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Dezzy Hollow

Tue., June 18, 8 p.m.


Xtra Luv Tuesdays

Every other Tuesday
F8 1192 Folsom, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights


"Phat Tuesday": Phat Tuesday

Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
Raven 1151 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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w/ DJs Scotty Fox & Clinton Lee 415-431-1151

"Music Therapy": Music Therapy

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Pop's Bar 2800 24th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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w/ DJ Clave 415-872-5160

"Jet Set"

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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Salsa, reggaetón, and Latin hip-hop with resident DJ Erick Santero. 510-451-4677

"Peaches": Peaches

Thursdays, 10 p.m.
Skylark Bar 3089 16th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Ever since she was a child, Bay Area DJ ThatGirl has been interested in street art and its connection to the hip-hop movement. However, it wasn't until she attended a rave in 1997 that she discovered her desire to channel this creativity into music, most notably turntablism. She soon purchased her own set of DJ tools and quickly gained respect in the community with her turntable skills and ability to uniquely set the mood for events as diverse as B-boy battles and art show openings. ThatGirl is also known as part of the Peaches crew, a weekly all-girl DJ party in the Mission that has been going strong since 2009. We caught up with ThatGirl to talk about her love of art, why she is "that girl," and what we can expect to hear at her parties.

Give us a little background on how you got into art and DJing.

It all started off with a fascination for graffiti. In kindergarten, on the way to school each morning, our bus would pass by these walls that were always covered with crazy colorful letterforms. For some reason, I imagined a lone phantom artist behind all of it, who only came out at night to create. Although I didn't understand what I was seeing, I became obsessed with it. I would try absorbing everything I could, and drawing what I saw in a notebook. Pretty soon, I observed that this particular kind of artwork appeared throughout the city. I was amazed at how much this lone artist got around and I wanted to be a phantom artist, too.

It wasn't until a few years later that I really understood what I was actually seeing. My dad took me to the public library one afternoon and I spotted this book with cover art that resembled what I was seeing all around the city. The book was called Subway Art. I soon discovered that it wasn't just one artist behind it all, it was a whole movement of artists. I learned about this whole subcultural explosion called graffiti and that it was part of an even bigger movement called hip-hop. My mind was absolutely blown and my imagination went wild. I dabbled with graffiti for a few years and then eventually got curious about DJing. The '80s were definitely a creative golden era that I was fortunate to have been born and raised in.

How did you come up with ThatGirl as your moniker?

Being active in a male dominated subculture, I was always referred to as "that girl." I would always hear comments like "Oh, it's that girl," or "There goes that girl again." The label kind of just stuck.

How did you get into turntablism?

I got curious about DJing after attending my first rave in 1997. I was 16 years old. The party was held in a warehouse in Oakland called Homebase. The party was a Halloween event called Tribal Massive. Crystal Method and DJ Dan were the main headliners. In another room, DJ Qbert and Kid Koala held down a four-turntable set. On either side of them stood these giant, life-sized lava lamps. The ambiance was out of this world. They were playing all kinds of weird shit; I couldn't really pinpoint one genre. I remember the dancers getting down the whole night until the sun came up. The energy was amazing, and I was fascinated by the way these two DJs were able to move the crowd. After that I saved up to buy my first DJ-in-a-box set.

Since turntablism was so male-dominated when you started your career, did you feel more pressure to be at the top of your game for every gig?

When I first started, I found that some of my male counterparts were very supportive while others were very territorial. I even had one gig where the guys wouldn't let me get on the turntables at all, even though my name was on the bill. Similar to the graffiti scene, I knew that I was automatically under a microscope given the uneven gender balance, and that weak first impressions were very unforgiving. This uneven gender balance is what gave me the advantage of being noticed; however, I quickly learned that riding on gender and sexuality alone wasn't enough to establish respect or longevity. Bay Area music connoisseurs had a knack for spotting the fake and the gimmicky. I learned of the power and responsibility attached to my female sexuality. I recognized that before I could be in a place where I could rework any negative stereotypes into a constructive light, I first needed to be in a place where I could prove myself and be accepted as equal to male DJs skill-wise.

Do you feel female DJs are represented positively these days, or do you see some negative backlash?

These days there are a lot more female DJs in the scene, so gender is not as big of an issue as it used to be.

You're known mainly for your soul and funk groove sounds. What attracted you to these genres?

I think DJs, musicians, and artists in general have the power to shape culture and values of society. I tend to gravitate towards music with reflective themes, nostalgic rhythms, uplifting vibes, and righteous lyrics — music that brings the listener back to the soul. But don't get me wrong, I also love that grimy, bass-driven, body-rolling, party-rock sound when appropriate. My point is, let us not be at the exclusive control of Clear Channel programming.

Tell us a little of how you connected with the weekly Peaches party.

Although Peaches was the mastermind of the lovely Masaye Waugh, it was actually pretty destined that we all came together. DJs Umami, Inkfat, Deeandroid, and Lady Fingaz are among the most talented and down-to-earth DJs I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Although our styles differ, we all came together because of our same drive and passion for music. What keeps us together is our common appreciation for alcoholic beverages, food, conversation, and sick humor.

How has this weekly managed to stay so successful?

Because we all get along and work together so well, we enjoy the company of our weekly regulars, and we like to make money for what we love doing.

Lastly, what can we expect to hear this week at Peaches?

Soul-shaking, beat-bumping, hip-swaying, revolutionary fist-pumping, baby-making music.


"Werk It"

Third Thursday of every month, 9 p.m.
Laszlo 2532 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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w/ DJ Kool Karlo 415-648-7000

"Throwback Thursdays"

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Eastside West 3154 Fillmore, San Francisco Marina/ Cow Hollow

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w/ DJ Madison 415-885-4000

"Throwback Thursday"

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Q Bar 456 Castro, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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w/ DJ Jay-R 415-864-2877

"Jungle Boogie"

Thursdays, 10 p.m.
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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With resident DJs Poizen, Kool Kyle, and Uncle Joe. 510-451-4677

"Loose Joints": Loose Joints

Third Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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Since 2007, the DJ trio of Tom Thump, Damon Bell, and DJ Centipede has offered up Loose Joints, the most ass-shakingest weekly survey of African-rooted pop in the city. Step into the Make-Out Room, order a couple of drinks, admire the sparkly ceiling decor, and listen before you dance. Along with a boatload of quality American and British funk and soul, these guys throw down Ethiopian jazz-funk, Nigerian Afrobeat, Puerto Rican boogaloo, and much more.

"Juicy": Juicy

Third Friday of every month, 10 p.m.

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w/ DJ Mark Di Vita 415-512-7493

"Roots & Branches": Roots & Branches

Third Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
The Layover 1517 Franklin, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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w/ DJ Crimson 510-834-1517

Oakland Faders

Third Friday of every month, 10 p.m.
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, Oakland Downtown Oakland

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DJs Carmen y Miranda

Fridays, 6 p.m.
El Rio 3158 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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"EZ Fridays"

Fridays, 9 p.m.
EZ5 682 Commercial, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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Fridays, 9:30 p.m.
Origin 1538 Fillmore, San Francisco Japantown/Pacific Heights

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Latino Fridays

Fridays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Grand Nightclub 520 Fourth St., San Francisco South of Market

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World Class DJ's playing the best Latin Hits x Top 40 x Hip Hop 415-814-3008

Wu-Tang Clan, Eric B & Rakim, De La Soul, The Pharcyde and more!

Sat., June 22, 6-11 p.m.
Shoreline Amphitheatre 1 Amphitheatre, Mountain View Mountain View

Visit us for event details 650-967-3000

"Mango": Mango

Fourth Saturday of every month, 3 p.m.
El Rio 3158 Mission, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

80's and 90's Throwback Party

Saturdays, 9 p.m.
The Lister 77 Cambon Drive, San Francisco Lake Merced

w/ DJs and MCs 415-584-4445

"City Nights": City Nights

Saturdays, 10 p.m.
City Nights 715 Harrison, San Francisco South of Market

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"El SuperRitmo": El SuperRitmo

Saturdays, 10 p.m.
Make-Out Room 3225 22nd St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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w/ DJs Roger Mas & El Kool Kyle 415-647-2888

"EZ Saturdays"

Saturdays, 10 p.m.
EZ5 682 Commercial, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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DJ Remeddy

Saturdays, 10 p.m.
Circa 2001 Chestnut, San Francisco Marina/ Cow Hollow

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Cameo Fridays

Saturdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Holy Cow 1535 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

Hip-hop from the 80's, 90's, and today's Top 40 415-621-6087

Holy Cow Saturday

Saturdays, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Holy Cow 1535 Folsom, San Francisco South of Market

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Enjoy your favorite Hip Hop & Club Hits at high volume! 415-621-6087

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