The queer-focused music series hosts a two-night blowout at Art In and Robinia Courtyard. Info
Update (Aug. 24): The Friday portion of this event has been canceled due to flooding concerns. Organizers still plan to hold Saturday's event at Robinia Courtyard.
The annual Hot Summer Gays series, organized by the Queer Pressure music/art/activism collective and the Dyke Dive bar pop-up series, brings together a musically diverse lineup of artists from across Wisconsin's LGBT community, and this weekend's two-night installment is formidable. Friday's event, art Art In, kicks off with a "queer market" of goods from local creators, including screenprints created right on the spot, running from 6 to 9 p.m.. Attendees can also sign up for a queer dating game that starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday's music lineup is focused on Wisconsin hip-hop. Up first is rapper/singer Dequadray White, an Atlanta native and UW-Madison student, who incorporates a broad and bright electro-funk palette into his ambitious 2018 album Dequadray: A Black Sitcom. After that come Madison-based rappers Kilo Skitl'z and Landon Devon, then the explosion of surreal movement and verbiage that is Milwaukee MC Zed Kenzo. Friday closes out with Milwaukee DJ 88 spinning a dance party.
On Saturday, the series moves over to Robinia Courtyard, where the musical highlights will include Madison duo Gender Confetti. On the recent EP Queers Of Joy, drummer/vocalist Elyse Clouthier and guitarist/vocalist Sylvia Johnson swerve between powerchord-fueled queer-power sloganeering and tender, sparse post-punk on the recent EP Queers Of Joy. Johnson will also be closing out the night with a dance-party DJ set under their DJ Hitatchii moniker. Other performers on Saturday include the rugged Madison surf-punk outfit Venus In Furs and bewitching singer-songwriter Olyvia Jaxyn. —Scott Gordon