Eden Turns Five
Eden, the biggest women's weekend during San Francisco Pride, pulls out the stops with its fifth year anniversary celebration. Thursday through Sunday, June 25 through 29, Eden throws a party a night, each one featuring a different line-up of celesbian hosts, live entertainment, DJ studs and, of course, pole-dancing or aerial work or body-painted gogos because, well, it's Pride.
Of note, Bay Area A-lister Goapele headlines Eden's Saturday night Five-Year Anniversary Party at Mezzanine. After a brief recording hiatus, Goapele's new single "Hey Boy" drops this month, and her full album Strong As Glass comes out this fall. The Billboard charting singer describes her new track, produced by Keith Harris (Black Eyed Peas) as uptempo. "It makes me feel good, makes me want to dance or roller skate," she said in a recent phone interview with BARtab.
A singer with strong ties to the LGBT community, Goapele's new album speaks to her community of women. "[Strong as Glass] represents what us as women go through, feeling strong and independent, but we can't do it all on our own."
A mother herself, Goapele knows this first hand. "That's something motherhood taught me. I've learned that I can rise to many occasions, but I can't control everything. I'm sensitive. Being a woman and being a mother is equally empowering and humbling."
At Eden's Friday night White Party, another Bay Area hip hop Mama, Aima, the Dreamer shares the shine with Interscope artist Collette Carr. An Oakland native, Aima delivers her message with rare flow and surgical precision. If you don't learn something from this feminine powerhouse, you aren't listening closely enough.
Co-performer Colette Carr, a hip hop/electro pop artist based in Los Angeles, was discovered during a concert by The Game in 2008. Her latest single, "HAM," features Ben J of the New Boyz and landed all over the Bay Area courtesy of Wild 94.9.
Every Eden party has a different theme, and more candy than the eye can behold. Thursday night's Kick Off Party is hosted by Lauren of Showtime's The Real L Word, and features a performance by local recording artist, Oh Blimey. The party will be held at San Francisco's famed Supperclub, so of course there will also be aerial acrobats and a private pole-dancing room.
Friday night's White Everything party (white attire encouraged, not required) is hosted by HBO True Blood's Jessica Clark, as well as MTV's The Real World's Ari Fitz. Six DJs across three rooms and gogos all around, not to mention a photo booth (which preserves the memory of your presence far better than Pinterest).
Saturday night's Anniversary Party at Mezzanine featuring Goapele pretty much guarantees a sellout, but throw in a $1000 balloon drop at midnight, free champagne toast and body painting, and you may have to wait another five years before you get in the door of another women's party as banging as this.
And for you out-of-towners who want a little more, or you East Bay dwellers looking for a little action on your side of the bay, fear not, because Eden hosts its Sunday night After Pride Party in Oakland - the city with the largest number of lesbians per capita in the United States. The party even boasts an open bar from 7-8pm.
Thursday June 26, Eden Kick-Off Party. Supperclub SF, 657 Harrison Street, San Francisco. 10pm-2am. Tickets are $10 pre-sale, bottle service is available.
Friday June 27, Eden All-White Everything party. The Factory, 525 Harrison Street, San Francisco. 9pm-3am.
Saturday June 28, Eden Five-Year Anniversary Party. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco. 9pm-3am.
Sunday June 29, The SocialLife, Eden After Pride Party. Parliament, 811 Washington, Oakland. 7pm-midnight.
Visit www.edeninthebay.com for details, ticket information, and some very hot go-go photos.