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Kosmetik with Steve Fabus

This week Kosmetik welcomes the San Francisco legend Steve Fabus to join us at the forever iconic Stud bar. A person who has contributed greatly to SF's queer dance music culture, Mr. Fabus was a cutting edge DJ within the disco and Hi-NRG scene, DJing popular SF clubs like the I-Beam, Trocadero Transfer, and the End-Up, as well as the legendary NYC club the Palladium. Although Steve Fabus isn't an unfamiliar name to us SF faeries, his history and involvement within dance music and club culture might not be known to most. Enjoy this little excerpt of Steve's career:

"Steve Fabus, one of the first nationally recognized US DJs from the West Coast, began his career playing loft parties and undergrounds of late '70s San Francisco. Already the Counter Cultural Capital of America, home of the North Beach Beats and Haight-Ashbury hippie movement, it had recently become the epicenter of sexual liberation. Under the fireworks of social and political change, Steve played parties whose guest list included pre-disco Sylvester, then a member of the radical drag troupe "The Cockettes", and Harvey Milk, who would become America's first openly gay politician. San Francisco was one big, energized party then, hosted by a growing gay subculture that was throwing one gigantic, energized party for the world.

While playing the city’s infamous all-night loft party, Boiler Room in 1977, Steve was recruited to spin San Francisco's first large venue disco, The I-Beam. Trocadero Transfer opened shortly thereafter where Steve shared the booth with Bobby Viteritti. In 1980, Steve became a resident of San Francisco’s legendary EndUp. His shift was the 6 am to 2 pm slot on Sunday mornings and many people credit him for starting what is still known to this day as "Church". It was here that Steve put the edge on his early morning sound with tracks like D-Train's 1982 release, "You're The One For Me".

Offered residencies at both River Club and Tracks, Steve moved to New York City in 1983. There, he also played at the notorious after-hours club, Anvil and (Studio 54 Owner) Steve Rubell's 80's mega-club, Palladium. Steve was inspired by many of the great DJs of this pinnacle period of Dance Music, from Larry Levan and David DePino at The Paradise Garage and Tracks, to Robbie Leslie at The Saint. Disco morphed into Garage and House on Steve's Sundays at Tracks, where the night would not end until Monday morning.

In 1988 Steve moved back to San Francisco to reopen Dreamland, and not long after, joined forces with promoter Gus Bean at new House club, Crew at the the former Trocadero space. Steve then moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and quickly became a resident at Axis, Factory, Asylum and Pulse, and often played at Probe and the legendary afterhours club, Does Your Mama Know?

Steve moved back to his beloved San Francisco and has been a resident & guiding force of GO BANG partnered with Sergio Fedasz and Joe Prince Wolf and he plays around town at Honey Soundsystem, Comfort & Joy, Powerhouse and others pushing the margins with new music as well as classic underground house and disco.
In his long career he has done guest spots in Chicago, NYC, LA, Seattle, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston, Fire Island, Palm Springs and other U.S. cities and across the pond he's played in London at Horse Meat Disco and Dalston Superstore, in Berlin at Cocktail d'Amore and in Glasgow at Sub Club.
Steve's hometown of Chicago with New York have largely influenced him wih the roots of disco, house and techno in all their variations."

Resident DJs:
Matthew Paul

Hunky Bartender:
Oscar P.

Siobhan Aluvalot

Every Wednesday
Free before 10pm, $5 after, 21+
The Stud
399 9th St, SF

Earlier Event: July 17
Sing For Your Life with La La & Remi
Later Event: July 19
Hoe Is Life






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