I am a human of pure nostalgia. I love anything that takes me back/reminds me of great memories. I never want to let things go. Music has that effect to take me back very quickly to a happier time or situation. One of New Yorks most iconic rights of passage for any 19 or older wanting to get a taste of night life has officially closed its doors. The great Webster Hall is now closed for renovations. It is will be closed until sometime in November 2017 and will reopen its doors with new owners and management but it will never be the same. I feel like I grew up there. Webster hall provided me with many experiences & memories I will never forget. There was the first *and last* time I got on stage for amateur strip night for my 21st birthday. Did I when? No but my cousin did lol. Gotta like a nice set of double Ds on a pretty girl. $450 in the pocket just for a flash. I saw the one and only Corrine Bailey Rae, after trying to see her for 10 years since she came out. I got taken back to my high school music roots with a closing show of a Good Charlotte concert. I won tickets to the Downtown Festival were I was introduced to one of the waviest bands Vactioner. Webster gave many young woman and myself their first spin on stripper poles. They were just for show but fun as hell. I introduced many of my friends to the the club for only kind of night life you can experience in NYC. One night we randomly complimented a lovely lady who happened who be celebrating officially be coming a doctor and was offered to hang out and drink with her. Another night we danced with beautiful men in drag till the shut the club down. One night we met a group of guys who invited us to go to Ihop. The journey getting there was the most hilarious thing in the world. Im still not sure how we fit 8 grown ass drunken adults in that small 4 door car. Another time after work we decided we didn’t wanna go home so we headed to Webster for Ladies Night. One of my friends for got there ID at work so we felt the plan of the night failed. Cleverly all we needed was a marker to save the day. We squeeze her behind the fence into the smoking section outside, marked her hand up identical to everyone else then chatted up a few people standing there just to make it look good. We stood there staring at the entrance as she walked up in hopes that the bouncer didnt know what just happened. She flash her marked up hand and walked in with no problem. The adrenaline rush of knowing we pulled off sneaking someone in to Webster Hall just made the night even more exciting. I found out both of my friends were pregnant at Webster lol. It was two separate occasions but cool none the less. Whenever one of my friend attended ladies night she alway got licked by someone. Till this day we still never understood it but without fail someone licked her lmao. As I got older my trips to Webster Hall for parties decreased drastically. I went there for more concerts but still randomly every few years making an appearance for a party. So the on their final night I decided to go shake a tail feather for good time sake. It was exactly what I remember. As it was ladies night there were tons of girls with guys to follow, music blasting on every floor, squads taking pictures to save that lasting moment. To my pleasant surprise a few dancers from when I was a teen, showed up & showed out for the last night. A guy I remember seeing partying at Webster on many occasions now worked as security and the stage on the entrance floor no longer had the infamous poles but was still filled with people. I will never forget those moment I spent there (especially because there a bunch of pics and video on a hard drive somewhere in my house) at Webster Hall. I can only hope with all thats new coming to the venu that it will have the same impact that it has provided for decades before.
Going back to Afropunk with a new frame of mind made me enjoy it way more than I did the day before. I embraced all that it had to offer. I stood for a second watching the people but this time not in aww but happy that I got the chance to witness it all. Happy at seeing all the diversity of people. Happy to know that everyone was welcomed with know questions asked.Still slightly in aww by the people and their way of dress, with camera in hand I forced myself to pay attention to the music. Before taking in the first performance of the day there was a dance pretty. As the music played the people came. What started as a small group quickly became half of the parks field being taking up by moving bodies. Dances circles formed.People cheering on strangers and friends who stepped in the center to show their moves. It was all such a beautiful thing Now on the the MUSIC! Armed with camera in hand my first performance of the day was Angel Haze. She got BARS!!! It was my first time seeing her perform and I glad I got the chance wit witness her in action. After checking out the tricycle races again I made my way to the gold stage. Somehow the day before I didn’t know it existed but I decided to stay there for the rest of the day and I was glad I did. The next artist I caught was Gallant.HE SANG HIS ASS OFF!!! I was giving me bits of 90s r&b and Prince. Anyone who gives you bits of Prince in their on original way is a keeper. I was definitely googling him the next day for more. Once his performance was done I slowly squeezed my way towards the front and Dj Esta began playing. Boy Oh Boy!!! If there could have been a roof that he could hypothetically tear off, he did the damn thing. Not one soul near the gold stage wasn’t dancing. Playing a mixture of 90s classics, trap remixes and all thing in between….He was unstoppable. Next up was my newly discovered fav Kelela. She gave so much soul. The group of ladies I was standing next to me knew every word the pretty much every song she sang. She has so many levels to her voice it was amazing. Her song “Send Me Out” was stuck in head *in a good way* even after I listened to it. The nights main attraction for me was The Internet. We were all sooooooo excited to see them live.The crowd swayed together and sang together. Tyler the Creator was in the cut singing along enjoy himself too .We didn’t want it to end, so much so that the crowd started to scream Encore!
Sadly it didn’t happen but we can always try right.
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I went into it totally wrong. Thinking this is just a typical concert/music festival my mindset wasn’t able to appreciate it for what it actually is. It’s a celebration of music. It’s a celebration of being proud of who you are. It’s a celebration of creativity. It’s a celebration of blackness. There is totally no judgement. Wear what you wanna wear. Show out for your peers, express your passion & creativity through you. And let me tell you it was definitely a fashion show to be seen.So many different hair styles & colors. So many pieces of artistic jewelry and patterned outfits it was truly site to see. Honestly I was so busy looking at how people were dress I barely paid to much attention to the musical acts. The acts I did get attention to pay attention to were definitely worth it. The first one I caught sight of was Qassim & The Juggernaut War Party. Their style and music was completely unique.Their energy never seemed to end. It seriously looked like a party on stage that you wish were apart of.I mean technically you were but not lol. As I wander aimlessly around passing market area which had amazing finds (sadly I only had cash for food) I stumbled upon Toyota Music Renegade Lab. They had a bunch of cool activities like turning cds in to records that actually play music, making a mini music video and marble body art. Continuing to wander, I found the tricycle race. It is a very entertaining thing to matching adults race each other on tricycles. The next performance I caught was of Trash Talk a rock band from California. Honestly I wasn’t ready for them. I had no clue what to expect but boy did I get a lot. The voice powerful, the band on point, the excitement of the crowd…Unbelievable!
After all of that I just stayed in one spot to not only recuperate but to wait for Tyler The Creator. While awaiting The Creator we were blessed with tunes from DJ Yaadcore of Jamica , giving use reggae and Rastafarian vibes. Once his set was done it was time for Tyler and once again I wasn’t ready. And not for Tyler *I’m always ready for him* but the crowd! Myself & others were pushed and pulled like a trapped school of fish from people behind use trying to get closer to the stage.
It got so bad that security had to help people over the barricade just so they wouldn’t get squashed to death * Yes I’m being a 5% dramatic but it was real*. Once the pushing calmed down. I was able to take in all the awesomeness of the performance. Once it was done I went home lol. There were other acts performing but after what I just survived I needed to rest.
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I can’t call it Mad just because it was FREAKING EPIC!!! The usual 2 days of music, with great people and AMAZEBALL performances. Day one started off with Neo Fresco & Fki 1st who got the party started.
Next Gryffin took the stage and as soon and he got into a groove Mother Nature (this bitch!) decides to provide us with rain…And not just a regular shower, a freak wind pushing down pour for about 20 mins. It got so bad that the shut shit down and told us to vacate the premises. Did we listen? HELL NO! We stayed and banded together like the music lovers we are. Some rushed the field with security chasing them. Eventually they gave up and so did the rain. Fully soaked we ran back to continue the party.
Next up was Alison Wonderland who was great. Then Tory Lanez who’s set a sat through because I needed to save my energy for the evenings main attractions. Dillon Fucking Francis open his set with the Pokémon theme song. I truly fall in love with him at that moment.
I’m pretty sure you could here us screaming “Pokémon” 3 block away. He continued to set fire to our asses track after track he played. Last but not least DIPLO!!! Of course he kept us dancing till the very last minute.
It’s like he takes you on a ride and you don’t wanna get off. He brought out the drum machine , a keyboard and even whistled on a track…To me that was hot! I appreciate the little things. Now Party Khan, Party Khan, PARTY KHAN!!! The link up of Party Favor and Valentino Khan was the best thing ever. I don’t think I danced so much in a short period of time it was amazing.
If could afford to go to every show they play at I would, it was that good. Slushii hit the stage next. I was my first time hearing him play and I will say I enjoyed what I heard. Making her way back into the music world after a bit of legal stuff was Ke$ha or what I like to call her Miss Thickness. She looked amazing. I mean expected nothing less but she put in a bit of weight and it went to all the right places.
While she performed I mostly stood there in awe of her legs. Her thighs made me jealous. After the beautiful Ke$ha was Boi-1da. Now to my knowledge he is one of Drakes producers and he started his set playing the 6God. I thought it was just going to be the Drake hour which no one would ever complain about but Drake actually appeared and performed.
When I say the crowd went wild, they went there and beyond when he hit the stage. He gave us the best surprise of the day. We all needed a bit of rest after it was all over. Zeds Dead put us right back on the dance floor or shall I say field. The closers of the night was Dj Snake. He had so much freaking energy. I think he would have keep playing til the next day if they let him but sadly they didn’t.
However when we thought it was all over and done he came back with a bit of an encore. I could tell he really loves his job.
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I first seem Shamir on the stage singing along with Kitten. All artist that night were new to me but when he appear I stood there wondering who is he…Cut to recently, courtesy of Samsung, I had the chance to see him again this time performing all of his own original material. I know longer questioned who he was.
Shamir performed songs from his new soon to be released album Ratchet and I must say everything that he presented was awesome. Literally every song he sang from his album had people dancing in there seats or singing along. I describe his music as a mix of pop, house, groove and happy…And who do like happy!?! Without even knowing it I already knew one of his song, which was great because I could actually sing along properly lol.
He let us into his world for the night and it was awesome. When you get a chance check out some of his music videos. They are very animated, colorful & he even got turned into a puppet.
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It’s a Ning Thing.
I like thing that express some sort of mood and that what Kenneth Ning did for me. His collection reminded me of my past inner goth moment but with a much more fashionable approach. The coats and jackets were my favorites. The detailing with the big zippers and sliver holes gave it that end.Another winning piece was a stand alone two piece suit posted dead front and center.
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Bring in all the boys!!! Dexter Dexter Dexter was full of uniqueness. The mens collection came off to me as simple but very crisp cut, very neat, and very thoughtful. His tops consisted of dress shirt, sweaters, and long sleeve crew neck shirts with accents such as vest, scarfs and man bags. Dexter’s bottoms highlighted his top with someone models wear pants, some wearing just underwear and some wearing the noteworthy and what I call : The Man Skirt. Now I usually consider a kilt as a mans “skirt” and my insides normally scream “REAL MEN WEAR KILTS!!!” when seeing one worn. I like them…I really really like them.
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Fashion Week in NYC is in full swing! Enjoy ☺