There is no denying that SF is the gay mecca of the globe and though some disgruntled queens in Sydney might disagree, that is pretty much the case. Furthermore, every mecca needs a splendid soundtrack and SF certainly has, and had, one. To celebrate that fact, tonight at the Works we bring you SPEAKER, a benefit for the GLBT History Society that is devoted to the places and the people who provided, and who reveled in, this glorious soundtrack. Namely the gay clubbers, djs and promoters who rocked and were rocked from the ’70s into the ’80s, the ravey ’90s and right up until today.
This party is a multimedia event; not only will there be music but there will also be video footage and photos of parties that happened in the city’s key venues down through the years. The djs for the night will be Steve Fabus and Bobby Viteritti, legends of the SF gay dance underground who manned/queened the mix at I Beam, End Up, Trocadero Transfer and other venues beyond the city.
This will be a night of past classics, memories of glorious, lost moments and an opportunity to fully appreciate what these parties meant to the gay community as it struggled for identity in the ’70s, dealt with pain and loss in the ’80s and ’90s and kept on going through the rave era, the Bush era and right up til now.
Also, material from private donors, newly commissioned photography and items from the The GLBT Historical Society Archives will be used to create a compact history for SPEAKER. A poster and audio documentary has been produced to focus in on certain media from the party, and after the event an exhibition will be open to the public on March 12th, 13th, and 14th at the Roll Up Gallery.
And in the spirit of the event, here’s a mix from Steve Fabus on Sergio Fedasz’s KALX radio show.
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