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Dec202012

12 Days of Porn & Chicken | Interview with SRTB 


To people outside the event promotion industry, it is a common misconception that throwing a party is an easy, fun task that any functioning alcoholic with a decent amount of Facebook friends can pull off. Yes, it can definitely be fun, but easy? Not in the slightest. Remember your high school prom? Yeah, neither do I, but remember how your high school had a prom committee that would spend up to an ENTIRE year planning it? Well, try to imagine throwing a party for hundreds of increasingly fickle and demanding adults amidst a sea of competition in one of the biggest cities in the country EVERY SINGLE WEEK.

Parties and the promoters that throw them can come and go in the blink of an eye. Competition always gets nasty, and the continual effort required to keep things fresh and people interested is not for the faint of heart. That is why after two very successful years of a weekly residency (Porn & Chicken) plus rotating monthly parties (Shut Up and Dance, Salon and Cosmetology industry nights) and an ambitious holiday marathon run to end the year (12 Days of Porn & Chicken), we decided to pick the brains of the SRTB (So Ready to Bang) crew, who seem to have partying down to a science.

Surprisingly, we learned that even though this crew is known for their no-holds-barred partying, it's their positive attitude, hard work, and focus that have helped them rise above the crowd. You might not be into "bangers" or nights of insanity (possibly mixed with regret), but you got to hand it to these crazy kids — they know what they are doing. Respect knuckles all around. - Chess Hubbard



UR Chicago: For the people out there that don't know about Porn & Chicken and have been living in a cave for the last two years, how did it start? Who came up with the concept/name "Porn & Chicken" and the slogan "SRTB - So Ready to Bang?"

So Ready to Bang: Porn & Chicken started at Risqué Cafe in Wrigleyville. The special for the night was $6 all-you-can-eat wings and $3 PBR cans — it was also "smut night." Mandi was a bartender and Dom was the manager. Shortly after announcing the special, Monday nights began to pick up and took on the name "Beer. Porn. Wings." After Dom enlisted Ammo, Orville Kline and The Sleepers, the party quickly adopted the name "Porn & Chicken." Our slogan came about when acronyms were a major hit. At first it was "SRTR - So Ready To Rage." However, others out there coined the term "rage" or "throwing ragers," so with some help we coined the term "bang" or "throwing bangers," and thus SRTB was born and tatted on the masses.

UR: Who would be considered the founders of PnC?

SRTB: Dom was the original promoter/manager behind PnC; however, Mandi, The Sleepers and Orville are considered originals.


UR: Doing a monthly, let alone weekly, party in Chicago is a difficult task. To have it be successful and continue to be successful is a lot of work. Yes, we know you guys love to party, but people should realize that behind all these "ragers" and "bangers" comes a lot of hard work. Are there any people behind the scenes (outside the hosts/DJs/performers) that help make this party possible? Would you say that the people involved and their work ethic outside Monday nights are what separate you from other parties/promoters?

SRTB: A lot of people don't realize that Porn & Chicken is a full-time job. It takes all week to prepare for Mondays and we wouldn't be able to do it without our team. Scott Cramer, our agent/manager, really does an amazing job of keeping us on track and focused. He really filters through our bookings, interviews and chores, lol, which helps alleviate some of the demand from week to week. Honestly, everyone plays their part to make the PnC machine run smoothly.

UR: And what a well-lubricated machine it has become! In a related question, image/design is a huge part of marketing events. We have noticed over the last couple years how consistently solid your flyers and online promotional materials have been. Who designs them? We have also seen many a PnC t-shirt and tank at other events around Chicago. Do you guys have plans for more merch in 2013?

SRTB: Our brand is a big deal to us! Brand identity is one of our main focuses. Brock of The Stooges is our graphic designer. When we met with him he had the same direction in mind, which made it easy to convey some of our crazy, fucked up ideas to him. Everything, all the way down to the typography, is created for PnC. Yes, we have our own font type! As for merch, we're releasing the limited edition 12 Days of Porn & Chicken tees this week, and 2013 has a lot more in store.

UR: To stay fresh and fun, you guys seem to do a lot of themed parties (Hentai, Alice in Wonderland, etc.). What were the most successful/craziest/favorite themes you guys have done? Were there any themes that were misses or turned out differently (for better or worse)?

SRTB: Two of our themes fit this question. Our Yacht Club Banger was a major hit for two reasons: everyone dressed in theme, and we got some real yacht owners to show up because they thought it was a real yacht club. One of them walked up to Dom and Mandi and said "Gosh, there sure are a lot of young yacht owners here!" Another one of our favorites is our Heavy Petting Zoo party which is a furry theme. This party always get a bit weird because you get a mix of club goers who dress up and then a few actual furries who are looking to "paw off."


UR: With success comes haters and biters. Has that happened much with PnC, and do you confront it or just ignore it?

SRTB: It was a tough fight to the top, and because of that we had to become better at what we do. The haters and the biters turned us into professional party throwers. They made us better than them by giving us a hard time. PnC has always remained humble and quiet about our confrontations because we believe if you make people pick one side or the other, they won't pick either. Our motto is "shut up or put up." In our case we "put up" over and over and over. ;)

UR: A lot of parties have hosts, but we have to say, Dom is unlike most party hosts out there. He has such personality and charisma and (even more noticeably) isn't some random hot girl. What was Dom doing before PnC? How did he become involved? Same question, but for Ammo and the use of grinder girls, which seems to have started a trend in the Chicago scene...

SRTB: Wait, Dom isn't a hot chick? Dom is the founder of PnC. Prior to PnC, Dom worked in the Chicago nightlife scene throwing parties at venues like Stone Lotus and Wet. Dom was also the brain behind one of Chicago's best Sunday night parties, Sensation Sundays. Dom's passion is engaging the party goers. Once he's got your attention, he'll show you the time of your life. Ammo has been performing in Chicago for quite some time in the burlesque circle. Once Dom and Mandi met her, they knew she was a perfect fit for the PnC family. She brings such conviction to the stage and commands attention. And what's hotter than titties and fire?


UR: PnC has been doing events outside the Monday night residency at evilOlive. From nights at the Mid and downtown clubs in Chicago, to parties in the burbs and even Las Vegas, PnC is "getting around" — pun intended. What are the plans for 2013?

SRTB: We have San Fran, Hawaii, Scottsdale and a few others on the books. And maybe, just maybe, we have a college tour in the works.

UR: Clubs are only as good as the owners/managers that run them. Fei Tang (aka PHIVES) took over managing evilOlive shortly after PnC started. Would you say his involvement in both the club and the night was one of the keys to your success?

SRTB: Eric Bollard was the manager at the time when PnC moved. He was responsible for allowing the madness to ensue. Having Fei takeover was a match made in heaven as Fei had been brought into SRTB as the logistical manager. At the moment though, both Fei and Dom have had to resign from evilOlive to pursue PnC as a full-time gig.

UR: How are your livers holding up? Haha. Are there any unique hangover/bangover cures you guys have developed over the last two years for the day after an especially wild PnC night?


SRTB: The key is to go straight through from Monday to Wednesday and if you must bring the fun to an end, do it with champagne. We actually have never seen a Tuesday. We're convinced there are only six days in the week! If all else fails, get a doctor friend to give you an IV. You'll be up and running in 30 mins.


UR: You guys primarily rely on the strength of your resident DJs (Orville Kline, The Sleepers, PHIVES), but you do get some great guest DJs and high profile after parties. Any dream bookings for the future?

SRTB: Of course we have a wish list, but no one knows our regulars like our residents. Our crowd loves big names, but we've built our party around the experience, not the big names.

UR: Finally, The 12 Days of Porn & Chicken. Tell us about your ambitious holiday season that kicked off today (Thursday, Dec. 20th) and anything else you want our readers to know.

SRTB: This is by far is one of our more outlandish stunts, but for sure a fun one. Starting today, PnC will take over a Chicago nightclub for 12 consecutive days. Each night will boast more crazy stunts and surprises as we get closer and closer to the grand finale: PORN AND CHICKEN NEW YEAR'S EVE. If the world doesn't blow up two days into the tour, it will on New Year's Eve!

RSVP at: www.do312.com/12days to get in for FREE!


PORN AND CHICKEN CONNECT:
Facebook Subscribe: http://www.facebook.com/pornandchicken
Fb page: http://www.facebook.com/PnCdanceparty
SRTB: http://www.facebook.com/soreadytobang
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pornNchicken
PnC TV: http://www.facebook.com/PnCTV
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/pornandchickentv

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