In the lull before another night of main-stage mania at Soho Studios, III Pointers got to spend Sunday afternoon with famous friends (and regular friends) at bars and galleries throughout Wynwood.
These midday getdowns were called Pre-Points BBQs, though there wasn't much smoking or grilling of meats goin' on. Just a whole lot of one-man electronic music machining and gender-bending performance arting.
Oh, and lots of celebrity cameos from folks like The Juan Maclean, Questlove, and Miami's own Otto von Schirach.
Kicking off our bar- and gallery-hopping, we went to meet up with Questlove and Okayplayer, who spun out a long set at Wood Tavern.
The former's name recognition made sure Wood was packed to the brim. And by the time we hustled over, the line stretched a whole half-block down the street. So despite our love of The Roots, NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and afro picks, we weren't able to negotiate VIP entry to the party.
But we did sneak a peek from the sidewalk, poking our heads over the patio fence .
Okayplayer is not a traditional musical group; it's a loose association of artists. We know that sounds like creative mumbo jumbo, but Questlove originally founded the collective as an Internet message board in the '90s.
In recent years the label has undergone a resurgence, signing a number of artist all helmed under the creative reigns of the big man himself. The various artists collaborate online, exchanging ideas, arrangement, beats, you name it.
As for the Okayplayer BBQ at III Points, what we could see from the street looked pretty great. Each artist brought his own unique flavor to the set, but they all coalesced under Questlove's guiding hand. Though he tried to keep his hands off the turntables.
At certain points, though, Questo just couldn't help but step up to the decks and drop those deep cuts.
Next, came a short jaunt to Gramps for the DFA BBQ with John MacLean, AKA The Juan MacLean.
Before he was the electronic tour de force he is today, Maclean was the guitarist for the band Six Finger Satellite. After the band's break-up, he decided to strike it on his own, and ever since 2006 he's been playing shows with the help of a synth, drum machine, etc.
If Wood was too crowded, then Gramps was the perfect kind of packed. The patio was peppered with MacLean fans who eagerly clung to his every keystroke -- and their craft beers.
We finished up our walking tour by rounding the corner to Booty Bass & Bounce House with Otto Von Schirach and host Veronica Gessa at Brisky Gallery.
A tribute to the hip-hop sound developed in Miami's Overtown and Liberty City. Walking in to the venue from the back, you first see what looks to be a kids birthday party complete with bounce house and inflatables.
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As you walk in, you quickly realize there's nothing innocent about this set. Otto Von Schirach is part Riff Raff, part Warholian gender-bender. We caught the tail end of their set when one of their bandmates wrestled on the floor in high heeled platform boots, hairy chest and all.
The whole affair was probably the most entertaining act all day.
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