on Instagram and click “Interested” when invited to special functions and parties via Facebook. No, get up and get out! Make an effort to invest in and support young, creative and passionate individuals who work full-time to hone their skills and help spread nothing but light and love amongst us all!
Photo credit Lourdes Sukari.