Doin It In the Park
Golden Gate Park's Elk Glen Cove
August 31, 2008
Notes and Photos by Jackie Lopez
Better Than: Going to Hippie Hill and listening to the drummer circle again.
Every summer, the Triple Threat DJs, Mr. E, and Sake One throw a massive Golden Gate Park picnic that must not be missed. Now, there’s always something or other going on in the Park — events that draw the locals out to see who has the best Crocs, who custom made their lime green bike, and whose dreads have been in for longer than theirs. But this shindig, hidden in Elk Glen Cove between 25th and Lincoln, was something special. And though it was supposed to herald the end of summer and the start of fall, the sun beat down relentlessly and baked the already otherwise baked crowd.
Doin' It In the Park's lineup was a treat for folks who knew their Bay Area DJs and novices alike. In attendance were: DJs Toks, Chuy Gomez of 106.1 KMEL, Apollo of the Triple Threat DJs, Shortkut of the Beat Junkies, Sake One of Local 1200, Mr. E of Papalote HiFi, Jah Yzer of Jah Warrior Shelter HiFi, TD Camp of Hella Records, Platurn of the Oakland Faders, Haylow of Distortion 2 Static, Hakobo of Fresco, Royce, Sir Tipp of Wild N Krazy Kids, and Shred One of Flight 415. Whew!
DJ Mr. E (a.k.a. Miguel) owns Papalotes Restaurant and generously provided the picnic food, feeding the never-ending BBQ line all day. Usually, this wouldn’t be such a big deal, but there were TONS of people at the event and everyone wanted a piece. Another booth set up a couple of yards from the turntables gave the party "red cup event" status; for $2-$3, the hosts would fill your red cup with your choice of poison.
Blankets were set on the outskirts of the meadow circling the DJ booth, with friends and family sauntering around saying hi and “I didn’t know you were going to be here!" It was as much a family event as it was buddy fest. Everyone was showing off their kid or their dog.
And then there's the music. Let me tell you about the music. It set the mood and the scene for a truly great day. I jocked Sir Tipp as he slowed it down to some smooth jams. He spun the songs that hit you hard when you least expected it and made the crowd cry "ohhhh" in sync. When Jah Yzer got on, reggae played through the speakers and the crowd got up and started swaying their bodies to the rhythm. I’ve been to previous Doin It In the Parks, and never have I seen such an enormous crowd just get up and start dancing all together like they did on Sunday.
At around 5:30 p.m. the park ranger came over and told us to shut it off. We begged him for five more minutes of pleasure along with the MC on the mic. When those minutes flew by, the DJ cut the music, we threw peace signs in the air and the party went on without a backbeat.
Personal Bias: I was sipping on champagne so everything was bubbly.
Random Detail: One homeless guy asked a circle of friends if he could hit their blunt. I thought they were going to get in an argument, but somehow the group persuaded him there wasn’t enough without making him angry. I was impressed.
By the Way: Another event, Bang the Drum, with Peanut Butter Wolf was happening on the other side of the Park.