As ever, this year’s street fair will showcase some of NYC’s edgiest acts. Hosts WILL CLARK and WITTI REPARTEE will emcee a fast-paced and eclectic concert featuring the following artists:
MICHAEL T & THE VANITIES
photo: Alex Colby
Michael T is a longstanding staple of NYC nightlife and has showcased his talents in many aspects of club culture. An accomplished rock’n’roll DJ, he’s played in many cities including Boston, DC, Philadelphia, and L.A. He’s also produced several of NYC’s infamous poly-sexual parties, including (but not limited to) Motherfucker (2000-2007) and Rated X – The Panty Party (2004-2010). Currently, Michael is the producer of the quarterly live performance glam-rock spectacle Oh! You Pretty Things, which is held at the prestigious downtown cabaret Le Poisson Rouge. Michael T & The Vanities are the headliners of these productions, and are thrilled to be invited to perform at Folsom Street East.
photo: Dusti Cunningham
Rapper Big Dipper is a recent Brooklyn-transplant from Chicago. His crazy antics, exciting live shows, and infectious music make him the most exciting independent rap act to watch this year. Named one of Hip Hop’s Queer Pioneers by DETAILS magazine in 2012, he has been profiled by VICE , Red Eye Chicago, the Huffington Post, Out.com, Chicago Reader, and countless other blogs and online publications. With nearly 500K views on his YouTube channel, he is best known for his music videos for Drip Drop, Meat Quotient, Skank. Get ready to get sweaty and shake your ass with this beefy, charismatic emcee who challenges the traditional ideals of rap music.
JoJo Americo, Paul Alexander and Nashom took over the planet with their smash hits and club favorites “Flawless” – later reworked by George Michael as “Flawless (Go To The City)” – ”Superstar”, “I Feel Upside Down” and the celebrated, star-studded video clip “When We Get Together.” Their album “Blast From The Past” delivered the celebratory anthem “Face and Body” which stirred controversy last summer as Cher’s video for “A Woman’s World” simulated closely the visuals for their original runway, cut-and-swap idea and featured the late Codie Leone. These three fashion forward and iconic New Yorkers let it happen again with their brand new “Work Pussy In Face” EP which includes some of their hits reworked in 21 different mixes by Dan Mckie, B. Ames, Fagault & Marina, Travolta Moroder, John J-C Carr and others. Ready to deliver a blast into the future in time for 2014’s Pride season. No velvet ropes, no guest list. Just come on in and take the ultimate killer ride that you won’t want to get off!!
25-year-old rap/punk artist STOSE has been breaking down barriers and bridging gaps between diverse forms of music, politics, and culture since he started his first band at age 15. STOSE’s debut EP, “Civil Disobedience,” will be released in 2014. Born in Virginia and now based out of New York City, STOSE cites a variety of musical and culture influences. From Dr. Dre to Iggy Pop and Edward Snowden to Black Flag, STOSE is fueled by forces for change that challenge the status quo. As a songwriter in the tradition of Henry Rollins and NWA, STOSE informs as he entertains and tells stories that open eyes.
photo: Laura Pardo
Dandy Darkly is a storyteller of supernatural sleaze and homosexual horror — a mincing, menacing Mary of frighteningly filthy fables! Dandy Darkly also hosts variety shows across Manhattan and Brooklyn, curating a cruel and unusual cast of dancers, musicians and storytellers to fit his villainous, vaudevillian vision! In August 2013, Dandy Darkly made his world debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe performing his solo show Dandy Darkly’s Gory Hole! at theSpaceCabaret in participation with theSpaceUK. The show was a critical hit among the international press.
photo: Adrian Buckmaster
Xavier’s vocal skills have received uncoerced praise from some of the music industry’s best, including TV on the Radio, Erykah Badu, Anita Baker, Mary J. Blige, The Rapture, Pete Tong, D’Angelo, Ashford & Simpson and Lena Horne, as well as a Diesel U Music Award nomination. He’s hollered on records with Scissor Sister Del Marquis, Basement Jaxx vocalists Vula Malinga and Sharlene Hector, Stephin Merritt, and LL Cool J. UK-based music magazine NME calls his music “glorious” and Billboard magazine contends he’s “pure magic.” He’s currently working on a new album with Slow Knights.
photo: Tod Seelie
Gay Panic is a Queer Wave band from Brooklyn playing live and touring since 2012. They released their first album, Too Sensitive, in early 2012, and released a second full length album entitled Wrong Feelings on May 8th, 2014. Influenced by Gang of Four, Talking Heads, Radiohead, The Smiths, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley. With Josh Lerner on vocals, Lior Ben-Abu Hadar on guitar, Maggie Schreiner on drums and Phil Andrews on bass.
photo: Peter Lau
Will Clark is a producer, performer, director, playwright, blogger and promoter, as well as having starred in 48 XXX films. He has been emceeing and producing fundraising events for the past 20 years, working with dozens of LGBT non profit organizations in New York, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, and many other cities across the country.
Recently he ended a 9 year run producing and emceeing The Will Clark Show feat. P*rno Bingo and a 10 year run producing Bad Boys on the Hudson. His previous events include the Bad Boys Pool Party (Los Angeles 1998 – 2002, Palm Springs 2001 – 2005); Porn Idol (NYC 2004 – 2007), Cocktails with the Stars (1999-2002). He has also emceed the L.A. Leather Street Fair (2001- 2002), Mr. & Ms. NJ Leather (2006 – 2009) and much much more.
Will has been honored by the Gay/Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, and United for the Ride for his fundraising efforts and was recently knighted by New York’s Imperial Court (so you can now legitimately call him “Sir”). He was a judge at the 2014 International Mr. Leather and has previously judged International Ms. Leather, International LeatherSir and leatherboy and Mr. International Rubber.
photo: Adam Woomer, Telltale Heart Photography
Witti Repartee is a Queen (NYC Gay Men’s Chorus 2002-2003), an Empress (Imperial Court of New York, 2012-2013) and an Angel (Team Eagle, Cycle for the Cause 2013-current). Since 1997, she has called New York City her home base as a cabaret and burlesque artist, where she has appeared at more than 500 events as a performer, a volunteer or a guest of honor.
She produces several shows each year for local charities, produced and hosted “The Gayest Link” at Hannah’s Lava Lounge and has been a regular performer and guest host at “The Will Clark Show, featuring Porno Bingo.” As a headliner, Witti has been lauded by gala audiences not only in NYC, but also in Washington DC, Lexington, Kentucky, Anchorage, Alaska and San Francisco, California. As a hostess, she counts the Ninth and Tenth “Bad Boys on the Hudson” cruises, New York’s Leather Pride Night, Halloween at the New York Eagle, and countless fundraisers, special events and performances in HIV residences among her accomplishments.
In 2014, she began workshops of her one-woman show, “Witti Repartee: Falling in Love…Again” before audiences. At the end of the day, though, she’s a man in a dress.