With Thanksgiving coming up next week, Christmakwanzakah around the corner, and Hurricane Sandy behind us, we’re all feeling pretty grateful. In that vein, we’ve put together a list 15 moments at The Orchard that stand out fondly in our memory.
Do you remember that time…? Did you retweet when we did this…? What are your favorite Orchard moments you’d like to share?
Before we get started: Thanks to all Orchardites who contributed to this list and the people involved in making these memories special. There were so many (another thing we’re thankful for!), we just couldn’t include everything. Here’s to lots more to come!
1. Moving à la “Orchard”
Between moving from Orchard Street into a shared eMusic office on Park Avenue, from there to our very own floor, and then back to our roots downtown where we took over the TVT space, we experienced a healthy dose of memorable moments. The standout? Losing half of our “Crunk Juice” sign somewhere in the middle. Luckily it was the bottom half, otherwise we would have a giant neon sign on the wall that just says “Juice.”
2. Partying Like It’s Our First Time
Whether it’s welcoming guests to our first midem party; packing the house at our first showcase at The Great Escape in Brighton, U.K.; seeing the line go around the block at our 2011 SXSW showcase featuring Charles Bradley, The Menahan Street Band and The Black Angels among others; putting together an awesome live performance in homage to old school Hip Hop at the legendary Mo Pitkins with Jus Ice and Dres from Blacksheep backed by a live band; or having two Electronic bands — Duologue and Solid Gold — perform their first acoustic set for us and kill it at our first ever CMJ Stairwell Series; these all represent times when everything and everyone came together.
3. Orchard U.N.
Speaking of events and parties… In 2008, our midem summit included 50 Orchardites from locales as exotic as South Africa, Burkina Faso, Argentina and Russia. We all congregated around a very large table that was set up like a U.N. meeting with country flags on our name badges.
4. Work-stationing It
The day we launched The Orchard Workstation definitely stands out. To date it remains one of the many things that sets us apart from our competitors.
5. CD You Later
Along those lines, the day we stopped ingesting Compact Discs with our invention of this tool we now take for granted — Release Builder — was Orchard-defining.
6. Better Together
It’s not just joining forces with IODA, it’s the moment our IODA and Orchard meeting of the minds connected around BBQ and cocktails at SXSW 2012, shortly after we announced our merger. After having been archenemies for years, we were now on the same side of the table at Moonshine.