HOMO SAY WHUT!
FRIDAY, JUNE 17TH
HOMO SAY WHUT?
2011 PORTLAND GAY PRIDE
2 FLOORS // HELLA GAY!
ROTTURE AND BRANX
315 SE 3RD AVE
21+ // 9PM // $10 ADVANCE
KATEY RED [NEW ORLEANS BOUNCE LEGEND]
Born and raised in Uptown's Melpomene Projects, rapper Katey Red holds the distinction of being the first transgender MC to rise to prominence in New Orleans - and probably the world. Katey grew up twirling batons in the Walter L. Cohen High School marching band and rapping with her friends in school corridors and the courtyards of the Melpomene. After the popular local artist DJ Jubilee spotted Katey rapping at a block party in 1998, he suspected he was seeing a new sensation, and promptly brought her to his label, Take Fo Records, which was at the time the top bounce-music label in the city. Katey's striking appearance, playful rhymes and infectious beats, courtesy of Jubilee, turned the young drag queen into an unlikely local star who crossed boundaries with her unprecedented self-confidence and out-and-proud lyrics. Katey released "Melpomene Block Party" and "Y2Katey: The Millennium Sissy" on Take Fo in 1999 and 2000. She soon crossed racial boundaries as well, playing the popular underground nightclub Spellcaster Lodge and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In 2000 and in 2010, she was profiled in the New York Times, and appears on season one of HBO's Treme. A decade later, Katey has seen her early bravery pay off in the popularity of younger gay artists, including her former backup singer Big Freedia, who's become a worldwide sensation, as well as friends Sissy Nobby and Vockah Redu. Katey remains an international legend and continues to perform around New Orleans in clubs and drag pageants, as well as onstage at Jazz Fest, the Voodoo Music Experience, and SXSW.
DJ SAMMY JO [OF THE SCISSOR SISTERS]
In 1995 DJ Sammy Jo discovered NYC nightlife via the (in)famous party Jackie 60 at the meatpacking district's pioneer club Mother. It was here that he would be mentored by legendary house DJ Johnny Dynell. Starting in downtown bars and lounges, Sammy Jo soon became a resident DJ at the original cyberfetish party Click + Drag where he happened to meet and become friends with an aspiring performer named Jake Shears, who had just started a band called Scissor Sisters. When the band hit it big in the UK in 2004, Shears rang DJ Sammy Jo and invited him to be the band's official tour DJ. Sammy Jo's acuity of blending different styles of music seamlessly was a perfect fit with Scissor Sisters' electro/retro sensibility.
Sammy Jo now splits his living time between New York and Barcelona, where he maintains a monthly residency at the megaclub Razzmatazz. Recently he has added remixing to his list of accomplishments, including the Tasty Tim/T-Total release The Anthem and several tracks off the Scissor Sisters' latest album Nightwork. In between shows with Scissor Sisters, which last year included a warmup set at their Glastonbury Pyramid Stage performance and a sold out UK arena tour, DJ Sammy Jo can be heard at clubs across North America, Europe and Australia.
VOCKAH REDU [NEW ORLEANS BOUNCE]
[I'VE GOT A HOLE IN MY SOUL // MRS. // BUCK AND BOUNCE]
PURPLE CRUSH [LIVE! // LA VIA NY]
DJ AUTOMATON VS. DJ EQUESTRIAN [ROBOPONY]
DJ PORQ [COMEBACK! // SEA]
DJ LIFE PARTNER
DJ ILL CAMINO + DJ TRANS FAT [MARICON // MRS // CAFETERIA]
Rotture + Branx
320 SE 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97214