In November of this year, Honey Soundsystem inherited a massive collection of rare disco records from legendary San Francisco DJ John Hedges. Many consider John to be San Francisco's Disco evangelist. He started in the early days of the scene at the Mind Shaft disco on Market Street he then moved on to The City Disco and was nicknamed Johnny Disco in the local press.
Billboard magazine gave him their first best SF DJ award in 1976 and he went on to produce and remix Jo Lo, Lisa, Jo Carol Davidson and many more ("Jump Shout" by Lisa was a big hit for Moby Dick Records). Hedges ran Megatone Records, home to Patrick Cowley and Sylvester, and started San Francisco's first DJ Pool called BADDA (Bay Area Diso DJ Association). Hedges continued to hold a weekly residency at 440 Castro /Daddies until moving to Palm Springs in December.
Before the move John invited the Honey Soundsystem DJ's over to his home (the former Megatone headquarters) to collect over 2000 records from his collection. Located directly below the former recording studio, it was a goldmine of unsealed disco twelve inches from Megatone, Moby Dick, and Fantasy Records, and three boxes of unreleased Patrick Cowley material.
To commemorate this discovery, on Sunday December 16th Honey Soundsystem will present: Mineshaft at 103 Harriet Street located at 6th and Folsom in SOMA San Francsico. Paying homage to the hedonistic days of Gay disco Honey Soundsystem will play their favorites from the Megatone collection along with transforming the former site of the Sutro Bathouse--where in the early 80's a maze of hot tubs was buried beneath the main dance floor and a retractable ceiling provided sunbathing for it's Speedo clad patrons.
Honey Disc Jockeys Ken Vulsion, Pee Play, Jason Kendig, Robot Hustle, and Josh Cheon have spent the last several weeks cleaning and cataloging gems from Megatone, Fantasy, Moby Dick, West End, Razor Maid, Prelude, Casablanca, Sal-Soul, and many more. Expect a dance floor filled with hits from Patrick Cowley, Sylvester, Lisa, Chas Jankel, Musique, Cerrone, Patti Austin, and Two Tons of Fun. Descend into a night a fantasy world of menergy, sweat, and disco heights.
Sunday December 16th 2007
9pm to 3am
DJs Ken Vulsion – Pee Play – Jason Kendig – Robot Hustle – Josh Cheon
Located in the basement of the old Sutro Bathouse
103 Harriet (6th and Folsom)
San Francisco CA 94103
Tel 415 431 8609
Honey Soundsysetm is made up of a handpicked group of disc jockeys, musicians, and designers. They bond over their shared love of timeless sound, iconic imagery, the complete look, indulgent behavior, and most of all, attractive men.
Since forming in January 2007, Honey Soundsystem has brought new style and edge to the San Francisco dance scene. They have hosted DJ's from around the world, including Todd Terje, Gavin Hardkiss, and the DJ's from Horse Meat Disco London, hosting extravagant events in dive bars, lofts, discos, and private sex clubs.
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Official Website: http://www.honeysoundsystem.com
Added by Ken Vulsion on December 7, 2007