The 2019 Hot Summer Gays series closes out with a packed night of DJs and hip-hop artists. Info/tix
Hot Summer Gays—an annual series of queer-centric music and social events organized by Dyke Dive and Madison DJ/producer/booker Sarah Akawa—brings its 2019 season to a sweaty, ecstatic conclusion with this lineup of DJs sets and performances from rappers and singers. Akawa will be playing under her Saint Saunter moniker, and DJ Kalycho, anther mainstay of queer nightlife in Madison, will kick things off. Rapper/singer God-Des, best known for her work in the duo God-Des And She, released a new single, "Wasting Time," in February and will be performing solo here.
Closing out the night is Minneapolis' DJ Keezy, who's been making a big mark on the Twin Cities' hip-hop scene and throwing events there like the all-female-artists dance party The Klituation. As the evening works toward its blowout dance-party conclusion, be sure to also catch performances from Madison rapper Kiloakaskitlz and singer/rapper/multi-media artist Dequadray. Kiloakaskitlz's 2018 mixtape L.I.A.R. (Living In A ReignBow) tackled complex personal and social themes, while showcasing the sharp, from-the-gut delivery that comes through in her live performances. Dequadray explored an ambitious mix of hip-hop, R&B, and colorfully varied electronic sounds on the two releases he put out last year, the album Dequadray! A Black Sitcom and the Antares EP. ―Scott Gordon