Wednesday has been considered “hump day” ever since the 40 hour work week was invented. But for those of us who live to rejoice under strobe lights while the sounds of House music filters from the speakers and fills the atmosphere, Wednesday has taken on another moniker. Wednesday is a night that is all about Roots.
One of my greatest moments while working as the Entertainment and Lifestyle editor at Caribbean Posh Magazine was interviewing Louie Vega and his wife Anane. Louie is one of the architects of House music and a living legend. His DJing and mixes have provided the soundtrack to my life and many other house heads’ lives around the world, and have been responsible for baby powder residue littering the floors of many venues.
For those of us who live and breathe this music and culture, it is more of a creed than a lifestyle choice. When I wrote my article about the Grammy winning DJ/producer, I dubbed him an archbishop because that is simply what he is. Every leader must have a home base and in New York City Louie’s resident house is Cielo, located on 18 Little West 12th Street in the Meatpacking District. The weekly Wednesday night party known as Roots is the seed of Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge of Blaze, another House music legend and high priest in his own right. During its six years, quite an epic feat for an underground party, the stems of Roots have grown to become one of New York City’s staple parties.
Because House music is so engrained in the fiber of their beings, Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge provide the patrons of Cielo with sermons that are sure to guarantee a perspiration drenched t-shirt, aching bodies and refreshed souls. When Louie is traveling, Kevin holds the party down solo. Even Anane and Antonello Coghe (Nulu Music) spin on occasion.
House music is not a genre readily found on top 40 FM. It does not sell out arena sized venues and because it does not appeal to the masses, the future of my culture and its music is always in a precarious state. Parties like Roots ensure that New York City, the cradle of House Music, will continue to have a voice as the underground dance scene moves into the next decade of the new millennium.
Photos: F.A.M.E NYC Editor