History & Purpose
The color red, found on the red ribbon worn around the lapel of people around the world, is commonly accepted as the international symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness. The Sacramento Red Dress Party uses that symbol to build on a party concept popularized with sell out events attended by thousands annually in Portland and Seattle over the last decade to raise awareness and funds to support organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and care. The required wearing of a red dress by all guests at this event, regardless of age, gender, or sexual orientation, servers as a powerful symbol of solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS and also reminds us that we are all brought together for one night to support a common cause.
The 2012 Event
The Sacramento Red Dress Party is designed to become an annual community tradition debuting October 6th, 2012, one that attracts hundreds of people as diverse as Sacramento itself. This event creates an atmosphere of pure fun–with dancing and music, spirits and laughs–that provides a backdrop for the true purpose of the Red Dress Party, a chance for supporters from every walk of life to unite behind one goal to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. With every single attendee adorned in a signature-colored red dress, the Sacramento Red Dress Party, the power of our collective statement of positive change will be unmistakable.
“Red Dress Required, Attitude Optional”
This year’s Sacramento Red Dress Party will feature two guest DJs never before seen in Sacramento, live performances, live character crowd performers, go-go boys/girls, and much more throughout the evening.
DJ GRIND (Stephen Massey) is one of the country’s most sought-after up-and-coming DJs. With a sound firmly anchored in uplifting vocal house, DJ GRIND takes his dance floor on a journey toward joy. DJ GRIND is the winner of the 2011 GayDays National DJ Contest and the 2012 JustCircuit Award for “Pool Party of the Year.”
Over the past two years, DJ GRIND has headlined some of the largest venues and events in North America including White Party Palm Springs (the country’s largest gay dance music festival), GayDays (Orlando), The Paramount (Provincetown), SPLASH (NYC), and Ruby Skye (San Francisco), among others. He’s been a featured artist on RSVP Vacations’ Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises, and supported Kylie Minogue’s 2011 “Aphrodite” World Tour as an opening act. This Fall, DJ GRIND embarks on a tour of Asia, with club appearances in Manila, Shanghai, and Singapore.
The San Francisco-based DJ’s monthly podcasts have received more than one million downloads worldwide, and rank as one of the most popular music podcasts on all of iTunes. Earlier this year, DJ GRIND remixed his first commercial CD, POPular vol. 7 (Centaur Music). He’s also the resident music critic for RealJock.com, where he provides the social networking site’s 320,000 members with daily music reviews and exclusive downloads. Later this year, DJ GRIND will release his first production project, an official remix of Kimberly Locke’s new dance single, “Feel the Love.”
DJ Lee Decker
Energy and versatility characterize International DJ Lee Decker’s presence in the San Francisco club scene. In his element playing upbeat tea dances and after-hours tribal sets alike, he always ensures one thing: the dance floor will be packed. And it’s not just the music that keeps people dancing. Lee gets just as into it as the crowd and it’s not unusual to see him jumping and throwing his hands up. And that’s just one reason why he’s become one of the most demanded DJs in San Francisco today. You’ll find him headlining at San Francisco’s hottest parties, including Colossus, Sanctuary, Jock Sundays, and Fresh at Ruby Skye.
That’s just the start. He’s now got many huge West Coast events under his belt, like Seattle Pride, L.A.s Reflex and Circus Disco, and West Hollywood’s Club Voyeur. And as of February, 2012, he can now add the famed Sydney Mardi Gras to his resume., where he headlined at two of the week’s events during this year’s festival. What’s next? The studio. His remix of Fun.’s “We Are Young” with Joe Gauthreaux is one of this summer’s biggest circuit tracks. And his mash of Scissor Sisters’ “Let’s Have a Kiki” is being played on dance floors throughout the U.S.
A dedicated team of volunteer community members and the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center organize the Red Dress Party. This year’s team includes the following:
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