Words by RKHTY
#Offline‘s weekly celebration of music bid farewell and played its final note in full style last night. Over the past nine months, the incomparable Q-Tip and 45 vinyl game changer Natasha Diggs have graced the patrons of Output with nostalgic gems after gems. And legends have guest starred at the night as well, including the likes of Grandmaster Flash, DJ Spinna, and Funk Master Flex, to name just a few.
From the booming sound system, to the varying spectrum of partygoers, you would never know it was a Wednesday night. And if you’ve ever been to #Offline before, you know you’ve always left feeling damn good. Wednesday never felt so good.
Natasha started the night right with Chaka Khan‘s “Ain’t Nobody” as dancing ready guests began piling in. By the time Q-Tip was ready to hit the decks, both levels of the room were packed coupled with an anticipation and excitement that only continued to rise. As with any given night at #Offline, notables including Large Professor, Elliott Wilson and actor Michael Williams were also in the building.
Q-Tip brought the popular call and response to a new height by playing classics like Cheryl Lynn’s “To be Real”, Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do,” and numerous old school rap songs that had the crowd erupting each and every time. During a brief address to the crowd, Q-Tip stated that #Offline was about ‘preservation of the soul/sprit.’
Throughout the night, it was clear to see that everyone and anyone took the night as an opportunity to leave their troubles at the door and dance the night away. Even the professional wallflowers were getting their sway on. Together, everyone was indeed in their purest element and truly, #Offline.