Pull on some pork for PRIDE baby!

For the last few years we here at Hard French have kicked off our PRIDE week with one of our FAVORITE local sponsors The SF BAY GUARDIAN and this year is no exception. Join us this Wednesday June 25th from 6-9pm at the SF Pilsner for their annual Pullin Pork for PRIDE Happy hour and Fundraiser. Your HARD FRENCH Dj’s will provide the soundtrack and your stomach will thank you on Sunday she remembers that this was the last meal you ate before the weekend.

As a special bonus the  Guardian offering Hard French Babes $5 off tickets by using the promo code: SFBGPORK. Get it grill!

The San Francisco Bay Guardian presents:

Pullin Pork for PRIDE: PRIDE Kick off Happy Hour and Fundraiser //  Wednesday June 25th, 6pm-9pm at The Pilsner Inn

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HARD FRENCH HEARTS LOS HOMOS 2013 PRIDE PARTNERS

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.

STONE PONY

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.

TIDY SHOPPE

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

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?

SF BAY GUARDIAN

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.

ZIPCAR

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.

HARD FRENCH APRIL w/ Special Guest DJ BEYONDA

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HARD FRENCH
a saturday afternoon soul music dance party

April 6th, 2pm – 8pm
$7 – dancing and cruising
3pm – 4pm: $1 beers
3pm – 5pm: free BBQ until its all gone!

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

special guest DJ:
Beyonda (A Hole In My Soul — PDX)
Raised on Dirty South, Soul, Gospel and Memphis sounds DJ Beyonda has spent a decade traveling the US spinning her collection of rare, vintage Soul and Rhythm & Blues 45s.

“I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul,” her 6 year-old, ground-breaking monthly of late 50s-early 60s Soul, Rhythm & Blues, & early Rock n Roll 45s has achieved legendary status with heavyweight dj-collectors and “beautifully ecstatic dancers” around the country.

w/ the Hard French Jiggalicious Dance Babes
“Babes shakin it down and making you move.”

As Always:
**Hard French photo booth photographed by Shot In The City! (6pm – 8pm)**

All PHOTO BOOTH proceeds will benefit the Sick Collective. SICK is an artist-driven collective that aims to unite a community of artists who are simultaneously navigating chronic illness and gender-variant identities in the Bay Area and beyond.http://www.sickcollective.org/

Bridge HIV from the San Francisco Department of Public Health will be in attendance handing out information on their newest vaccines and studies.

HARD DANCING. HARD CRUISING. HARD FRENCH.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARD FRENCH

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARD FRENCH
a saturday afternoon soul music dance party

Our wild child is about to turn three and we can’t wait to celebrate with all of you babes who have made dance magic for the past three years! Get ready for lots of fun birthday surprises and Hard French staples as we kick off a new season of hard dancing and hard cruising.

March 2nd, 2pm – 8pm
$7 – dancing and cruising
3pm – 4pm: $1 beers
3pm – 5pm: free BBQ until its all gone!

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

special guest DJ:
Primo (Oldies Night)

w/ the Hard French Jiggalicious Dance Babes
“Babes shakin it down and making you move.”

As Always:
**Hard French photo booth created by Tommy Tuff and photographed by Shot In The City! (6pm – 8pm)**

–All PHOTO BOOTH proceeds will benefit the AIDS Lifecycle rides of HF friends Aaron Kantor and Sean Lackey

HARD DANCING. HARD CRUISING. HARD FRENCH.

Hard French is for Lovers! Valentines Day NightLife at the CA Academy of Sciences

Join us for the perfect Valentines Day date at the California Academy of Sciences this Thursday night from 6-10pm! We <3 NIGHTLIFE and we <3 YOU so join us for Hard French tunes, a couples dance off and lots of Hard French surprises for you lovers out there. Buy your tickets, RSVP on Facebook & see more details below!

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Beer Week in one fell swoop. Taste your way through a beer hall populated with the likes of Almanac Beer Co. (Biere de Chocolat, anyone?), Anchor Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Drake’s Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Pac Brew Lab, and many more.

Center for Sex and Culture founders Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence will deliver fascinating talks in the Forum with guest Midori. In the East Pavilion, sample sweet treats from Whole Foods, make a good old fashioned valentine at SCRAP’s craft table, and stop by the Photoboof for posterity’s sake.

In the aquarium, enjoy “gold classics” being spun by Sweet Cheeks DJs Loco and Mawkus in the coral reef, and strike up a conversation about extreme mating in the animal kingdom while wandering through Animal Attraction. In the Piazza, Hard French DJs Carnita and Brown Amy will whip up a soul storm, topped with grown-up board games and a few surprises.

For details and tickets, please visit:
http://bit.ly/nightlife-info

Party with us online!
Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/calacademy-nightlife
Follow us on Twitter: @calacademy_nl
Follow us on Do415: http://do415.com/Nightlife

NightLife takes place Thursday nights (6-10pm) at the California Academy of Sciences. Music, Creatures and Cocktails. 21+

 

WINTER LIVING with HARD FRENCH — Live Performances by the Younger Lovers & T.I.T.S.

WINTER LIVING with HARD FRENCH
a new daytime danceparty with hot bands, hot babes and hot drinks

December 1st 3pm – 8pm
$7

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

live performances by:
The Younger Lovers
“A shot of syrupy pop tainted with gritty swagger dug out of the potholes of Oakland’s San Pablo Ave” – SF Weekly

T.I.T.S.
“Totally unhinged, like a ’60s freakout taken to almost parodic extremes” – SF Bay Guardian

With the Winter upon us Hard French has decided to forgo our regular hibernation to bring you a few of our favorite things – hot bands, hot dancing & hot drinks. When El Rio said they were weatherproofing their patio and asked us to party with them through the changing seasons we took the opportunity to do something a little different. During our regular Hard French timeslot in December and January we’re going to be inviting some of our favorite bands, performers, artists and others to the party. Don’t worry, we’ll still have Hard French staples like our DJ’s Brown Amy & Carnita and hot babes dancing.

Speaking of Winter Living, don’t forget to save the date for February 2nd for the Third Annual HARD FRENCH WINTER BALL at the Cocoanut Grove on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. You may also want to start planning an outfit, reserving a room, hiring consultants to run your campaign for Queen or King, etc.

Goodnight Hard French!

Two Parties. Two Locations. 12 Hours of nonstop Dancing!

Hard French is going to party the only way we know how – BIG! Our Season Finale marks another year of Saturday Afternoon dancing and cruising, and to commemorate it this year we are throwing TWO parties! Starting at 2pm at El Rio, our regular daytime soul music party will get you started with all the HF classics and guest DJ Jackie Sugarlumps. When that ends at El Rio make your way to Goodnight Hard French, where we continue our festivities with a live performance by New York City’s Midnight Magic, guest DJs Primo (2 Men Will Move You/Nightbeat) and Jason Kendig (Honey Soundsystem). Check out the video for Midnight Magic’s song ‘Beam Me Up’!


click here for more info on Hard French Season Finale @ El Rio, 2pm – 8pm

click here for more info on Goodnight Hard French @ Public Works, 10pm – 2am

click here to buy tickets to Goodnight Hard French

Party in the Woods with DJ Brown Amy at Fabulosa Fest

Fabulosa Fest 2012

Every year Hard French heads up to the wilds of Marin to hang out, dance with babes, watch live bands and party in the wilderness at Fabulosa Fest, an annual summer festival celebrating women in music. Highlights for this year include a campfire jam with Kaia Wilson & Jenny Hoyston, a danceparty in A BARN with our friend Miss Pop and,  for the second year in a row, our own DJ Brown Amy will be spinning her 45s lakeside on Saturday so you can tube around and shake a tailfeather on the docks or under the water. Brown Amy says her favorite Fabulosa memory was spinning Marlena Shaw’s Let’s Wade In The Water as hot ladies splashed around together in the lake which one can only imagine will be recreated again this year.

Here’s some more info about the festival from the organizers (who just happen to be our amazing El Rio family) and be sure to buy your tickets now cuz they’re going fast!

The 5th annual FABULOSA happens July 20-22, 2012 at Walker Creek Ranch, 40 miles North of San Francisco. FABULOSA attendees have a blast swimming to “Oldies at the Lake” with DJ Brown Amy (of Hard French), watching an outdoor film exhibition (by Frameline and QWOCMAP), attending workshops, getting massages, browsing the craft fair, and singing around the campfire. FABULOSA’s Main Stage and Dinner concerts feature world-class women musicians, who delightfully bring Salsa, Americana, Funk, Hip Hop, and Jazz to life.
FABULOSA is an inclusive feminist gathering, open to all ages and genders. Proceeds from the 3-day party benefit women’s and LGBT charities.
Camping spots, bunkhouse beds, and meal plans (with gluten-free, vegan, and omnivore options) are still available for this magical weekend on a gorgeous, green-facility ranch. Get discounted weekend passes or day passes online until July 10 at www.FABULOSAFest.com or buy regularly priced passes at the festival entrance.
Tickets start at $180- 3 Days of Lodging, Meals and Festivities. COME!!!

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HARD FRENCH HEARTS LOS HOMOS 2012

For the second year in a row we are celebrating Pride the Hard French way. This year’s line up promises an inter-generational extravaganza as we pay homage to our SOUL music roots and usher in a new era of queer performance. Plan on all the regular Hard French fixings like sweating it out to hours upon hours of your favorite 45’s from our house DJ’s  Brown Amy & Carnita, smoking-hot dance moves from the  Jiggalicious Dance Babes and Magic Capturing by notorious Photo Booth which will be benefiting a local queer non-profit.  On our main stage get ready to sweat to performances by the living legend Sugar Pie DeSanto, Indie Queer Electric Darling magic weirdo SSION and Bounce Magician BeyondaDoubt. Throughout the day strap in for a wild ride with our infamous 6 clubs in 6 hours bringing you sets by some of the hottest queer DJ’s and parties from San Francisco and up and down the west coast. Click here to buy tickets!

 

Party Details:

Hard French Hearts Los Homos Pride 2012
SOMarts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
Sunday, June 24, 2012, 4pm – 11pm
$20 Limited Presale, $25 General Presale, $60 All Access Homo Pass!
Presale tickets now onsale at http://hardfrenchpride2012.eventbrite.com/

As always:
DJ Carnita & DJ Brown Amy
 and the Jiggalicious Dance Babes
Spinning the baddest all-vinyl girl group grooves, northern soul stunners and funky foot stompers this side of the ’60s

Live Performances by:
SSION (Kansas City)
Art-punk dance/design/film collective from Kansas City, Missouri, headed by Cody Critcheloe.

Living Legend Sugar Pie DeSanto (Oakland)
Bay area 60’s soul and rhythm and blues sensation

Beyondadoubt (Portland)

Original, boundless bounce production using drag, vogue, genderfucking, twerk fierceness.

Featuring guest DJ sets by:

Mustache Mondays with DJ Josh Peace (LA)
One of the liveliest, lushest gay dance clubs in LA
Stay Gold with DJs Rapid Fire & Pink Lightning
White hottt cruising and hella gay dance jams


Ships In The Night with DJ Durt
A Radical, Trans-Bay, Queer Dance Party

OH! with DJ Taco Tuesday
The Party for the Dirty Gentleman

Bearracuda  with DJ Medic
A fun, friendly party for bears, cubs & other wildlife
Mrs. (Portland)

Hard Dancing. Hard Cruising. Hard Homos.

Living Legend SUGAR PIE DESANTO Is Performing At HARD FRENCH PRIDE!

Hard French is beside ourselves excited to announce that we will be joined by one of soul music’s true living legend’s SUGAR PIE DESANTO at our Hard French ♥’s Los Homos Pride Party on Sunday, June 24th at SOMArts!

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It has always been a goal of Hard French’s to have the opportunity to introduce the dance babes who come to our parties to the artists who actually created the music they’re dancing to 50 years ago and also to introduce the artists to a new generation of folks who are sweating it out to their jams! We can’t think of an artist we’d rather host than Sugar Pie, and our 2nd annual Pride Party is the perfect venue!

DeSanto, now 76 year old, recorded hits in the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s that we regularly play at Hard French including Soulful Dress, I Want To Know, I Don’t Wanna Fuss, Go Go Power and a pair of songs she recorded with her childhood friend ETTA JAMES, Down In The Basement and Do I Make Myself Clear. Speaking of Sugar Pie and Etta, the only thing we like more than the songs they recorded together is the fact that in the 50′s they ran together in a San Francisco girl gang called the Lucky 20′s!! FIERCE!

To learn more about Sugar Pie check out this great NPR Article on her that takes you all the way from her SF girl gang days to her doing a backflip on stage a couple years ago while winning an award.

FYI we’re going to be announcing even more performers and be launching ticket sales soon for our June 24th Pride Party so save the date, stay tuned and in the mean time check out some of our Sugar Pie faves