3. Crazy times at The Dinah
※Grammy Award winning American rock musician, Pat Benetar (right) and Mariah, after Benetar's performance at The Dinah last year.
--Are you from California yourself? I read in your bio that you had several bars in San Francisco and I was wondering how you got your start...
I'm originally from Mill Valley, California, and started my career as a nightclub promoter in 1989. I produced The Girl Spot for 15 years and ran Club Skirts for about 7 years before I took its name and used it exclusively for The Dinah.
--So how did all this Dinah craziness get started? Did you just wake up one day and say, "Hey, I think I'll start the largest lesbian party ever"?
Well, I never thought it would get this large, but I did decide in 1991 that I wanted to produce The Dinah in a way no one had ever produced a lesbian event before. I wanted to offer better entertainment, 100% women-occupied hotels, and the best music.
--So, where do you think it'll go from here? Would you like to have other festivals and events in other states, or expand in some other way?
I've always wanted to bring this concept to the wine country in California. Wine, women and song -- what more do you need?! But for now, I am concentrating on The Dinah and continuing to make it even more spectacular. I am a firm believer that you must measure life by your own yardstick, so I try to outdo myself every year.
--The ladies at The Dinah can get pretty wild at times. What are some of the craziest stories you have?
Oh, there are so many! (laughs) The craziest story I remember is of a group of girls very intoxicated in a hotel tub late at night. They were trying to unscrew the light cover because they wanted to turn the light off. Now that would have been an electrifying experience! Thank goodness that the security guard caught them...
Or, there was the time that three girls climbed to the roof of the Palm Springs Museum and ran around with their tops up, to the delight of the swarming crowd below. Watching the 70-year old guards climbing up to bring them down and then having to chase them was pretty funny. (laughs)
--Do you have a favorite memory that you'd like to share?
Pussycat Dolls singing "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me" to over 4,000 screaming lesbians! [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ]