When the founders of the indie/electro/punk gay dance party Taint began searching out a venue for their party, no one would take them. Most bar owners were unsure that a gay night focused on good music could attract the gays away from the usual, Madonna-clad haunts of 17th Street. “We’d more or less given up when we stumbled into the then-newly-opened DC9,” says co-founder Danny Fowler. Yet, on its first night four years ago, the several hundred people that turned out on its innaugural night created a line outside that DC9 that snaked around the block.
That response encouraged Fowler, a native of Glasgow, and his promotional partner Karl Jones (Tulsa) to continue their party on a regular basis. It has been running about once-a-month for four years now.
Celebrating its four year anniversary on Saturday, Taint continues its tradition of offering an alternative to the alternative lifestyle. The music is mostly focused on indie songs and electro beats with healthy mixes of punk, new wave, hip hop and cheesy dance hits. The eclectic mix is often accompanied by performance (with music this Saturday by artist PDSexton).
At its four year anniversary, Taint will also welcome dj’s Matt Bailer and Shea Van Horn. This is Bailer’s first time playing Taint while Van Horn (also known as performance artist Summer Camp) always plays a set that seems to be dead-on fucking fun.
TAINT – Four Year Anniversary
This Saturday, June 07
DC 9 (9th and U Streets, NW)
$5 cover, 21+
Doors at 9:00pm.