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First Friday afterparty the Get Back turns 10

Celebrate 10 years of the Get Back, on Friday, October 5 at Beauty Bar.
Molly O'Donnell

The Details

The Get Back
October 5, 10 p.m., ladies free, men $5 after 11 p.m.
Beauty Bar, 598-1965.

Sure, First Friday is turning 10, but did you know that the Get Back, Downtown’s monthly, funky, soul dance party, has had people spinning, sipping and singing for a decade, too? Launched as a return to the musical foundation of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s—funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae and rock ’n’ roll—the party has evolved over the years, but some things never change. “The entire concept of the party and vibe was a totally different take on the normal club experience,” says DJ and co-organizer John Doe. “And it was a welcome change—still is today.”

The Get Back has always been a First Friday afterparty, moving around Downtown Las Vegas—the Thunderbird Lounge, the Saloon in Neonopolis, Icehouse on Main Street—before settling into its home for the last seven-plus years, the Beauty Bar on Fremont East. Doe says the event—which has shaken the block once a month until 4 a.m.—has “served as a catalyst for the Downtown nightlife scene,” and it’s tough to argue.

The Get Back has also earned a reputation for bringing in hip names to guest DJ—Z-Trip, Nickodemus, Nu-Mark and Mat the Alien among them—though Danny Boy, an organizer and regular DJ, explains that the real secrets to the Get Back’s success are “funk records, fly ladies and gentlemen and flowing spirits.”

Most of all, Doe says, the Get Back is about its loyal crowd, built up through 10 consistent years. “Recent developments Downtown have brought more people to the party, which is great,” but it’s the regulars who keep the party going, he says.

Herman Farahi, one of those regulars, plans to direct a video documenting the party’s 10th anniversary edition this Friday. He says he keeps coming back, “Because of the music—genuine soul, funk, roots music. Analog, vinyl, old-school.” And because, “It’s an institution. It’s like going to school. You’re gonna run into the same people, and dance with them. It feels like an extended family of Las Vegas souls.”


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