Fifty shades of ‘Bootie SF’ 

click to enlarge Music makers: Smash-Up Derby’s set includes songs with a sexual bent like “Sweet Dreams” mashed up with the White Stripes. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Music makers: Smash-Up Derby’s set includes songs with a sexual bent like “Sweet Dreams” mashed up with the White Stripes.

“Fifty Shades of Grey”? More like one night in San Francisco.

Berliners on holiday, DJs from across the world and the fetish-minded will be bumping and grinding at mashup dance night “Bootie SF” on Saturday at DNA Lounge in The City. It’s part of a weekendlong series tied to the world’s largest fetish-themed party, the Folsom Street Fair, on Sunday.

A 9-year-old global phenomenon, “Bootie SF” fully embraces the Folsom Street Fair theme every year, says
co-founder and resident DJ Adrian.

Adrian’s live mashup band Smash-Up Derby plays a fetish-themed set, supported by “bear” DJs from “Bootie” Seattle and Los Angeles, and drag queen Alexis Von Fierce.

“You got to have a drag queen,” said Adrian, on the phone from his quarterly visit to New York for the “Bootie” party there.

DJs Adrian & the Mysterious D started the mashup night in 2003 for a crowd of 300. It’s since grown to become the award-winning, flagship weekly of South of Market’s DNA Lounge.

“A Plus D,” as they are known, run four of the “Bootie” parties in the U.S., with partners handling others in Germany, Brazil, Hong Kong and London.

Smash-Up Derby usually plays Folsom Street Fair, but, “they booked all these indie hipster acts,” Adrian says. “It just didn’t seem like leather-fetishy kind of acts. But, well, whatever.”

“We’re basically doing the set we would have done at Folsom Street Fair at ‘Bootie SF.’”

The content: leather fetish attire and mashups with a sexual bent such as “Sweet Dreams” mashed up with the White Stripes, and Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” with “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.”

“It’s going to be a fun one. For me, the Folsom Street Fair party at “Bootie” is always friends and family night, because it’s a lot of our DJ friends who come to San Francisco for Folsom. Then we get to have our pre-party. And I hope people dress up.”

Suggested attire? “I would say if you’re like me and you have more than one outfit, and you can’t decide which one, go with whichever one doesn’t need the sensible shoes.”

In other good news, “Bootie SF” permanently expands to four rooms on Oct. 27 for “Halloween Booootie,” using DNA Lounge’s new property Above DNA. The all-ages space adjacent to DNA Lounge opens Oct. 17.

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