This year we are excited to have three musical acts instead of just one!
Ah Mer Ah Su
Ancient Wing is a Bay Area surfy, post-punk band with witty lyrics about cats and aliens. With dancey drum and bass and psychedelic guitar, they recently became a 4-piece with the addition of a saxophone player. A lot of their influence is from the punk and post-punk bands of the 70s, like The Au Pairs, Gang of Four, and the B52s. Ancient Wing has performed at events like the Clarion Ally Block Party and Ladyfest, and can often be found playing at gallery openings or a packed Oakland house show. Listen to their first album here: https://ancientwing.bandcamp.com/
We will only have ONE burlesque performance this year, but it’s one you’ve been waiting for. Party creator Courtney Trouble will be doing a classic bubble act – bring bubble wands!
Courtney Trouble’s punky, cute, raunchy stripper styles come from a decade of queer porn art performance on stage and in porn, and a notorious stint at SF’s very own Lusty Lady. Before the Bay, with Jenna Riot, Courtney served the PNW queer burlesque scene for a very short time as co-host of Olympia’s only raunchy queer vaudeville of the time, les erotiques extraordinaire. Please check out courtneytrouble.com to see Courtney’s visual art, and troublefilms.com to see the infamous porno.
Our infamous Go Go Dancers will be back, making it impossible to stop dancing on the El Rio stage between acts… Please give them space to do their magic, and PLEASE tip these hard working professional dancers!
Free food and great drink specials are offered every year, as well as door prizes and as always, a few surprises!
This year we will be having our very first visual art show in the back bar, with art by Rae Threat, Courtney Trouble, Maggs Henson, Astrotwitch, and more.
Jenna Riot (co-director of Queerly Beloved!)
JENNA RIOT is a DJ, event producer and creative. She started spinning vinyl in 2004 and has been a force to reckon with ever since. Mixing electronic dance, pop, twerk, trap and Hip-hop, Jenna has appeared at clubs around the country. She is intrinsic in keeping queer nightlife inclusive and fresh and co-found three San Francisco based parties FIX YR HAIR and SWITCH and HOUSE OF BABES where she manages many facets of producing nightlife from booking, to social media to designing promotional assets.
Workalook (LA + SF)
workalook fka dj rapid fire is co-founder of the infamous SF queer dance party, Stay Gold. She is also one of the brains & brawn behind The House of Babes collective, and produces one of The Bay Area’s biggest queer pride parties. workalook has performed with The Knife, Big Freedia, Le1f, Zebra Katz, Mykki Blanco, Cakes da Killa, Peaches, Light Asylum, JD Samson, DJ Assault, KINGDOM and more. A recent LA transplant, workalook has DJed across the US and Canada.
From LA to Olympia, OND4 remains punk at heart when she mixes rap/r&b/future beats tracks in true West Coast form. OND4 turned to DJing as practice spaces became scarce and requests to DJ came more frequently. The energetic connection with her audience is what made things click in a way she thought could only happen through playing in bands. OND4 has since studied at Dubspot LA where she was mentored by such greats as DJ Rap, Lacey IQ and DJ Reborn. Totally passionate and dedicated to creating high quality atmosphere for house parties and club nights alike, OND4 knows how to get and keep a party going. Now residing in the Bay Area, she plays all over and you can find her holding it down at her new event, Lucid Wave, in Oakland.
DJ IZLA (LA)
IZLA (Ivette Alé) is the founder of La Joteria and Brooklyn’s original queer global bass party AZUCAR. Since 2010, IZLA has been creating space for queer people of color that is sonically diverse and unapologetically political. Her #TROPIKVNT sound is a fusion of local and global beats, blending Vogue, Jersey Club, House and Hip Hop with Digital Cumbia, Hard Dembow, Zouk Bass and Reggaeton. Her cosmic dance floor has traveled from Brooklyn to Detroit, Chicago to Mexico City sharing the stage with some of the most innovative underground artists, including: Le1f, Princess Nokia, Zuzuka Poderosa, Maluca Mala, Malportado Kids. Now back in her native Los Angeles, IZLA is excited to bring the #TROPIKVNT sound and her high femme fierceness to the West Coast!