News Month: March 2011

DJ Harvey, a man who needs no introduction in San Francisco, after countless appearances at many rocking parties in the city, will be gracing the turntables at Public Works for the first time on April 9th, courtesy of the gentlemen of Face and the dudes at Jackhammer Disco. Harvey Basset has been a mainstay in dance music since the late ‘80s. Then he was a member of the Tonka Soundsystem, an English party crew and sound system (of course) that included Choci, and the core of what would become Wicked here in SF, Garth and Markie.

He then went on to become a resident dj at the newly opened Ministry of Sound in ’91, where he met iconic dj Larry Levan and had him play at his own Moist party. The legend runs that Harvey went out shopping with Larry on one of the days … Read more ›

On April 7th Public Works and RRR present The Works with Big Freedia and special guests. We promise a night of Freedia’s signature bounce irreverence, dirty funk, sexual ambiguity and good old, sweaty fun. Freedia is the “Queen Diva” of bounce in NOLA and performs six or more times weekly all over the city. Her variant of the feel-good party sound is strictly for the “Sissies” (the local monicker for biological males who don’t necessarily identify themselves as men). The music contains gay and transvestite themes and isn’t afraid to be upfront about them.

Freedia is no stranger to success either, and has tasted commercial acceptance for her singles “Gin in My System” and “Azz Everywhere!” and her albums “An Ha, Oh Yeah” (1999) and “Queen Diva” (2003) albums. But her raunchy music and shows have their roots in her time as a sophomore at the Walter L. … Read more ›

DJ Kentaro, the Japanese turntablist whiz and the first asian to ever win the DMC Championships when he swept away the competition in 2002 is coming to the Works on Wednesday April 13th thanks to Sunset Promotions and Public Works. Since that triumph Kentaro has notched up more achievements and played large festivals in Japan and beyond.

He released a mix album on respected UK label Ninjatune in December of 2005. Part of the label’s expansive Solid Steel Presents Series, Solid Steel Presents DJ Kentaro: On The Wheels Of Solid Steel featured tracks by the likes of Wagon Christ, Jagga Jazzist, DJ Food and the label founders themselves, Coldcut. Then in Jan 2005 he released his first DVD, “National Geoscratch,” which chronicles his mammoth 40-day, solo tour of Europe. The disc also featured the video “Loop Daigakuin,” which has generated over 2,000,000 youtube views.

Following … Read more ›

Perhaps you are like us and were crushed when the Tensnake shows in November of 2010 didn’t happen, the show on the 14th was cancelled and the one that was to make up for that on the 26th also had to called off. We was crest-fallen, discombobulated, and just plain, straight-up plum dejected by that state of affairs. However, luckily for us, the original promoters, Gun Club and Loudfarm persisted and the show will go on (again), this time on Friday April 15th at the Works.

Those of you who already know and love Tensnake’s (Marco Niemerski to his folks) music will be there with bells on and those who are aren’t so up on him should definitely come through. The German producer had been bubbling under since 2006, key releases like “Holding Back (My Love)” on the Running Back label and the classic “Coma Cat” on Permanent … Read more ›

Do you like food, music and drinks? I mean who doesn’t? Well if you list these pleasurable aspects of life among your faves then you should come to Public Works to an excellent, exciting, inviting, and just downright scrumdiddlyumptious event on the 26th of March. After the success of their last event at the Works in January, ForageSF teams up with Public Works again to bring you another Night Market, another delightful opportunity to place yourself in a world of deliciousness. Well, lucky flippin’ you! Eh?

This event will play out in two parts. The first part is from 11am-4pm and will be devoted to food items that you can take home with you – jams, produce, soaps, desserts etc. However, some hot food will be available too. So those of you who want to avoid the larger crowd later can opt for this early segment.

Then, the second installment … Read more ›

Joining Kingdom and Falty DL on the March 19th Icee Hot bill at the Works is Canblaster a.k.a. French producer Cédric Steffens, who galloped straight out of the gate with 2010’s “Jet Pack” EP on the Sounds Of Sumo label. His sound, born of a love for the likes of Underground Resistance, Basement Jaxx and Dave Clarke, fuses several strands of dance music into a heady but physical blend that never fails to induce mania on the dancefloor.

This passion for music, coupled with an obsession for classic synths led Canblaster to start blasting out tunes that combined UK Funky good times vibes and rolling, breaking beats with heavy Detroit pads (à la Saunderson), classic house and afro-latin rhythms. Not long after his initial release other artists were looking to him to upgrade their sound, while others were keen and quick to get him on their … Read more ›

There is no denying that SF is the gay mecca of the globe and though some disgruntled queens in Sydney might disagree, that is pretty much the case. Furthermore, every mecca needs a splendid soundtrack and SF certainly has, and had, one. To celebrate that fact, tonight at the Works we bring you SPEAKER, a benefit for the GLBT History Society that is devoted to the places and the people who provided, and who reveled in, this glorious soundtrack. Namely the gay clubbers, djs and promoters who rocked and were rocked from the ’70s into the ’80s, the ravey ’90s and right up until today.

This party is a multimedia event; not only will there be music but there will also be video footage and photos of parties that happened in the city’s key venues down through the years. The djs for the night will be Steve Fabus and … Read more ›