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November 8, 2010

Peer Pressure returns to The Get Down; new gay party takes aim at Grand Central, Hippo

Dustin Sugar-Moore is fed up with Baltimore’s gay scene. The Hippo? Grand Central? Totally passe.

“It’s always the same 50 or 100 people who seem bored with what they’re doing anyway,” the 27-year-old promoter said. “They don’t change their DJs. They play the same stereotypical gay anthems every weekend. It’s gotten old.”

Sugar-Moore is the promoter of a new monthly gay party, Peer Pressure, which will return to Fells Point The Get Down Wednesday. He said he launched it for young gay Baltimoreans looking for something other than “Donna Summer dance parties."

While Peer Pressure welcomes everyone regardless of sexual orientation, Moore said it's the first party catering specifically to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. 

On Wednesday, resident DJs Aisle_K and Steve Lemmerman, rapper Rye Rye’s former DJ, will spin, as will Antonio Harper and James Nasty of The Ottobar’s weekly Moustache party.

It’s common practice for gay youth to complain about their city’s clubs. But in Baltimore, they may have some more ammunition than most. Anyone who’s done that Saturday night commute to Washington in search of better crowds and music is likely to sympathize with Moore.

Moore and Lemmerman both said it didn’t always used to be this way. There were regular warehouse parties, and for many years, Sonar’s weekly Taxlo party attracted a mixed crowd that played gay-friendly artists like electronic musician Peaches.

But warehouse parties have slowly died out, and two years ago, Taxlo stopped being held regularly.

When the Get Down approached Moore about starting a new party night, he came up with Peer Pressure to reclaim their space.

Moore’s description of Peer Pressure makes it sound like a hybrid: There will be some Top 40, but Lemmerman will also play underground acts like hardcore house act Boyz Noise and local DJ Blaqstarr.He will also spin live instead of just playing remixes.

At the first party, the DJs played new music by the rapper M.I.A., who played Virgin Mobile FreeFest, and the house anthem, “World, Hold On” by Bob Sinclair. It was sparsely attended, but 21-year-old Lemmerman said it doesn’t matter.

He echoed Moore’s assesment of the scene. “Baltimore gays seem bored with everything,” he said. “They hear the same music every weekend. They’ve been itching for something new.”

The Get Down will offer $3.50 Svedka Vodka specials for the party.

Peer Pressure takes place Wednesday nights at The Get Down, 701 S. Bond St. No cover. 21 and up only.

Photo: Steve Lemmerman spinning (Josh Sisk)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 7:00 AM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


*crickets chirping*

" " [paint drying]

"He will also spin live instead of just playing remixes."

Seriously? Spin live? Jesus Christ.

It's gotten so bizarre it's not even funny.

Who does he think the audience is here? AFAIK this isn't a big house/DJ kind of town, but more rock and roll/top 40. And really, it's more about the drinking than the music, isn't it?

I used to read here all the time, and checked in to see the train wreckage happening when it became apparent that he was out of his element, but now that's not even fun.

Erik, one last word of advice - go out almost every night, hang around some of the more popular places, and try and get to know some people and make some friends. Drink. Drink some more. Post a blog entry at midnight from someplace talking about what's going on, the number of people, the music, something. It's the only way you're gonna get any credibility and make it. Otherwise this blog is doomed, and maybe your job as well.

've decided to be pro-active and try to actually help you. Lets start with the good news, you get to take
the next 2 days off. Good ahead, relax or do some laundry or whatever, it doesn't really matter. Just don't write any more bar reviews on a monday.
Next I want you to clear your calendar for this weekend, sorry you'll have to cancel whatever
Club/Rave in DC you had hoped to drop in on. Finally when Friday rolls around I want you to leave the office and go to a happy hour at a bar right here in baltimore and than top in off on Saturday by going
to yet another bar. Stay at the bar for awhile, make observations and have conversations with the people there, perhaps even get to know the bartender, than go home and write about it.

Lastly, and this is the most important, use spellcheck BEFORE posting it to the blog.

I think you'll find this to be a recipe for success.

Glad I could help.

Dr. Cox

Erik doesn't have to run the blog the way Sessa did. If you want that blog back, petition Sam to start a blog about his drinking.

If you don't like it, move on. The whining is getting ridiculous. It's not going to change the blog or how things are covered.

Hell, start your own blog. You'll have an instant audience - all the whiners who comment on this one!

A novel idea! I don't like the blog. So I WILL stop reading it. All he does is complain about Baltimore, anyway. That chick who did the La Roux review at Rams Head was far better. She was objective, gave fair critique and...drumroll...didn't have any spelling/grammatical errors!

Maza, I asked my wife for one if them spy cam things for Xmas. As I have yet to have a day in the past few years when i haven't been to at least 3 bars a day- even in 10 feet of snow- i'll share that footage with you for 15% of my bar tab. Call up the folks at the Tribune- lay off 10 more people and make it happen.

FTR: With a margin of error of I'd say of... a lot, I have 202 bar check-ins in the last 3 months. And that's pretty gracious (I forget to check in half the time). And yes Maza I'll request the cam with at least 6 hours of video/audio recording.

I'm going tonight. I had a blast at the last one...

Wasn't there a gay party at the get down before this person even came along... I went to Pulse which was in Oct so not sure what you mean about Peer Pressure and creating a gay event at the Get Down, I think it was there before you... As a Lesbian with tons of gay friends I go to where the party is, not the venue... And I would never go to a party that trash talks another club or promoter.. And who is Dustin... Have you ever actually done a gay event at Hippo or Central? I thought the promoters were Bellezza and She.... Hmmmm not sure about this event

It has Rye Rye's former roommate's mailman's nephew dog walker cousin who is a D.J.-- you all would be fools not to go. Basking in the realm of greatness!

"AFAIK this isn't a big house/DJ kind of town, but more rock and roll/top 40"

DJ/electronic music is not as big here, true... however there is a thriving DJ/dance culture here in Baltimore... in case you didn't know, Baltimore has it's own style of dance music, known as Baltimore Club outside of the city and generally known just as "Club music" here.

A few years ago, this style of music broke out of the city and got really popular (in dance music circles) everywhere, though mostly by people not from Baltimore doing "baltimore club" remixes of songs. Diplo, who produced MIA's big hit "Paper Planes" incorporated alot of baltimore club into many of his productions and also put out several baltimore club artists out on his label.

One of the bigger names in club music, DJ Class, had a big hit last year with "I'm the S--t". Kanye West, Lil Jon and other national artists got with him to collaborate based on that track. (He also made that song "Tear The Club Up" which you may have heard, it gets played alot still.)

There is also a decent house scene, world famous House Diva/Producer/DJ Ultra Nate is from here and does a monthly party at the Paradox, Deep Sugar. It's a blast!

So yeah, there is more to Baltimore than just rock!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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