All in the Family

By: Neil Feineman

Your response to the Winter Music Conference probably depends on how long you've been going. If you can remember when Ultra was on the beach, in tents, you probably hate how commercial and boring and overpriced Miami has gotten. If you can't remember it or Groovejet or the Sony roof parties or Tenaglia at Space, you probably don't care about how it used to be because, well, why should you?

Personally, I still think it's the most fun week of the year. And that's maybe because I organize my schedule around Sasha and Digweed, providing a structure that I can wrap the rest of my day around. And of all the events -- Sasha and Digweed at Mansion, Digweed's solo gig at a small club and the festival set at Ultra -- none is more fun than the yacht party.

Yacht parties are now something of a cliche at WMC, but back in 2002 (the year Sasha had to stay home with an ear injury), it was a novel experience. Invite 300 of your friends, throw in an open bar, a buffet and DJs on the deck, and spend the late afternoon and early evening cruising up and down the Intercoastal, feeling that something is right with your life.

Last year's was perhaps the best of all. It poured right up to the scheduled time of departure, making getting there almost hazardous. But once everything got underway, the family the two have accumulated were treated to an unforgettable set. DJs like Luke Fair and Hernan Cattaneo shaking their heads over Sasha and John's ability to effortlessly throw together music that none of them had ever heard before.

And, as it always does, the party provided its own last line. As we made our way into the dock, a beautiful woman tapped me on the shoulder and pointed to the oddly placed crescent moon rising above us. "See," she whispered, "even the moon is smiling."

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The other boat

Apr 09, 2008

Credit: Neil Feineman

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Thursday March 27:
1235 Washington Ave,
South Beach, FL 33139

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Hours: 10:00 PM - 5:00 AM
Info Lines: (305) 531-5535
Capacity: 1500
Ages: 21+

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WMC Miami Boat Party

Friday March 28:
Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

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Hours: 2:45 PM - 7.30 PM

Ultra Music Festival @ Bicentennial Park

1075 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

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Hours: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Capacity: 35000
Ages: All Ages


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Water, sunblock, earplugs, sunglasses, one ATM and two credit cards.

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Expect trouble at the door and, whatever you do and whoever you are, don't expect to get in with shorts or a DJ bag or knapsack.

Ultra Music Festival @ Bicentennial Park

Follow the signs. If you want to save yourself lotsa' green, take the bus from South Beach. It runs all the time. The party will have already started for some of the other riders.