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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Deviants 2011 Will Keep the Spirit of Folsom Street Fair Going All Night

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 7:48 AM

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It all started in 1984 as a prideful response to an AIDS-shocked San Francisco. The Folsom Street Fair's beginnings were as a neighborhood response to rapid redevelopment plans and new city ordinances regulating SOMA leather bars and bathhouses. Rather than roll over, residents and members of the BDSM and leather communities created an outdoor festival celebrating the culture of the neighborhood they loved so dearly. Folsom Street Fair is still with us today, and it's become the city's flagship freaky celebration. Yet what the fair has always lacked was a proper official after party, the kind of thing that celebrates Folsom's community values while maintaining its hard countercultural zeal. This year that void has been filled by Deviants 2011 -- an 11-hour official after party at Public Works.

Deviants 2011 marks a shift for Folsom Street Events (the non-profit in charge of the event) towards working with outside, local, underground promoters. The party will take place in and around Public Works with four stages and a full outdoor block party in Erie alleyway. The promoter list for the event reads like a who's who of the major players in San Francisco's underground queer culture: house-leaning Honey Soundsystem, 60's-soul slinging Hard French, and Friday night drag sensationalists SOME THING!

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In a lot of ways, this year's Deviants party has its roots in last year's unofficial Honey Soundsystem-sponsored Folsom after party, House of Black Leather. Also at Public Works, that party fleshed out an edgy and underground identity for itself through an impressive string of videos that took cues from the golden years of leather bar culture. That identity is still easily detected in Deviants 2011's now numerous promotional videos. "It's about creating a new space for people who understand Folsom but who want a new experience -- a new inclusive space to explore their sexuality." Says DJ Peeplay (a.k.a. Jacob Sperber), one of the co-creators behind Honey Soundsystem. He says Deviants 2011 offers a place for an emergent breed that likes a wide assortment of kink, fetish, and naughty behavior. It's no surprise, then, when Jacob refers to Deviants 2011 as a "dirty Party." For him, this moniker gets away from the hard and fast rules of fetish culture allowing for an informal and spontaneous environment where everything from the uncomplicated to the elaborate is accepted. Appropriately, the party promises to put a spotlight on new music, new acts, and fresh faces. "The kind of crowd we're going for is the crowd that's in the know. You have to be paying attention to know the acts we've got -- we're highlighting artists you won't find in any big marketing efforts." He's being modest, though he's absolutely right: Deviants 2011 has a list of featured artists that all share a forward-thinking underground appeal. For instance, Italian hi-NRG house diva Hard Ton is flying to San Francisco from Venice to give the party a taste of his confident falsetto and analog-produced dance cuts. Portland's Miracles Club is making the short trip down to do a live performance of jackin' Chicago-influenced piano house. Local favorites, bunny & davO (of Blood, Sweat, & Queers fame) are slotted to do a rare set of live Baltimore club and sissy bounce remixes. On the DJ side of things, the party features headlining sets from L.A.'s Kim Anh (of Booby Trap! fame), Portland's Beyondadoubt, Dial Up's Dr. Sleep, and Electronic Music Bears podcast guru Dabecy. Of course, all the organizers for the event will also be fully represented in the form of a near dictionary-length list of resident DJs. Accompanying the sonic side of the evening will be a photo confession booth staffed by queer-porn director Courtney Trouble and an entire elevated stage dedicated to the artful drag antics of SOME THING with performances by VivvyAnne, Glamamore, ForeverMORE, Suppositori Spelling, Hoku Mama Swamp, Mona G. Hawd, and DIAmanda Kallas. The whole thing goes down this Sunday (Sept. 25) at Public Works, starting at 4 p.m. ---- Follow us on Twitter @SFAllShookDown, follow Derek Opperman @DerrickLove, and like us at Facebook.com/SFAllShookDown.
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