It’s official! Dragfort is for reals a fort.
Fort of Drag was so successful last year we decided to put a ring on it. Dragfort is a celebration of your best, most authentic self. It’s more than just drag, kikis, and queens (though it’s definitely about that), it’s about creating a safe space for everyone to express themselves.
Dragfort will welcome headliner AJA, genderqueer artist and rapper to perform at the Dragfort Extravanganza, and headliners Brandon Harrison, founder and father of the Kiki House of Flora in Portland, OR, and Daniel Giron, father of the Kiki House of Ada in Portland, OR to host the Dragfort Kiki Ball and lead workshops and talks on ballroom culture and fundamentals.
There will be DJ performances by Bodie, Not That Jennifer, and Maksym.
Dragfort 2020 will happen every day of Treefort (March 25-29) and is open to anyone with a Treefort Pass. All events at The Balcony are 21+.
Celebrate LGBTQ+ culture at Dragfort 2020:
Dragfort Extravaganza is an evening of Boise’s best drag queens and kings slaying the stage and bringing you amazing live and lip sync performances hosted by Boise’s blond bombshell Minerva Jayne and headlined by Aja, from Season 9 of Rupaul’s Drag Race and Season 3 of Drag Race All Stars.
Aja (pronouns: they/them) is a Bedstuy, Brooklyn born-and-raised rapper whose “Nicki Minaj-level wordplay” (Rolling Stone) and vicious Aow continues to break barriers within the masc-dominated world of hip-hop as a genderqueer Black and Arab artist who’s unapologetically authentic with their craft. Known for their “flawless execution” (Vibe Magazine) Aja has amassed a global fanbase following the 2018 release of their first EP, In My Feelings, and breakout on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
DRAGFORT KIKI BALL
FEATURING BRANDON HARRISON & DANIEL GIRÓN
Dragfort is bringing the ballroom community to both Treefort and Boise again this year. Connecting with the history of the ballroom scene that has long been established by queer people of color for decades, Dragfort opens it up to ALL WALKS to strut their stuff down the runway, serve face, and vogue the house down. The Dragfort Kiki Ball is open to the public and categories will be announced soon!
Brandon Harrison aka “Father Flora” is the father and founder of the House of Flora, a kiki house based in Portland, OR with chapters in Salt Lake City, UT and Denver, CO.
Daniel Girón is the father of the House of Ada and an event coordinator for some of the biggest ballroom-related events in Oregon like PDX BALL as well as creating & hosting his own events, such as Monday Kiki Balls and Panocha.
POP UPS + PERFORMANCES
ALL AGES DRAGFORT
Drag is for all ages! Dragfort is bringing a stellar lineup of Boise’s favorite queens to an all ages venue with DJ Delicious closing out the night.
QUEER 5 PERFORMANCE
A special Treefort performance of Queer 5 showcasing winners of Boise’s Next Drag Superstar from season 1-3. This will also feature the FIRST performance from the winner of season 4, which is yet to be determined.
POP UP BALL
Roll out the pink carpet! The Corevette Dance Collective will be doing a pop-up kiki ball performance outside the Main Stage!
CLASSES + WORKSHOPS
FEMME FORWARD AND RUNWAY HEELS
Femme Forward with Denimm Cain and The Femme Bots embrace the power of femininity in all its divine glory! This movement experience will pull you out of your norm and into our neon reality! Get set for superb self expression in this high energy dance class and strutting session led by local performers Denimm & The Femme Bots.
VOGUE FEMM FUNDAMENTALS AND CHOREO
Learn the fundamentals of Vogue Femm in a fun class environment with father of the kiki House of Ada, Daniel Girón. In this class, we will cater to beginners to break down the 5 fundamentals of Vogue Femm and give a history of the style. Learn the basics and history of Vogue Femm and carry a few moves into the Dragfort Kiki Ball.
Father of the kiki House of Flora, Brandon Harrison, will talk about the history, legacy, lifestyle, and struggle of ballroom culture and a rundown of the many and varied categories of the ballroom scene, come ready to strut, work, and serve FACE.
STORIES + TALKS
Free and open to the public!
DRAG QUEEN STORY TIME
Dragfort is thrilled to team up with Storyfort and Kidfort again to bring back Drag Queen Story Time! This is a space for our queens to share a little bit about our differences and how they make us special.
QUEER TALKS ON COMMUNITY
Join moderator, Alec Santos, as they lead a deep dive into how community helps inform the queer experience and much more within this in-depth and lively discussion of the Chosen Family and finding meaningful connection within a myriad of queer communities. Panelists will include Gabby Davis, Fran Tirado, Jeremy Harper, and Carter Jones within this inclusive space at The Owyhee.
Dragfort and Alefort are bringing you the almighty Treefort hangover cure – beer and day drag! Come grab a beer, tasty food, and hear some backtalk from Denimm Cain and other local hungover queens.
Denimm Cain brings a taste of 90’s nostalgia, a comedic tongue, and a drive to further the Queer community here in Boise. She’s the hint of memory you get whenever TLC plays on the radio, she’s the rollerblades on summer pavement, she’s the pink power ranger, a local party clown; she’s Denimm Cain.