The “Bash” began in 2001 in San Francisco, founded by DJ Shindog of New Wave City, and Spig of CostumeParty, launched at the Edinburgh Castle Pub, and later moved to Milk Bar on Haight Street. DJs play music exclusively made by the two honorees, and big screen video shows their still and moving images. Resident DJs joining Shindog are Cammy, Andy T, & Moonshine.
The “King of Rock and Roll” revolutionalized music with his 1955 debut, creating a unique uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues, presented in a sexually provocative performance style. He was a major star on record, film, TV, and concert stage over the next 20 years. He died in 1977 at the age of 42.
Rock’s ultimate chameleon was an innovator reinventing new music and visual styles for others to follow, including glam rock, plastic soul, cold synth-rock, eighties dance-pop, industrial and more. He was also an acclaimed actor, writer, producer, and early internet adapter. He died in 2016, two days after his 69th birthday, coinciding with the release of his final album. The 2016 Bash has held the night before the Thin White Duke passed away.