Slogans ruled the night at Friday’s Big D BearDance as bears of all sorts sported clever t-shirts before taking them off as the night got later. From cute to whoa, these bears’ fashion sense stood out. See the top tees from the Bear Dance here.
I chatted up Mark Trimble earlier today, and he told me that Sunday night’s Big D Bear Dance at TMC: The Mining Company was quite the success. Trimble is one of the BDBD organizers. The night is not only an offshoot of the bigger TBRU event, but also raises money for local organizations, and Sunday night was all about Resource Center Dallas’ Food Pantry. Darren Graff, also with BDBD, took over some canned food donations and a check for $2,700. Whoa.
Last week, Trimble and I also chatted about the funds raised from the TBRU dance event. BDBD recently made their check presentation to the Dallas Bears, which in turn, will dole it out among several beneficiaries.
“We partner with [Dallas Bears] during TBRU for the joint purpose of raising money for the charities and throwing a kick-ass party,” Trimble said. “But we let them write the checks to the charities directly pooled with the money they raise from the rest of TBRU. I’m happy to be involved with people doing good and interesting stuff in the bear community. Somebody needs to toot our horns every once in a while!”
Below, the BDBD gents present their check for $18,000 to the Dallas Bears. Photos courtesy of Norman Ames.
I headed over to the Big D Bear Dance Friday night to snap a few photos for this here blog and didn’t expect the party to be such a big party. The Palladium’s floor is huge but they modified it by marking in the dance floor a bit and surrounded with more seating. By 10 p.m., the floor was busy and then jam packed by 1 a.m. DJ Ted Eiel lived up to his “muscle house” brand of DJing playing strong beats and familiar songs that gave an exciting flair to the event. He veered away from droning thumps of elongated techno music to play high energy radio hits. It worked because there was never a lag in the dance action. Which is how you want a party to be.
The dance is actually a partner of Texas Bear Round-Up rather than being put on by any of the TBRU steering committees. Having said that, the people behind the Bear Dance still gave proceeds from the cover charge to TBRU’s beneficiaries. And with all the beef and fur there, that probably amounted to a sweet chunk of change.
Anyway, here are a bunch of photos of the dance floor and some of the people there.
The Texas Bear Round-Up is underway and the bears, otters and cubs (and whatever other mammals) are running rampant through the city. Tonight, they convene at the Palladium Ballroom for the Big D Bear Dance with Chicago DJ Ted Eiel helming the turntables in his Dallas debut. Before he takes over the night, Eiel gave us some insider knowledge this afternoon into how this evening could play out.
Dallas Voice: What do you expect for your first time playing in Dallas? Ted Eiel: I’ve had friends in Dallas for years, so I expect to see a lot of the us “old guard” and fresh faces, both bear and circuit boys.
So your music is described as “muscle house.” Sounds hot but what is it? It’s a style of music that is sexy and dirty with a rhythm that makes you want to move. I like to say the bassline drives the song, not the drum line.
You also have a podcast called Chunkhouse. Love the name. It’s a brand I came up with describing my music: sexy , funky, chunky house music. You can download the podcast from my site or on itunes.
What’s a setlist like for dancing bears? Lots of high energy house tracks with huge buildups and catchy vocals. You’ll very rarely hear me do any circuit house or tribal because to me, it’s just not fun anymore. The music needs soul to move the beef.
Which is your go-to song if the dance floor is getting a little lag? Right now it’s Madonna’s “Revolver” (Paul Van Dyke mix). It’s heavy, sexy and familiar. You have to throw the boys a bone every once in a while!
OK, I love doing mixtapes so if I’m doing a bear themed one, what are some songs that should at least be on there? I’m not big on mainstream music, so everything is pretty underground. But all the tracks usually nod to a song from the 70′s or 80′s, a refresh so to speak. So I would put on “Sweet Dreams” (Electro Mix), “Hiding All The Stars” (Michael Woods Mix) by Chicane and “Bostich” (Cube Guys Mix) by Yello.