San Francisco, CA – the world’s gay Mecca where many counter cultures are born – has a rich history for creating legends. The city is known for late night dancing, where disc jockeys are regularly canonized into saints, and any ordinary queen can transform into drag royalty overnight. Like most social movements, it takes generations before their oral traditions and memories are committed to stone. San Francisco’s underground dance clubs of the 70s ,80s , and 90s is no exception.
100% of profits raised from this event will go towards the GLBT Historical Society of San Francisco.
SPEAKER will feature five significant venues from San Francisco’s timeline: I Beam, End Up, Trocadero Transfer, Townsend, and The Box. These parties and the personalities gravitating around them will be portrayed as a multimedia family tree – telling the tales of notorious Sunday Tea Dances, a sexually charged and libertine rave culture, and the emergence of a global authority on dance music for the present generation.
The GLBT Historical Society Archives, private donors, and newly commissioned photography will be used to weave together a concise narrative for SPEAKER. A poster and audio documentary will be produced to showcase select media from the show. After the event the show will be open for a public viewing of all media and collateral on March 12th and 13th..
Bobby Viteritti played long nights of sophisticated disco, R&B and Sleaze, in which songs were connected not by beats-per-minute or theme, but by their musical structure and subtle nuances that were almost impossible to hear–unless you were under Bobby’s spell. He was a pioneering DJ, one of the few that started before the Bozak mixer was invented in 1973 and a mainstay from 1978 to 1981 at the Trocadero Transfer where patrons usually showed up after I-Beam closed at 2am. His style defied disco gravity with stunts that took major talent and timing to pull off, and never backfire.
Steve Fabus is one of the first nationally recognized DJ’s that originated during the disco era in San Francisco, beginning in 1975. His disco soul sound of the late seventies and early eighties would be a precursor to House music. Steve played at San Francisco’s first major all-night loft party called the “Boiler Room” and additionally held court at the I-Beam’s Sunday Night Tea Dance from 1977 to 1980. Steve Fabus also DJed at the Trocadero Transfer alongside Bobby Viteritti and is credited for starting what is still known to this day as “Church” at the EndUp.