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