all photos: Ben Droz
all misty-water colored memory words: Svetlana
As I was getting dressed for my big Saturday night out I discarded all sorts of outfits simply because “it was going to get just way too hot to wear sleeves/tights/a cardigan/a scarf”). I forwent everything I could to end up dressed in the bare minimum without getting hypothermia while getting there, because, as any semi-pro Fatback goer will tell you, things get really sweaty in there (so much so that 3 out of 7 Fatback DJs sported mantanks this past weekend)
Now, since it was an anniversary party, a little history: Fatback started at Local 16 then moved to Dahlak then moved to Red Lounge (was there a Selam pit stop? Anyone?) and then finally, as Red Lounge was about to crumble under the sheer weight of adoring fans, they moved to LIV (upstairs at Bohemian caverns) so that there is enough room for everyone to dance.
3 years later….It is still packed.
To the gills.
For the 3rd year anniversary they wisely expanded to the HOMINY level as well (yes, it was still packed) which meant that making a decision on which floor you were going to end up at was extra hard: (ok, ok, I know they’re playing Jackson 5 upstairs but mothereffer, I think these are the opening chords to Mariah’s Fantasy, I guess I’ll stay for a little bit, and vice versa.)
Personal highlights included: the friends and family Flying dog sponsored pre game which allowed us all to get nice and toasty, the bacon animations, the giant balloons, Danny playing shamelessly (and maybe at my request Lambada) followed by Shakira, the very end of night rendition of “Love is you”, the masks, all the post midnight scream-alongs with hands way up in the air, the progressively sweatier hugs and everything else in between.
Happy Birthday Fatback!
ENJOY THE PHOTOS EVERYONE: