BENT: Back with a Bang

BENT: Back with a Bang

Backbar opens at 9pm for all your pregaming needs, with Happy Hour pricing until 10pm!

Lemz makes the dance floor feel like both a home and an escape. As a DJ/producer, his club sets and original productions run the gamut from disco, house, electro, and club – even a bit of top 40 pop when the time is right – plus he can read almost any crowd like an open book. Behind a pair of Technics since the age of 12, Lemz’s early foundation in the craft led to a seemingly effortless skill that belies his laser-driven focus and constant challenge to surprise, and thrill, his audiences. Born in California and raised in Baltimore, the now DC-resident has racked up an impressive roster of parties (Sleaze, Rough House) and residencies in our nation’s capital with seemingly no intention of slowing down. It may look like he wants to rule the scene, but he really just wants to make you dance.


DJ Wess (aka WESSTHEDJ) began spinning records over 20 years ago in Raleigh, NC. He got his break after moving to Miami in the late 90's and began working as a DJ at several celebrated South Beach nightspots. Since moving to DC in 2002, he has played across the country and held residencies at some of DC's biggest and best venues including Velvet Nation and most recently Town Danceboutique, where he worked for over 10 years.

Wess has been awarded with the title of Best DJ by the readers of the Washington Blade (2004, 2008, 2009, 2013) and the Washington City Paper (2008). He spins an eclectic mix depending on the party but usually never strays too far from his favorites: House and Disco.

Currently, you can catch Wess spinning all around DC or at his monthly 'Church' parties at Trade.


Dvonne has been a pillar in the DC queer nightlife scene since 2009, helping establish the monthly party Pink Sock at Wonderland, and co-founding the Pocket Gays and Sunday School. In 2012, Dvonne made up a quarter of the DJ-collective, CTRL, which still rocks dance floors today on the last Saturday of every month at Trade. In between now then, Dvonne has played the Capital Pride opening party 3 times, including Echostage in 2019, the first annual Hirshhorn Gala, 9:30 Club, Town, Cobalt, Nellie's, Green Lantern, DC9, and other venues across The District.

Outside of the club, Dvonne builds and promotes community as a facilitator and peer mentor at Whitman-Walker Health and serves as a co-chair on the SMYAL Annual Fall Brunch Planning Committee.

Secretary Of Shade DDm curates aggressive raps, animated beats, and action packed personality into one unique listening experience. Citing Rick Ross and Missy Elliott as inspirations, the former battle rapper has opened for Dan Deacon, Big Freedia, Miike Snow, and Cupcakke.

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