Los Angeles-based summer time jam the Do-Over (not to mention party masterminds Aloe Blacc, Haycock, and Strong) returned to Bar this Sunday to close out Art Basel. If you made it to the party during WMC, then you know good tunes, barbecue, and lots of surprises were on tap.
The Do-Over's MO is announcing the names of mystery guest deejays on the day of the show. With plenty of people in town for the weekend, there was no way the lineup was going to disappoint.
The afternoon kicked off with a perfect backdrop of sunshine and Do-Over founders Haycock & Strong on the sounds, followed by Miami's own DJ Induce diggin' through his vinyl collection.
This time around at BAR, the setup was strictly in the backyard, while the stage inside served as a production area for free printed tees by Hit + Run.
The third member of the Do-Over crew, host and acclaimed singer-MC Aloe Blacc, arrived after an interview with me and DJ Manuvers on 88.9 FM WDNA for our weekly radio show called The Sunday Coolout. Aloe's cadence and mic duties added the right voice to the party, as he moved around the crowd introducing the DJs and singing.
Next on the turntables was another Miami resident, DJ Ross One. Known for rocking the biggest clubs in the city, Ross held it down with a dope set of 45s and breaks. The Twitter consensus was that his set was one of the best of the day.
From New York City, DJ Soul stepped to the turntables. After playing a few records, the rain started coming down, stopping the music, and sending some of the crowd inside. Once the drizzle stopped, though, Soul returned and set the party back on track with some '90s hip-hop as Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf sat on deck.
Wolf went right into boogie mode with some Dam Funk, Kool & the Gang's "Fruitman," and a side of "Verbal Intercourse" for the Wu-Tang heads. At this point, the rain was forgotten, sangria was flowing, burgers were grillin', and the ladies were looking nice. Out-of-towners blended in and the backyard at BAR became a family affair.
Then local legend DJ Craze got his time to shine. He skipped across genres and kept the classics coming. You could hear the crowd shouting with a hand in the air each time he dropped a new track. Running it from Redman to Outkast, Erule to Cee-Lo, Central Line to Chaka Khan, Craze definitely did his thing!
Overall, it was another solid Do-Over production. And rounding out the night were Mike B, Soul Clap, and Blue Jemz. Props to Raul, Pres, and the crew at BAR for hosting the party.
For those of you who missed it, you could always fly to Hawaii for the Lei-Over or LA for the New-Over. Otherwise, just start counting the days till the next Miami installment.
-- Bernard Hacker