LOBO (Lights Out, Barks Out) is a monthly event held for the pet play and furry communities with a proudly sex-positive atmosphere. Founded in July 2019 by Jake Maxwell and Pilot, LOBO began in Washington, D.C. at the historic DC Eagle bar and is currently presented by Jake Maxwell Productions in association with Alpha & Omega Productions, and showcases DJs playing a wide range of genres. The event prides itself on a commitment to equality across the board, as well as giving back to the community, having raised over $15,000 for charity during the pandemic.
What started as a small party amongst friends quickly grew into one of the largest monthly events of its kind in the region and in February 2020, the LOBO lineup grew to include an event at the Cellblock bar in Chicago, IL. LOBO DC is currently hosted by Jake Maxwell (non-binary and pansexual), Strypz (gender non-conforming, BIPOC), DJ Phoenix Rise, and TimeSuppression. The Chicago event is led by Jake Maxwell, RAZTEH, Shammers, and Drittauge with help from the Chicago Pet Patrol. While both events share the LOBO name, each has given birth to its own unique identity. LOBO DC is known for a more mainstream circuit sound, while Chicago showcases darker house vibes.
LOBO has become home to a large cast of DJs from around the world with various backgrounds and upbringings. However, while LOBO may be known for its DJs, another huge part of the experience is the LOBO Dance Corps, which proudly features dancers of all genders and body types. The Dance Corps is led by Nano and Tanuki, both involved in LOBO since its founding.
And finally, while LOBO may be a pup and furry-centric event, it has been and always will be about inclusion and encouraging everyone to be themselves and express their kink whatever it may be.