An hour before doors, fans were already lined up outside Bergerac waiting patiently for 1:00pm. Pulling up to the venue and seeing this made my heart happy. Today was going to be a great day. ABOVE & BEYOND have grown an expansive, worldwide fan base around their labels, known as the Anjunafamily. The group really came together for San Francisco in the Fall of 2019 thanks to Raj Chetal and Edgardo Clavel. As more admins joined, the idea to catalyze the community and host events grew. With the help of All Day All Nights, we set our sights on a brunch event featuring ANJUNADEEP rising star MARSH. Buzz was generated immediately after the announcement and we would even go on to sell out!
Months of planning had led to this. We opened the doors with Dru West on the decks and Bergerac began to fill up. The first 75 guests were given a special wristband to commemorate the first event. Everywhere you looked there was ANJUNABEATS and Anjunadeep apparel - hats, shirts, fans - most impressive of which were homemade. The community had come alive today over their shared love of music.
“The first Anjunafam SF brunch was absolutely unforgettable. I never doubt that an Anjuna event isn’t going to be less than amazing but this event really showcased how awesome the Anjunafam really is,” said Zeke Ramsell, who had come with his sister. “The event was filled with respect, good vibes, and equal love for each other and for trance music. Truly, we are all we need.”
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Our very own Ryan Russell provided his DJ talents, setting the tone, before Marsh came on for his set. The room was packed and the air carried the physical embodiment of the beat that surrounded us and kept us dancing throughout the entirety of his 3-hour set. We journeyed through his discography including tracks like “Estes,” “Soul,” and “Eu Topos” as well as hits from the likes of TINLICKER, REFLEKT, and SPENCER BROWN. Shahin Kanafchian of ELEVVEN, LUTTRELL and QRION even made appearances at the event, much to our delight.
“The event was ‘above & beyond’ and blew away all of my expectations! The best part of it all, besides the three great maestros on the decks, was bringing the AnjunafamSF community together at such an awesome and intimate location like the Bergerac,” said founder and admin Edgardo Clavel. “Thank you to all involved for making our first co host event such a success!”
With our first event down, we are already looking ahead to more events in the Bay Area featuring both Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep artists. This is only the beginning and I couldn’t have imagined a better way than spending Sunday with good music and friends that have become family.