Peaches Headlines Castro Street Fair

by Juan Garcia

Bay Area Reporter

Friday October 4, 2013

Eclectic, experimental, punk, electro... it takes many words to try to describes the unique musical talent known as Peaches. She and her Peachettes will headline the 40th anniversary Castro Street Fair with a special musical tribute to Sylvester, the disco icon and San Francisco native who also performed at the fair decades ago.

"Peaches exudes the vibrant spirit of the Fair, and will undoubtedly deliver a show stopping performance," said Executive Director George Ridgely.

Not only does Peaches sing, but her fascinating film music performance documentary Peaches Does Herself plays at The Roxie Cinema in a late-night showing on October 5. The Hollywood Reporter called it "a loosely biographical rock opera featuring outlandish costumes, transexual dancers, lashing of smutty humor and simulated hardcore sex [that] feels like The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a postgrad doctorate in Queer Theory."

Event producer Juan Garcia had a little chat with the singer, who offered a bit of dish in advance of her concert in the Castro.

Juan Garcia: Do you have any new projects that you would like to tell us about?

Peaches: I'm working with Marie Losier on a new film. Marie made the cool touching biographical and experimental film, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye and Peaches Does Herself, which will have its theatrical premiere at the Quad Cinema in New York City on Octover 18. (

We love your rock opera, Peaches Does Herself. Do you have any fun stories from filming with the beautiful porn tranny, Danni Daniels and New York's Naked Cowgirl, Sandy Kane?

Oh, everyday there was a new funny pussy or penis prop arriving on stage. We didn't have a huge amount of time to put the whole thing together, so basically it was 'nose to the grindstone' instead of 'finger to Grindr.'

What are your thoughts on Russia?

I will keep speaking out against this, of course. But I think right now there is no place for a gay tourist in Russia.

Any opinions on gay marriage?

Hey if you wanna get married, you should be able to. When I was on tour in 2009 the Prop 8 issue was happening in California in a big way, and I married a bunch of gay couples onstage during my shows.

Any thoughts on the Castro Street Fair?

Harvey Milk was an incredible figure. It boggles my mind that we are still dealing with the gay issue around the world and in America. This is truly a unique event and I'm excited to celebrate with the community!

As you know, the Cockettes and Sylvester performed on the same stage where you will be performing. What are your thoughts on them?

I will always love the Cockettes for their invention of the glitter beard and their free spirit. How incredible and amazingly shocking Sylvester was when he appeared so outwardly gay on TV. Yes!

You travel all over and meet gays everywhere. Where do you suggest San Francisco gays travel? Any cool scenes to see?

Well, you know, Berlin is the new gay Mecca, so get your ass over there!

Peaches Does Herself screens at the Roxie Cinema, Saturday, October 5, 11:15pm. $10. 3117 16th St. 431-3611.

Peaches performs at the Castro Street Fair Sunday, October 6, at 4pm. The Fair takes place from 11am-6pm on Castro and Market streets, with several stages of live entertainment, DJed music, two-stepping, plus food, drinks, arts, crafts and local business booths. Gate proceeds benefit dozens of local LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS nonprofits.

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