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PINK SATURDAY, Fuck Yeah! - adventures of a red-headed stepchild in the house of love — LiveJournal
mermaid on the mic
ZOMG, that was at least ten kinds of Awesome, with Awesome Sauce on top!

it was my 10th Pink Saturday, and one of my best DJ experiences evar. the only other PS that can hold a candle to it (and in fact possibly wins - though they both have their charm) was 2004 when I got to go extra long and people were SCREAMING!

that was a 6 hour and 45 minute set - I don't know how I managed. long can be a lot of fun but really strenuous too.

this time, I had halp. Jovino played a set (his third year at PS) and I have to say that more than evar before he ripped it up, rode it hard, and put it away wet! I SRSLY did not want to go on after him (it was one if his best sets and he had 'em jumping up and down and shrieking) but I had to. and I must admit that I pulled off the transition back to disco quite well - I kept the crowd that had been dancing to electrohouse!

I feel so honored to be invited to spin Pink Saturday. it means a lot to me - and it also just happens to be a huge, happy, fun and sexy party right in the heart of the Castro. you can't get any better than that! (I do have a dream to spin on Fire Island sometime... which would be a huge thrill... but no way would it beat Pink Saturday. I don't think anything could!)

k, so anyway. here come teh setlist. I worked my ass off getting ready for this set and did it ever pay off!

I used to spin lounge/downtempo for the first hour, and I kinda miss it, because while it is early (and still light out) it's a tough time to work a dance groove, but the lounge is fun and sexy, and invites wonderful vogueing and interaction with people. this year I decided to take a 90 minute set at the beginning and another at the end, with Jovino spinning for two hours in the middle. this actually worked really well and if I am fortunate enough to do it again I'll probably stick to this plan. I did start a bit downtempoish but kicked it into gear fairly soon.

Over the Rainbow by Saya Saito - a jazzy instrumental and my favorite first track over the years
Thus Sprach Zarathustra - Eumir Deodato
Inside & Out - Feist
Heartbeat - Larry Levan feat Taana Gardner (this actually mixes with the Feist track!)
Do ya wanna get Funky with Me - Peter Brown
We got the Funk - Positive Force (12" version)
Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now (en Espanol) - Charanga '76
Got My Mind Made Up - Instant Funk
Love Sensation - Loleatta Holloway
Do What You Wanna Do - T Connection
Born This Way - Carl Bean (Tom Moulton Mix)
L.O.V.E Got a Hold on Me - Dennis Roussos
Dim All the Lights - Donna Summer

(insert a phat, ass-kickin' two hours of electrohouse and breaks by Jovino)

at this point, they're screaming, jumping up and down, grinding on the police fence, etc. I'm quite frankly terrified to go on following this - but that's the plan so I better get to it.

I started off with Just Fuck by Tom Neville, just to smooth the transition a bit. then it was time to pull out the big guns:

I am Love - Jacksons (!)
Time - Stone (vocal version)
Got the Feeling - Two Tons o' Fun (as sampled by Chicken Lips!)
Dance with Me - Peter Brown feat Betty Wright
I don't want to be a Freak (but I can't help myself) - Dynasty
Disco Inferno (yes, 10 minutes if disco glory!) - Trammps
Where Love Lives - Alison Limerick
Take Me Home - Cher
More - Carol Williams
No Parking on the Dancefloor - Midnight Star
Last Dance - Donna Summer
Never Can Say Goodbye (Slow Vision Version) - Gloria Gaynor (Thank You DJ Robbie L!)
Love Hangover - Diana Ross

and then the cops came and told us it was time. it was the PERFECT Pink Saturday!

I'm feeling: ecstatic AWW YEAH

9 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
porsupah From: porsupah Date: June 30th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Now that sounds like a proper way to spend a Saturday. =:D Did you or he manage to take any photos/video along the way? (The latter especially - stills can't capture an event's energy and atmosphere nearly as well. Though tiggerfox did post a few of the sheer crowd)

Was the set recorded, by any chance? Sounds like it'd make a hell of a download, even if nothing can really adequately substitute for being there.

djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: June 30th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
haha, thanks!

we didn't record our sets or take any photos - it's just too much on top of everything else going on. if you go onto flickr and type in "pink saturday" there are a bunch of pix up.

I'm going to start working on a disco mix CD - will get you a copy (or more likely put up a link) so you can hear it.
robotter From: robotter Date: July 1st, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Put me on the list!

Robotter would like one of your CD's! Of course, what I'd really like is to install a Jovino and M hologram DJ in my living room to play for me at will, but that's, like, next century.

I'm glad that you had such a great time, and sorry to have missed it. It's nice to know that giving people something to dance to gives you as much pleasure as they get!
evilmommytina From: evilmommytina Date: June 30th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)

You guys were awesome...

even long after we departed... your grooves were the soundtrack for our evening of debauchery a full block and a half away!

Was glad I got to stroll by and blow you a kiss.


djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: June 30th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You guys were awesome...

thanks, it was great to see you, even briefly.

I'd be pretty amazed though if it was *our* grooves you heard so far away - more likely the big system up the hill. we just barely manage to cover our little section in front of us.

hope to see you sometime - and for longer!
veleda From: veleda Date: June 30th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
hey sweetie;

would you be interested in doing a set with us at Entheon?

I know you are spiritually inclined and we are doing three themed evenings:

earth consciousness, heart awakening, and galactic activation.

I think you would rock the house for the heart awakening and I'd love to have you onboard for that.

we have a 60 foot space, a stage, good equipment... :)
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: June 30th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks so much for thinking of me!

this sounds like something that is right up my alley (especially the heart part) and I'd love to hear more about it!

such as - overall plans for the evening, what type of music you have in mind (downtempo/chill/ambient or dance music) etc. email me and let's talk!
jessicaberlin From: jessicaberlin Date: June 30th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah man! Jovino was amazing.

Still bummed I misse your disco. I was craving it.

Got there too late and had to leave after 1.5 hours because it was getting a bit too packed.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: June 30th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to be working on a demo CD soon and will be sure to get you one - I know you love the disco as much as I do. ;-)

oh and you looked adorable - and your comment about the boobs has me smiling still!

9 smooches or Gimme Some Love!