Prince, Michael Jackson reign at Soul Slam 8 

click to enlarge King Most, aka Patrick Diaz, is among the DJs appearing at the annual "Soul Slam" on Saturday night at Mezzanine. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • King Most, aka Patrick Diaz, is among the DJs appearing at the annual "Soul Slam" on Saturday night at Mezzanine.

San Francisco DJ Patrick "King Most" Diaz knew what would happen if he touched the legendary artist Prince during a recent $300-per-ticket show at DNA Lounge.

"I was thinking, 'I'm going to reach up and touch him. I know I'm going to get kicked out. I'm going to get carried out.' But just to say, 'I touched Prince at a concert' — it's a good story. It's kinda badass."

In the end, Diaz chickened out. His girlfriend had bought the ridiculously expensive tickets, and he wanted to stay for the whole set. Such is the power of the Minnesota-based pop legend, who is honored with monthly parties in The City.

None reach the heights of Hakobo, Proof and King Most's annual "Soul Slam: Prince & Michael Jackson" party, which goes down Saturday at Mezzanine with headliner DJ Spinna.

"I will say mine is the best," Diaz said on the phone from his car due to The City's atrocious cellphone reception. "I'm kidding — but yeah."

For seven years, Hakobo and Proof (Marky Enriquez) have organized "Soul Slam: Prince & Michael Jackson" parties, later adding their friend King Most to the roster.

After Michael Jackson's death in 2009, "Soul Slam" hit a "critical mass," Diaz says, and "Soul Slam 8" on Saturday — brought to Mezzanine by Keistar, Fresco and Massive Selector — promises to be just as bananas.

The team doesn't just play Prince and Michael from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. The team weaves in related Motown classics, 1980s R&B, rock, and contemporary artists such as The Dream, Justin Timberlake and Miguel, "who are definitely taking notes from Michael Jackson and Price," Diaz says.

"At the end of the day, it's still a dance party so we'll play stuff that's unrelated but dance-friendly," he says. "Then at 11:30 p.m., we just go all out with Prince, Michael, Janet [Jackson], anything related to the whole world of both those artists."

There's not a generation alive that can hate on the theme. "That's another great thing about the party. You see young, hot girls that have only heard of Prince through Tumblr, then you got women who've been Prince and Michael fans since Day 1."

However, the fanbase does not include Diaz's conservative El Salvadoran parents.

"As a kid, my parents were OK with Michael, but they were not OK with Prince. They thought he was too sexual and weird for their son."


Soul Slam 8: Prince & Michael Jackson

With DJ Spinna, Hakobo, Proof and King Most

Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $25

Contact: (415) 625-8880,



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