Are you tired of corporate sponsorship interfering with your gay-friendly activities? Would you rather see a pirate flag behind the stage during an evening of "homo-hop" instead of some big-money logos? Do you spell Queer with a capital "Q"? If so, MondoHomo Dirty South might just be your bag.
This year the second annual festival takes place Memorial Day weekend, Friday-Monday, May 23-26. But first the folks in charge have put together a sneak peak of the indie and DIY artists scheduled to celebrate queer culture's contributions to the mainstream.
Atlanta acts Kabota, Strezzo and Judi Chicago, as well as Florida's Fruit Machine and Heavy Flow, are slated to perform at the MondoHomo Teaser Party.
According to festival founder Kiki Carr's mission statement for MondoHomo '08, "[Queer] is a cultural mindset that spans ages, colors, ethnicities. For me, MondoHomo and the word 'queer' include a whole range of folks ..."
To underscore the event's inclusiveness, not all of the teaser party's acts fall into the queer music category, but everyone on board is down with the cause.
Travis Thatcher and Ben Coleman of electro-dance music duo Judi Chicago adopt a straight-but-not-narrow philosophy – the group makes regular appearances at the East Atlanta gay bar Mary's' late-night Logjam parties.
"We aren't gay, but we are totally inspired by a lot of gay culture," Coleman says. "Disco, house, etc. The gays do it all best, and most of the true innovators in those styles are ignored, at least in house music, because they were black, gay or both. Look at dance music now, and it's all straight honkies like me and Trav. So we're eager to raise a hand for the guys that pioneered it all. We're an inclusive bunch."
MondoHomo Dirty South Teaser Party. $10. Sunday, April 27. 9 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
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