June 23rd 2017, 8 PM – Late @ Flore (formerly Cafe Flore)
On the Friday night of San Francisco Pride, Groundswell is throwing a special soiree and fundraiser, a Midsummer Night’s Revel. This fundraiser and festival will help you start Pride right with glamour, gaiety, and some very gauche gowns.
This isn’t your typical Pride party, and that’s why you want to come. We are bringing you a night filled with melodies and magic, as Latinx inspired folk musicians, Banda Sin Nombre, headline the night and seduce you to swaying and sensuality on the dancefloor. Fierce and feisty performers will explode conceptions of body, gender, and pride. Plus, a fashion runway and contest, our Fashion Fierce-Off, cap off the night, inviting each of you and some of the most talented fashion qweens in the city to strut their stuff.
Our goal is to bring you a faerie tale evening that will start your summer with succulence. With special treats from Groundswell and her locales tantalizing your tastebuds, enjoy a night of decadence with your dear ones, and start your summer revels right.
Our Fashion Fierce-Off invites all to show off their glamour and glitz. What looks do you truly revel in? Come dressed up or dressed down. We will have a grand prize of a weekend stay at Groundswell, as well as many other prizes for those who turn it out in beautiful and weird ways. There will also be a runway walk of looks from premiere queer fashion designers of the bay (identities to be released soon)!
While we will have DJs to keep the dancing going throughout the night, our main attraction, Banda Sin Nombre, will get your booty swinging and swaying in ways electronic music never can. This five-piece street band from San Francisco’s Mission District is dedicated to performing folk music from around the world. Mixing rich vocal harmonies with acoustic instruments including guitar, fiddle, charango, cajon, and bass, the band’s inspirations range from Peruvian Chicha to Catalan Rumba and Appalachian old time to Cumbia.
All proceeds benefit Groundswell Institute, your nonprofit queer retreat center dedicated to helping you live healthier, fuller lives, while giving you the tools to truly create change in the world. We’re asking $30 because we are going to really turn out this event. There are opportunities to volunteer if you can’t afford that. And, we have a special ticket for those who can give extra support that includes special treats from vineyards and farms of our neighborhood, the Anderson Valley.
This is the perfect way to start your Pride festivities: come out to Revel with your community while supporting a nonprofit that is strengthening local LGBTQ communities. Help us grow Groundswell and our ability to affect change. You’ll have a queerly good time doing it.