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Thursday, January 15, 2009: To celebrate the release of Emerica pro Braydon Szafranski's long awaited first pro model shoe, the Braydon, Hollywood's Viper Room set the stage for a night of chaos and destruction. As darkness descended and the crowds thickened, The Goat and the Occasional Others, featuring Andrew Reynolds and Kevin "Spanky" Long, stepped out into the limelight and played a mind-numbingly amazing set.
With all attention focused on the stage, everyone seemed oblivious to a mysterious swirling vortex that slowly materialized overhead as the band played. Without warning, this cosmic anomaly suddenly sucked in several random people from the crowd--including Bryan Herman and photographer-turned-filmmaker Patrick O'Dell--before swallowing the entire band itself.
Not to be outdone by this spectacle, headliners Ima Robot filled the void left by The Goat and enveloped the entire venue in an eerie green light as they played an even more devastating set. Braydon himself stuck to center stage like a magnet and avoided getting sucked into the ever-present vortex, even as all his new shoes swirled around and vanished into the wormhole above.
Also in attendance was plenty of other Emerican royalty, although very few survived until the end of the night. Most notably, Jerry Hsu proudly hi-fived Jetski after making it to the bitter end, saving him a long trip home. As the dust settled and the sun came up, all survivors agreed this had been one of the most spectacular nights of their lives, and then went out to buy some Braydons. No, really. They did. (Note: Everyone who got sucked into the vortex successfully made it home after being spit out on the New Jersey turnpike.)
Words and photos by Foxxyz.