Besties nightlife talents for 2023

From your favorite DJs to drag performers of all kinds, you, our readers, selected their favorite people in nightlife. Live bands, bartenders, gogo dancers and more talented folks get a nod for 2023.


DJ Lady Ryan shares here KALW Best of 2023 List of Albums.Check out her list that features some familiar favorites as well as hidden gems that she hopes will bring some color to your playlists.

The Oaklandside : Culture Makers (Video)

In Dec. we The Oaklandside explored the heartbeat of our community’s music landscape as local hip-hop artist and producer Kevin Allen, acclaimed DJ Lady Ryan, and co-owner of Eli’s Mile High Club & Thee Stork Club, Billy Joe Agan, dove into their unique journeys. We looked at the narratives that define their distinctive paths and gained valuable insights into the experiences, inspirations, and visions that contribute to the rich tapestry of Oakland’s diverse music and nightlife culture. Plus enjoyed an incredible live performance by Mani Draper.

Blavity: 15 creatives in the Bay Area you should know about

Blavity Post Graphic by "Spitz" of SinceEIghty6 for DJ

Sometimes the Bay can feel like the cute step-sister of Los Angeles. We get a friendly smile and a side hug as people pass through to pick up the sister they’re really trying to get with. Many say that the reason for this is because there’s no real “industry” for art up here in Northern Cali, and artists often find themselves moving to L.A. or New York to gain bigger shine. Here’s the thing: The Bay is overflowing with talented creatives in all mediums, and should not be slept on.

EastBayExpress: Lady Ryan the Bay’s DJ on the go

DJ Lady Ryan is a trailblazer and leader in the local DJ scene, on both sides of the bridge, going on years now. In the past, the Express has celebrated many of her dance nights, such as her day-party series Soulovely, which goes down every second Sunday.

Today, Lady Ryan remains busier than ever — just consider her last weekend’s slate of gigs. First, there was Saturday night, June 3, at Starline Social Club with Rich Medina and J Rocc. Lady Ryan opened for that killer lineup. And then, later on that same night, she headed on over a few blocks to The New Parish, where she DJ’ed another set at “Ships In The Night,” a queer dance party that focuses on underground hip-hop and classic “booty jams.” And, as if that weren’t enough gigs for the weekend, she also appeared at “The Collective,” an R&B-rap-reggae night that goes down regularly on Sundays, with D Roq and Sean G, at Somar (1727 Telegraph Ave, Oakland).