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Folsom Street Fair
Finally September. We suffered a cold one this "summer" ladies and gents (and everything in between and outside and on top of and on bottom of that). So this weekend it's time to let your flag fly and your hankies code. While events will be happening all week and weekend to celebrate this leather fetish daddy fairy drag nudist bear otter bondage pierced pissed dom sub everything festival for the kink-inclined. This is a super inclusive event (although not family-encouraged) that has a special Playground for those other than cis-gendered men (male-assigned and still male-identifying) as well as a killer lineup of some deep dark techno to go with your fresh out of the dungeon kinks that will enjoy the sunshine today. On the lineup is local favorite lady Cherushii who will be followed by some world-class artists like the aptly-named Adult., DFA's YACHT, and Scissor Sisters-esque Dragonette. There will also a be a whole stage with some hip-hop and bass-style beats reminiscent of Swagger Like Us parties where the low down is getting down. The event runs from 11am to 6pm so don't sleep through the day. With 400,000 people estimated to be in attendance so leave your claustrophobia at home. Be ready to be open and be ready for a spankin' good time! Date: Sunday, September 25, Time: 11am-6pm, Place: Folsom Street @ 10th Street, Cover: $10, More Info (ML)

Pink Party
Tradition….tradition! While traditionally (ha) this ditty stems from a musical about a shtetl and sings rather extensively on gender norms in late 1800s Poland, one could also use it to discuss the continued return to Holy Cow during the Folsom Street Fair for a during and after party for the big kink festival in the street. Big difference: gender norms don't apply here. That said Holy Cow encourages pink wear in addition to the usual leather outfits. The party which usually makes use of the late summer. Our favorite nightlife editor (yes, our own Sam Khedr) will play one of those hosts to this annual event which will feature Sunday-style debauchery and music from a host of local stars that we've come to know over the course of every year from the likes of Anthony Mansfield and Ed Mazur of Disco Knights, Craig Kuna of Kontrol, Martin Aquino of Fantastic Friends, and so many more greats that will be spinning the daylight melodies and the evening time heavies for your listening, dancing and, well, probably making out pleasure. Music goes inside at 8pm but the party certainly don't stop. Just think pink. Date: Sunday, September 25, Time: noon-2am, Place: Holy Cow, Cover: $5-10 after 3pm, More Info (ML)




Flyer Of The Week
Our flyer of the week is for Mushroom Jazz with Mark Farina this Wed @ Monarch


Link Of The Week
Infinity: Something internal and personal draws us out to the night sky. Under a blanket of stars and the Milky Way arcing over head, we ask the simple question "What do you feel?" Here

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Event: Housepitality
Venue: F8
DJs: Bells & Whistles, Victor Vega, Joel Conway
Music: house (deep, tech), deep tech, garage, techno
Cover: no cover b4 11pm w/RSVP, $5 presales on RA, $10 otherwise


It's Wednesday and ya'll know what that means: it's Housepitality time. The best way to get over your mid-week slump is to slap on your comfiest pair of shoes and get your booty to F8. Each and every week, the crew brings you big names in the house scene, all on a Wednesday! This week's installment features the headlining debut of the duo, Bells & Whistles. These San Diego natives have become SF staples, working with the AYLI crew and rocking dancefloors on the playa and beyond. They'll be joined by Victor Vega, whose making his quarterly appearance in the 'pit. If you know anything about Vega, it's that he's got enough endurance (and music!) to rock the housepit until 4 am. Last but definitely not least is Joel Conway, who holds it down with his underground sounds, so don't miss this week's Housepitality. (CQ)

Event: Mushroom Jazz Monthly
Venue: Monarch
DJs: Mark Farina, JT Donaldson, Smokes
Music: house (deep, funky, electro), downtempo, jazz
Cover: $9.99-14.99


It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since Mark Farina released his epic Mushroom Jazz series, but it's true. Loved by long-time and new fans alike, this series has experienced a resurgence with the creation of the new monthly at Monarch. Mark Farina returns, manning the decks and throwing down his signature Chicago house laced with San Francisco style. Joining him will be JT Donaldson, a formindable force in the house scene who'll rock the decks with his blend of house, funk, disco and everything in between. Rounding out the lineup is Smokes, so be sure to get to Monarch with your dancing shoes. (CQ)

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Event: John Talabot
Venue: Monarch
DJs: John Talabot, Onemohit, Jay Handles, !dean
Music: house
Cover: $15-20 presale


If there is one person, who has been causing a stir on the international club circuit recently, it is Barcelona's John Talabot. His sound is raw, loopy, heavy on the kick drum, sample based, moderate on the tempo, distorted on the drums and light years away from the clean and ever revolving house sound of today. This unique style which also blends influences from afro beat, Detroit techno, Chicago house and cosmic disco, but also northern soul or the energy of Flamenco, immediately turned some heads around.

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Event: Hernan Cattaneo
Venue: Audio
DJs: Hernan Cattaneo
Music: house, tech-house
Cover: $20-25 presale
There are few DJs can truly attest to the kind of dedication to a quality, underground sound that Hernan Cattaneo has uncompromisingly championed. More than a performer, he has been a leader, taking the Argentinian house movement from a local collective to international prominence, and along with it exposing the world to some of the most now critically acclaimed sounds in progressive, house, and techno. His own imprint, Sudbeat, has released groundbreaking work from the biggest names in the business, from Danny Howells to Guy J, Nick Warren to Henry Saiz, as well as supported and launched careers for some of the world's newest groundbreaking acts such as Guy Mantzur, Marc Poppcke, and many others. Hernan will continue to be one of the defining forces in underground dance music for many years to come.

Event: Le Youth
Venue: Mezzanine
DJs: Le Youth, Pat Lok, Ghosts of Venice, Futurewife
Music: house
Cover: $20 presale
Nineties sounds refracted through a thoroughly modern aesthetic. Tracks that are serious about moving a dance floor full of people without coming on too strong. Breezy California vibes touched by a twist of European flair and an air of mystery. This is what Le Youth is about. Wes James is the slightly enigmatic Angeleno behind Le Youth, a producer without a past whose music is steeped in it. His signature sound is a blend of Clinton-era R&B and the house music that was lighting up dancefloors and radio stations around the globe during the same period, and the leisurely grooves, airy synthesizers, and pop hooks of a song like his debut single "C O O L" that can easily pull a listener back to the pre-millennial, pre-Internet days when dance music offered a transcendentally blissful brand of hedonism that's considerably harder to find on today's macho-tinged EDM landscape.

Event: No Tell Motel w/ Green Velvet
Venue: Love + Propaganda
DJs: Green Velvet
Music: house
Cover: $20-25 presale
Chicago house music legend, Green Velvet, takes over on September 23rd for the first "No Tell Motel Velvet" addition. Green Velvet (aka Cajmere) studied chemical engineering at the University of Illinois, where he exposed himself to the energetic culture and lifestyle of house. In 1991, midway though graduate school, Cajmere returned to Chicago to pursue his dream of producing house music. Cajmere finally made an imprint on the dance community with his infectious experiment, "Coffee Pot" (It's Time for the Percolator) – Clubhouse Records. Then he moved on to more complex musical and lyrical arrangements with songs like Lidell Townsell's "Get With U" (Mercury Records). Fast forward In 1997, Green Velvet's attempt to combine 80s electronic funk with Chicago's cult of a perfect track led to his creation, "Answering Machine" - with the more humorous but rather contagious hook - "I don't need this shit!" For 1999 Green Velvet has crafted "Constant Chaos", an electronic trip over a lyrical landscape or as Green Velvet muses in a recent Muzik interview, "I guess it's sorta like folk music for the rave scene."

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Event: Bootie SF: Black & Blue Ball
Venue: DNA Lounge
DJs: Adrian A, Mysterious D, Jimi G, and many more
Music: mashup
Cover: $10-2- presale
It's the Black & Blue Ball -- Bootie's annual tribute to Folsom Street Fair weekend, with plenty of sexy mashups and fetish-tinged fun to go around. Dress up in your fetishwear finest for free entry, or come as you are! At 11 PM on the Main Stage, live mashup rock band Smash-Up Derby throws down an extra sexy set, while resident DJs Adrian A, Mysterious D and Jimi G spin mashups that are sure to keep you sweating late into the night. Plus genius choreographer MJ Paul pulls out all the stops for a kinktacular Midnight Mashup Show!

Event: IDP: One Year Anniversary
Venue: Underground SF
DJs: Montaux, Alexandernaut + Marcos Alonso, Lastroplane, IDP residents
Music: IDM, electronica, experimental
Cover: $7
Can you believe that it's been a year since San Francisco received its first IDM-exclusive party that focuses on live electronica that is both made for so-called intelligent home listening as well as more dancefloor friendly vibes. While the show has travelled around the city's cozier venues, namely Underground SF to The Basement and back again, they seem to be at home here on their anniversary. Come out and support the musical stylings of your local fiddlers (and we mean nob fiddlers, not the ones on the roof) and get ready for a whole other year of increased technological fun! (ML)

Event: Lights Down Low w/ Roman Flügel
Venue: The Great Northern
DJs: Roman Flügel, Heidi, Mozhgan Shariat, Richie Panic
Music: house, techno
Cover: $18 presale
Roman Flügel returns to SF! Last time Roman was here he simply and utterly destroyed. From the moment he began till the second he finished with the entire place screaming for more he was simply in control of the dance floor 100%. Easily one of the best Lights Down Low DJ sets ever and they could not wait to bring him back for more. And now he is back, digging thru his bag of tricks and taking you on a journey through 20 years of "rave". Contemporary music that includes bleeping house or quirky techno meets futuristic Italo-disco and electronica devoid of all provenance. If you missed it the first time, now is your chance!

Event: Opel presents Hoj-An Opel Homecoming
Venue: Monarch
DJs: Hoj, Syd Gris, Mark Slee, Exoendo
Music: house (deep, tech), techno, nu disco, dance
Cover: $15
Opel is back ya'll and taking over Monarch for a very special Opel Homecoming. The crew welcomes back one of their own as headliner for this banging event. Who am I talking about? Well that would be Hoj, an Opel resident from back in the day as well as one of the founders of Opulent Temple at Burning Man. That is, he was, until he blew the eff up and started touring the world. He has formed a deep connection with Robot Heart and Lee Burridge, playing alongside the latter at many of his All Day I Dream events. Syd Gris, Mark Slee and Exoendo are also slated to play, so you know this show's going to be a good one. (CQ)

Event: Prince Fox
Venue: Audio
DJs: Prince Fox, No Sleep
Music: house
Cover: $10
Prince Fox wants to give something deeper to the dance floor. So, he approaches making electronic dance music with a classic ear for songwriting, generating his very own "future pop" in the process. The New York artist and producer explains, "The songs are structured in a traditional manner with verses and choruses, but they're produced with an underground flavor—spanning everything that influences me from deep house, to future bass, to UK garage. What holds it all together is this old school focus on composition. I want to write songs that are more than just builds and drops."

Event: Swagger Like Us x Elbo Room x Fetish
Venue: Elbo Room
DJs: DavOmakesbeats, AceBoomBap, Lady Tragik
Music: bass, hip-hop
Cover: $10
With the hosts of Swagger Like Us, you know that any event is going to be a raucously queer dance party - one that is gay in the most original sense of the word. In addition to the usual crew that hangs at these parties in fabulous outfits, future-focused ideas of gender, play, and sexuality, there will be some Folsom "tourists" who we're more than ready to welcome into the fold and show the ways. This is more than just your average Saturday night party though, even for the Swagger crew. To really fetish up the place they'll be having a live bondage demonstration by Andre Shakti. Whether you think of this as more educational endeavor or sexual titillation is up to you. Just show up. (ML)

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Event: Deviants: Adult Arcade
Venue: Mezzanine
DJs: Tuff City Kids, Lena Willikins, Roi Perez, Honey Soundsystem
Music: techno, tech-house
Cover: $15-30
If you've been naughty this weekend — and we seriously hope you have — it's not quite time to wind down yet. You don't have to go inside yet as the Stevenson alley will start out with music and perversions at 6pm — right when the fair ends. You didn't need downtime anyway (except maybe to go down…). This will be a darkly underground-style event, with the musical stylings of new duo Tuff City Kids, featuring German artists Gerd Janson and Lauer, both huge proponents of the German techno-house sounds that has all the kids and their fathers waxing and waning on their 12-hour clubbing stints in the Fatherland of Techno. Flesh this out with a German lady of the moment, Lena Willikins, Israeli Roi Perez, and, of course, our own favorite gay techno collective Honey Soundsystem to round this out for the perfect Folsom afterparty. (ML)

Event: WERD
Venue: Monarch
DJs: David Sylvester, Keith Kraft
Music: techno, house
Cover: $5
Sunday Sunday Sunday! If you're not quite ready to wind down from your weekend, never fear, as WERD takes over the catacombs of Monarch. Your selectas for the evening include David Sylvester, who's one of the Two Dudes in Love, as well the co-founder/co-owner of Friends With Benefits Records. Even with that busy schedule, he finds time to work on his solo music and throwdown kick-ass DJ sets for your listening pleasure. Also on deck is Keith Kraft, a DJ who's had a fast rise in the underground music scene over the last 5 years. He brings with him a deep, sexy underground sound that's irresistible to your ears and feet. (CQ)

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