A Dirtybird party doesn’t truly start until the fam rolls up, and you bet the same goes for Dirtybird Campout West Coast. Among the many DJs traveling from near and far to the Modesto Reservoir Campgrounds this October, this year’s wilderness weekender is stacked with four showcases full of friendly faces, some old and some new, but all equally ready to throw down on the dancefloor. Let’s get to know them!
Showcase: The Do-Over
Starring: Haycock + Strong
Who They Are: The Do-Over is the LA-based event series whose Sunday afternoon hip-hop parties are as much of a must-do during the weekend as Griffith Park hikes and bottomless brunches. Headed by Chris Haycock, Jamie Strong, and Aloe Blacc, The Do-Over threw its first party in 2005 and has since gone global, traveling to cities including Tokyo, London, and Berlin.
What They Do: As Haycock and Strong once told SF Weekly, The Do-Over’s concept is pretty self-explanatory: it’s about getting to “do your weekend all over.” Tired of the over-the-top pool party ragers saturating the city, The Do-Over aimed to create an event with a more laid-back environment they compare to backyard BBQs — think sitting in the shade, eating finger-lickin’ saucy ribs, sippin’ on an icy-cold drink, and steady vibin’ to Outkast, Pete Rock, and Kendrick Lamar. At the Do-Over, it’s all about laying low, going with the flow, and letting the spirit of the weekend never die.
Music Prep: What better way to prep for The Do-Over than to take a trip back in time to one of its parties? Let’s boogie back to New Year’s Day 2017, when Haycock threw down at The Do-Over’s holiday-appropriate “The New-Over.” Over the course of a cool 66 minutes, listeners are taken on a sweet and soothing ride through soul, funk, hip-hop, and house to start the year right. Campout relays might be a sprint, but the music’s a marathon — so pace yourselves, young ‘birds. This mix will show you why sometimes slow and steady is the way to go.