Are You Ready To Get Weird With SSION at Hard French Hearts Los Homos??

ImageWe’re beside ourselves excited to dance to the art-punk dance jams of Kansas City bred art collective SSION at Hard French Hearts Los Homos 2012! The Hard French crew has been obsessed with these magical queer phosphorescent beings since catching them live and then obsessively watching all of their videos on YouTube (see below) and it’s our pleasure to bring them to you.

Check out what the New York Times (BIG TIME!) had to say about ’em cuz we couldn’t have said it better:

Arguably the most wonderfully weird thing to come out of Kansas City in recent memory, Cody Critcheloe and SSION (pronounced “shun”), his band of merry eccentrics, have bounced back and forth across the country for more than a decade, releasing their own music, directing music videos for groups like the Gossip, Peaches and CSS, and making their mark at MoMA PS1, Deitch Projects and the Hole.

But don’t take the New York Times & our word for it, check out their videos yourself and don’t forget to buy yr presale tickets now because they’re going fast!



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

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.


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!


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