U Street Music Hall and the NeedlExchange (TNX) plan a new event next month with “PRIDE, Honey!,” a Pride closing night dance party, slated for 7 p.m.-2 a.m. on Sunday, June 8 after the Capital Pride Festival.
The party will be held at U Street Music Hall (1115 U St., N.W.), named one of the Top 10 best dance clubs by Rolling Stone, and will feature several high profile DJs from New York, San Francisco and more. TNX is the group behind the Sunday night parties at Velvet Lounge on U Street that have been gathering steam over the last year.
“We wanted something that would touch on essentially every aspect of the community,” Bil Todd of the NeedlExchange, an artist and DJ collective, says. “Which is all about diversity and inclusion and we wanted to make sure everybody’s voice is heard on stage or dancing or whatever, that they feel comfortable. We want a safe space that closes out Pride with a really fun and exciting experience.”
Headliners are Honey Dijon, a trans DJ from New York; Honey Soundsystem from San Francisco; Nancy Whang from New York and local support from DJ Lisa Frank and the TNX guys — Baronhawk Poitier William, Tommy Cornelis and Bil Todd.
U Street Music Hall’s Morgan Tepper, who’s bi, says she’s seen the exciting vibe the Sunday night parties offer and thought a Pride-themed dance was a great fit. “It’s been a few years since U Street has done something and this is a lineup that reaches out to several different audiences,” she says.
Todd, who’s gay, says many in the community crave something new and different. “So much of what you hear in the gay clubs is homogenous and passe and there’s often a real lack of soul on the dance floor,” he says. “Sometimes I think I’ll die if I hear one more tired Katy Perry or Rihanna remix. That doesn’t really represent our community. … So often you hear the same music, see the same people at every dance party you go to. People just crave more diversity.”
“PRIDE, Honey!” is not an official Capital Pride event. Buy advance tickets at bit.ly/HONEY68.