by Patch O'Furr
Interview series: Artists, animation directors, DJ’s and event organizers, superfans, and more…
Neonbunny is founding DJ and promoter of Frolic. The 90 minute interview has 4 parts, with one a week posting this month.
- Intro: The most furry place in the universe?
- Part 1) Counterculture to Furry – Neon’s background in the SF Bay Area.
- Part 2) Starting Frolic – Throwing parties and finding other furries.
- Part 3) The furry scene – Frolic’s venue: The Stud – Promoting and operating Frolic.
- Part 4) Controversy and success – Music, DIY culture, Furry events, sex, drama, and more.
2) Starting Frolic – Throwing parties, finding other furries.
For many furries in the world, the San Francisco Bay Area is the place to be. For many in the Bay, Frolic is THE most furry place. It isn’t the only center, but it’s an influential one. It’s not just the best Furry party… I’d call it the best party San Francisco has, period. Check out Frolic’s website, and read about it in The Bold Italic magazine.
Neonbunny, founding DJ and promoter of Frolic, met me for a long interview over dinner. His partner Jody who handles tech, lighting and animation was with us. It was a year ago, just after they got back from 2013’s Burning Man event in Nevada. Neon’s early trips to Burning Man led to discovering Furries:
(Patch) – So you got into throwing all these parties in San Francisco, in the early 2000’s…
(Neon) – My second year at Burning Man, I learned about furries.
We had this venue in 2002- a movie theater in San Francisco’s Mission district. Back then it was called Fandanga. It’s where Sherilyn Connelly (SF Weekly journalist who covers furry happenings) does her Bad Movie Nights.
I said, hey, lets show some bunny porn. I went online searching. Next thing, I was reading all about furries. I was totally fascinated. It was just after Fur Con, around easter time. It wasn’t until next year I went to my first furry event. That was Fur Con. It’s where I met Jody. It was his first Fur Con too, in 2003.
The owner of The Stud came to our first bunny party. He said it was his favorite party of the year. He would spend half his time in Hawaii, half in SF. He always came back for Bunny Jam.
We were into the wild crazy weirdness – more than just a dance party. If people wouldn’t complain about the music, we were doing it wrong. It was for the WTF factor. It was more an art happening than a rave.