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Sunday, September 25, 2016

11am to 6pm

On Folsom St. from 8th to 13th Streets

San Francisco, CA

Bigger IS better at this ‘only in San Francisco’ event! With 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks, there is something for everyone.

Located on historic Folsom Street, leather and fetish players from all over the world converge. With over 200 exhibitor booths showcasing fetish gear and toys, it’s a pig’s dream. Check out our massive live stage with top-name indie, electronic and alternative acts, our two huge dance areas spinning underground EDM, public play stations, and an erotic artists’ area with a sick and twisted performance stage. And, yes, you can still be naked, so avail yourself of our coat and clothes check areas as well!

Donate $10 or more at the gates and get a sticker that entitles you to $2 off each drink you buy from us ALL DAY LONG!

Best Street Fair of the Bay since 2005

"A gathering of leather, rubber, latex, and steel - elsewhere this might sound like an upholsterers' convention, but San Franciscans are just a wee bit more creative with their hardware. Trussed, gagged, or branded, the Folsom Street Fair invites you to think outside the sex box. Unless confinement is your thing, of course"

Entertainment Lineup

2016 Entertainment

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  • 11:00am
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MAIN STAGE

10th and Howard

Billy Lloyd
September 25th 11:00am - 11:30am
Billy Lloyd Billy Lloyd began their musical journey learning to play classical and minimalist piano at age 6, with composers such as Mendelssohn and Einaudi being instrumental in their musical upbringing. At age 10, Billy began experimenting with a looping system after they became too frustrated with the rules and order of classical music, creating vast arrangements of repetitive piano loops, eventually learning to record and structure them into fully fledged songs.

2014 saw Billy release their first EP ‘Who ( / )’; part one of a trilogy of EPs concerned with identity, both social, cultural and personal. Then, a trip to Moscow, Russia that saw them headlining a show and holding the LGBTQ flag in front of the Kremlin.

In early 2015 Billy then went on to do a mini-tour of the USA, with their US debut at the legendary Joe’s Pub in New York being made critics choice on Time Out New York. April saw the second installment of the Who trilogy: ‘Who ( // )’, reviewed in Attitude Magazine amongst other places; “Their first EP took a look at ideas such as consumerism, personal identity and online reality – in the second act of this trilogy they have delved even further into these ideas with great harmonies and melodies throughout.” ?
 
Cherushii
September 25th 11:50am - 12:20pm
Cherushii Cherushii is Chelsea Faith, an electronic musician based in San Francisco, California. Her passion for dance music history is evident in her work, taking cues from Detroit techno, Chicago house, and classic rave sounds. A multi-instrumentalist since childhood, Chelsea began experimenting with electronics as a teenager, which lead to playing live techno and house at underground raves in the 2000s. She has been working as a live performer, producer, DJ, and remixer for over a decade, using her gear savvy and innate musicianship to create lush, retro-futurist productions. Cherushii signed with LA-based dance music tastemakers 100% Silk in 2013, and released her second 12" for the label "Far Away So Close" in November 2015.
 
Leather Titleholders
September 25th 12:20pm - 12:40pm
All leather titleholders, past and present, are welcome to gather for camaraderie, photo opportunities, and a single gather point and message to the community. If you plan stop by, please coordinate with our local titleholders for your introduction.
 
Group Rhoda
September 25th 12:40pm - 1:10pm
Group Rhoda Group Rhoda is a solo project comprised of Mara Barenbaum, based out of Oakland, California. It is committed to live performance, situated within the analog synthesizer medium. Drawing forth tones of tropical darkwave, light industrial, and dust; while negating the sound of conformity and control through imagination, transgression, and well considered destructiveness. Group Rhoda explores the arc of songwriting interwoven into harsher electronic environments, and creates music as a link between the corporeal and the dream worlds.
 
SOLSUN
September 25th 1:30pm - 2:20pm
SOLSUN SOLSUN is the debut solo project from Keith Milo, synth-half of veteran electronic duo Cause & Effect.

Teaching himself to play the family's Lowrey organ as a boy, Milo began writing and recording electronic music in his early teens when his family relocated from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan to Anaheim, California in the mid 80’s. Melding his early childhood crushes on Beatles and Prince classics, with his newfound teenage love for the electronic and alternative artists that hailed the SoCal airwaves in the late 80’s, Milo discovered a connection to music and a way of working that would forever leave an indelible footprint on him — His sound was born. And In 1990, just barely 18, he began working with Cause & Effect on several projects before becoming a full time band member in 1992.

In 2013, Cause & Effect went on hiatus and Milo began work on various projects, mining through some older material, but it wasn’t until 2015 that SOLSUN emerged.

The first SOLSUN single “The Only Ones?” features backing vocals by Anything Box’s Dania Morales, and is mixed by Producer/Remixer Dave Audé and Christian Dwiggins. The single will be released digitally at the end of July followed by a mini album later this summer.
 
Fritz Helder
September 25th 2:20pm - 2:50pm
Fritz Helder Fritz Helder released his Force Of Nature EP on London-based label AVSR. Following his recent collaborations with Sinden, Andrea Oliva and fellow band member Dinamo Azari, the performer, vocalist and transcendental art influencer didn’t waste any time releasing his debut solo project with this stunning 3-track EP. The title track “Force Of Nature” represents both an announcement and a confident distillation, packaged up into a vogue banger that embraces colorful, worldly vibes and mesmerizing, throbbing grooves. “Force Of Nature” (The Bad Seed Manipulation) is a hyper-kinetic re-imagining of the title track, with playful, syncopated drums and a bazaar of beats that kick-start the party to eleven.
Fritz Helder’s Force Of Nature EP is a multidimensional piece that merges the polish of avant-garde art-pop with the high-energy, slinky sounds of the dance floor.?"This being my first solo endeavor...I feel like my naïveté and vulnerability are on full display with this first collection of songs." Fritz says of his newest project, "I'm giving up the ghosts of my past and carving out a place of my own. I purposefully ventured away from what I thought people would expect from me." Fritz Helder’s debut EP is marked by both its ambition and a sense of the new - fierce and unapologetic, this is Fritz Helder’s Force Of Nature.
 
ADULT.
September 25th 3:10pm - 3:50pm
ADULT. Detroit’s electro-punk phenomenon ADULT. (Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller) began their unpredictable path with one now totally obscure 12” (“Modern Romantics”). In 2001, with the release of “Resuscitation,” their first compilation album, ADULT. started playing more shows than ever as well as remixing artists. After two more 12”s and their first limited edition 7”, ADULT. delivered their second album “Anxiety Always” in 2003. Following its release, ADULT. embarked on their first “proper” US and European tour. Successive releases such as “Gimmie Trouble,” “Why Bother?,” and “The Way Things Fall” have cemented the band as a formidable act with remarkable artistic output. Currently, the band is working on a new release, “Detroit House Guests,” with the likes of Shannon Funchess (Light Asylum) and Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb) – both Folsom Main Stage alumni.
 
YACHT
September 25th 4:10pm - 4:50pm
YACHT Just the facts: YACHT lives in and champions the city of Los Angeles, CA. YACHT’s core members are Jona Bechtolt (pronounced John-uh Beck-tolt) and Claire L. Evans. YACHT’s new album is called “I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler.” The album was produced by Jona Bechtolt & Rob Kieswetter. YACHT signed to Downtown Records in late 2014. YACHT’s last two critically acclaimed LPs (“Shangri-La,” “See Mystery Lights”) were released by seminal New York City label, DFA Records. Rob Kieswetter has been a close collaborator since YACHT’s inception.

YACHT have created and sold unplayable compact discs, published a philosophical handbook, designed a sunglasses collection, created a fragrance, campaigned against NSA surveillance, and given presentations about their work in art museums, tech conferences, and rock clubs. Claire and Jona are the co-founders of an app called 5 Every Day that suggests five interesting things to do in LA every day.
 
Dragonette
September 25th 5:10pm - 6:00pm
Dragonette It's been nearly four years since Toronto-based leftfield popsters Dragonette put out a full-length album – an eternity in Pop years. Though they’ve hardly been idle in that time.
The touring around the 2012 LP “Bodyparts,” coupled with their smash collaborations with French DJ Martin Solveig, saw them almost constantly continent-hopping, sometimes swinging from Paris to Manila in a single weekend. They did tours of the US with Major Lazer, Miike Snow and The Presets, played to a packed mid-day tent at Coachella, and graced festival stages on five continents.

After a bit of depressurization, the band collaborated with top-flight electronic music producers from across the planet, including Dutch producer Mike Mago, US beatmaster Big Data, and Swedish hit-makers Galantis. All this work with other people has provided fresh fuel for the Dragonette mothership. They’re currently putting the finishing touches on their as-yet-untitled fourth album, and “Let The Night Fall” and “Lonely Heart” are a first taste of that work.
 
 

MAIN STAGE MCs

Daft-nee Gesuntheit!
September 25th 11:00am - 6:00pm
Daft-nee Gesuntheit!Daft-nee Gesuntheit! has taken San Francisco by storm in the short six years of her existence. Since her inception, she has performed at the legendary Marlena's Bar in the Hayes Valley Follies, Cookie Dough's Monster Show at The Edge Bar, Sunday's A Drag at The Starlight Room and most every other venue in San Francisco. Fond of fundraising, she participates in galas for the Academy of Friends; she is a Princess of the Imperial Court, a miracle worker and shiny gem in the community. Befriend her on Facebook and visit her at www.daft-nee.com for more fun and frivolity.
 
 

MAIN STAGE DJ

Paul V. (LA)
September 25th 11:00am - 6:00pm
Paul V. (LA)DJ Paul V. is a mainstay in LA and Silver Lake nightlife, and whose eclectic club and radio DJ career first began in Boston in 1981, where he was the resident DJ at the iconic Man Ray, Spit, and Axis nightclubs. He arrived in LA in 1988 (hired to do Alternative Radio Promotion for Warner Records), and his club career flourished as the co-creator and DJ at legendary hotspots like Dragstrip 66, Spit LA, and Bootie LA. He also spins many concerts around town, such as Robyn, PIL, Miike Snow, The Gossip, OMD, Lorde, Nitzer Ebb, Gary Numan and many more. Paul is also the creator/curator of BornThisWayBlog.com (and accompanying book) that shares our global growing up LGBT experiences/photos.

Radio-wise he brought mashups to the masses on the LA airwaves from 2005-2009 via Indie 103.1 FM with his "Mashup Of The Day" feature, and his electro beats, indie rock, and mashups got heard every Friday afternoon inside "The Smash Mix" and every Saturday night with his "Neon Noise" mix show, which now streams Friday and Saturday nights from 9PM -12AM pacific HERE.
 
 

DEVIANTS DANCE DISTRICT

Folsom between 12th & 13th

DJ Marke
September 25th 11:00am - 12:30pm
DJ Marke puts his 30+ career of blacking out at nightclubs to good use behind the turntables. Hailing from Detroit, he witnessed the birth of techno, hopped aboard the acid house train to Chicago and London, did the downtown Manhattan club kid thing, threw some of the first raves in the US, and carved out a barely respectable career as a gossipy, poetic nightlife writer in San Francisco. His first musical love is still his greatest: rare, extended 12-inch dance mixes from the 1980s era when post-punk, electro, hip-hop, funk, industrial, synth-pop, weird disco, and experimental sounds all shared the same dance floors -- and folks spent four hours getting their looks together for the club, rather than checking their Scruff. From teenage years spent at Motor City clubs like Liedernacht, Bookie's, Todd's, Nectarine Ballroom, Isis, and Taboo, Marke B. draws from a deep well of freestyle-meets-goth nostalgia, re-introduced to new generations of dancers looking for ace tunes to twirl and flip their hair to.
 
Jasmine Infiniti
September 25th 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Jasmine InfinitiBorn in the Bronx, Jasmine Infiniti is a trans woman of color, party promoter, artist, activist, DJ, and House Mother. She melds vogue beats, EDM, House, Techno, Hip-Hop, and other sounds that elicit movement, forward thought, and offers a glimpse into future
 
davOmakesbeats [Swagger Like Us]
September 25th 1:30pm - 3:00pm
davOmakesbeats [Swagger Like Us]davOmakesbeats is a producer, resident DJ and co-owner of the queer hip-hop/club event company Swagger Like Us. San Francisco has been his home for 9+ years where he began throwing parties, and producing/performing in the electro-hop duo Double Duchess. Originally from the DMV area, a lot of his edits and overall production styles are inspired from his early love for Baltimore club and percussion, along with various house and hip-hop elements.
 
Lena Willikens
Sep 25th 2:30pm - Sep 27th 3:30pm
Lena WillikensNothing trains a DJ more than a long lasting residency. A truism that the Cologne based musician and DJ Lena Willikens always proves when she spins her vinyl. Since more then five years, she has been in charge of long and sweaty Friday night parties at Düsseldorf’s free-spirited club/bar Salon Des Amateurs.

She is also a dedicated member of the Cómeme records tribe and all its missions: her name is frequently on the label’s party bills and she runs globally famed the monthly radio show “Sentimental Flashback” for Radio Cómeme, that UK-based Juno records elected to the best podcast/mix of 2014. As a DJ, radio broadcaster and producer, Lena is never committed to one style, all is welcome as long as it is twisted the in a one-of-a-kind way. As a producer she arranged a very special ghost wave track “High Holes“, that was released by the Düsseldorf based label Slowboy Records via the vinyl only sampler "Kingii” in 2012. Early 2015 she released her first solo EP “Phantom Delia” on Cómeme. Therefore she produced six mystique tracks between droning EBM, ghost-house and no-wavish outernational grooves.
 
Roi Perez
September 25th 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Roi PerezRoi Perez, 29, is a Berlin-based Israeli born DJ.

After a head start playing records in 2011 as a local resident in Tel Aviv’s underground queer clubbing scene, he moved to Berlin in 2013 in order to continue his personal journey of establishing a coherent, creative and diverse musical language, skills, style and knowledge. Not so long after, he started playing to Berlin’s busiest dancefloors, including being invited to play at the notorious fetish club Lab.Oratory and Berghain’s Panorama Bar.

In 2015 Roi started touring worldwide, preforming in important clubs and destinations all across the globe. Roi’s long, eclectic sets offer a dynamic musical journey through genres and styles, where house and techno music are weaved together with disco and electro to create a hypnotizing, powerful yet playful musical experience.

Roi is currently living in Berlin, working as a music selector in the local branch of London’s important music establishment Phonica Records, where his love for vinyl, devotion and fascination with electronic music meets his daily routine, interacting and exchanging creatively with the local crowd of vinyl collectors and fellow DJs, whilst regularly playing Panorama Bar.
 
Tuff City Kids
September 25th 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Tuff City KidsTuff City Kids is a duo consisting of Phillip Lauer and Gerd Janson. Ordinarily, you would put J before L to preserve alphabetical order, but in this case the amount of work done by Lauer necessitates some sort of nod – rhetorically or otherwise. With releases on highly ranked labels such as Unterton and Delsin + remixes on Mojuba, Live At Robert Johnson, Créme Organisation, Suol and many others the duo certainly understand not to make a big fuzz out of their obvious talent, but let the music do the talking. Janson and Lauer live in and around Frankfurt and can often be found at the city’s finest club, Robert Johnson. Tuff City Kids are extremely well known for both remixing credits and original material such as “HFS,” “Taddler,” “Begger,” “Carden Eden” and many, many more.
 
 

MC

Grace Towers
September 25th 11:00am - 6:00pm
Grace TowersBorn from the nightlife of San Diego, Grace Towers has revolutionized the face of what bearded drag is. Drawing inspiration from icons both classic and current, she’s timeless. Beyond her on-point makeup and flamboyant outfits, she is a performer at heart. With her background in dance, she knows how to OWN the stage—despite her petite size. Between her weekly Bearded Drag show (Dick@nite) and her weekly Wet-Underwear Contest (BULGE), and—more notably—headlining many festivals (Folsom Street Fair, Market Days, Chicago, international PRIDE festivities) she’s a talented emcee. And, as the Queens of the Castro’s Creative Producer, Grace has created the Grace Towers Scholarship for the Arts, an established fund for our community’s future artists. This queen knows how to make everything she does look effortless, and is impossible to ignore, don’t fight her… enGRACE her!
 
 

MAGNITUDE DANCE AREA

11th and Howard

Russ Rich
September 25th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Russ RichRuss Rich is one of San Francisco’s most versatile DJs. Early on in his DJ career, he became known for his happy and uplifting vocal style. After several years spinning local bars and T-Dances, he graduated to headliner status, playing peak time sets at clubs like “Industry” at Mighty, “Hero” at Ruby Skye, and “Colossus” at 1015 Folsom. In 2011, Russ won “San Francisco’s Next Top DJ” competition, and in 2013, he won a nationwide contest for Gay Internet Radio Live. That same year, Russ was named Resident DJ for PLAY T-Dance, held annually following the Up Your Alley.

Russ has produced remixes for Coldplay, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato, Peyton, 7th Heaven and Carlos Gallardo. Russ's original collaboration with DJ Phil B (“Insane”) became a #1 hit on Dance World Radio. In 2015, Russ released his first collaboration with DJ Philip Grasso, a cover of Freemasons "Love on My Mind" featuring Debby Holiday and Leo Frappier. Russ and Philip currently have a Top 10 Billboard dance hit for Toy Armada and DJ Grind’s “One Night in Heaven” (ft. Inaya Day). Russ headlines Folsom Street Events “ROUGH” following the Up Your Alley this year. For more information, please visit Facebook.
 
Asheton Lemay
September 25th 11:00am - 1:00pm
Asheton Lemay DJ/Producer Asheton Lemay is quickly becoming the newest up-and-coming artist in the world of dance and circuit. Having played sets from Sydney to Los Angeles, he has already begun leaving his mark on the international club scene. His dedication to pushing dance music forward while honoring past influences is what sets him apart as he delivers a driving tribal sound that keeps the dance floor moving. He has played sets alongside artists like Eddie Elias, Ivan Gomez, Alex Acosta, and Wayne G.

Based in San Francisco, Asheton has frequently performed in Beatbox and held residency at the internationally recognized club The EndUp.

Asheton’s love of dance music first began as a producer and has worked on projects with DJs Dan DeLeon, Wayne G., Paul Goodyear, and Phil B. His production credits include remixing for artists such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding, Jess Glynn, and many others. His own productions heavily define his sound and programming of his DJ sets, offering a unique take on dance music that can only be heard when he is on the decks.

Having a background as a classically trained percussionist since the age of 10, Asheton is a complete artist in every sense. His passion to bring people together through his sound and desire to accept new challenges is what makes him an artist to watch as dance music moves into the future.

 
Josh Whitaker
September 25th 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Josh Whitaker Josh Whitaker was born in Los Angeles and developed a love for house music in 2001. He has been DJing for eight years, blending a unique twist of house, tech and tribal music. In 2014, Josh became the Matinee DJ Contest Winner; he has traveled from coast to coast in the United States and internationally, DJing at large festivals including Winter Party Miami, Matinee Las Vegas and San Diego, Sanctuary and Colossus (San Francisco) and nine different Pride festivals and events across the U.S. and some of the most popular clubs around. He is known for his creativity on the turntables and electrifying energy while performing. The experience on his dance floor is one you will never forget.
 
Vernessa Mitchell
September 25th 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Vernessa Mitchell Vernessa began her career at the young age of 16, after being discovered by Berry Gordy of Motown Records. She and three other young ladies became a teen girl group called High Inergy and were signed by the label during the late ‘70s. Their first album went gold and produced the hit single “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In The Middle of Turning Me On).”

Vernessa’s solo debut album, “Higher Ground”, was released in 1985 and quickly established her as a singer’s singer. The title cut on the project garnered Grammy and Dove Award nominations.

The 1987 follow-up album, “On A Mission”, which included the hits “Stand Up and Be Counted” and “Someone Loves You” was much anticipated and built upon the success of “Higher Ground” and her critically acclaimed live performances that included Presidential Inaugurations. However, it was her 1992 release, “Destiny”, which won the hearts of urban audiences throughout America and gained the attention of Dick Clark Productions.

“Destiny” acquired crossover success as its driving urban tone aggressively crossed religious barriers. Hits such as “Reap” and “You Took My Life” caught the ear of renowned DJ, Junior Vasquez; and were remixed –becoming anthems within major urban clubs throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Vernessa’s voice became a soaring instrument of hope and joy as her music climbed the Billboard charts.

Artist…vocalist…minister, and friend…each describe what audiences around the world have felt about Vernessa, but there’s so much more. Those who have been touched by her life and music will attest to such. Many are gifted, but few are a gift freely presented to the world. Vernessa is both.
 
Alex Acosta
September 25th 4:30pm - 6:10pm
Alex Acosta Mexican Sensation DJ and Producer Alex Acosta has taken over the world with his fresh, upbeat and very energetic sound, playing at the hottest music festivals and clubs around the globe. On top of that, he is a chart-topping producer whose work is supported by several DJs and thousands of fans worldwide.

With over 20 years in the DJ industry, Alex Acosta has become the favorite of thousands of fans through out the world. From America, Europe and Asia, Alex has played at the most important festivals and parties through out the LGBT music world. Among these parties are: Alegria (New York), Arena (Playa del Carmen), Carnival Week & Circuit Week (Provincetown), Feel Alive (Mexico City), Folsom Street Fair (San Francisco), G5 (Taipei), Heaven Circuit (Shanghai), Market Days (Chicago), Masterbeat NYE (Los Angeles), Muccassasina (Rome), Neverland (Chicago), One Magical Weekend (Orlando), Paradiso (Playa del Carmen), Prism Festival (Toronto), White Party (Palm Springs), Winter Party (Miami), and more.

From America to Europe and Asia, Alex Acosta has become a global sensation, and has proven himself to be a guaranteed crowd pleaser on the most demanding dance floors around the world.
 
 

MAGNITUDE DANCE AREA - MCs

Madonna Grimes
September 25th 11:00am - 6:00pm