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Calling All Artists: “Bring Your Own Queer” A Free SF, Queer Outdoor Music Festival: Sept 15


Free SF, Queer Outdoor Music Festival Will Take Place September 15 in Golden Gate Park; Call for Entries Now Open

San Francisco —  Bring Your Own Queer (BYOQ), a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, today announced the DJ and performance line-up for its fourth annual free event, taking place on September 15 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Music Concourse between the DeYoung and the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. The daytime music, art and performance festival celebrates queer communites in the Bay Area and beyond.

BYOQ also announced its call for entries deadline of August 15 for visual, performance, intervention, interactive, and/or installation art. Selected artists will be awarded a modest stipend to help offset the costs of creating and/or installing artwork on location.

Included is the list of artists that have signed on so far. This list will be growing as we get closer to the event. Be sure to check back on our Facebook page for the must up to date information:

Confirmed DJs and artists include Steve Fabus, Carrie (OnDisco), Guy Ruben, La Chica Boom, Jocquese Whitfield (aka: JoQ) :

Steve Fabus (GoBANG!): Steve Fabus, one of the first nationally recognized US DJs from the West Coast, began his career playing loft parties and the baths of late ’70s San Francisco. Already the Counter Cultural Capital of America, home of the North Beach Beats and Haight-Ashbury hippie movement, it had recently become the epicenter of sexual liberation. Under the fireworks of social and political change, Steve played parties whose guest list included pre-disco Sylvester, then a member of the radical drag troupe “The Cockettes”, and Harvey Milk, who would become America’s first openly gay politician. San Francisco was one big, energized party then, hosted by a growing gay subculture that was throwing one gigantic, energized party for the world. After moving to numerous cities, including New York and LA, spreading his love of music, Steve moved back to his beloved San Francisco in the late nineties where he is now a resident & guiding force of GO BANG!, and guests at Honey Soundsystem, Tubesteak Connection, Casablanca/Underground SF, and other clubs and events.
Listen to Steve on SoundCloud:

Carrie(OnDisco) (Queer Nation, DialUP!): Carrie hails from across the pond and vowed to never be a DJ as it was too late, and all of her friends had been DJ’ing for years–circa 1998. Then her flatmate bought some decks and she suddenly started buying a few records to play at home herself. Then by accident, a few years later, she had a weekly residency in London’s Soho, playing to a young queer crowd on Friday and Saturday nights before heading out clubbing herself to her favourite night Queer Nation in Brixton. She later found herself another residency on a Sunday night in Brixton to a mixed crowd, playing alongside the likes of Robert Owens and other notables, she was later fortunate to play a few nights at Queer Nation, alongside her favourite Djs – Luke Howard and Jeffery Hinton, one highlight being opening for Sir Norman Jay. Since focussing on her day job she no had the time for a regular DJ slot, however still loves to play occasional events to share the love of music. She moved to San Francisco in November 2010, playing a handful of one off nights at her favourite queer venues since then. She also dislikes writing Bio’s…
Listen to Carrie(OnDisco) on SoundCloud:

Guy Ruben (440, Powerhouse, and Lookout): Dishing out booty-shaking beats has been a calling for DJ GUY RUBEN since he was a kid as he took hold of the family’s stereo system. Fueled by everything from Madonna, Donna Summer, Depeche Mode, to Radiohead, the young music aficionado collected many 12-inch records and pieced together mixtapes by recording songs directly off the radio. As he matured, so did his passion, perspective, and opinion on what sounds get people to move. After being inspired by seeing late ‘90s and early ‘00s legendary house music DJs play and some motivation from friends, Guy Ruben hit the dance floor hard in 2007, and has been entrancing partygoers with his unrelenting beats ever since. Now, he’s a tour de force in the SF club scene, and has earned residencies at 440, Powerhouse, and Lookout. He’s also lent his seductive and edgy sound to countless parties around the Bay Area, and soon he will be making his debut in New York City.
Listen to Guy on SoundCloud:

La Chica Boom is a Bay Area based performance artist and ecdysiast that explores Chicana iconography, race, gender and sexuality. You can catch her making tacos with her panties, giving birth to Hitachi wands, and dominating piñatas at gay bars, theaters, museums, and nightclubs throughout the country. Her work ranges from short acts to full-length escandalos, includes original costuming, and pushes sexual and racial boundaries. She is the founder and producer of Kaleidoscope, National People of Color Cabaret, the first national event dedicated to cabaret and neo-burlesque performers of color in the U.S. La Chica Boom’s special brand of burlesque and ethnic drag have been showcased at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), The Moisture Circus Festival (SEA), The Burlesque Hall of Fame (Las Vegas), The National Queer Arts Festival (SF), and at MondoHomo (ATL).

Jocquese Whitfield (aka: JoQ) is a dancer/choreographer born and raised in San Francisco. Starting his career steeped in the improvisation of freestyle hip-hop, Jocquese has added modern, classical, and Diasporic dance traditions over the last several years. He has been a member of City Shock San Francisco, F.B.C. (Funk Beyond Control), and UFO Movement, J. Jun Productions and M.O.M. (Mind Over Matter). Currently pursuing studies in Dance and Theater, Jocquese’s current movement vocabulary revisits the bold, rebellious statements of the 1980’s as expressed through fashion, nightlife, and a love of the abstract. A shape-shifter, Jocquese challenges assumptions of sexual identity in dance as he plays with gesture both “masculine” and “feminine”. Jocquese is currently teaching Vogue at Dance Mission Theater (Tuesdays) and ODC Dance Commons (Thursday).

Edaj: Edaj is a versatile artist whose career as a choreographer, producer, emcee and DJ, began in 1991. From 2002 – 2010, she was Executive Producer of the Women’s Stage at San Francisco Pride, where she ensured there was a space for women at the celebration and showcased a diverse, multi-talented global representation of the women’s community on the stage. Through her company, Mizdj Creations, her work with supporting and empowering women through artistic expression stretches across the nation and internationally as she constantly lends her expertise toward establishing opportunities for women to excel in the arts.

Having waged a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising more than $4,000, this year’s event promises the best one yet, with even more resources and awareness by getting the community involved earlier than ever before. BYOQ is also still gratefully accepting donations. BYOQ is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible. As one of the fiscally sponsored projects by Inersection for the Arts, you can donate via their page.Simply click on this link, and choose where to direct your donation. It is the fifth option:

To hear about the event in the founders words, Rebeka Rodriguez, click on her video on the BYOQ Kickstarter page:

Supporting Resources:
BYOQ Call for Entries —

For more information, please contact:
Aaron Wessels
Point-Bl_nk Communications

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