ATLANTA — Right in the heart of the city, an underground and under-reported annual phenomenon rages unabated, unrestrained and untamed, but totally safe, totally freeing and absolutely exhilarating. To characterize House in the Park as an all-inclusive “picnic” and “party” does not adequate describe the mesmerizing and intoxicating music, not to mention the feelings of euphoria and bliss that is evident on the hundreds of attendees’ faces.
It is called “House in the Park” and everyone feels right at home, despite being surrounded by hundreds of strangers. No one is really dancing with anyone, but everyone is dancing next to someone else, a bastion of bliss that’s contained in a tight spot, under a single roof in the middle of Grant Park, in a beautiful exhibition of non-synchronized frenzy of body movements, gyrations and nonstop hand-waving, spurred by the house music pulsating through the speakers.
Some eyes are closed, some are laughing, others are singing, and all are moving as if they are shaking the cares of the world off of their bodies and onto the pavement below in pools of sweat. It is a dancing and musical experience I’ve rarely encountered. It is spellbinding.
The “House in the Park” music and dance extravaganza is the brainchild of DJ Ramon “Rawsoul” Guyton, the visionary behind Rawsoul Entertainment, and Kai Alce, the man behind record label NDATL, who launched House in the Park in 2005, as a gift to the city and the community that supports the monthly music-social offering “The Gathering.”
If the “The Gathering” is anything like this, then I must be a part of this. If you missed out, then check out the photographic highlights from the “House in the Park 2015” and check out future happenings via www.houseinthepark.org.