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Lockdown Isn’t Stopping Local Club DJs from Holding New Year’s Eve Party



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A Fresno DJ duo isn’t letting the pandemic, or restrictions against gatherings, slow their nightlife game.

DJ 808 and Yo Boy Dub are advertising a New Year’s Eve party at an undisclosed location. The event promises a balloon drop, live DJs, a full bar, and VIP table service. There is no entry charge.

This is in spite of state stay-at-home orders intended to prevent such happenings.

Social media flyers for Thursday’s event offers packages, including high end liquor, ranging from $179 to $199.

The flyer tells potential revelers to send direct messages to the pair of entrepreneurial party pitchmen for more information.

DJ 808 is also known as Bobby Rubio, a mortgage broker by day and DJ at night.  Yo Boy Dub also works as a radio DJ on station Q 97.1 and runs his own taco stand, Dub’s Street Tacos.

An online flyer for a New Year’s Eve event (Facebook/DJ 808)

Other Events in December

It’s not the first event to take place this month.

Flyers posted by DJ 808 show karaoke parties on Dec. 3 and 17, at La Maison Kabob  in downtown Fresno, as well as a party on Dec. 12 called “The Hide Out.”

La Maison Kabob hosted at least two karaoke events in December, after regional stay-at-home orders were issued. (GV Wire/David Taub)

By the state’s stay-at-home-order that went into effect Dec. 3 and renewed on Tuesday, such events are not permitted.

Advertisements for the party on Dec. 12 did not publicly reveal where the event was held.

Fresno City Council President Miguel Arias received an email complaining about the events, saying the Dec. 12 event “was a packed house with many people unmasked.”

GV Wire reached out to DJ 808, but he declined to offer a comment. Yo Boy Dub did not respond to messages left via email and Facebook.

In a post on Facebook and Instagram, DJ 808 defended is pandemic-era parties.

“Yeah, this message is dedicated to all the people being negative about my efforts to preserve my business, when I was just tryin’ to make some money to feed my daughter (it’s all good) … and all my people’s in the struggle, you know what I’m sayin’? (it’s all good, baby baby).”

An online message posted by DJ 808 to his Facebook and Instagram accounts. (Facebook/DJ 808)

An online flyer for a Dec. 12 event called “The Hide Out.” (Facebook/DJ 808)

A flyer for karaoke events in December at La Maison Kabob. (Facebook/DJ 808)   

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email