It'll kick off at Hot Mass in Pittsburgh in April.
The idea for Motherbeat first came to Drew 23 years ago, during a "visionary psychedelic experience" that led her to think of the rave as "an archaic revival." (Hear more about the origin story in Drew's video below.) More practically, the Chicago DJ and Hugo Ball resident also wanted to throw parties that could go all-night in the US, a rarity in a country where Drew says "alcohol culture has a stranglehold on the scene."
"The deep ecstatic psychedelic roots of the scene appear to be subjugated to other values," she said in an email to Resident Advisor. "I want to put those upfront, so the time seems right for a crazy trans woman and her friends [to] inject a little chaos, femme energy and psychedelic love into the mix."
The first party will go down at Hot Mass in Pittsburgh on April 6th, where Drew will host أدب (adab) and Kiernan Laveaux, both from the queer-oriented In Training party in Cleveland. There will be future events throughout the US in 2018, though details on those are still under wraps.
Hear more from Drew about Motherbeat below.