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Hot Summer Gays


  • The Wisco 852 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Hot Summer Gays poster art by Sarah Akawa.

Hot Summer Gays poster art by Sarah Akawa.

Two organizations focused on carving out better spaces in Madison nightlife for the LGBTQ community, Queer Pressure and Dyke Dive, are teaming up for an eclectic music series in Hot Summer Gays. Queer Pressure is best known for throwing dance parties, but this first installment of Hot Summer Gays is all over the map. Milwaukee MC Zed Kenzo makes pointed but eerily atmospheric songs, accentuated in the live set with an equally daring approach to dance and movement. Combine that with the jangly rock of Madison's Ladyscissors, the dance-pop of Milwaukee's Rio Turbo, folk from Imaginary Watermelon, punk from Sassy Come home, and a set from DJ Millbot and, well, you've got the kind of genre-colliding bill I'd like to see more of in Madison. While the event is LGBTQ-focused, it's open to people of all identities, and in any case, anyone trying to get their heads around the resurgence of hip-hop in Wisconsin should see Zed Kenzo, who also speaks with us in a brief interview this week. —Scott Gordon