PRESS RELEASE

Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation Announces 2018 Season of Events Details:

Beneficiary Organizations, DJs, and Posters for REAL BAD XXX and RITUAL

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. June 4, 2018 — The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation today announced their 2018 season of events and beneficiaries. The Foundation produces the annual REAL BAD fundraising party that follows San Francisco’s world-renowned Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 30th, 2018, at 1015 Folsom, and the RITUAL party that takes place on Sunday, July 29th, 2018 at 1015 Folsom. The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation also announced that it will donate 100 percent of the general admission ticket price of the historically sold-out event REAL BAD, as well as 100 percent of the net proceeds generated by RITUAL to six worthy LGBT non-profits. Last year, the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation raised $211,500, and has raised over $2.7 million throughout the organization’s 30-year history.

The six LGBT health and community service organizations named as beneficiaries of the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation represent diverse causes within the community. The beneficiary organizations selected to receive new funding this year are:

Openhouse

Openhouse enables San Francisco Bay Area LGBT seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing housing, direct services and community programs. As a result, we have reduced isolation and empowered LGBT seniors to improve their overall health, well-being and economic security.

Oakland LGBTQ Community Center

The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center Inc. is committed to supporting and enhancing the well-being of LGBTQ individuals, our families and allies.

Lavender Seniors of the East Bay

Lavender Seniors mission is to improve the quality of life of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Lavender Seniors advances this mission through direct services, outreach, advocacy and education. A critical aspect of this work is ensuring that LGBTQ elders are well-prepared emotionally, physically, legally, and socially in their later years.

SAGE

SAGE leads in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older people, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years.

In addition, funding is being continued for the following two organizations:

Positive Resource Center (PRC)

PRC (formerly Positive Resource Center) has been transforming the Bay Area for decades, helping those affected by HIV/AIDS, substance use, or mental health issues realize their best selves by providing the support and services they need to reclaim their lives.

St. James Infirmary

The Mission of the St. James Infirmary is to provide free, compassionate and nonjudgmental healthcare and social services for sex workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services.

 

Philip Grasso, Event Chair for this year’s REAL BAD XXX and RITUAL parties said, “It’s our honor to carry on this 30-year tradition of partnering with and supporting local LGBTQ non-profits and having fun while doing it.”

In addition to these six organizations, the Foundation also continued its support of Flagging In The Park by raising $18,633.32 for its 2017 beneficiaries: SF Suicide Prevention, Our Family Coalition, National AIDS Memorial Grove, GLAAD, and Planned Parenthood.

At the conclusion of this season, the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation targets donating its 3-millionth dollar to worthy non-profit organizations.

REAL BAD XXX will take place on Sunday, September 30th, 2018 at club 1015 Folsom in San Francisco.

REAL BAD XXX DJs:

The Foundation today unveiled this year’s 30th year surprise of having two DJs for the first time in our history! Opening for the Main Dance Floor at REAL BAD XXX will be REAL BAD XXVII DJ, Jesus Pelayo! Following Jesus will be our Main Floor DJ, DJ Charly from Madrid! DJ Charly, a Madrid native, started his career in 2006. Whether it is Vocal House, Tech House, Techno, Progressive or Trance, he creates magical, electronic journeys in tune with what the audiences need to feel energized. His torrential, powerful beats immerse everyone in that magical journey, which is the reason he has become a well-known and respected member of the European DJ scene so quickly. His venues have included no less than internationally successful parties like Macho (We Party Group), Into the Tank, and Brut. He has also enchanted audiences spinning at We Party Festival World Pride Madrid 2017, Circuit Festival 2017, and Sleazy Madrid. Also included in his performances are Pitbull Vienna,Replay Vienna, the Banana Party Cologne, Bear Necessity and Odarko where he has been welcomed as a regular guest DJ. His versatility has also allowed him to play very specific musical genres for places like the Enfrente Club, Into The Tank and Amen Party in Madrid. Thanks to his versatile talent many kinds of audiences embrace his extraordinary sessions.

In addition, the Underground will offer an alternative dance floor with music by San Francisco’s own Byron Bonsall! Byron has been a huge supporter of REAL BAD for years, and his music is a mix of London club sound to progressive sexy tech house/techno/progressive afterhours has earned him a faithful following and led him to this philosophy, “If you don’t leave with a smile on your face and maybe a little sweaty, I haven’t done my job.” There’s nothing better than leaving a club thinking “that was fun!” Byron wants you to think that same way. “Just come in, dance your ass off for a few hours and have a good time. Leave your worries at the door. They’ll be waiting for you when you’re done. Until then, you belong to me!

REAL BAD XXX will also feature world-class lighting, laser, and video production. The lighting and laser show will be designed and operated by Robert Sanders of RAGErLAZER.

REAL BAD XXX Poster:

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The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation also presents the new Up Your Alley weekend after hours party, RITUAL, with Juanma Escudero from REAL BAD XXIX (2017), from Spain. This sexy, late night dance party will be held on Saturday, July 29th, 3:30am-10am, at 1015 Folsom, the long-time home of REAL BAD.

RITUAL 2018 Poster:

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About the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation and its Season of Events

REAL BAD and RITUAL are produced by the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. These annual fundraising events are completely volunteer-produced, and are distinct in that the costs of producing the events are underwritten entirely by the party’s Hosts, a Circle of Friends who volunteer their time and resources to make REAL BAD a yearly sell-out success. This unique support enables 100% of general admission ticket proceeds from REAL BAD, and 100% of net ticket proceeds from RITUAL, to be donated to charity. In 2017, the Foundation raised $211,500 bringing the total donated to worthy non-profits to over $2.7 million over the event’s history. The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation changes lives by supporting organizations that promote a happy, healthy, and connected LGBT community. For more information, visit www.realbad.org and www.grassrootsgayrights.org.

PRESS RELEASE

Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation Announces 2017 Season of Events Details:

Beneficiary Organizations, DJs, and Posters for REAL BAD XXIX and REACH

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. June 12, 2017 — The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation today announced their 2017 season of events and beneficiaries. The Foundation produces the annual REAL BAD fundraising party that follows San Francisco’s world-renowned Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24th at 1017 Folsom and the REACH Pride T-Dance party that takes place on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at SF Oasis. The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation also announced that it will donate 100 percent of the general admission ticket price to the historically sold-out event, REAL BAD, as well as 100 percent of the proceeds generated by REACH, to six worthy LGBT non-profits. Last year, the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation raised $215,325, and has raised over $2.5 million throughout the organization’s history.

The six LGBT health and community service organizations named as beneficiaries of the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation represent diverse causes within the community. The beneficiary organizations selected to receive new funding this year are:

Positive Resource Center

Positive Resource Center (PRC) is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to assist people affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS through culturally appropriate counseling, education, training and advocacy. As a result, our clients can make more informed choices that maximize available benefits and employment opportunities.

St. James Infirmary

The Mission of the St. James Infirmary is to provide free, compassionate and  nonjudgmental healthcare and social services for sex workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services.

Maitri

Maitri provides compassionate residential care to men and women in need of hospice or 24-hour care and cultivates the deepest respect and love for life among its residents and caregivers.

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

In addition, funding is being continued for the following two organizations:

Dolores St. Community Services

Dolores Street Community Services nurtures individual wellness and cultivates collective power among low-income and immigrant communities to create a more just society.

LGBTQ Connection

LGBTQ Connection fosters a healthier, more diverse and inclusive community, driven by emerging and youth leaders in the rural and suburban north SF Bay Area.

Eric Holmgren, Event Chair for this year’s REAL BAD XXIX and REACH parties said, “It’s our honor to carry on this 29-year tradition, to partner with non-profits doing vital work in our community, and to dance with pride and joy as we do.

REAL BAD XXIX will take place on Sunday, September 24th, 2017 at club 1015 Folsom in San Francisco.

The Foundation today unveiled this year’s Main Dance Floor DJ for REAL BAD XXIX as Saeed Ali, Russian-born and currently living in Amsterdam.  Saeed began his career as a professional DJ in 2006 in Moscow. Rapidly making his name in Moscow’s competitive club scene, in 2008 Saeed Ali became resident of the Spanish label SuperMartXe for their Russian events. With Saeed Ali’s luscious and progressive tones the SuperMartXe brand quickly gained popularity among the discerning public of Russia’s capital. Saeed regularly receives rapturous applause for his sets while touring the world at club events from Shanghai to London. In 2010 Saeed became resident of SuperMartXe Amsterdam. From here Saeed’s success continued at the Circuit and XLsior Festivals in Europe. World famous events and venues have welcomed Saeed including Matinee, SuperMartXe, WE Party, Toolroom Nights, Salvation and LoveChild. Saeed has wowed crowds at the illustrious Gay Pride celebrations in Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Stockholm and many more. Since its launch in 2010 Saeed became resident at Russia’s most famous gay club Central Station. 2011 brings yet more for Saeed Ali with the launch of his own brand dance music extravaganza “Alimania” hosted at the world famous Moscow club ‘ICON’ ex ‘RAI’ every month. Experienced clubbers and professional critics and colleagues agree on the reasons for Saeed’s such wide-popularity as a DJ, noting his unique ability to truly ‘feel’ the room. From 2012 he based in Amsterdam where in less than a year he became resident of the world famous label “Rapido” for their regular events around the world. Saeed is now driving his talent forward producing his own tracks.

In addition, the Underground will offer an alternative dance floor with music by San Francisco’s own Scott Shepard.

He gained notoriety by playing unconventionally; dark, tribal, twisted, but always wanting to keep the energy from drifting over to the dark side. Now residing in Miami, he’s a resident at The Manor in Fort Lauderdale and Twist in South Beach. Because of his affinity for the afterhours sound, he’s known to really kick it into high gear after 3AM; which will very often keep the crowd occupying the dance floor until the lights go on at 5 in the morning.

REAL BAD XXIX will also feature world-class lighting, laser, and video production. The lighting and laser show will be designed and operated by Robert Sanders of RagerLazer.

REAL BAD XXIX Poster:

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The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation also discussed the REACH Pride T-Dance featuring DJ Casey Alva from Los Angeles. This joyous daytime dance party will be held on Saturday, June 24th, 3pm-8pm, at SF Oasis, 298 11th Street in San Francisco.

REACH 2017 Poster:

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About the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation and its Season of Events

REAL BAD & REACH are produced by the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation (formerly GRGR/West), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. These annual fundraising events are completely volunteer-produced, and are distinct in that the costs of producing the events are underwritten entirely by the party’s Hosts, a Circle of Friends who volunteer their time and resources to make REAL BAD a yearly sell-out success. This unique support enables 100% of general admission ticket proceeds from REAL BAD, and 100% of all ticket proceeds from REACH, to be donated to charity. In 2016, the Foundation raised $215,325, bringing the total donated to worthy non-profits to over $2.5 million over the event’s history. The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation changes lives by supporting organizations that promote a happy, healthy, and connected LGBT community.

Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation Announces 2016 Contributions of $215,325 to Beneficiary Organizations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. November 9, 2016 — The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation today concluded its 2016 fundraising season of events. The Foundation produces the annual REAL BAD fundraising party that follows San Francisco’s world-renowned Folsom Street Fair, the REACH Pride T-Dance party during San Francisco Pride, and the RECOVERY T-Dance party that immediately follows the Castro Street Fair. The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation announced that its fundraising events and charitable contributions totaled $215,325, which will be donated in full to the following six LGBT health and community service beneficiary organizations:

Dolores St. Community Services

Dolores Street Community Services nurtures individual wellness and cultivates collective power among low-income and immigrant communities to create a more just society.

LGBTQ Connection

LGBTQ Connection fosters a healthier, more diverse and inclusive community, driven by emerging and youth leaders in the rural and suburban north SF Bay Area.

The Trevor Project

The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people.

New Conservatory Theater Center

The mission of New Conservatory Theatre Center is to champion innovative, high-quality productions & educational theatre experiences for youth, artists, and the queer & allied communities to effect personal & societal growth, enlightenment and change.

Project Homeless Connect

The mission of Project Homeless Connect is to connect San Franciscans experiencing homelessness with the care they need to move forward.

HIV Story Project/ National AIDS Memorial

Focused on bridging HIV/AIDS with film, media and storytelling to halt the spread of the pandemic, battle the stigma associated with it and give a voice to the HIV positive community.

In addition to these six organizations, the Foundation also continued its support of Flagging In The Park by contributing $12,000 to its 2016 beneficiaries: ORAM, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Shanti, Project Inform, and The National AIDS Memorial Grove.

At the conclusion of this season, the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation has donated a total of over $2.5 million to worthy non-profit organizations.

About the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation and its Season of Events

REAL BAD, REACH, and RECOVERY are produced by the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation (formerly GRGR/West), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. These annual fundraising events are completely volunteer-produced, and are distinct in that the costs of producing the events are underwritten entirely by the party’s Hosts, a Circle of Friends who volunteer their time and resources to make REAL BAD a yearly sell-out success. This unique support enables 100% of general admission ticket proceeds from REAL BAD, and 100% of net ticket proceeds from REACH and RECOVERY, to be donated to charity. In 2016, the Foundation raised $215,325, bringing the total donated to worthy non-profits to over $2.5 million over the event’s history. The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation changes lives by supporting organizations that promote a happy, healthy, and connected LGBT community. For more information, visit www.realbad.org and www.grassrootsgayrights.org

PRESS RELEASE

Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation Announces 2016 Season of Events Details: Beneficiary Organizations, DJs, and Posters for REAL BAD XXVIII, REACH, and RECOVERY

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. June 11, 2016 — Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation today announced their 2016 season of events and beneficiaries. The Foundation produces the annual REAL BAD fundraising party that follows San Francisco’s world-renowned Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 25th at 1015 Folsom, the REACH Pride T-Dance party that takes place on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at SF Oasis, and the RECOVERY T-Dance party that immediately follows the Castro Street Fair on Sunday, October 2nd at Public Works. The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation also announced that it will donate 100 percent of the funds raised by general admission ticket sales to the historically sold-out event REAL BAD, as well as 100 percent of the proceeds generated by REACH and RECOVERY to six worthy LGBT non-profits. Last year, the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation raised $217,000, and has raised over $2.2 million throughout the organization’s history.

The six LGBT health and community service organizations named as beneficiaries of the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation represent diverse causes within the community. The beneficiary organizations selected to receive new funding this year are:

Dolores St. Community Services

Dolores Street Community Services nurtures individual wellness and cultivates collective power among low-income and immigrant communities to create a more just society.

LGBTQ Connection

LGBTQ Connection fosters a healthier, more diverse and inclusive community, driven by emerging and youth leaders in the rural and suburban north SF Bay Area.

 

The Trevor Project

The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people.

New Conservatory Theater Center

The mission of New Conservatory Theatre Center is to champion innovative, high-quality productions & educational theatre experiences for youth, artists, and the queer & allied communities to effect personal & societal growth, enlightenment and change.

In addition, funding is being continued for the following two organizations:

Project Homeless Connect

The mission of Project Homeless Connect is to connect San Franciscans experiencing homelessness with the care they need to move forward.

HIV Story Project/ National AIDS Memorial

Focused on bridging HIV/AIDS with film, media and storytelling to halt the spread of the pandemic, battle the stigma associated with it and give a voice to the HIV positive community.

Ken Wells, Event Chair for this year’s REAL BAD XXVIII, REACH, and RECOVERY parties, said “The heart of the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation and the past 27 years of successful giving that our organization has seen are the result of the deep and meaningful connections that we share in the San Francisco Bay Area Community. Through our Circles of Friends, Sponsors and Beneficiaries, we create a network of love and philanthropy that nourishes and sustains our community. Now in our 28th year, we are thrilled to continue honoring these connections and forging new ones as we kick off our 2016 season of fundraising events. Join us and DO GOOD.” REAL BAD XXVIII will take place on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at club 1015 Folsom in San Francisco.

The Foundation today unveiled this year’s Main Dance Floor DJ for REAL BAD XXVIII as Xavier Alvarado from Mexico City. His passion for electronic music began at a young age. Largely self taught, his first professional opportunity was in Puebla, Mexico in 2009. The following year he moved to Mexico City where he was exposed to a larger audience in the city’s major clubs. This exposure landed him a residency with Maninfest, Mexico’s premier leather event, where he helped develop their trademark, masculine, energetic musical style. In 2013 he debuted in Paris and Madrid during their largest gathering of the bear community where he worked with the Madrid-based fetish party Into the Tank, returning to Europe in 2015 to his newfound fans.

 

Xavier’s sets create a journey from classics to the current tracks mixing a wide range of house, tech house, techno, tribal and progressive, assembled with and elegant technique resulting in a powerful, sexy style. He adds a personal touch with his own remixes creating a unique musical experience at each party he spins.

In addition, the Underground will offer an alternative dance floor with music by San Francisco’s own DJ Salazar. Born in Colombia, and a recent transplant from Miami, Florida, DJ Salazar brings a lustful, animalistic twist to his music, which speak to his audience’s libido. He brings this seductive sound to regular San Francisco residencies at Powerhouse, the Eagle, the Lookout as well as the infamous Hellbound party. He has recently brought his skills to a larger audience with appearances at Force and the local edition of the New York-based Brüt party. Wherever he goes, Salazar seeks to keep his crowd dancing.

REAL BAD XXVIII will also feature world-class lighting, laser, and video production. The lighting and laser show will be designed and operated by Robert Sanders of RAGErLAZER. Visuals by 3 will be creating custom content for the live video show.

REAL BAD XXVIII Poster:

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The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation also discussed the REACH Pride T-Dance featuring DJ Bret Law from Seattle with lighting and lasers by Sean Hertel. This joyous daytime dance party will be held on Saturday, June 25th, 3pm–8pm, at SF Oasis, 298 11th Street in San Francisco.

REACH 2016 Poster:

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The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation also announced today the RECOVERY party will feature the return of San Francisco’s DJ Philip Grasso with lighting and lasers by Robert Sanders of RAGErLAZER and Visuals by 3. The party will be held Sunday October 2nd, 6pm–midnight, immediately following the Castro Street Fair, at Public Works, 161 Erie Street in San Francisco.

RECOVERY 2016 Poster:

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About the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation and its Season of Events

REAL BAD, REACH, and RECOVERY are produced by the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation (formerly GRGR/West), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. These annual fundraising events are completely volunteer-produced, and are distinct in that the costs of producing the events are underwritten entirely by the party’s Hosts, a Circle of Friends who volunteer their time and resources to make REAL BAD a yearly sell-out success. This unique support enables 100% of general admission ticket proceeds from REAL BAD, and 100% of all ticket proceeds from REACH and RECOVERY, to be donated to charity. In 2015, the Foundation raised $217,00, bringing the total donated to worthy non-profits to over $2.2 million over the event’s history. The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation changes lives by supporting organizations that promote a happy, healthy, and connected LGBT community.
For more information, visit www.realbad.org and www.grassrootsgayrights.org

BLACK TEA RAISES $3,700 BENEFITING GRASS ROOTS GAY RIGHTS FOUNDATION & FOLSOM STREET EVENTS

Thank you all for coming out in support of HERO presents Black Tea! DJ Abel spun a legendary set of tea dance classics to an enthusiastic crowd at Ruby Skye! This amazing partnership with HERO raised $1,850 each for both the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation and Folsom Street Events (totaling $3,700).

HUGE thanks to HERO for facilitating this and for all the support and generosity!!!

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Welcome to to our 28th year of REAL BAD, 6th year of REACH, & 4th year of RECOVERY.

The best parties of the year are also the most charitable. This year’s Working Group is already hard at work planning the parties. A year’s worth of work, passion, love and commitment blend together to give our Circle of Friends unforgettable nights of fun as well as opportunities to actively participate in our community.

We are particularly excited to begin our non profit beneficiary nomination process. This is where YOU come in. We need your help to nominate possible organizations. We urge you to forward names of organizations you would like to see benefit. You can even nominate more than one organization, so if you know of any that fit the mission statement of the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, we want to hear from you.

The mission statement of our organization is:

The Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation changes lives by supporting organizations that promote a happy, healthy, and connected LGBT community.

Nominated organizations need to be official non-profits and be in line with our mission statement.

PLEASE EMAIL YOUR NOMINATIONS TO davidh@grassrootsgayrights.org.

You should include the name of the organization, their website, a contact name if you have one, and any other information that will help us in determining if they are a good match for our beneficiary selection process. You can read about this process on our website here.

All nominations must be received by Monday March 7, 2016 to be considered

REAL BAD XXVII has many treasured traditions as well as new, exciting changes in store for you. The REAL BAD experience includes a production covering many elements brought together to create an unforgettable night. We have a HUGE new experience designed specially for this year, in the Main Room. We’re not going to give you any details, it’s a surprise…
On to the other details of the party:
FRONT ROOM: 
  • Specially produced REAL BAD style fruit and snack tables
  • Booths to sit, relax and enjoy the music with friends, old and new
  • Bathrooms stocked with hand sanitizer and Listerine
  • Access to outdoor smoking area

VIP ROOM:

We have a truly VIP REAL BAD experience for those with a VIP ticket:
  • VIP-only room with dance-floor, upstairs in the same location as last year
  • VIP-only club entrance on Harriet Street
  • Complimentary VIP Coat Check with wristband provided at entry. VIP Coat Check is located above the Red Light Room.
  • Drink Tickets: Every Host and VIP will receive 3 free drink tickets  attached to their VIP wristband. Tickets can be used at ANY bar in the club for water and other non-alcoholic beverages (except Red Bull and Gatorade). Keep hydrated!
  • Complimentary in and out privileges for VIP ticket holders until midnight with wristband provided at entry. No re-entry after midnight.
  • Enhanced lighting in the VIP room, with lights run by Kevin Quintero
  • Special VIP fruit and snack tables
  • Sexy VIP “Water Boys” offering refreshing mists of cool water and cold water towelettes
  • Booths to sit, relax and enjoy the music with friends, old and new
  • VIP-only bathrooms with ample stalls and stocked with hand sanitizer and Listerine
MAIN DANCE FLOOR:
  • Major new production experience
  • Lighting by Robert Sanders
  • Lasers by RAGErLAZER
  • Visuals by 3
  • Nitro-blasts to chill down the room
  • Special peak moments throughout the night
  • Flagging Stage from 7 to 10 PM
UPSTAIRS RED LIGHT ROOM:
  • 5 new bathrooms on two levels!
  • New for REAL BAD XXVII: Relocated massage area available to all guests
  • Sexy, atmospheric club space for lounging and socializing
  • Visuals by 3
  • Viewing bridge with a full view of stage and dance area
UNDERGROUND LOUNGE:
  • General Admission Coat Check
  • Alternative DJ with a different musical vibe to give you another dance experience
  • Booths to sit, relax and enjoy the music with friends, old and new

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU:

Anyone in a red REAL BAD Event Staff sleeveless shirt is a friend, and is here to help. Don’t hesitate to ask if you need assistance in any way.

Event Staff have access to on-site EMTs should you, a friend, or any guest require care or attention at any time.

FAQs ABOUT THE PARTY:

When and where is REAL BAD?

The party is from 7 PM to 4 AM on Sunday, September 27th, at 1015 Folsom Street, between 6th and Harriet. The nearest MUNI is not close enough when you’ve been pounding the streets in your leather all day, so plan on catching a cab when you want to arrive.

What kind of party is this?

REAL BAD is a dance party first and foremost, which means that the majority of our guests take up residence on the main dance floor and stay there for the duration of the night. Because REAL BAD always sells out, you can expect that the main dance floor will always be packed, and that both the men and the temperature will be hot.

While we do our best to control crowding and heat, a throbbing sweaty mass moving as one to a driving beat is our signature. You can always take a break on the viewing bridge above the main dance floor, or relax in one of several booths in the downstairs Underground.   Upstairs in the Red Light Room massage therapists are available to rub out your aches and pains from whatever Folsom beatings you’ve endured.

What’s all this talk about “be bad…do good”?

Not your average circuit party, REAL BAD is a force for good in the community, raising nearly $2.2 million for worthy beneficiaries in the party’s 25-year history.  While you’re busy being as bad as you can be for nine hours, the price of your ticket is supporting organizations that create impact in the areas of civil rights, community development, social services, HIV/AIDS and other health-related issues. And REAL BAD is completely volunteer-produced. The costs of producing the event are underwritten entirely by the party’s Hosts, a circle of friends that enables 100% of general admission ticket proceeds to be donated to charity.

What’s so bad about REAL BAD?

Historically a highlight of the Folsom Street Fair, REAL BAD is a sex-positive party where you are encouraged to flaunt your fetishes and cruise for kink. While not a sex party, frisky behavior is encouraged, as is dressing the part. Leather gear isn’t mandatory, but it is standard among our guests, and we welcome rubber, uniforms, sports attire and anything else your nasty creativity inspires.

What do you mean by the phrase ‘circle of friends’?  

Our Circle of Friends is the core group of men and women who produce the party, their immediate friends, who are the Hosts who fund it by selling you your tickets – and all the rest of you hot and horny guests who turn out each year for REAL BAD.  

What’s security like at REAL BAD?  

We’ve worked very hard to establish and maintain a very good working relationship with the security team at 1015 that helps us to look out for your safety. To date, the police have never had to intervene at one of our parties, and that’s because we respect the rules that apply to all clubs in San Francisco. 

As with all REAL BAD parties, there will be clearly visible security personnel at the door. That being said, the success of our party is due largely to how great you all are as guests. We set out to create a party where, while having the time of your life, you take good care of yourself, and you look out for your friends and for others partying with or near you as well. We recommend that you never leave a friend in trouble, and that you try to avoid ruining your friends’ night by getting into trouble yourself. No-one wants “that” tweeted picture making the rounds the next day!

If we all continue to keep personal responsibility in mind, REAL BAD will be a safe but dirty time, and the police will carry on fighting crime elsewhere. 

How do I get there?  

By taxi: A comfortable way to ride after you’ve gone home to freshen up following the Folsom Street Fair. Everyone has their favorite company, but De Soto (415.970.1305), Luxor (415.282.4141) and Yellow (415.333.3333) are popular locally.

By private car: Please, leave your car at home. There is limited parking around 1015 Folsom, and even though it’s a nine-hour party, you should manage to carry all the gear you might want to change into later in one small bag. Traveling light makes it easier to play!

How do I get home? 

By taxi: Some taxis will cruise the area, but make sure you get into a licensed one. We usually tip 15% here. Please don’t drive. How can you massage the…neck of the guy you just picked up at the party if you have both hands on your steering wheel?

Do General Admission guests need to print a physical ticket?

If guests ordered their ticket through Eventbrite, they have the option of printing their ticket with a barcode or using the Eventbrite app to display the ticket with a QR code on their phone to be scanned at the door.

Will tickets be sold at the door?

Yes, starting at 6 pm on Sunday (one hour before the party starts), a limited number of general admission tickets will be sold at the box office for $110 each.

Will there be pat-down searches? 

Yes. Consent to pat-down and bag search is a condition of entry. By being ready for the pat-down, you’ll be doing your part to help streamline your REAL BAD guests’ entry as well as your own.

Can I take my own drink bottle to REAL BAD?  

No. As a condition of entry, all liquids and liquid containers must be disposed of prior to entry.

Will food and alcoholic beverages be available to purchase? 

Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase until last call at 2 AM. Throughout the night, REAL BAD provides free fresh fruit and sweet treats on snack tables in various locations throughout the club.

Will my phone work in 1015 night club?

While we can’t speak for each provider we encourage you to consider packing it in a Ziploc bag if you tend to sweat a lot.  Also, every year many lost phones are found abandoned on the dance floor at the end of the party.  Take extra care that yours isn’t one of them!

Will there be a coat-check? 

Yes. The $3 coat check will be downstairs for General Admission guests. Free coat check is available upstairs for VIPs wearing a VIP wrist band.

Is there a lost and found?

Anything handed to an event staff member will be brought to the General Admission coat check downstairs in the club, where you can claim it. Be patient if you can’t get through to the coat check area quickly.

Can I bring my camera with me? 

Absolutely! Unlike some major dance parties, we absolutely welcome you to take as many photos and videos as you like. Tweet or post them to our Facebook page after the party is over (but use common sense: Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want posted if it was you – and please follow Facebook rules). Are you a fan of us on Facebook or YouTube yet? 

Are there ATM facilities inside 1015? 

Yes. The nearest is directly on your left as you enter the club. There is an additional one to the right of the bar on the main dance floor. 

Who are the DJs playing at REAL BAD?  

Our main DJ, Jesus Pelayo, will keep you smiling for the first few hours, providing uplifting tea dance tracks as you find those men you thought you’d lost at the fair. The journey turns darker and sexier as we drive toward midnight, and then a couple of hours before we close he’ll transition to a melodic and uplifting morning sound to ease you back to reality, again with a smile.

Our fantastic Underground DJ, Brian Maier, starts at 7 PM downstairs. The Underground is a good bet for those seeking an alternative sound, more intimate dance setting, or simply a booth to relax in with friends old and new. Brian will lead you on a skillfully woven journey through various sub-genres of sexy progressive music to a euphoric ending.

What time does REAL BAD end?  

We finish at 4am. 

 Are there any age restrictions? 

Yes, REAL BAD is for adults, 21 years and over, with a valid photo ID.

Is 1015 wheelchair-accessible?

The first dance floor is, so if you use a wheelchair, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to make sure you get easy access.

What can I do to make the most of REAL BAD? 

Be Prepared: Get some rest, hydrate, eat and get ready for some hot, sweaty action… 

Buddy Up: Arrange to check in with friends throughout the night and after the party. 

Get Help: If something goes wrong, seek assistance from the REAL BAD event staff immediately.  We’re wearing the sexy red sleeveless tees with REAL BAD XXVII on the front and EVENT STAFF on the back, and we are here to help, not to judge.

Have FUN: We’re all there to have a good time and be bad…but bad attitudes are never sexy.

REAL BAD is for you….all of you! Jump in, enjoy the looks you’re getting from those hot guys over there, dance like no one is looking, kiss like you’ve never been loved before, make sure you leave with some phone numbers (and your shirt…unless you want the morning air to make your nipples hard again). 

 

And remember…we want you back, so let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook. Constructive feedback is definitely welcome.