Launched in 2003 by San Francisco-based DJs Adrian A and Mysterious D — aka A Plus D — Bootie is the first and biggest mashup dance party in the world, dedicated solely to the burgeoning artform of the bootleg mashup. It now has regular parties in several cities, with various one-offs around the globe.
With its clever mashup formula, Bootie has been an unstoppable juggernaut for the past 14 years, winning numerous nightlife awards in multiple cities. Mashing up pop songs from every genre and era – both past and present – into one big dance party where everyone feels welcome, it’s the soundtrack for the A.D.D. generation.
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 exclusive mashup mix CDs, which we give away for free every party!