Now everything from the Kinks and the Clash to Gang of Four and the Rapture can be heard all over town at various rock DJ nights, and at "new wave/retrowave" events hosted by the Echo Lounge ("Shakin'!" Fridays 1-4 a.m.), Lenny's (Fridays after live acts) and Vinyl ("Sloppy Second" Saturdays, second weekend of every month).
But the true pacesetter in Brit-pop's Atlanta resurgence was MJQ Concourse.
"[MJQ founder] George Chang liked everything," remembers Jody "D:Rez" Drake, MJQ DJ from 1995 to early 2003. "He gave me the chance to play to connoisseurs. Fifty Brit-pop fanatics would pack the old MJQ. Once MJQ moved, we expanded to British rock, and the crowd expanded and diversified enthusiastically."
Danceable rock would expand to Wednesdays in MJQ's main room and Saturdays in the Cafe, where it held strong thanks to DJs Brian Parrish and Rene. Other Anglophile footholds were established, including the long-running "POST-MODern," which has sadly run its course at the East Side Lounge (nee Fountainhead Lounge). There Dennis Millay played videos of the freshest acts culled from the pages of NME and Select, alongside complementary American performers. Sustaining weeknight momentum is grueling, however. And after four years, Millay ended it, his enthusiasm intact.
And into his place steps D:Rez. After a brief flirtation at Formosa, Drake has taken over DJing East Side Mondays for a night he calls "Kicks!"
"It's like it's full circle," says Drake. "When I first started, it was a night called 'Happy Mondays,' and 10 passionate people showing up was thrilling. It grew from there. Now, without pressure to play to dancefloor cross-sections, I'll watch it develop again."
Hair today: Castleberry Hill's Formosa has established its Fashion Fridays as the place to go for retro-futuristic robo-funk/tech-house/electroclash rhythms and living sculpture. Aug. 29, designer Bill Hallman and promoter Scott Pohl (formerly of Nomenclature) return with another Avant Garde installment, this one showcasing botanical headpieces.
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