Announcing Red Dress 2016: Walking Red!

WalkingRed_Logo_VertWe’re thrilled to announce the theme for the 2016 Red Dress PDX Party: Walking Red!

That’s right, party people. Prepare to celebrate like it’s the zombie apocalypse — or maybe just the “Thriller” video. Start thinking of your ensemble now and let your imagination run wild. The only thing that’s mandatory is… you know.

A red dress!

Save the date: Saturday, May 21, 2016, when we return to the awesome scene of this year’s jam-packed event: The Old Freeman Factory in NW Portland.

Stay tuned for details about tickets, which will go on sale very soon!

Gaylabration to Kick Off Pride!

The Red Top is taken down and the circus has left town after a fantastic evening.

We’re still in the afterglow of this year’s Red Dress Party because of our amazing sponsors, board, committee, volunteers, and each and every person who bought a ticket, donated and otherwise supported the cause and our beneficiaries, Cascade AIDS Project and Our House.

But the celebration isn’t over! In fact, it’s just begun. Our party partner Gaylabration — which happens June 13 at the Crystal Ballroom — and many otherPride season events are coming soon. Support them and our local community, and thank you again, Portland and beyond, for making the 15th annual Red Dress Party a smashing success!

Gaylabration Poster 2014

The Countdown is On to Red Dress 2015!

We’re six days out to the Red Dress Party 2015. The Red Top is shaping up at the Old Freeman Factory. You don’t want to miss this: Six awesome DJs, a variety of rotating carnival, vaudeville and sexy circus-themed performers, food and drink from the
tastiest vendors in town, and much more are all included,
to benefit Cascade AIDS Project and Our House!

Get your tickets now!


About Our DJs

Portland decks luminary Stormy Roxx curated this year’s astoundingly talented group of DJs set to blow the roof off the Red Top. Stormy recently took a few moments to share his thoughts in getting these gifted turntable maestros together. Check out what he had to say, and if you haven’t already, dammit, get your tickets!

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DJ Stormy Roxx

“I have selected the DJs for this year’s Red Dress based on their diversity, individuality, involvement with the community, & to showcase the amazing local talent we have here in Portland.

DJ Wildfire has playing around town for a while & pushing successful parties, particularly “Hot Flash”. I invited her to play last year’s Red Dress without having heard her before. She immediately impressed me that she already had the dance floor in a frenzy, & she was the opening DJ! I decided to move her to the headline spot in the big room this year. DJ Wildfire burns it up playing popular favorites remixed with a energetic current edge.
DJ Jakob Jay is a Portland mainstay & has been turning out club hits for the queers at CC Slaughters & played many events, as well as being a Red Dress favorite. Jakob is a pro mixing DJ who will surely play the hits you love then surprise you with something new. We’re excited to have him back!
DJ Hufnstuf, I’ve often claimed as one of my favorite late night DJs. A vinyl purist, he plays a mad fun mix of crazy dance classics blended with new indie disco jams. He has also been playing many queer events for years now, including throwing the very popular warm weather party “Bridge Club,” a monthly Sunday Tea Dance.
DJ Sappho is one of my local favorites. She has been tuned into the club music scene for years. She is currently busy DJing several events around town regularly including” Turnt Up”, “Chicken Strip” & guest DJing for everyone’s events! Her beats run the gamut of high energy vintage disco to new wave to obscure underground gems, & then intricately woven together for a dance heavy freak out!
DJ Roygbiv, another favorite, has been turning out successful crazy fun dirty queer parties one after another, including the legendary, but now defunct, “Panty Raid”, which took place in a small convenience store on Belmont. She is a chameleon of sorts, able to format a dance mix for any event. That said, she still maintains an unique style to her selections, which includes all kinds of forgotten hits from disco & post punk genres to current underground beats with attitude.
As for me, DJ StormyRoxx, I’ve been DJing around town for years. I’ve thrown & played many great parties including “Booty,” “Delicious,” & currently a resident DJ for “Blow Pony” & “NecroNancy.” My style really runs the gamut, & I seem to have a flare for blending genres. I like dramatic & expressive music with big beats & percussion. My interests lately have geared towards a deeper minimal sound that utilizes classic instruments delivered in a fresh way. I like a slower tempo, generally 118-120, which I feel is a particularly sexy bpm. I like music that feels primal, that moves your spine & lower regions while piquing some cognitive sparks. I like to play music that makes you wanna fuck!
Red Dress partygoers can expect an exciting variety of dance music brought by quality local DJs. The two dance floors will have slightly different moods. The big room will feature more familiar music & progressive dance hits, while the other room will feature more underground, yet still accessible beats. Both floors, however, will represent our community by celebrating our diversity, creativity & collaborations which bring us our annual Red Dress party!”


DJ Spotlight: Hufnstuf

As the Red Dress Party inches closer — Saturday, May 16 is right around the corner, people! — we shine this week’s DJ spotlight on DJ HufnStuf, of Bridge Club and Queerlandia fame.

DJ HufnStuffCheck out his Q&A with a few years back, and get your tickets to the Red Top this very minute.

Miss out on previous DJ spotlights? No worries: Catch up on Sappho, WildFire, Jakob Jay and Roy G Biv by visiting the links above. And if you need a refresher on the entertainment lineup for Red Dress 2015, click here.

Between the sick beats and performers, it’s going to be a freak show of a night. We’re just sayin’, it could just be the greatest show on earth. Come one, come all!

DJ Spotlight: Sappho

The latest installment of our DJ spotlight series focuses on DJ Sappho, who explains that, during her formative years “in the nerdery,” she was fed a steady diet of prog-rock and musical factoids. Her first rave was in Dallas circa 1991, with Deee-Lite as the showstoppers.

Learn more about her below. (Catch up with our first, second and third DJ spotlights here.) And lest we repeat ourselves, damn, get your tickets to the Red Top now!
DJ Sappho
1. DJ name:
2. Hometown/state: All ’round the country, I was a military kid
3. How long on the decks: 16 years
4. Your regular gigs around the city include: First Thursdays at Moloko (I play a themed set such as African boogie and funk from the 1970s and Pioneering Women in Electronic Music), First Fridays at Valentines, Second Fridays at Gold Dust Meridian with Montel Spinozza, Turnt Up! which is the Fourth Friday at Lovecraft, and Hard Yes which is a bimonthly after-party.
5. Biggest or most memorable gig yet: Every set I have played at my party Turnt Up! is very special to me because it is a true chance for me to play the really crazy stuff I am into. I actually have to say I feel exceptionally fortunate for every time I have had the opportunity to DJ to our community in the past two years!!! I am super lucky to live and play in such a great city.
6. How you describe your beats: Cosmic and Electric with a lot of feelings
7. What are you listening to?  Currently I am listening to pioneering women in electronic music such as Johanna Magdalena Beyer-Music of the Spheres from 1938, Daphne Oram-Tumblewashn from 1958 and such because I am preparing for a gig tonight where I will be featuring music by these synth witches. I always am seeking out new (to me) music to expand my sphere of understanding and challenge my ear.
8. Your favorite Red Dress moment: I have never been to a Red Dress Party but am really looking forward to everyone’s look, I love the freedom of personal expression.
9. Your favorite part of the carnival: I love the Fortune Teller, the future is an exciting prospect!
10. Which would you rather throw, knives or fire? Knives
11. Big Top Pee-Wee or American Horror Story: Freak Show? Big Top Pee-Wee (duh!)
12. What you plan to bring to the party, music or otherwise: I will be working with House of Ro Squared in having my look designed, I expect I will be definitely having quite a style to wear. Musically, I just want to bring the music that has a dancefloor of wild abandon.
13. Your advice for Red Top partygoers: Let’s have fun and have a good time.

DJ Spotlight: WildFire

Another week, another spotlight on one of the incredibly talented people on the decks for this year’s Red Dress Party. (Check out our first and second spotlights here.)

This time around we focus on DJ WildFire, an accomplished force around town who also brings you the popular Hot Flash “Inferno” events.

1. DJ name and real name: DJ WildFire / Jenn DavisDJ WildFire 1
2. Hometown/state: Portland, Oregon
3. How long on the decks: 20 years
4. Your regular gigs around the city include: Hot Flash “Inferno” and I bounce around from time to time.
5. Biggest or most memorable gig yet: Being a headliner at a Vancouver B.C. Pride event.
6. How you describe your beats: WildFire is my name for a reason, I can spread through all decades and genres when you want me to.
7. What are you listening to? I have a passion for vocal house but will listen to anything but country.
8. Your favorite Red Dress moment: I deejayed last year so I would have say watching everyone, male or female, rockin’ a red dress to all the talented DJs.
9. Your favorite part of the carnival: I look forward to people walking around on stilts.
10. Which would you rather throw, knives or fire? Fire
12. Your advice for Red Top partygoers: If you wear heals, caution for all the slippery floors. A good friend of mine broke her thumb last year.
13. Your website, FB page, etc. so people can find you: My business website is Or on Facebook… “D.j.Wildfire”

DJ Spotlight: Jakob Jay

This week’s DJ spotlight is Jakob Jay, a veteran on the decks who’s played opening sets for some of the music industry’s best DJs and producers, including DJ Nina Flowers, DJ Chris Cox and DJ Joe Gauthreaux.

Read on for more about him, and get your tickets for the May 16 event now.

FB_IMG_14242942582681. DJ Name: DJ Jakob Jay
2. Hometown/state: Albuquerque, NM, but proud to call Portland my home for eight and half years
3. How long on the decks? 17 years
4. Your regular gigs around the city include: CC Slaughters in Portland every Tuesday and Friday night
5. Most memorable gig yet? Spinning in Vancouver, B.C., for the Vatican leather fetish party
6. How would you describe your beats? House, Tribal, Electro, Progressive and dirtayy dancin’ beats.
7. What are you listening to? Where do I begin? I listen to anything from disco, deep house, trip hop, soul and everything in between.
8. Your favorite Red Dress moment? Playing an opening set for DJ Nina Flowers under the Hawthorne Bridge at Red Dress PDX (2013)
9. What’s your favorite part of the carnival? Definitely the freak show, ’cause you know I’m a freak
10. What do you plan to bring to the party? Good vibes and lots of sexy booty shaking music
11. Your advice for Red Top partygoers: Make the most of the night cause this only happens once a year, so let’s party, ladies!
12. Your Facebook page so people can find you:

Red Top Entertainment Announced!

VIP partygoers, prepare yourself for Brittany Walsh.

VIP partygoers, prepare yourselves for the awe-inspiring Brittany Walsh.

Along with the whopping six DJs already announced — check out our first spotlight, Roy G Biv, here — for the grand party that is Red Dress 2015, we’re thrilled to reveal the lineup for the night’s other entertainment.

And hot damn, there’s a ton of it.

VIP ticket holders will enjoy the three-ring stylings of Captain Dingo and Co. – including Shanty Mistress Greta and Quartermaster Biscuit. 


PDX Yar fires it up




The pyrotechnic wizards of PDX Yar learned their craft in ports from Polynesia to Portland, with stops in Persia and possibly Penzance.

All that, plus the trippy light shows of Spades,

and the sublime balancing act of Brittany Walsh.




Spades will perform for VIP and GA partygoers

In addition, VIP and General Admission partygoers will also be treated to…

the talents of Captain Dingo and Co.,

the extraordinary feats of Spades, along with…

Ladies and Gents, Melody Kay!

Ladies and Gents, Melody Kay!

enchantress Melody Kay,


and thrilling fire performer Peach, plus


Flamebuoyant Productions

the astounding spectacle of Flamebuoyant Productions,

and the amazing vaudevillian duo The Deadlurk Dollymops.

The comic clowning and death-defying antics of the Deadlurk Dollymops

The comic clowning and death-defying antics of the Deadlurk Dollymops

More details to come; click on the links above for more about our fearless performers.

In the meantime, if you don’t have your ticket yet, step right up, right now!