What you go through when you're producing an event can at time be stressful. Producing an event on a rooftop when it's going to storm is another level of stress. On June 2, 2018, Vikter Duplaix and myself teamed up again for another Roots Picnic Afterparty by bringing Kiss n' Grind back to Philly. We booked Questlove, Rich Medina, Vikter and Royale to spin. Fantastic line up, was really looking forward to it.
The promotion moves forward and we did an early admission RSVP that generously grew to over 1200 people. And that was just folks that wanted to come early, lol. The day comes and it looks like it's going to rain. Like, not just rain, they are saying downpours. I often wonder if what they say will really happen but today they were spot on. We prepared by tenting half to the rooftop as the bar half of the rooftop is covered. We're still praying it's just cloudy skies or a sprinkle and it's over.
About 7:30, as our doors were opening, it began raining. We regroup because this is now a turn in events. As some time goes by we realize that it's actually getting pretty bad. Hard down pours, thunder, lightening, wind....... It was a struggle for a while because we set the DJ's up on the stage under a tent. It was pouring and at the time Vikter and Rich were spinning. It became dangerous so we decided to move Quests set up under the side with the roof.
Next thing you know, I get a text that the Picnic was shut down and Quest wants to come spin now. It's only 10:30 and pouring. But within 30 minutes the rain stopped and the people poured in. Lots of text messages and calls asking if we were still continuing the party. So everyone made their way over.
Earlier in the day, we were told Dave Chappelle may come and we should save a table. I communicate with his team on their way over and when they arrived downstairs - to let me know. They arrive and I meet his manager at the door and we wait for a minute because Dave was in the car with TI listening to his new album. Oh. Dave AND TI. This is about to be fun. Next thing you know, I'm in the elevator with Dave, Dave's team and TI. I take them up to the party...
A little later, I was told Busta Rhymes is coming. I go downstairs to meet him. He's walking in with 9th Wonder (who had just spun the night prior at my event - Philly Loves The Soulquarians, along with DJ Mike Nyce), Raspody and their crew. Take them up to the party. Before you know, it, Brandy is there, Tessa Thomspon was there... Dave was hosting along with Yameen and Busta... TI performed when Quest intro'd a song he sampled on What You Know About That. It was legit a star studded affair.
At the end of the night, there were lots of special moments for everyone as we hung out after the party and took shots with the staff and had cyphers of conversations in the VIP room. Taking shots with Busta, talking shit with Dave, hugging Brandy, singing with TI and dancing to Questlove, Vikter Duplaix, Rich Medina and Royale. Oh, what a night!!!!
This was a super dope night and worth every bit of stress we went through in the early moments of the night. We appreciate all of the party people that braved the forecast and knew they needed to be in the room. And thanks to all of our staff and the folks at Stratus Lounge for being a part of the night.
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