One sweaty Thursday this past spring, Robert Bozick surprised his friends by raising his drink and bolting out a few bars of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” It didn’t matter that it was April, or that Bozick was standing inside the cramped Eritrean restaurant Dahlak. The crowd began cheering and spinning to the sound of sleigh bells and a deep bass beat.
Nineties music nights don’t always get it right. However, Peach Pit – started by Bozick and DJ Matt Bailer – has been a consistent hit since premiering a year ago. The duo knows to feed its crowd blocks of guilty pleasures, but as the two take turns on the turntables they also slip in subgenres glossed over by most nineties music nights (Bozick himself is a heavily tattooed product of the nineties hardcore punk scene, while Bailer’s range as a DJ is well known by his fans). The audience response is overwhelming. Typical nights see the compressed crowd writhing together while making out, dancing, and pressing their faces against the steam-stained front windows that look out onto the U Street masses trying to get in.
Peach Pit has always been a welcoming environment for straight guys and girls who tag along for a night out with their gay friends. To mark their one-year anniversary, the party is becoming even more inclusive – moving from the sweatbox of Dahlak to the open air courtyard of the Hirshhorn for this Friday’s Hirshhorn After Hours. The seasonal event will guarantee a heavily straight crowd, but Bozick and Bailer are looking forward to increasing the gay quotient at the party (truth be told, Hirshhorn After Hours always does have a heavily gay presence).
This Friday also marks somewhat of a homecoming for Bozick, who retired from the party this summer to take a job in Los Angeles. Despite his location change, Bozick’s passion for the burgeoning nightlife scene in DC remains. That’s largely due to innovators like Bailer who continue to shape and push interesting events like Peach Pit and Bailer’s other wildly succesful party Mixtape.
DJ Robert Bozick Jumps to that 90s beat, while DJ Matt Bailer mixes it up for his audience.
You can join in the gay-straight fun this Friday for
Peach Pit @ Hirshhorn After Hours.
Tickets $18. No costumes, but West Beverly Hills High school spirit encouraged.
Friday, October 29 – 8:00pm until Midnight
Tickets sell out fast and no tickets at the door so you better get them here.
BONUS! we have a pair to give away to someone! just leave a comment letting us know what your favorite 90s jam is and we will notify the winner by 9am tomorrow morning!