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Friday, March 5, 2010

Hey DJ! Friday Q&A w/ Brown Amy + Carnita (Hard French)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 7:00 AM


San Francisco is stacked with soul nights, but how many soul afternoons does the city play host to? And by daytime gigs, I mean BBQs, complete with greasy beats, grilled meats (veggie and otherwise), and soul food sides? There's a new party in town called Hard French, whose theme is summarized by DJs Brown Amy and Carnita as "BBQ, soul, and sweaty queers hard frenching in the sunshine." Got that? And yeah, the other spin on this theme, besides the eats, is the crowd they're aiming to attract--queers both in the sexual sense and in the open-to-any-sorta-good-time kinds.

Hard French goes down this Saturday, March 6, at El Rio from 3 until 8 p.m. Get real friendly with these guys, Web style, and get the details on the gig ($5 "for hard dancing and hard cruising all day long"; $10 for "unlimited beer and a plate of bbq from 3 p.m. - 5p.m."). Brown Amy and Carnita are vets of the party scene--perhaps they've already made you dance at the Lexington, Thee Parkside, or during Homo A Go Go--but we wanted to get them a little better before all that French-ing begins.

Name: DJ Brown Amy + DJ Carnita

Club night(s): Hard French at El Rio every first Saturday from 3-8 p.m.

Style(s) of music you spin: girl groups, northern soul stompers, early '70s soulful funk, boogaloo, garage

So what's your story, in 100 words or less? Though one would think queers with a penchant for soul would be in abundance in San Francisco, Brown Amy and Carnita found themselves feeling starkly alone in the land of a thousand soul parties. We decided to merge our music and good looks and form a DJ duo that would do right by all SF's soulful queers. We've thrown dance parties at Thee Parkside, Homo A Go Go, and the Lexington and are excited to groove into our new monthly party at El Rio, Hard French.

What can you tell us about this new Hard French party? The idea behind the event is to modernize, takeover, revamp, trick out, revive, and do up the Outdoor Afternoon Dance Party in the Mission. This is a party for everyone--a party where drag queens mingle with lesbians, leather daddies soul dance with cholas, sharps share hot dogs with activists, jocks make out with twinks, brown meets white meets purple meets gay guy meets ladies meets q and everyone leaves excited for the next party. We, along with the rest of the Hard French Crew, will be curating music throughout the spring and summer with live bands, guest DJs, performers and many surprises.

What kinda treats will you have on the grill? There's gonna be tasty hot dogs and burgers (veggie and meaty) grilled to Hard French perfection by Kitn, collard greens, and potato salad. It'll be a rotating menu that's sure to satisfy the hungry BBQ purists out there.

Why do you think San Francisco has such a strong affection for soul music? Soul music reminds a lot of us of backyard Saturday BBQs where our aunts, uncles, and parents would bring out the jams they grew up on and share them with us kids. We danced, we ate, and we reveled in the sense of family and community that the raw emotion of soul music created. San Francisco is full of fun folks who came from soul BBQ backgrounds, and all of us love the opportunity to relive our youth.

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