Launched in 2003 in San Francisco by A Plus D, aka DJs Adrian & Mysterious D, Bootie was the first club night in the U.S. dedicated solely to the burgeoning artform of the bootleg mashup — and is now the biggest mashup event in the world, with regular parties in several cities on four continents, and various one-offs around the globe. Mixing and matching every musical genre, era, and style into one big dance party where everyone feels welcome, Bootie provides the soundtrack for the A.D.D. generation — with free mashup CDs given away like candy!
Bootie’s DJs (and SF mashup house band Smash-Up Derby) keep your brain guessing and body dancing with creative song combinations, celebrating — and satirizing — the many different forms of music. Bootie also presents the infamous Midnight Mashup Show, featuring drag and burlesque performers as well as singers, aerialists, and dance troupes. Bootie showcases the best mashup productions from around the world… because one song at a time just isn’t enough!
So what’s a mashup? What’s a bootleg?
It’s pretty much all the same. Also known as “bastard pop”, a bootleg is a song that’s “mashed-up”. Usually, this means the vocal track of one song is mixed over the instrumentation of another. Using audio editing software, DJs and mashup artists combine different artists and musical genres to create new and unique songs that are often greater than the sum of their parts. Imagine Michael Jackson rocking out with Nirvana, David Bowie crooning with MGMT, Madonna fronting Daft Punk, or Kanye West rapping with Beethoven, and many other unexpected combinations! Can’t imagine that? Then get your ass to Bootie to hear for yourself!
Is this legal?
Does the skull-and-crossbones in our logo mean anything to you?
So where can I get these mashups?
Since 99.999% of all mashups aren’t legally cleared by the artists, you can’t just go to a store and buy them. However, MP3s of these bootleg mixes are available all over the internet. Click on some of the links: Bootie Top 10, Best of Bootie & Theme Albums to find some for yourself!
Or, just come to Bootie and get one of our mashup mix CDs, which we give away for free every month!