Justin Godina aka JGODINA was recently the winner of City Weekly's BEST OF UTAH MUSIC award for Best DJ and a long-time veteran of the Bunny Hop. We're excited to have him back and putting a big exclamation point on the end of his birthday week which includes opening for QUANTIC this Thursday at Urban Lounge. You can also hear him and his wax addicted friends at Bar X on Monday nights, or his bread and butter weekend residency at Maxwell's on Main Street. Read Godina's interview with City Weekly to get familiar with possibly the hardest working (and talented) DJ's in the city.
I met Jen several years ago when she was knee deep in leather handbags running her 9th and 9th store Purse Dreams. She won me over with her smile and winning attitude on more than one occasion. Jen is impossibly awesome, that's all there is to it. So when I'd heard she was going to open a sex shop on Broadway I was excited for her and the pleasure deficient people of the Wasatch front. We chatted about Jen's approach to the shop when I popped in to her lovely space earlier this week and she told me the following:
"I opened up The Dahlia Room when I saw that there was a need for a progressive sex shop that catered to adults. Navigating the extensive world of sex toys can be intimidating. I wanted to create a clean and non cluttered space offering a well curated selection of high quality items for people to enjoy. Our focus at The Dahlia Room is education and conversation about all kinds of sex. We know you can purchase most of these items online, so the advantage in shopping with us is the knowledge that we can provide to help you expand your sexual boundaries. From beginner to expert, we have something for everyone and want to make you feel comfortable shopping for your new toy."
Stop in and get to know Jen while perusing the upscale store. One can never have enough toys in the bedroom and she'll give you knowledge you need to wield them expertly.
The Dahlia Room
247 E Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Knowing that our 5th Anniversary Bunny Hop had to be extra-extra special we enlisted the extraordinary-supercalifragilistique talents of THE BAD KIDS. A performance art troupe that takes traditional notions of gender stereotypes, drag culture, club kids and puts them upside down in a punk blender. Having recently installed themselves at UMFA as a performance art piece, they'll be bringing their 'looks', attitude and a little something extra to the party with help from Bad Kid DJ Artemis. Here's a bio from the four members we're lucky to have involved. (Shown clockwise from upper left above):
Having abandoned all social constructs in favor of a good time, The Bearded Femme takes to the stage with a long beard and a tight bra...when she isn't burning it. Gird your loins, weep and gnash your teeth at her garish beauty! all shall love her and despair!
Mona Diet is most known for hosting Metro Bar's Saturday Night Shows featuring the highest caliber local and International Drag Artists. With training in classical theatre, modern dance, and vocal stylings. This versatile delusionist is sure to be the right personality to host your next birthday, anniversary, bar/bat mitzvah, divorce, reception, dinner party, bachelor/ette extravaganza, quiciañera, solar eclipse, retirement, in-court settlement, weight loss accomplishment, or latest test result!!!
Lamia is a true serpentine desert queen. She'll charm you, entice you, and dance for you all night long. Let her seductive dance moves, twirls, and alien twig insect body take you into an experience that is truly out of this world.
Blossom hails from the mountains of Midway-to-Heaven Utah where she spends her days frolicking through the woods and meadows twirling in her fringe and lace and singing along to Stevie Nicks. She loves to entertain and most of all loves to boogie with her pals on the endless dancefloor of life.
James Ramirez aka DJ Sneeky Long is returning for his second year at the Bunny Hop. We asked him to tell us a little about how he got started playing, where's he's playing these days, what kinds of music he collects and what he'll be bringing to the Hop. Here's what he told us:
"I've been heavily into music since I was in elementary school. I've been collecting records since I was about 20. DJing for the public for about the last 12 yrs. I started out listening to and collecting Hip Hop records, which moved me into soul, funk and jazz which moved me into everything else. Now my collection runs the gamut from hip hop to reggae to soul & funk to latin to post punk to psychedelic rock to electro and everything in-between. I have a regular residency at Beer Bar every Thursday night where I play a little bit of everything groovy and I occasionally play records on Monday nights at Bar X with Justin Godina for his all vinyl soul night. I also play every 3rd Friday of the month at The Rest (which is in the basement of Bodega). A monthly set at Whiskey Street for their Sunday Brunch is also in the works.
So for the bunny hop, I'll probably do something in the vein of what I did last year. Just some nice upbeat soulful groovy sounds to match the daytime party vibe. I've been very deep into collecting Tropicalia records of late (and all things Brazilian) so be expecting to hear some of that stuff... also some AOR type vibes i.e. Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Bros. will also most likely be in order. That stuff goes hand in hand with drinking in the sun.
Just launched publicly is Brilliant Bicycle, a new company that caters to casual riders that value design.
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Service – Brilliant Bicycle offers in-home assembly, maintenance visits and anti-theft insurance.
My lazy Sunday drive prompted an inaugural visit to Tracy Aviary this past weekend. Hard to believe, but I've never been after so... so many years here in SLC. It was a great day for it as well with Liberty park not yet fully enveloped in it's seasonal din of screaming children and drum circles. Birds are dinosaurs with wings but they're pretty cool to see up close. The flamingos are this gorgeous creamsicle color and the peacock was all kinds of friendly. The redeveloped visitor's center and park grounds by AJC Architects adds geometric and experiential layers making the Aviary a lovely diversion right in the heart of downtown.
JESSE WALKER’S 5TH ANNUAL ‘BUNNY HOP’ EASTER BRUNCH, SUNDAY, APRIL 5TH TO BENEFIT UTAH VOA’S HOMELESS YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER
On Sunday, April 5th, The Garage on Beck Street will host Jesse Walker’s 5th Annual ‘Bunny Hop,’ with a breakfast buffet, charity raffle and DJ’s playing vinyl records from brunch to sunset. To celebrate the 5th anniversary, there will be twice the fun and games, including prize baskets, gift certificates for upcoming SLC based festivals, an all-day egg hunt, a performance by The Bad Kids and a surprise visit from TWO Easter Bunnies!
The day-long ‘hop’, which attracts a hip, alternative crowd ranging in age and identity, will again benefit the Volunteers of America, Utah - Homeless Youth Resource Center. This now yearly tradition of community interaction and goodwill helps attendees release a healthy dose of spring fever.
Date is Sunday, April 5th, 2015
Location: The Garage, 1199 Beck St, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Event Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Donation: $10.00 per person
(Each admission includes a lollipop with charity raffle / Many egg-hunt items contain special prizes) Charity raffles & donations go to: Volunteers of America, Utah - Homeless Youth Resource Center.
All-Vinyl Guest DJ's:
Thank You to Our Sponsors:
SLUG MAGAZINE, KRCL, STONEGROUND KITCHEN, SQUATTER'S, GREEN ANT, URBAN VINTAGE, TOMORROW'S HOUSE, CITYHOME COLLECTIVE, FLYING BOBCAT THEATRE LABORATORY and DIABOLICAL RECORDS!
About the Egg Hunt and Raffle Prizes:
Hundreds of eggs which can be found throughout the day are stuffed with candy and prizes from area sponsors, festivals and retail participants including The Garage and Stoneground restaurants. Additional lollipop/raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each. The proceeds from those donations go to the Volunteers of America, Utah - Homeless Youth Resource Center. Chosen because of their commitment to serving homeless street youth through their outreach programs, drop-in center and young men’s and women’s transition homes.
Pushing 40 and I've never really been to a large music festival in my life, so I'm pretty darn excited to be taking time off to visit New Orleans (also a first) and hitting the BUKU Music+Art Project on the Mississippi this weekend. Not sure what to expect. Will I loose my hearing? Will I experience full-on music ADD? Keep an eye on me and see how I adapt. There are some swass artists on the bill including Jamie Jones, Claude Von Stroke, Justin Martin, Eats Everything, Bob Moses, Die Antwood, Gramatik... a ton of others including two bands I've had the luck to play with, Big Freedia and Empire of the Sun! I'll also be dropping into the NOLA Housing Project party with an afterhours DJ set if I survive BUKU. Pray for sunshine and rainbows.
We're so proud of our friend Troy Williams for his work leading up to the historic press conference yesterday with Equality Utah, the LDS Church and Legislative leaders in support of statewide nondiscrimination bill SB296. As of today the bill has passed unanimously out of the Business and Labor Senate Committee. That's a huge victory for LGBT Utahns on many levels. But supporters of equality should still let their voices be heard. Take a moment and contact your legislators using this easy automated form. Together we can make nondiscrimination in Utah a reality.
If you're a regular visitor of NCM, you're the only one seeing/hearing this. XOXO—U