National AIDS Memorial Grove, Golden Gate Park
DJ Jimmy DePre
With a sound reminiscent to the golden era of bathhouses and tea dances, Jimmy DePre pushes out a legacy of queer culture to new generations through tasteful track selections and innovative mixing that can only be described as cruisey, boozey & ambrosial.
Philadelphia native Jimmy DePre began his professional DJ career in 2002 at the age of 15 landing a job with iconic radio personality and DJ, Jerry Blavat. In 2009, he began his 10 year Friday & Saturday residency at Tavern on Camac, which in 2017 was voted “Best Dance Spot” by Philadelphia Magazine. During this time, gig highlights include a residency at Bobby Viteritti’s Classics Never Die and guest spots at Shep Pettibone’s summer poolside Tea Dances in Asbury Park.
Committed to respecting the history and importance of the queer contribution to dance music, one of Jimmy’s biggest honors was being asked to play the weekend-long Fire Island celebration marking the 50 year inception of Tea Dance alongside Robbie Leslie, Max Rodriquez & Randy Bettis. Always curious about San Francisco, Jimmy visited in 2014 and fell in love. He played his first guest spot at Go BANG! in 2015 and quickly began traveling more and more frequently to the Bay Area. After guesting at various venues during his visits, Jimmy decided to move to Oakland in 2018.
His knowledge, drive and unique style quickly led him to becoming a resident at Go BANG!. He’s since played, both solo and with his partner Jeremy Rosebrook, at parties put on by David Harness, Comfort & Joy, Big Muscle, Polyglamorous and Electroluxx, just to name a few. He currently spins a few times a month at Lookout, has residency alongside Jim Hopkins at The Eagle for the Filth party and does guest spots in various Bay Area clubs and bars. As Jimmy embarks on his 21st year of sharing music, he’s excited to continue to share his passion of past, present and future with the dance floor.
Founded in 2022, Music Connects Foundation is an Oakland, CA-based 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization assembled to address the disproportionate need for diversity, equity, and inclusion across the global electronic music industry.
Directly addressing this disparity, Music Connects Foundation works to provide programs, services, and opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), as well as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identifying artists within artist communities and the global electronic music industry.
Money raised from Flagging In The Park will go towards our annual “DJ Blackstone Grant.”
DJ Blackstone was one of the pioneers of our House Music scene and had been promoting parties and spinning records in San Francisco for 35+ years. He co-founded the House Music label “Tarantic Records” and released many House Music tracks over the years. DJ Blackstone has held residencies and spun at San Francisco’s Iconic Parties, such as Club Universe, Pleasure Dome, PowerHouse DNA Lounge, EndUp, 1015 Folsom, and countless others. Blackstone was most noted for teaching and mentoring DJs in our music community. DJ Blackstone will be missed very much by our music community and beyond.
To honor him as the wonderful person he was and his iconic contribution to the San Francisco Bay Area electronic music community, we honor him by naming Music Connects Foundation’s first annual “THE DJ BLACKSTONE GRANT”. The recipient will receive a grant reward for continuing education, skills development, and as a vocational resource for furthering their DJ/artist career.
Visit our beneficiary at https://www.musicconnectsfoundation.org/
Where to Go
Taking public transportation is encouraged since finding a place for your car can be challenging. Never been there? We suggest you pair up with someone who has. If you drive, go early for better parking — map here.
What to Expect
The National AIDS Memorial Grove is a gorgeously secluded meadow near the East end of Golden Gate Park. Often the fog is licking at the sky above – especially in the summer, bring sunscreen and a wrap. Bring something to sit on; pack a lunch or bring snacks and beverages; flags are available for use; usually a few furry friends roaming. There are little or no services nearby but port-a-potties will be available. Our DJ spins vocal fun-filled dance music, and flow artists eagerly enjoy and share their art with newcomers. There is no pressure to participate — come relax and take in the color and beauty of our tribe!
About Flagging in the Park
In 1997 a group of San Francisco flaggers started a tradition of celebrating life by gathering in the newly dedicated National AIDS Memorial Grove. Twenty-four years later, Flagging in the Park has grown into a treasured, quintessentially San Francisco event where DJs, organizers and participants donate their time, energy and love to help raise money for local and national charities.