12th Annual Bunny Hop attendees smiling for the camera

Bunny Hop @ Garage on Beck 04.17

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Jesse Walker felt a wild mix of emotions as his party started hoppin’—the 12th Annual Bunny Hop presented by SLUG Magazine hosted by Garage on Beck. After rain flooded the DJ booth with four inches of water in 2019 and a global pandemic in 2020 pressed pause on parties for two years, emotions were bound to run high—Walker simply glowed as he greeted DJs and guests—he’s so happy! And he’s not alone. Long-time Bunny Hop veterans and first-year bunny hoppers ordered Mimosas or Moscow Mules and tore into the Garage on Beck’s brunch buffet as the sun warmed a chilly patio scene. 

It was a DJ-driven, low-key vibe as the party picked up in its first hour. DJ Johnny Peppinger delivered a vintage mix that drew on elements of tiki, Pulp Fiction, dirty sax and surf guitar. He passed the mic to Rockin’ Robin, who offered soul and sunshine pop in the second hour. DJ Retrograde picked it up from there with some and Toots and the Maytals before spinning an eclectic mix that might have included some ‘60s garage and psych and soul. A rotating cast of DJs changed the channel every hour as Bunny Hop progressed.

By 3 p.m., the patio was packed, the restaurant was busy and a line had formed at the door. The crowd embraced the Bunny Hop theme with Easter dresses, bunny ears, glitter highlights, rabbit suits and colorful clothing. For a crowd that might prefer a bar bash over an Easter service, Walker’s Bunny Hop provided an inclusive alternative to standard Easter events while making a campy nod to Easter’s pop-culture traditions. 

Walker knows what ingredients to include in a fabulous bunny hop: groovy music, delicious food, cheerful guests, surprise prizes, hidden Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny in person! As a bonus, Bunny Hop raised funds for the HERC—Hip Hop Education & Resource Center—learn more at slcherc.com, and look forward to another wonderful Easter Sunday festivity with Walker next year. –John Barkiple

Also check out Jesse Walker‘s gallery recap of the event for New City Movement here.

Photos: John Barkiple

Photos: John Taylor