Six years ago, in a land of jazz, blues and hip-hop, an idea was conceived: a progressive weekly event that would bring the bass lovers of New Orleans together under one roof to worship the music. Bass Church was born, eventually shortened to Church, and has been going hard on a weekly basis ever since. Spearheaded by Erik Browne, better known by his DJ name as Unicorn Fukr, back in 2010, the event has grown rapidly in popularity and now draws a crowd from all over the world.
“Now 6 years later Church* is a world famous event and was just recently named one of the top 20 parties in America by DJ Mag and we have hosted a massive list of incredible artists from all over the world! If you would have asked me 6 years ago if having a healthy and sustainable underground scene for this music was realistic in New Orleans, I would have expressed some doubt. The party has really become the home for underground electronic music in New Orleans and I love the incredible community of people around it. I’ve made so many friends along the way! It’s changed my life and after all the hard work we’ve put into it, watching it grow over the years has been an incredibly gratifying and rewarding experience. I am very passionate and care deeply about this music and so the continued success of Church* means the world to me!”
Patrons showed up to Church smiling and ready to dance despite the less-than-optimal weather the city experienced on Sunday. With three separate spaces to jam out, the club may have been running short on dry places to sit but it was not short on good vibes. N-Type, hailing from London and representing Wheel&Deal records, hyped everyone up with a fantastic set upstairs. Konfession spun in the courtyard along with other local talent along with a few local vendors selling wire wrapped jewelry, pins and holographic art. Bass worshippers were also able to reminisce with a huge slideshow of over 8000 images taken from the last six years of Church, which really added a special nostalgic element to the event. Many Church-goers were dressed to the nines in costumes and extravagant outfits, as is fitting for New Orleans, to further celebrate the anniversary as well.
If the past six years are any indication, Church has a bright future ahead. The longer it continues, the more New Orleans will be considered one of the many electronic dance music capitals in the country. With the approaching BUKU Music + Arts Festival in March and Voodoo Fest in October, New Orleans is becoming more and more of a destination for established and growing electronic acts. Connect with the Church* underground community here.
Lead Staff Writer: Linzi Alexandra
Photo Credit: Whitney Tucker