Evan, fondly known to the Little Five Points community in Midtown Atlanta as Evanjahlist, who’s a celebrity in his own right. Evanjahlist says his first name is Evan and he created the add-on “Jahlist” as a last name and prefers to be called Evanjahlist (as in Evangelist). The name represents the biblical term to spread the good word/message and reaching many people.
Evanjahlist is a 44yr old man who is currently homeless, he says he use to do art, stones and jewelry, but he doesn’t do it anymore and prefers to do music. He has played drums since he was 12yrs old and he also sang in the choir. Evanjahlist moved to Atlanta from Miami, during the 1996 Olympics, but has visited Georgia regularly every summer from childhood. He says “although he lived in Miami, he grew up in Atlanta.”
He believes that Atlanta has the best culture, art and music scene around and says “that’s why I love Atlanta so much.” Evanjahlist loves all genres of music and finds peace of mind and joy spreading love through his music to the community he plays in. As he plays his homemade drum set made from two 5 gallon water jugs, a milk crate for a seat and a wooden spoon to hold his symbol in place and beating the drums with his hand and a wooden stick, Evanjahlist creates wonderful music. Evan has been a part of the community for the past 17 yrs and is very well known by most people in the community.
He was forced to move from one location, stating that he was told that he needed to get a permit to perform. “It’s very hard to get a permit” says Evan, “so I moved to this location, where the spirit led me and I love this location.”
Evanjahlist states that “he is not out robbing people, but is making an honest living.” Although Evan is currently homeless and struggling, he keeps a great spirit and sees beauty in the world around him and just wants to share the good news and his music to the world while bringing a smile to the faces around him.
So, the next time you’re in Midtown Atlanta in the Little Five Points district, don’t hesitate to drop by to say hello to Evanjahlist and Bless him with a little drop in the bucket.