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.

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).