I was walking toward 14th and U last month wearing a dead relative’s fur stole and dangling off the arm of my girlfriend, who looks like Johnny Cash crossed with a circus bear, when a lady pulled her Lincoln over.
“No disrespect,” she started, “but where are the good gay clubs?” We pointed her to where we were headed, Backdoor, a swank monthly dance night at Tropicalia.
The music comes courtesy of the Anthology of Booty crew, an all-female, multinational cadre of DJs (Kenyan/Texan DJ Mothershiester is above).
These ladies bring a party that I can never quite believe I’m at. (The next is Friday, $5 cover.) The mixed crowd comes correct, and I’ve never seen DJs so happy to be playing music — disco, reggaeton, house, dancehall and hip-hop. And the space is safe: If someone gets creepy, the DJs and staff regulate.
AOB has shifted around to at least half a dozen spots over its three-year run, and Tropicalia is the first club to give the party’s “grown and sexy” scene proper digs. I don’t even think they serve PBR. But they do serve champagne, which is all I drink there in a toast to AOB’s contributions to building a more inclusive D.C. dance community.