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Saturday September 14th, 2013
3pm – 8pm
Verdugo Bar (3408 Verdugo Rd.), Los Angeles
$8 includes dancing and cruising
yr Hard French DJs:
DJ Carnita & DJ Brown Amy
Spinning the baddest all-vinyl girl group grooves, northern soul stunners and funky foot stompers this side of the ’60s
DJ Nick Waterhouse
Hostess Ambrosia Salad
Hard French is beside ourselves excited for our LA Eastside return with an outdoor afternoon dance party at Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. We will be reconnecting with two of our longtime San Francisco friends who have recently relocated to LA: guest DJ Nick Waterhouse, known from the success of his freshman album, Time’s All Gone and event hostess and drag mistress Ambrosia Salad. Expect all of the usual Hard French fixins’ plus even greater run of Verdugo’s spacious back patio with extra satellite bars, expanded smoking section, two tasty food trucks and even more staffing behind their craft-beer stocked bar.
Did you miss Hard French the first time around? Then check out these photos c/o Shot in the City from our April party.
Hard French Hearts Local Businesses! We are excited to be partnering with the hybrid retail store and graphic design studio Otherwild, in Echo Park! Stop by and pick up an outfit for HFLA at 1932 Echo Park Ave (@ Duane St.).
HARD DANCING. HARD CRUISING. HARD FRENCH
What is Hard French?
Hard French is an outdoor daytime soul music dance party that sets out to modernize, takeover, revamp, trick out, revive, and do up the dance party experience. Their crew consists of producer Devon Devine, art directors Jorge P. and Tim T., and DJs Brown Amy and Carnita. The event brings a fresh perspective to the SF party scene – focusing on a genuine experience through creativity, magic and the value of dancing your heart out to your favorite song. Hard French was most recently awarded ‘Best Monthly Party’ from the California Music and Culture Association and also has ‘Best in SF’ awards from the SF Bay Guardian, SF Weekly and Asterisk Magazine.
Hard French Presents
A VERY special AFTER PARTY featuring:
SATURDAY AUG 3, 2013
9PM 15$ PRE SALE/ 20$ DOOR
PUBLIC WORKS (Main Room)
Live Performances by:
RYE RYE (baltimore)
MICAHTRON (san francisco)
DJ Sets by:
HARD FRENCH (sf)
DJ OLGA T (oakland)
SWAGGER LIKE US (sf)
Hard Dancing. Hard Cruising. Hard French.
Another Hard French Hearts Los Homos means another batch of fantastic small business partners who are helping us to make this event possible! Hard French hearts the opportunity to work with different local businesses each year to help us produce our large-scale community events like Pride. We’d like to take a minute to thank our partners and to let you know a little bit about why we love them so.
Our favorite Mission shop where you can peruse through an amazing and occasionally audacious selection of men’s and women’s vintage clothing as well as rocks, gems, minerals, jewelry and gifts recently celebrated it’s 2nd Birthday! If you are at a loss for last-second Pride looks then search no further than this radical queer-owned, operated and staffed store on 20th and Valencia. Also, basically, you, me and everyone we know will be wearing Stone Pony bought outfits and vibing off their woo-laden crystals so don’t be left out.
The fabulous Tricia Gillespie’s pie in the sky dream of opening her own brick and mortar aesthetics business is coming true before our eyes! The Tidy Shoppe will be your must-visit location for everything from waxings of yr sexy parts to one-of-a-kind custom body art. You can even get yourself all tidied up at Pride because Tricia will be there doing airbrush body art at Hard French Hearts Los Homos. Donate to their Indie Go Go to help the Shoppe open its doors!
Browntourage rocks so hard for doing this exclusive interview with Magic Mouth for us. In addition they have a blog, made to order tshirts, and events which showcase the artists they feature on their website! Also, they are pretty much the baddest brownest babe duo in the whole Bay Area. What’s not to love?
The Bay Guardian is pretty much the only print paper that Hard French trusts for a no-BS take on the issues and events that are really important in San Francisco. For the third year in a row we are excited to kick-off Pride with the Guardian at their Pullin’ Pork for Pride Happy Hour at our favorite Castro patio bar, the Pilsner. We are upping the ante at this year’s party with hostess Lil’ Miss Hot Mess and performances by by Dick Van Dick, Tara Wrist and Rotimi Agbabiaka — did we mention there is free pork? Because there is.
Being a Zipcar member gives us the freedom of choice and do we ever choose! Our favorite car sharing service lets us put on a different set of wheels every time we leave the house. You may see a Hard Frencher scooting around town in a convertible mini cooper or working some butch realness in a Tacoma pickup. Variety is the spice of life and Zipcar keeps things spicy.
This year the committee that organizes the official Pride celebration named Private Manning their Grand Marshal, only to retract it 48 hours later. Pride marks an anniversary of brave queers fighting for their rights at the historical Stonewall Riots in NYC on June 28th, 1969, many of them going to jail for what they believe in. Private Manning also spoke out about the truth, and June 1st will mark Manning’s third year in prison and the start of their military trial. Hard French will celebrate Pride in Manning’s honor. Since the Board of the SF Pride Committee, the organization that supposedly celebrates the beginning of the gay liberation movement , does not feel Manning is a leader of the people, Hard French will honor Manning as our Grand Marshal. WE ARE PRIDE, and we dedicate this event to Private Manning, raising awareness about their trial, and honoring the legacies of all queer freedom fighting by queer GI resisters and queer political prisoners.
Bradley Manning Support Network
UK Guardian Article about Manning and Pride
The Iraq Veterans Against the War/Civilian-Soldier Alliance SF Chapters Joint Statement
Hard French Hearts Los Homos
An intergalactic Pride party for all the gayliens who love to dance in outer space.
DJ Carnita & Brown Amy
Spinning the baddest all vinyl girl group grooves, northern soul stunners and funky foot stompers this side of the 60s
live performances by:
Funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi babes that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula, Rucker and Q-Tip
Magic Mouth (Portland)
Queer post-punkers with soulful vocals that will have you clapping, smiling and rocking out into deep space.
Midtown Social (SF)
Nine high-energy locals playing tightly-grooved, heartfelt, and original soul-stepping anthems
Special guest DJs:
DJ Olga T (Good Times, Oakland)
DJ Taco Tuesday (I Heart Cochinas Tongas, SF)
the Hard French Jiggalicious Drag Babes
Drag Babes shakin it down and making you move
Dulce De Leche
Kitty Von Quim
our Infamous Photobooth/Fundraiser
Photobooth will benefit the Bradley Manning Support Network.
About the Venue
For decades Roccapulco has been the heart of San Francisco’s salsa music scene, playing host to legends like Celia Cruz and Tito Puente. Hard French is thrilled to bring our special brand of queer to this historic and amazing space. Speaking of the space – it is HUGE with tons of tables and booths, 2 balconies a giant dancefloor and one of the city’s best sound systems.
Hard French stands in solidarity with Private Manning.
This year the committee that organizes the official Pride celebration named Private Manning their Grand Marshal, only to retract it 48 hours later. Pride marks an anniversary of brave queers fighting for their rights at the historical Stonewall Riots in NYC on June 28th, 1969, many of them going to jail for what they believe in. Private Manning also spoke out about the truth, and June 1st will mark Manning’s fourth year in prison and the start of their military trial. Hard French will celebrate Pride in Manning’s honor. Since the Board of the SF Pride Committee, the organization that supposedly celebrates the beginning of the gay liberation movement , does not feel Manning is a leader of the people, Hard French will honor Manning as our Grand Marshal. WE ARE PRIDE, and we dedicate this event to Private Manning, raising awareness about their trial, and honoring the legacies of all queer freedom fighting by queer GI resisters and queer political prisoners.
100% of the donations received at the photobooth, and a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Bradley Manning Support Network. To find out more information on Manning or how to get involved, please visit these links: