Castro Street between 18th and 19th Streets
Featuring: Boyfriend, Femme Deadly Venom, Saturn Rising, DJ MC2, The Monster Show, Josette Melchor, SirJoQ, Bitch Please, San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band, Cheer SF, hosted by Carnie Asada.
|11:30am||San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band|
|12:40pm||The Monster Show|
|2:05pm||Comments & Esteemed Guests|
|3:00pm||The Monster Show|
|3:50pm||Femme Deadly Venom|
Emcee: Carnie Asada
Carnie Asada is a fixture in the San Francisco drag scene known for her sharp wit, biting humor, sultry fashion, and mastery over mic as an emcee. You can find her at Beaux every Thursday night for My So Called Night, a 90’s dance/drag party. She hosts Lips & Lashes Drag Brunch every Saturday at Lookout and #Blessed Cabaret every Sunday at The Port Bar in Oakland.
Playing Between Sets: DJ MC2
DJ MC2 was born with a tone-arm and a love for dance music. DJ MC2 has established himself as a major player in the club scene, playing to packed dance floors throughout SF, as well as captivating large crowds with sets at California’s Great America (Pride Night: Memorial Weekend 2013), Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and Castro Street Fair. By cultivating the perfect energy with foot-stompin’, head-boppin’, body-rockin’ party beats, his audience can’t help but move their feet!
San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band
The SFLGFB was founded by Jon Reed Sims in 1978 as the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corps. Sims, born in Smith Center, Kansas, was a musician and performer who formed the band in response to Anita Bryant‘s anti-gay campaign in the late 1970s. Upon its founding in 1978, it became the first openly-gay musical group in the world. In successive years, Sims created the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, Lambda Pro Musica orchestra (now defunct), and encouraged the formation of the Big Apple Corps GLBT band in New York by Nancy Corporon and The Great American Yankee Freedom Band of Los Angeles by Wayne Love.
The Monster Show is the Castro’s longest running drag show having just celebrated our 13th anniversary! You can find us every Thursday night at The Edge at 10pm. The Monster Show was originated by the late, great Cookie Dough and DJ MC2. The show is currently hosted by Sugah Betes, Sue Casa, & Laundra Tyme and proudly lives up to its title of San Francisco’s Most Ridiculous Drag Show.
Founded in 1980, CHEER San Francisco® is an all-volunteer group and the Official Cheer Team of the City and County of San Francisco. CHEER San Francisco has thrilled crowds around the globe, generating thousands of dollars in philanthropic donations. To date, CHEER SF has raised and distributed more than $350,000 to organizations that support community members living with life challenges such as HIV/AIDS and Cancer. CHEER SF is a program of the CHEER For Life Foundation.
Bitch Please was formed during the last gay gasps of OG Queer SF before the tech belch blew up around them. Hellbent on reminding the public what rock and roll is all about in our Post Truth era, this power couple combines the trashy swagger of BRETCHEN TOWERS with the snarling riffs of JACOB VAN HALEN to bring what can only be described as a joyful spectacle to a stage near you. Get your wig cinched on tight, the pit is calling your name.
Jocquese Whitfield (SirJoQ) is a dancer/choreographer born and raised in San Francisco. Starting his career steeped in the improvisation of freestyle hip-hop, Jocquese has added modern, classical, and Diasporic dance traditions over the last several years. He has been a member of City Shock San Francisco, F.B.C. (Funk Beyond Control), U.F.O Movement, J. Jun Productions and M.O.M (Mind Over Matter). He was a back-up dancer for solo artist Micah Tron & for the queer, electro duo-band Double Duchess. Jocquese was voted “Best Dance Instructor” of 2014 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He was also featured in the San Francisco Chronicle & MTV’s hit show, The Real World. Currently pursuing studies in Dance and Theater, Jocquese current movement vocabulary revisits the bold, rebellious statements of the 1980’s as expressed through fashion, nightlife, and a love of the abstract. A shape-shifter, Jocquese challenges assumptions of sexual identity in dance as he plays with gesture both “masculine” and “feminine”. Jocquese also teaches his Vogue & Tone class at Dance Mission Theater (Mondays, 8-9:30PM, SF) & ODC Dance Commons (Thursdays, 7:30-9:00PM, SF).
Femme Deadly Venom
Bay Area based, Femme Deadly Venoms (FDV), includes emcee and vocalist Aima the Dreamer and DJ, producer and vocalist, Lady Fingaz, in a sweet gumbo of Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and Electronica. Aima the Dreamer has been rocking’ crowds from Oakland to Barcelona. She has shared the stage with such greats as; Roy Ayers, Les Nubians, DJ J-Boogie, Jazz Mafia Hip Hop Symphony, Bahamadia, Chali 2na to name just a few! In 2010, Lady Fingaz placed second in the U.S.A. Team DMC competition. Lady Fingaz’s production of Hip-Hop and EDM reflects her love of music, incorporating her soulful voice and turntablism into every piece. 2015 brings the rebirth of Femme Deadly Venoms in the form of their latest EP “Planet Femme”, entirely produced by Lady Fingaz and Aima the Dreamer on lead vocals.This dynamic duo shares a musical point of view that spans space and time. A refreshing balance between smart and sultry lyrics over smoking hot beats. Lady Fingaz and Aima the Dreamer invite the world to experience their music as a journey and not a destination.
San Francisco’s Molly House Records is excited to partner with dancer, singer Saturn Rising on their debut EP Darkest Dream. Saturn Rising began as a backup dancer for national touring act Double Duchess, and has shared stages with Alice Glass, Palmistry, Big Freedia and Le1f. They have been an active member in the Bay Area indie club art scene including hosting events to acting in queer theater to judging vogue contests, in addition their own music performances.
Darkest Dream is a full conception of music, dance and visual expression. The Bay Area vocalist outlines the pains of love, life and his pursuit of artist growth, all set to an atmospheric and intimate club aesthetic. The 5 tracks cover a range of sounds and ideas from the tribal-trap influences found in “Ghost”, and reaches back to their 90’s R&B influences in “Blown.” Darkest Dream released on August 25th via Molly House Records.
Josette Melchor is not only an incredible activist in the community, she is also an activist on the turntables. She was gifted her first set of turntables at seventeen, which inspired her to DJ and develop an eclectic collection of music at the confluence of disco, techno and house. Her selections are influenced by over fourteen years of large-scale media arts production and relationships with well known music producers. for recordings and full bio visit: josettemelchor.com
Boyfriend is a writer, rapper, singer, producer, performance artist and fashion visionary. Her over-the-top live show along with her messages of female empowerment and inclusivity have helped to develop a dedicated fan base… a fan base of hair-curler adorned hes, shes and theys… a fan base of lingerie-wearing straights, gays and undecideds… a fan base of enlightened youth as well as the old and wise. BOYFRIEND is not to be slept on.
2017 festival appearances include: Jazz Fest, San Francisco Pride, Outside Lands – where Rolling Stone listed her set as one of the 5 Best Things That Happened at Outside Lands- and Bonnaroo where she performed in the revered SuperJam alongside Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Chance the Rapper & Jon Batiste. Her performance was named a Top 10 Moment of The Festival by Consequence of Sound and she was mentioned in Bob Lefsetz’ letter as Bonnaroo’s “Best Find”.