Last Night: Michael Jackson R.I.Party in Alamo Square
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Better than: Hiding from the cops in the woods on nights when Michael Jackson didn't die.
There are times when you really appreciate living in a city--because it means there's an instant crowd willing to gather for any momentous occasion. Like the night when Obama got elected (Drinking to Hope!). Or the night when a pop music legend is found dead (Drinking to Lost Youth). Those are the times when you need to be together with your random San Francisco brothers and sisters and raise a can (of something cheap) to the occasion...and in the case of the dead music icon, getting down to a selection of greatest hits.
Last night some very special San Francisco DJs pulled their act together real quick to throw a wake for Michael Jackson in Alamo Square that went all....well, it went until the cops parked it at the top of the park, where we were all hidden in plain sight in a grove of trees and layers of misty fog. But those party promoters and their mobile generator got a good three hours of King of Pop tributes on the turntables, from "Wanna Be Startin Something" to "Rock With You" and lots of other goodies in between.
After all, word of Michael Jackson's death only spread mid-afternoon, so the Alamo Square party announcement went out hastily via text and Twitter--although one enthusiast told me he'd yelled out the invite on the Muni. ("They all looked at me like I was gonna ask them for money like a crazy person," he added). But a couple of those Muni riders actually made it off public transport and into the public memorial, pouring some out for our fallen King of Pop when they arrived.
Conversations about how we'd all heard the bad news (Perez Hilton vs. CNN) were common in the park, as were shout outs to Farrah Fawcett, and disbelief that the Jeff Goldblum death rumor was ever true. In some circles, the discussions focused on whether it was appropriate to besmirch a dead Michael Jackson with talk about the ways he'd besmirched himself.
By the way: If you were at last night's FlashDance--or if you know of more Michael Jackson R.I.Parties going on this weekend--we wanna hear about it below...
Bonus: Footage from the folks who hosted the party