As the"Owner-Operator" for Club Verboten I can unequivically state that our"Daft Punk-Kraftwerk" night was NOT intended as any sort of joke.(Hard to remember as far back as 2001 but guarantee same would apply)In fact we had the same DP/KW party in 2008 with but a small number"believing".Felt going in to that(2008) party I would play more Kraftwerk but good crowd that turned up made their preference for Daft Punk well known.A great night which we wanted to repeat in 2009 but this time featuring more DP music.Thus we changed the name from Kraftwerk/Daft Punk to Daft Punk/Kraftwerk.An unfortunate choice of words as it turned out with the result being an event that at least 2-3 case studies could be conducted on people believing what they want to believe.
Started off when all day Thursday people were stopping by and asking if this was the place Daft Punk was going to play.At first it was amusing that anyone could think Daft Punk AND Kraftwerk were going to play in our 750 Sq.Ft.tent.Then there was the 3-4 mille it would cost.As the day went on and nearly 40 people had stopped in our mood changed.We could see that we were in for a large and,when they heard the news,unpredictable crowd.
We tried everything to get the word out.All our campers out talking to hundreds lined up.Annnouncing with a bull horn.NO daft Punk is NOT playing here.No use.Playa rumor had now morphed into DP had specifically chosen our tent as some sort of gesture(opinions varied) to the citizens of BRC.
At 10:30 part of the crowd finally rushed the tent and filled up every inch.Show due to start at 11 was quickly moved up.Played about 3o minutes of Daft Punk and one Kraftwerk tune before a Ranger made his way to the front and told me I needed to disperse the crowds which had blocked 4:30 in 4 directions or I would be"shut down".
More attempts with bullhorn and shouting were made to no avail.I then played(in order) "Que Sera Sera"(Doris Day) Yummy Yummy(Ohio Express)Simon Says"(1910 Frutgum Company)and a rousing march version of"Jesus Loves The Little Children".Reaction from crowds?Part of the show.
At this point we shut down completely for the night.Those who had stayed on were incredibly nice about it and left peacefully.Think they had fun and in any case are now part of a playa legend.
It;s funny as we have run a Depeche Mode night for 8 years and in that time not a single person has ever asked if DM was actually playing at our camp.Something about Daft Punk.Our lesson from it all was... This Is Burning Man and Burners Rock. Always for The People Omar
RGJ did a small piece on it
http://www.rgj.com/section/blogs28?plck ... fe.rgj.com
Well it's not something I want to do on an overseas phone.............................Omar Suarez