I have to say, I didn't really know Zac. I live down the street from Blind Willies, and over the years Zac and I would say hi to each other, exchange a few friendly words, and that was pretty much it. Thanks to the above posters for all the stories and background - and I'll have to agree, he always did seem to have a smile on his face - and did project a caring and, dare I say, love for others - even for me, that dude from down the street.
D'oh! Buren was not yet in the band for Whisper Tames The Lion. S'OK...I can't even keep up with my socks. They're not really a jam band either because no jam band would be caught dead with a power chord. A troubadour Kevn definitely is though so there you go....
As long as they have the same awesome, club packed, hard music mixing nights.. I'm fine with it. If it turns into another whack venue I will lose a part of my life that I vent through..
I may say that describing anything about the Mohawk, especially outside their doors, as "killer" is in a bit of bad taste, all things considered.
It just really hurts my heart so see someone post something like this. This person has no idea what QUAD is about and what the original vision, and vibe the first promoter built for the night, and put out for us in the community. I miss what it was, and I loved what it evolved into, but I really hated that these thugs came in and ruined everything for everyone.
I like dubstep, and I love trap, but I hate gangs and what they bring.
I hope the new management, and promoters can keep everything diverse and awesome like it was back in the day.
It's OK Tutu, In an earlier story, he admitted he has never been in the venue nor has he met me. Look at his past comments over the years. He is just a bored little snowflake, with his own unique worldview.
Shame on you for saying something like that! Really? Offering to take bets on when the next shooting is going to happen? I had friends that were there that night, and I can promise you that experiencing something like that is no laughing matter.
I know the new management group is working to address problems like that, and "weed out" the gang element that caused that issue. It was not the venue that shot that kid. It was not the owner that allowed or encouraged that type of behavior in the club. As a matter of fact, they were trying to get those types of people out of the venue. This was a tragedy that shook our community to it's core.
It is a shame that you are allowing the actions of a few bad people to shape your view of the venue that a lot of EDM supporters call home. I'm a fan, and regular patron and I can promise you that this was an isolated incident. I have never had any problems at QUAD. The security team really works hard to ensure the safety of everyone that attends the events.
I am happy to see that they are back in business, and I can't wait to see what new changes that management has in store for us.
from the above article:
"But the club owner said a comment made to a woman inside the club prompted an argument between two groups, which escalated into the shooting, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“According to witnesses and videotape, two groups of people at a party held at QUAD got into an argument over a comment made to a woman, which then escalated outside,” Mr. Day said in an email to the paper.
Mr. Day said security cameras “clearly show the perpetrator flashing gang signs and making gestures of hostility.”
He identified the shooter as a black man in his 20s with dreadlocks and wearing a pea jacket. Three other men in the group also wore black and in their 20s, the owner said.
“QUAD security clearly remembers the suspect because the suspect had $4,000 in cash on him when searched for weapons,” Mr. Day said in his email.
“The security officer admonished the suspect to be careful flashing cash.”
But the man bragged he had a gun in his car and was confident he would not be robbed."
it sounds like rick day runs quite a club at QUAD. his security lets people hang out while flashing gang signs, bragging about guns in their car and carrying large amounts of cash.
that must be good for business, even if it gets the occasional club-goer at QUAD killed in the parking lot. i'm not going to ask what kind of business rick day and his associates are actually in.
but now rick day is going to be "cutting costs"?
anyone want to take bets on when the next shooting occurs at QUAD? i give it 6 months.
Wesley, local QUAD troll, also leaves out that even though this tragedy did not happen at QUAD, (rather at The Varsity), the owner of QUAD donated to the family a significant portion of the funeral and burial expenses. I am sure his family would have issue with you using their tragedy as some sort of insinuating troll point.
Wez that's totally irrelevant to how good a time you're gonna have inside. The first time I saw The Ramones...at the Strand Theatre in Marietta...the first thing we saw when we got inside was a guy laying on a sofa in the lobby with a knife sticking out of his belly. the newly installed Mrs. Oy wanted to leave immediately but I would have none of it...and I was right...it was a great show.
Be careful kids....
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Chase has cleared up the lyrics of "Knee High" for me, which don't say "ready to rock": "Fat man's at the door and he brought the whole team yeah, you shoulda' seen 'em. Said I had a warrant never received a subpoena. I must be dreaming. Raised outlaw, never followed with the flock, sniff every rat out, run every road block. Too damn fast and invisible to cops, I don't stop. (since I been) Knee High READY TO RIDE on the toughest team around. In the line of fire Johnny Law demands surrender. Never. Never surrender. Donned as a rider, never mixed up with pretenders, a heartless sinner. Raised outlaw never followed with the flock, sniff every rat out, run every road block. Too damn fast and invisible to cops I don't stop. (since i been) Knee high READY TO RIDE on the toughest team around."
When I first met Zac I wanna say he was hanging out with the skater punks... They were all younger kids doing there own thing. I was living on the streets in Little Five Points back then reciting poetry for spare change or your watch... He didn't know what to make of me... Only he was polite and respectful. Only a bunch of things kinda happened at once... there was also an influx of new kids. They were a lot younger, and a lot of them were slinging and some had been for awhile. Only because there were a lot younger it put a new twist in the scene because...
When you were new to Little Five Points a lot of the older kids that hung out on the streets would give you a hard time. This is kinda difficult to explain, but... new kids would get picked on in a "kinda" right of passage. I think this occurs any every neighborhood... It is kinda a test to see if you'll stand up for yourself, but also to see if you had a sense of humor, or if you had a chip on your shoulder....
Only this wasn't the kind of things you'd do to grown men. When the "BG's" or "Bubble Gum Gang", or "Bubble Gum Kids" as they would be called diminutive at first, the Old Schoolers who were sweating them, didn't understand that these kids were "grown" in the culture they came from, and so when folks tried Heckle boxing 'em. The "BGs" thought they were being dissed (disrespected) and not going through a rite of passage that they had already gone through before... early on there was some violence, guns and fist a cuffs, and all that, but...
I never had problems with the BG's. I never had any problem with Zac. I remember talking to Zac about some of this stuff at the time, and what I was seeing, and I told him that he knew what this was all about, because he was smart and polite... It was about RESPECT. He totally understood. He didn't seem to fall into the same pit falls that the other kids did, and was able to help a lot of folks navigate what could have turned into a really bad and bloody feud over a miscommunication.
We hung out a lot over the years in Little Five Points. It is reminiscent to me now of how old men used to get together in a small town store. As a kid I would watch, not understanding the subtext. I can't say I know him in the same way Capone, Nik, Lil B, or Rob knew him, but I think we all came to have a lot of crazy shared life experiences in our neighborhood. When Zac went to work at Savage he was still as much a part of the community, and when he moved on to work the door at Blind Willies, but there was a transformation... He was using his old school experiences to change his life, and I think everybody was proud of him... cause the street is a hard hard road, and no one wants to live that lifestyle their whole life...
It is funny I talk to people about the way "things were" and people can't understand a neighborhood that extends beyond social cliques, race, economic status; the way Little Five Points once did, and there are a lot of us that still maintain contact with each other, even as folks have grown up to become parents, get real jobs, and all of that. I was in Atlanta right before New Years when I last saw Zac. He was out in front of Five Points Pizza, once the ole School Felini's, on his way to work. I heard that familiar baritone, as he said, "Poetry for your Spare Change or your Watch." Heckling me a little, about a time now passed.
He looked healthy, seemed happy, and oh, so alive... Thus he remains in the heart, and in the stories we share. Love, Respect, and God Bless.
Tweens might just be huge, sooner rather than later. So who knows if we'll get another chance to see them in this setting for just $5 again.
Thank you for this tribute to Zac. He did live by a code. He was special. Life in Atlanta will never be the same. I hope you found your peace Zac. I hope you got to see your mom.
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