Rise is the hottest pool party in Texas and is the only official pool party for Purple Party Weekend! This year we’ve got one of the country’s hottest DJs, DJ Grind, with an opening set by Dallas’s own DJ Benson Wilder. DJ Grind is known for his insanely popular podcast and his uplifting joyful sound. He’s recently become one of the most sought-after DJs and producers on the gay circuit, having headlined at the biggest events and clubs all over North America, Latin America, and Asia.
This year we’re returning to the luxurious and posh Sisu Uptown Resort, only a mile away from our host hotel, the Warwick Melrose. Sisu is an incredible venue that hosts some of the word’s biggest DJs and features luxe cabanas around a lavish and beautiful saltwater pool.
Because dancing and swimming in the Texas sun can work up an appetite, Sisu has a sophisticated and phenomenal “worldly local” menu created by Executive Chef Stefon Rishel, featuring culinary masterpieces that satiate the most distinguishing palates.
So get as excited as we are, because we can’t wait to show you how to enjoy dancing, sun, and fun—Dallas style!
DJ GRIND (San Francisco)
DJ GRIND (Stephen Massey) is one of the most sought-after up-and-coming DJs and producers on the gay circuit. With a sound firmly anchored in uplifting vocal house, he always strives to take his dance floor on a journey toward joy. In 2013, DJ GRIND was nominated for three JustCircuit Awards, including “DJ of the Year,” and he was named an “All-Star DJ” by Matineé North America. He is the winner of the 2012 JustCircuit Award for “Best Pool Party” and the 2011 GayDays National DJ Contest.
Over the past three years, DJ GRIND has headlined at some of the country’s largest events — including White Party Palm Springs, Matineé Las Vegas, GayDays, San Diego PRIDE, Sand Blast Weekend, Splash Days, and Circuit Week Provincetown — and he’s performed at many of North America’s largest venues, including clubs in New York City, Washington DC, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, West Hollywood, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver, among others. He’s been a featured artist on multiple RSVP Vacations’ Caribbean & Mediterranean cruises, and he’s headlined at major clubs and events in Asia (DESTINATION Beijing, Club Angel Shanghai, BED Manila) and Latin America (LVNG Mexico City, PARADISO Playa del Carmen). In 2011, DJ GRIND supported Kylie Minogue’s “Aphrodite” World Tour as an opening act.
Together with his production partner Toy Armada, DJ GRIND is also an accomplished producer & remixer. In 2013, the duo produced an official club mix for Kimberley Locke’s UK #1 pop and dance single ,“Feel the Love” (3beat Records), as well as official remixes for Jessica Sutta, Melanie B, Abigail, and Natascha Bessez, among others.
DJ GRIND’s monthly podcasts have received more than 3 million downloads worldwide, and rank as one of the most popular dance music podcasts on iTunes & Podomatic. The San Francsico-based DJ is also the resident music critic for RealJock.com, and his work has been featured on SiriusXM’s BPM & OutQ, Fusion Radio, GayInternetRadioLive, and GaydarRadio, among others.