Page Hodel’s extraordinary career has always been grounded in two things: a profound love and respect for the fiercest soul music; and a dedication to creating entertainment events that celebrate diversity. For over 40 years, Page Hodel has been an integral part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, as a dance club DJ, a radio mixtress, and a club promoter.
In 1972 Page began her musical pursuits with a trip to Paris to study classical guitar at the Conservatoire de Musique Jean Courbin. She returned to the United States to follow her focused passion for music, playing with several local women’s funk bands here in the Bay Area including Mama Says Funk.
What followed, began as a yearly tradition throwing her notorious birthday parties, and quickly lead to a regular DJ gig at the much-missed Amelia’s in San Francisco. It wasn’t long before Page’s DJ career took flight in major dance venues in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Paris, and around the globe with frequent Olivia cruises. Page became the first female mixer on a major market radio station, mixing the legendary “Noon Mix” on KSOL which was followed by a regular spot recording the LIVE 105 “Mid-day Mix”, and occasionally evening mixes on KMEL.
The popular party crowds always followed Page. In 1987 her nightclub promotion career was born as “the Box” and “Club Q”, two of San Francisco’s legendary and longest running dance clubs. Page’s dual role as DJ and promoter was a winning combination. The music industry took note in 1988 when Billboard Magazine selected her to serve in the much-coveted “Dance Chart Reporter” representing San Francisco, as one of the country’s one hundred dance chart reporters for 16 years.
To date, Page has won numerous awards and honors including an induction into the Cable Car Awards “Hall of Fame”, San Francisco Bay Guardian awards for “Best Dance Club” for the Box, and “Best DJ” and best female DJ in Bay Area by the BAR “Besties” two years in a row.
She is a dedicated fund raiser frequently donating her DJ talents to the AIDS Dance-a-thons in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, the AIDS Walk, the Women’s Cancer Walk, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Curve Magazine Legal Defense Fund, the Project Inform Volunteer Appreciation Parties and many more.
In honor of her beloved partner Madalene Rodriguez, whom she lost to ovarian cancer, Page compiled a collection of photographs into a beautiful hardcover book “Monday Hearts for Madalene” published in 2009. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of every book and card and print is donated to the Women’s Cancer Resource Center.
Before covid, Page split her time between her job as Director of Operations of Living Jazz, a beloved Bay Area nonprofit whose mission is to “Transform Lives through Music” and as a DJ with a full schedule of private and corporate events.
Since covid changed nightlife as we know it, Hodel is falling back on her second love, the art of building making her living now teaching carpentry and building tiny houses. In 1985, already an accomplished carpenter Page renovated a forty-foot school bus, “Roxanne, Roxanne” into her gorgeous, hand-built redwood one bedroom home which landed her on the pages of Dwell magazine, and on HGTV’s “Building Character”.
In 2022, Hodel launched “Page’s CARPENTRY School” a 3-day summer session learning BASIC Building skills in Sebastopol.
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