The "post-national bass dance party," founded by Anjali, E3 and the Incredible Kid in 2003, started at Holocene just a few months after the club opened, and over the years has introduced a variety of genres—from dubstep to reggaeton to bhangra—to Portland's dance culture. This week, Atlas ends its nine-year run. We asked Stephen "Incredible Kid" Strausbaugh about the night this photo was taken.
"At this point, we were nearing our seven-year anniversary and we were aware of how little documenting we had done of the party—years and years with nary a photo. Anjali reached out to [photographer] David [Haines] to take some photos of our night. Atlas was a very unique party in many senses, one being that we very rarely had guests, so that almost every night focused on the three resident DJs. This was a typical hot, sweaty summer Atlas night in the sense that it was the three resident DJs with a packed floor of dancers for five hours.â
SEE IT: The final Atlas party is at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., on Saturday, March 9. 9 pm. $5. 21+.