San Francisco furries party with Jello Biafra, plus PAWcon, Bass Totem and Decompression.

by Patch O'Furr

Just popping up from the sewer to update you on local news. You might not have seen (or smelled) my rat fursona before, and my fur might need combing, but that goes with being a sneaky rat. Now I’m too excited for stealth because of this amazing flyer. It sure made my whiskers twitch when I saw it, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop smiling about it!

Jello Biafra is the original Nazi Punks Fuck Off guy. I had some readers say “THE Jello Biafra?!!” He was the razor-witted singer for 1980’s punk legends Dead Kennedys. They mocked conservative greed, stupidity, and oppression, and faced down legal bullying from moralistic authorities when the satire struck a nerve. From then until now, Jello has been making albums full of hilarious, raw, protest-inducing rock and roll. It’s liable to give heart palpitations to uptight parents, bland media producers, Klan clowns or the powers of the status quo alike. He’s not just an artist, but a personality known for pranks, running for mayor, doing spoken word and motivating whole scenes as founder of the longest running indie record label. (Alternative Tentacles: “Tormenting the Stupid since 1979!”) His message in all of it is: screw conformity, think for yourself!

All of that is why I can’t wait to see him party with furries, the DIY-powered fandom for talking animal media.  Furries breed a loveable kind of identity-play that I think vibes with the art and glam side of punk. That music and its DIY ethic has always inspired me (from the classic 1970’s roots), and this news site is a fabulous result. Another result is the massively popular message to jerks who target kids here like they tried with punk: Nazi Furs Fuck Off!

Expect a great crowd for the mutant hybrid of Frolic Party and Jello’s Incredibly Strange Dance Party.  And that’s not the only upcoming event to get excited for. Here’s more news (with some credit to Frolic’s DJ Neonbunny):

Burning Man Decompression – San Francisco, Saturday, October 20th 2pm-2am

The biggest Burning Man party outside of Black Rock City!  All the art, all the fun, but none of the dust or heat.  Come check out this one day event happening in San Francisco.

There will be dozens of theme camps, several stages of music, more art than you can imagine, interactive play areas, fire and stage performances, DJs, music, art cars, and so much more!

And for you fursuiters out there, we will be setting up a changing area behind the Heavy Petting Zoo and Duck Pond art cars.  We invite you to bring your fursuit to this event, and fursuit as you like.  We’ll also have water available.  And around 6:00pm, we would love to see as many fursuiters on top of the art car at once as possible to pose for photos!  We highly recommend getting your ticket in advance ($30), which will be much more expensive at the gate ($50).

Potrero Power Station
420 23rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Bass Totem – San Francisco, October 26 7pm-3am

A fursuit friendly rave party with furry DJ’s, at one of the city’s strongest night life beacons. Headline article coming.

DNA Lounge
375 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Pacific Anthro Weekend – San Jose, November 2-4 

Since 2014, PAWcon has been bringing a modest-sized but super-friendly gathering. Expect 500 or more animals. San Jose is one of the few cities that has more than one furry con, which is a great clue about how devoted they are there. Don’t wait to solve the puzzle of what you’re doing that weekend!

DoubleTree Hotel
2050 Gateway Pl
San Jose, CA 95110

Frolic – San Francisco, Saturday December 1st 8pm-2am

(There will be NO Frolic in November due to PAWcon.)

For our December Frolic, we are bringing you something very special.  We have lined up one of the biggest legends of punk rock, JELLO BIAFRA, who will be playing an all vinyl set of the music that influenced him the most.  That’s right, one of the biggest influencers in music playing what influenced him, at a furry party at a LGBT and Leather Bar in San Francisco.

If you aren’t familiar with Jello, he’s the front man and lead singer for the Dead Kennedys, and writer of songs such as “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” and “California Uber Alles”.  And what was there even before punk rock?  Garage rock, surf rock, 50s gospel and country, early rock and roll?  Where did it all come from?  Well, come to Frolic and find out!

The Eagle
398 12th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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