It’s hard to believe that the Honey Soundsystem is turning ten this month. For many of us, this is definitely a case of “time flies when you’re having fun.”
Honey Soundsystem is a collective of disc jockeys, musicians, performers and designers. Co-founders Ken Woodard and Jacob Sperber formed the group in January 2006. Pivotal gay underground parties, who offered a unique take on dance music, provided inspiration. The collective coalesced around a shared love of timeless sounds and iconic imagery. Their bonds solidified with the complete look, indulgent behavior, and most of all, attractive men. Continue Reading
Hard to believe our little baby is four. Honey came together through a shared love for similar sounds and influences. We met through the gay club scene here in San Francisco and the hive now includes a collective of disc jockeys, musicians, performers and designers creating a vibe not scene in SF for years.
The thing I love most about HNY is its mix of alterna-queers, burners, gypsies, faeries, underground celebrities, future legends, and full frontal faggotry with a few gipsters (Gay Hipsters) and a range of bearish types thrown in with an ever growing straight crowd hungry for cutting edge dance music.
What an awesome night! All the more so considering how many people put so much time, energy and love into making this event happen.
The gallery presentation hit all the right notes in terms of showcasing five of the most significant venues from San Francisco’s gay dance club time-line: I Beam, End Up, Trocadero Transfer, Townsend, and The Box. With photos, fliers, ephemera and quotes from the people who were there, they presented the material in an easily digestible way that was perfect for the dance club environment. The gallery between the main dance area and the outside smoking area provided a nice buffer between the two spaces and gave people a chance to linger over the displays.
History is not confined to history books and museums. It flows everywhere and one of the great rivers of GLBT history is all that has been transmitted through queer parties, music and events.
It felt so awesome to hear people reminisce about Carefree Dancing and the other parties and events I produced so long ago. It’s an honor and a privilege to sponsor such warm memories and eternal happiness.
The LGBT Historical Society is presenting a retrospective of Gay Dance Clubs and I’m honored to be a featured participant. To coincide with the show, the Honey Sound System is producing a benefit called
SPKR @ Public Works
Saturday March 12, 2011
161 Erie Street in San Francisco
10pm – 3am Public Dance Event & Gallery Show
Music by Bobby Viteritti (Trocadero Transfer) & Steve Fabus (I-Beam)
San Francisco, CA – the world’s gay Mecca where many counter cultures are born – has a rich history for creating legends. The city is known for late night dancing, where disc jockeys are regularly canonized into saints, and any ordinary queen can transform into drag royalty overnight. Like most social movements, it takes generations before their oral traditions and memories are committed to stone. San Francisco’s underground dance clubs of the 70s ,80s , and 90s is no exception.
This event will feature five significant venues from San Francisco’s gay dance club timeline: I Beam, End Up, Trocadero Transfer, Townsend, and The Box.