Bunny Movin': The Bunny Hop offers an alternative way to celebrate Easter.

The Bunny Hop is an alternative way to celebrate Easter.

Autumn Thatcher Athatcher@nowsaltlake.com

Published April 10th 2012 3:33 pm



Easter Sunday is coming up, and while most people in Utah will be dolling themselves up in pastels and heading to hours of church service, there are some of us who will be congregating in a more relaxed atmosphere to rejoice on this holy day through eating, drinking and, of course, hunting Easter eggs.

Local DJ and designer Jesse Walker brought the Bunny Hop to The Garage last Easter, and the buzz around the Easter brunch event was so big that he had people expressing their regrets over missing it. So Walker decided to bring the Bunny Hop back again this year, making it an annual tradition he plans to continue each year.

What this means is an opportunity to experience a beautiful Spring day on one of the best patios in Salt Lake, at The Garage. Additionally, the quaint bar is known for its fantastic homecooked food, so we can only imagine how amazing an Easter brunch would taste.

Along with enjoying some great eats, patrons at the Bunny Hop will mingle with local celebrities Walker has selected to host the event, including Jamie Gadette, morning host of KRCL, Andrew Valtal, owner and stylist at Ulysses Salon, Ron Green, owner of The Green Ant, and Amber Taniuchi, sexy lead vocalist of Lady Murasaki.

There will also be an Easter egg hunt and prizes donated by sponsors.

The Bunny Hop is put on by Walker through his New City Movement project, and Walker himself will be spinning great tunes throughout the event. We talked to him to find out a bit more about his background, what inspired the Bunny Hop, other New City Movement events he hosts and why, above all, you should get your nightlife activity fix during the day this Easter Sunday.

What is New City Movement?

The idea for New City Movement came from doing a bit of traveling in the late 90's and coming to terms that SLC wasn't quite the urban mecca I thought it was growing up as a kid in a rural town. I had also connected with so many other (house music) scenes around the world through the Web that I decided it could be a good way to give voice to things happening in Utah. It's a bit of music, culture and fashion, also a love story to Salt Lake City as seen through the eyes of a well adjusted gay Ex-Mormon.

Tell us about the Bunny Hop.

Easter has always been a phenomenal weekend for my friends and I. Somehow it always feels like the first real burst of sunshine we get leading into spring. I have so many great memories associated with it. Of all the parties I've thrown, this is that once-a-year splash that feels effortless, nay blessed… perhaps by "The Jesus" I've heard so much about?

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Easter Sunday is coming up, and while most people in Utah will be dolling themselves up in pastels and heading to hours of church service, there are some of us who will be congregating in a more relaxed atmosphere to rejoice on this holy day through eating, drinking and, of course, hunting Easter eggs.

Local DJ and designer Jesse Walker brought the Bunny Hop to The Garage last Easter, and the buzz around the Easter brunch event was so big that he had people expressing their regrets over missing it. So Walker decided to bring the Bunny Hop back again this year, making it an annual tradition he plans to continue each year.

What this means is an opportunity to experience a beautiful Spring day on one of the best patios in Salt Lake, at The Garage. Additionally, the quaint bar is known for its fantastic homecooked food, so we can only imagine how amazing an Easter brunch would taste.

Along with enjoying some great eats, patrons at the Bunny Hop will mingle with local celebrities Walker has selected to host the event, including Jamie Gadette, morning host of KRCL, Andrew Valtal, owner and stylist at Ulysses Salon, Ron Green, owner of The Green Ant, and Amber Taniuchi, sexy lead vocalist of Lady Murasaki.

There will also be an Easter egg hunt and prizes donated by sponsors.

The Bunny Hop is put on by Walker through his New City Movement project, and Walker himself will be spinning great tunes throughout the event. We talked to him to find out a bit more about his background, what inspired the Bunny Hop, other New City Movement events he hosts and why, above all, you should get your nightlife activity fix during the day this Easter Sunday.

What is New City Movement?

The idea for New City Movement came from doing a bit of traveling in the late 90's and coming to terms that SLC wasn't quite the urban mecca I thought it was growing up as a kid in a rural town. I had also connected with so many other (house music) scenes around the world through the Web that I decided it could be a good way to give voice to things happening in Utah. It's a bit of music, culture and fashion, also a love story to Salt Lake City as seen through the eyes of a well adjusted gay Ex-Mormon.

Tell us about the Bunny Hop.

Easter has always been a phenomenal weekend for my friends and I. Somehow it always feels like the first real burst of sunshine we get leading into spring. I have so many great memories associated with it. Of all the parties I've thrown, this is that once-a-year splash that feels effortless, nay blessed… perhaps by "The Jesus" I've heard so much about? [2] =>

Is this going to be an annual SLC Easter tradition?

Yes! I feel like it was a tradition for us before I found a venue or even put a name to it. And who doesn't need to get out of the house on a beautiful Sunday morning and go to soul church?

What makes the Bunny Hop different from other events?

It's a daytime affair, for one thing. Kind of great to feel like you're breaking all the rules by switching night for day and just kicking up some dust on one of the best patios in the state.

Why should people attend the Bunny Hop?

Because everyone that missed it last year was sorry. Not kidding.

Tell us about the hosts at the event. What will they be doing and how did you choose who will host?

The hosts are just people I adore who are positive, community players. Bringing them on board helps guarantee that someone I know and love will know someone else they know and love who's thinking about going to the edge of town on a Sunday morning to raise some HE-double-toothpicks. All I ask is they help spread the "good news," join the festivities and perhaps hide an Easter egg or two. There's nothing scientific about the process of choosing hosts. It's literally the people I have just had on my mind or even run into at the grocery store weeks leading up to the invitation. I guess it's a way to show that all types of people and age groups are welcome.

Is there a certain attire you would suggest people wear?

No dress code, but I always use it as a chance to sport my spring best. It's the one time of year you get away with white and pastels. I say go for it.

What else do you have coming up?

Well, the Bunny Hop leads into a short series of monthly Sunday day parties I do with record label Boogie Basics called Groove Garden. This year we're going to partner with I Love Ibiza and a few other crews to make the already awesome patio at The Garage the place to be. I've also been doing some touring with my Jetset Discotheque concept, taking it to various cities on the west coast, here in Salt Lake and then Playa del Carmen (the Ibiza of Mexico) this fall.

What are you doing when you're not organizing the Bunny Hop?

During the daytime I make stuff pretty at my graphic studio, Contact Design on Main Street. That or riding my bike with friends, enjoying all we have to offer in this amazing city of ours.

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You Should Go: Bunny Hop

When • Sunday, April 8, Noon - 6 p.m.

Where • The Garage, 1199 N. Beck St.

Tickets • Free, but bring money for brunch and drinks.