*SUNDAY JUNE 26th: DISCO DADDY's 8th Annual PRIDE Party!*
A Seven-Hour Disco, Hi-NRG, & R&B Marathon W/ DJ Bus Station John (The Tubesteak Connection / DISCO DADDY Does L.A.) @ The SF Eagle / 398 12th & Harrison / 7pm-2am / $10 @ The Door / Please Bring Proof Of Vax / Host: Marc Sanchez / Door: Prince Woof & Olivia Hart / RSVP/Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/403782268470212
Gee Dang, We Sure Have Missed Yer Faces (And Yer Feets)!
And Is There A More Festive Way To Jump Back Onto The Dance Floor
And Into Each Other's Glow Than DISCO DADDY's 8th Annual PRIDE Night Bash?
This Special Yearly Event Has Long Been
A Favorite End-Of-Pride-Weekend Disco Destination
As Well As A Popular Pit-Stop For Non-Stop Party People,
Serving A Mix Of Both Classic & Rare (Expect The Unexpected!)
DISCO, Hi-NRG, R&B & More, BSJ-Style!
And, Trust, Once Again, Yer DISCO DADDY's Gonna Keep It:
*BIG (7 Hours!)*
@ Just $10 All Nite!
Yep, Yer DISCO DADDY Knows All-Too-Well
How Miss Covid (She's Not Invited)
Has Taken A Bite Out Of Many A Budget,
So As Always We'll Be Keepin' Our Cover User-Friendly
@ Just $10 All Night---Perfect For Both Party Hoppers & Party Paupers.
That's Like $1.42 Per Hour (We Did The Math, Ha Ha)
For A Full Evenin' Of Quality Dancin' AND Prime Man-Cruisin'---
What We Reckon To Be THEE Best Bang In Town For Yer Lil' Pink Dollar!
Lookin' Forward To A Sweet Dance Floor Reunion Under The Magic Mirror Ball, So RSVPEE And Prepare To Cruise & Shine With All Yer Best Vaxxx-inated Moves & Looks!
Have A Beautiful, Safe, & Lovin' Pride,
DJ Bus Station John
***A FRIENDLY HEADS-UP***
Out Of Respect For The DJ, Yer Fellow Dancers, And Not Least Of All The MUSIC,
The DISCO DADDY Dance Floor Is A CELL PHONE-FREE / CAMERA-FREE Experience.
Now Is The Time To Unplug From Our Devices & Back Into Each Other---Thanks!
ON THE HORIZON:
SAT JULY 23rd =
*SATURDAY NITE SPECIAL*
@ The SF Eagle
ABOUT DISCO DADDY:
Having thrown the first "DISCO DADDY!"
as a one-off event in NYC back in 2009,
DJ Bus Station John revived the party in June 2013
as the first-ever tea dance at the San Francisco Eagle,
bringing together a happy, diverse, attitude-free,
inter-generational crowd of disco & Hi-NRG lovers,
representing all age-, waist- and hair- lines....
Elders relive the sweet soundtrack of our youth,
while the young'uns are turned on to great vintage tracks
they might not have heard before---
and together we make beautiful music,
both on and off the dance floor...
ABOUT DJ BUS STATION JOHN:
Since he first started creating mix tapes on cassettes for homosexual house parties back in 1997---subsequently becoming a full-fledged DJ by 2000---San Francisco's pioneer underground disco revivalist DJ Bus Station John has been a man on a mission: to rescue from musical oblivion mid-70's-to-early 80's bathhouse-era dance classics & curiosities, the soundtrack to what he calls the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS "Golden Age of Gay."
An incorrigible vinyl addict with a passion for "lost" dance music, BSJ adores taking older gay men on a trip down memory lane while simultaneously inspiring new generations of queer ears. His sets are a trademark blend of rare gems unearthed from such genres as disco, hi-NRG, funk, soul, R&B, "boogie," electrofunk, euro/italo disco, new & no-wave, encompassing sounds from San Francisco's famed cha-cha palace The Trocadero Transfer to Manhattan's legendary Paradise Garage---and well beyond. BSJ steadfastly avoids spinning Top 40 "wedding reception disco," so new recruits are advised to expect the unexpected. "There are literally hundreds if not thousands of amazing songs---both beautiful and bizarre, born from the creative imaginations of some very talented people---most of which never reached the charts. They're just waiting to be brought back to life."
Bus Station John has ruled the decks for 18 years at The Tubesteak Connection, the longest-running LGBTQQIIAXYZ weekly club night in San Francisco history, held Thursday nights (tho' currently on pause) at the Tenderloin's last-gay-bar-standing, Aunt Charlie's Lounge. The club features B&W xeroxed decor & vintage vids incorporating a mixture of antique gay erotica & old Hollywood camp in homage to such retro-homo icons as Divine, Grace Jones, Candy Darling, Amanda Lear, Peter Berlin, & Joan Crawford, as well as a renowned "no cell phone" policy which liberates the crowd to enjoy the music, and each other.
BSJ's DISCO DADDY! @ The SF Eagle is a festive celebration of classic disco, early 80's R&B, & Hi-NRG ("the music of our people"), and was voted "BEST MONTHLY NIGHTLIFE EVENT" in the SF Bay Area Reporter's Readers' Poll BESTIE Awards in 2017, 2018 & 2019; in 2020, BAR readers named Bus Station John "BEST DJ."
A particular specialty of Bus Station John's over the years has been breaking in new party spaces across San Francisco, helping put such previously "virgin" territories as Deco Lounge, The Transfer, Underground SF, The Powerhouse, and Hot Spot on the map as viable club venues. BSJ's various nightlife endeavors have included The ROD @ Deco, a sleazy night of "heavy cruising & hard cocktails," complete with his resuscitation of the ancient gay tradition of the rowdy-'n-ribald Wet Jockstrap Contest as the evening's centerpiece; the much-missed Double Dutch Disco @ The Transfer, an old-school 8-hour disco-funk marathon celebrating the sweet, soulful sound of early-80's black Manhattan; MANQUAKE!, renowned for its only-in-San-Francisco mix of "trickin' chicken, tourist meat, & sexy senior citizens" at The Gangway (R.I.P.), then SF's oldest continuously-running gay bar (with many of its original patrons); Le Perle Degli Squallor ("The Pearls of Squalor"), where the queer "glamour-meets-gutter" set mingled with dollar-store disco-lovers as they regularly invaded straight sports bar/dive Hot Spot; Love Will Fix It: An R&B Funk Party For The Soul, showcasing sweet early 80's dance jams & funky favorites, from Ashford & Simpson to ZAPP (also at Hot Spot); and his first weekly club, TRASH (which lived up to its name), a leather-scented evocation of the spirit of the fabled Miracle Mile (aka Folsom Street) at The Powerhouse Bar in SOMA.
A recipient of the San Francisco Bay Guardian's GOLDIE award, Bus Station John was also named "Most Original DJ" by the SF Weekly. He has spun in honor of or appeared on the same bill as Pierre et Gilles, Keith Haring, Joey Arias, Ann Magnuson, Cindy Sherman, Flawless Sabrina (star of 1968's "The Queen"), Miss Thelma Houston, Nikki Starr, Bambi Lake, Mon Cousin Belge, Carletta Sue Kay, Hard French, John Cameron Mitchell, Justin Sayre, Escort, Glass Candy, Icy Lytes, Kalup Linzy, Soft Pink Truth, Veronica Lipgloss & The Evil Eyes, The Presets @ Folsom Fair, and The Hot Boxxx Girls featuring the late, legendary trans pioneer Miss Vicki Marlane, spreading his old-school gospel from the gutters of the Tenderloin to the heights of Grace Cathedral---and back again.
BSJ has also played in support of a wide variety of causes, ranging from advocating for LGBT youth & seniors to safe sex, an issue especially close to his heart: "About 95 percent of what I spin is on used vinyl. Sometimes I look at my records and wonder about their previous owners. So many were gay men---DJs and disco-lovers lost to AIDS---whose music ended up in thrift stores and bargain bins, their collections broken up and scattered like ashes to the wind. I'll their find names stamped or handwritten on the labels. I think of these men and try to honor them. I believe part of them is resurrected every time I play their songs...."
"Bus Station John single-handedly launched the current vogue of retro-underground bathhouse disco....nothing can quench the fire in his disco-driven soul."---San Francisco Bay Guardian
SOME WARM FUZZIES FROM THE MEDIA...
"[With] a counter-cultural vibe that's getting harder and harder to find, Tubesteak Connection provides a vital link to a San Francisco that once was. The party also provides one of the best examples of good DJing this city has to offer in Bus Station John's mind-blowing four-hour sets. [He] has developed a unique style of DJing that relies more on feeling than rhythmic precision...injecting a fallible and human element into his sets that's a far cry from the unfortunately widespread bland perfection of software and laptop DJing. The de-emphasis on the mix allows the tracks he's playing to stand out, breathe, and speak for themselves...every song that he played seemed to fit the moment perfectly."
"...serious early dance music without any sense of self-seriousness....showing the disco dorks and the disco-devoid a perfect place to hook-up: the dance floor."
"[DJ Bus Station John] brings wallflowers to the dance floor...."
---DEVON DIVINE / HARD FRENCH BLOG
"In a city where club nights come and go...Bus Station John is proof that when you celebrate and share what authentically moves you, people will come."
---BAY AREA REPORTER
"...a glorious, gloryhole-ious little Thursday night party in the Tenderloin has been the soul of San Francisco. There, on Aunt Charlie's Lounge's carpeted dance floor, festooned with vintage homophilia memorabilia and twinkling holiday lights, you'll be transported to the classic sounds of the gay disco underground. Tubesteak Connection...has become an international destination for DJs and party people, and it's now the longest-running queer weekly in SF...."
---SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN
& A SAMPLING OF PRESS CLIPPINGS:
"655 Tubesteak Connections — and Still Growing!" - 48 Hills: https://48hills.org/2016/11/tubesteak-connection-655/
"At the Edge of the Tenderloin, a Gay Disco Rages" - The San Francisco Chronicle: https://www.sfgate.com/.../At-the-edge-of-the-Tenderloin...
"Tubesteak Connection Supplies a Red-Tinted, iPhone-Less Good Time at Aunt Charlie's" - The SF Weekly: https://www.sfweekly.com/.../tubesteak-connection.../
"DJ Bus Station John’s Disco Fever" - The Bay Area Reporter: https://www.ebar.com/bartab/nightlife//115524