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- Get ready: Pink Mammoth co-founder DJ Derek Hena is prepping for Burning Man with a club party this weekend.
Devout Burning Man campers and more agnostic party people are saving their ducats for the Pink Mammoth Burning Man Camp Fundraiser at club Mighty.
The Mission district dance party Saturday night promises “deep funky disco Latin dirty soulful house bombs, classic and fresh” in exchange for helping fund the artist collective’s camp on the Playa Aug. 27 through Sept. 3.
The 9-year-old Pink Mammoth exists largely to get its annual burn on, says co-founder DJ Derek Hena.
Burning Man started on Baker Beach in 1986, then moved to its official Labor Day home in Black Rock Desert in Nevada in 1990. Hena was a ski instructor at Mammoth in 2003 when he found his way to Black Rock.
He said he fell in love with the week-long festival of radical self-expression. “I was blown away. I was like, ‘all right, I’m sold.’”
So Hena moved to The City and started Pink Mammoth in a huge Mission district warehouse with co-founder Ryel K. Featuring a cross section of Bay Area artists and club kids, Pink Mammoth has grown into a San Francisco sound institution.
The team has produced floats in the Love Parade, spins at the How Weird Street Faire, as well as hosts club nights, pool parties and New Year’s Eve parties.
Pink Mammoth’s riotously pink Burning Man camp is a core draw on the Playa, as well, offering much-needed shade, drinks and beats during the searing daytime. “People really love us and they tell us every year, ‘I met my wife at Pink Mammoth. Thank you guys so much. You guys provide the best daytime vibe, the best camp and the best music,” Hena says.
Funds raised Saturday go to new camp amenities like more shade and custom sound from Elevate Productions San Francisco, Hena says. “The camp just needed a bit more umph.”
This week’s party will echo the camp’s ebullient style, with a pink dropped ceiling, dance blocks, crowds dancing onstage, resident DJs spinning, plus snacks from Living Room caterers and ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s.
Folks in the diverse crowd, coming from as far away as Los Angeles and Denver, will be dressed in fun, funky costumes and ready for a good time: “It’s going to be a great mix of people, and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Hena says. “Each year it gets so much better.”
IF YOU GO
Pink Mammoth Burning Man Camp Fundraiser
Where: Mighty, 119 Utah St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday