Downtown is losing its soul—and funk.
The Get Back, the neighborhood’s longest-running monthly party, packed clubs with sweat and feel-good vibes for the past 14 years. The beloved event bids farewell this Friday, Oct. 7 at Velveteen Rabbit.
“It’s still a successful event, but it’s time to move on and do other things,” The Get Back founder DJ John Doe says matter-of-factly. “Fourteen years is a long time to do something.”
While the rest of Vegas’ nightlife scene was focused on the latest rap bangers and fist-pumping EDM anthems, Doe and his crew—residents Danny Boy, Phoreyz, 8-bits and the late DJ Aurajin—stayed true to their tastes, spinning old school funk, soul, dancehall and golden era hip-hop long before throwback-themed parties became trendy.
The party quickly became part of Downtown’s social fabric. Launching the same night as the inaugural First Friday, The Get Back served as the street festival’s official after party and bounced around various venues, many of which it outlasted. It started at The Thunderbird Hotel before relocating to The Saloon at Neonopolis, Ice House Lounge, Beauty Bar and, for the past two years, Velveteen Rabbit. Over the years, the party established a die-hard following. At any given Get Back, you’re likely to find dizzying b-boy circles and casual clubgoers old and young getting lost in James Brown and The Honeydrippers breakbeats. “It’s always been a cool, laidback vibe. That’s the most important thing,” John Doe says.
An accomplished DJ in his own right, John Doe often tapped his network to bring bigger names to downtown’s cozy clubs. Z-Trip, Jurassic 5’s Nu-Mark, The Beat Junkies and People Under the Stairs’ Thes One and Double K are among the special guests who graced the Get Back decks.
Coinciding with its 14-year anniversary, Friday’s farewell party will feature The Get Back’s resident DJs, along with special guests C-Minus, Johnny Fever, Pizzo, and more. To celebrate its history, a limited-edition poster featuring all of The Get Back flyers will also be on sale for $10.
“I hope that people remember it as a great party. I think a lot of great connections came out of the people that went to that party. I think it had a tremendous effect on Downtown Las Vegas,” John Doe says. “I’m sure we’ll be back and I’m sure we’ll do Get Back reunion parties as well, but who knows what may come in the future.”
The Get Back Farewell
Oct. 7, 10 p.m., $5 donation, Velveteen Rabbit, 1218 S. Main St., TheGetBackVegas.com.