Disco freaks and hipsters, drag queens and hot boys, sexy girls and San Francisco’s fiercest dancers are counting down to Go BANG! Go PRIDE! on Saturday at Deco Lounge.
It’s the official disco party of the official Pride weekend of the official gay mecca of the known universe. Described as “the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation,” the S.F. Pride Celebration and Parade this weekend is expected to host as many as 1 million attendees.
At least a few married gay couples are flying in to celebrate anniversaries at the event, says Sergio Fedasz, DJ and Go BANG! founder. “It’s going to be such a celebratory occasion. It’s like Christmas for us.”
Dress to sweat, plan to arrive early and expect flashy outfits, crazy styles and big smiles at what will be Go BANG!’s best-attended monthly installment of the year.
San Francisco icon and birthday boy Steve Fabus headlines the party; he’ll pump S.F., New York and Chicago disco from the 1970s and ’80s. The maligned child of soul and funk-disco continues to enjoy a 21st century renaissance, though it never really died, Fedasz says. Amid its late ’70s-early ’80s pillorying, disco’s drum machine and synthesizer-seasoned Chicago sound became house, spawning Chicago house and Detroit house. House DJs can sell out arenas in 2012.
“Early house — before house started being house — was disco,” Fedasz said.
Go BANG! started in 2008 at 222 Hyde with a supergroup of DJs who wanted to throw a queer-mixed disco revival night that was safe and friendly, with a family feel.
“I wanted to pay tribute to the glory days — to try to re-feel what you felt back in the day if you lived it — but keep it contemporary,” says Fedasz.
Deco gave Go BANG! a coveted Saturday slot and a year of runway, and they ran away with it, adding Fabus in 2010, becoming an official Pride event in 2011, and taking Go BANG! to Chicago and New York in 2012.
“Everything’s running smoothly. The party just keeps getting better and better,” Fedasz says. “We just feel really lucky and really privileged.”
IF YOU GO
Where: Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $5; free before 10 p.m.