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Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Wolfpack's MARTA takeover

Posted By on Sun, Sep 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

The Wolfpack kicked off Labor Day weekend with a surprise blow out at Five Points Station Friday afternoon (August 30). The music started at 3 p.m. sharp with what was essentially a pop-up performance - a handful of players backed up Kebbi Williams' saxophone across the way from the information kiosk on the main floor. After just a few minutes, a procession of horn players made their way up the escalator from the Northbound MARTA train, and glorious chaos ensued, prompting commuters to dance without restraint. Then came the tubas from a different train. And then came the drums. My phone's memory filled up after just 12-minutes into what turned out to be a half-hour-long free form jazz explosion.

What was, perhaps, the most profound result of such a guerilla-style takeover was that in an instant the whole environment of Five Points Station was transformed into a celebratory communal experience. People's moods were lifted, strangers made eye contact with each other, and for a moment the daily grind of the workday commute wasn't such a grind.

MARTA needs more of this. I need more of this.

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