Hourglass, Xavier BLK, Jash Jay, Whitney AbstraKt, Yung Baby Tate, Kiya Lacey, James Lewis

WERC Presents: Smothered + Covered


Xavier BLK

Jash Jay

Whitney AbstraKt

Yung Baby Tate

Kiya Lacey

James Lewis

Sat · February 2, 2019

10:00 pm

$5.00 - $12.00

Early in life, Charlotte, NC native Hourglass learned that aside from family and a few close friends, the staple in her life was her passion for music. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Hourglass decided to utilize her business degree in a less conventional way than her peers.

In 2011, Hourglass founded a blog devoted to promoting new talent in music. Soon after, she became one of the editors and moderators of popular Hip Hop startup RapGenius.com and served as Music Editor for TheWellVersed.com. All of these jobs helped her discover her love for mixing music, and there’s been no looking back since her rst gig in 2012.

After working her way into the dj booths of Atlanta’s most notable venues without any major backing, Hourglass has found a family in WERC Crew, an event production collective of creative curators and in uencers. With WERC, Hourglass not only performs, but plans and executes each event with her partners from beginning to end. Currently, Hourglass is a resident DJ at Atlanta venues El Bar and Negril Village.

Most recently, Hourglass graced the Toyota DJ stage of the A3C Festival, performed at SXSW Festival along with One Music Fest, Afropunk’s Red Bull Sound Select, Milk & Cookies Fest, and Afropunk ATL: The Carnival of Consciousness. A concrete rose who has found her place in a community full of talent using her motto “Think Outside the Clock,” Hourglass’s style ranges from future beats and house to reggae, hip hop, top 40, and everything in between.
Xavier BLK
Xavier BLK
XAVIER BLK uses his eclectic New York and Caribbean roots to fire up dance floors. Since his move to Atlanta in 2010 he has served as a vanguard to new alternative, DIY nightlife landscape. Year after year he has organized high energy underground parties showing a consistent ability to build audiences in raw organic spaces. Xavier has developed a distinct sound that pairs familiar 808 bounce with uptempo bass, tribal beats, and R&B melodies.

His extensive experience has found him spinning or producing events for Afropunk, A3C, Jack Daniels, MTV, VH1, One Musicfest, Raurfest, The Recording Academy and the W Hotels. On stage he has been booked to open for and play alongside notables such as Questlove, Goldlink, Sango, Vic Mensa, Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae, Young Guru, 9th Wonder and many more. His unique mixing style was featured live during a set on Sirius XM’s, Sway in The Morning Show. Xavier also serves as co- founder of WERC, a leading Atlanta based events production and management company which was recently named Best Creative Party Planners by Atlanta’s leading Media outlet, Creative Loafing.
Kiya Lacey
Kiya Lacey
Nashville, Tennessee native, Kiya Lacey is a singer songwriter driven by R&B roots blending electro-pop, trip hop, and avant garde vocals. Her transparent lyrics touch on love, loss, and exhibit a candidness that has helped garner her a loyal audience in a short time. She released her debut EP “Fail In Love” in the spring of 2015. The project created a city wide buzz that led to recognition in Paper Magazine’s top 10 rising artists from Tennessee. In 2017 Kiya was the first woman to be selected on Nashville’s Red Bull Sound Select roster, which led to a performance slot during their 30 Days in Chicago festival with an exclusive song premiere as the official commercial. Her second EP, “Earth Wind & Fire” channeled dark vocals and female empowered lyrics. Shortly after, I-D Magazine premiered a tempo shifting record, “Runaway”. Lacey’s melodic blending and vocal structures have bridged a unique lane leading to features on tracks with TOKiMonsta and Monte Booker. December of 2017 Kiya landed her first magazine cover on Native Magazine Issue 66. In May of 2018, British Airlines commemorated their new direct flights from London to Nashville by tapping Kiya to represent “Music City” in their in-flight magazine, High Life. She has opened for the likes of Brandy, Sabrina Claudio, Doja Cat, Xavier Omar, Big Freedia, Bilal, and many more. To date, Kiya has amassed over 1.2 million song streams.
Venue Information:
Aisle 5
1123 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30307