(note – this FAQ is specific to the Winter Ball — if you have any other questions or to ask one of the crew members out on a hottt date email us directly at

The 2013 Royals. Photo by Shot in the City.

The 2013 Royals. Photo by Shot in the City.

What is Hard French?
GOOD TIMES! We’re an all-vinyl 60’s soul dance party experience. Here’s the long version of what we have to say about ourselves.

What is the Winter Ball?
The winter ball is our yearly weekend getaway formal dance party! For the past four years we have partied in Santa Cruz – but this year we are switching it up and going to Reno, Nevada! You can find out more about it on our facebook page – or buy your tickets here!

What is it called the ‘Winter Ball’ if its happening in May?
We’ve never been good with labels. If you’ve attended in the past – you know what we mean when we say we are having a ‘WINTER BALL’ no matter what season it is! And if you haven’t attended yet – take a chance – and focus on the BALL if the WINTER is freaking you out.

What time does it start and end?
The party starts at 9pm. The event ENDS at 3AM. 

Ok, you guys seem cool and babes go to yr events. I’m ready… how do I buy tickets and how much does it cost?
Wow – thanks for the compliment! Right now we are in the process of setting up tickets – but they will be $25 ($20 for the early birds) and $30 at the door. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE.

Hard French Crew. Winter Ball 2012. Photo by Shot in the City.

Hard French Crew. Winter Ball 2012. Photo by Shot in the City.

Ok. I got my ticket to the event. I got my ride confirmed. I even got a dress and asked a hot BABE to my date and they said HELL YAH BRO! So now — WHERE AM I GOING TO SLEEP!?
The entire event is taking place at the Sands Regency Hotel & Casino in downtown Reno. There are two ways to reserve rooms:

1.) by phone: 1-866-386-7829 make sure to tell them HARD FRENCH sent ya – it gets you in our room block so we can do our hair together. And other things.

2.) by website: use code Hard15

The Hard French rates are $29 Sunday thru Thursday ($41.71 with tax), and $55 Saturday and Sunday ($71.22 with tax). If you would like a quiet room or smoking room, let them know (and you will probably be placed outside of our where the majority of folks are staying).

Word on the street is that there’s a pool?
You should never listen to the rumor mill — but this time it’s true! There IS a pool – and its heated – and there’s a bar near it – and we are having an OFFICIAL pool party on Sunday with DJ Lay Down (our very own Tina Faggotina)! So now you have to pack formal gala looks alongside trashy poolside looks. Lucky you!

I don’t have a car – how do I get there?
That’s a really good question!

You can get there by train and bus! More information coming soon!

INSTAGRAM_WBWhat if  the event sells out?
The event will most likely NOT sell out. If its NEARING selling out – we will let you know – and we will always save a limited number of tickets to be sold at the door for all you procrastinators.

What kind of music will you play?
60’s soul — think Motown, James Brown and lots of amazing artists you haven’t heard of who will make you shake — all on 45’s. Here’s a mix that our DJ’s made to give you a taste. NOTE: 60’s soul does not mean Beyonce. We love B, (trust us, we LOVE B), but please don’t request her or come expecting to hear music made after 1969. 

I want to tell ALL my friends about this beautiful event, is it on facebook?
OH Yes! We are on facebook, instagram, and you can even sign up here for our newsletter!

How can I become the King and/or Queen of Hard French?
Good question! It’s pretty easy — all the info you need to know about it is right here. We take nominations from the public, the folks with the most nominations make our court, and everyone at the event votes for King and Queen!

Do I have to be a boy to be the King of Hard French?
Do we look like the gender binary system police?

If I buy a ticket to this event, how probable is it that I will get laid?
100% Guaranteed.

How can I DJ or perform at the Winter Ball?
You can’t! Not cuz we don’t want you to, but because we already booked it. But if you want to in the future, contact and we’ll see what we can do.


Cocoanut Grove Ballroom, Winter Ball 2012.

What are you wearing?
Cannot be described. Prepare to have your mind blown. Your concept of beauty, style and class is about to change forever. Formal attire encouraged but not required.

I want to donate a prize to the Winter Ball! Is it too late?
That’s so cool of you! We’ll always take gifts and distribute them wisely — to the Hard French King and Queen or to our attendees as door prizes… your gift will be super appreciated. Just email us at!

Why are you doing this?
Don’t be scared.

I don’t have a car, how can I get there?
See above… you will need to find your own way there but if you own a schoolbus, contact us!

Where the F is this place?
In Downtown Reno – the center of the biggest little city on earth! 

How long does it take to drive there?
Depends how fast you drive. Four hour or less. But you know you’re stopping at In n Out.

Is there food there?
We won’t be providing food so plan ahead! There are plenty of restaurants in the area including a Mel’s Diner right on premises!

Is there a bar (I really want to do a shot of tequila with a babe)?
There are lots of bars – and from what we hear – they never stop serving.

Can I go swimming?
There is a pool – and its heated – AND we are having an official pool party the day after the ball. So i’d say this is a resounding YAAAAAS!

What’s so cool about this Reno place?
It’s hard to describe if you haven’t been to it — but there’s thrifting, and burners hang out there after burning man, and there was a lesbian movie about it, and there are lots of buffets and in some ways it feels like yr going back in time while stepping into the future. 

I wanna get drunk, is there a way to get around without driving?
YES- WALK BRO. But seriously, everything you need is in the host hotel – and if you MUST hook up with that trick on grindr – everything else is mostly within walking distance.

Why is it so expensive? Aren’t you guys rich by now?
Unfortunately, we are not writing this FAQ at the beach house we share with Olivia Pope and Associates. While we LOVE our monthly party at the divey El Rio, we want to GET FANCY for the Winter Ball. We are stepping up the event in direct correlation to how much more we are asking you to pay for the event. That means performers, that means lights, that means special surprises! With that said, if you are hella strapped for cash and that $25 will make or break your attendance, shoot us an email and we can try to work something out thru volunteering or trade or who knows what! baby.