CIRCUIT PARTY NEWS
Susan Morabito Moves to The Bourbon Pub for
Sunday Night's "Dark Shadows" During Halloween
Weekend in New Orleans
Posted July 15, 2005
New Orleans' largest gay nightclub, The
Bourbon Pub / Parade,
in association with Mike Mazer and PM Parties, will present "Dark
Shadows V" on Sunday, October 30th during Halloween Weekend in New
After Saturday night's costume fund raiser, this is traditionally the
most-anticipated event of Halloween Weekend in New Orleans, and a
Weekend Passes for The Bourbon Pub include Free Admission with VIP entry
to Susan Morabito's event. Passes are on sale now for only $65,
and also include Free Admission to The Bourbon Pub / Parade for
Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights' after-hours parties with DJs
Joe Gauthreaux, Lydia Prim, Rick Mitchell and Jayskee. Only a limited number
of weekend passes are available, so don't delay.
Weekend passes and discount hotel rooms may be purchased online at
Southern Decadence DJ Lineup
Posted June 18, 2005
With the existing DJ lineup of Warren
Gluck, Rick Mitchell and Max Rodriguez already enough to
make a seasoned Circuit Boy drool, Lydia Prim has been added to the
lineup, bringing her soulful sounds to Sunday night.
Southern Decadence is the largest gay happening in New Orleans,
attracting upwards of 100,000 partiers for the annual Labor Day Weekend
street and circuit party series of events. Also scheduled to
appear and perform are Chi Chi LaRue, Adam Killian and Shirley Q.
Check out the
Southern Decadence Official Website for complete event information,
including weekend passes, advanced tickets to Shirley Q. Liquor's show
(two sold out in matter of minutes in 2004), and discount hotel and
Winter Party 2006 DJ Schedule Announced
Posted July 20, 2005
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force,
producer of Miami's Winter Party, has announced the DJ lineup for 2006.
Phil B. will spin the main event on the beach. Joe Gauthreaux has
been selected for the Pool Party. Other confirmed DJs include the
legendary Robbie Leslie and Warren Gluck, Manny Lehman and Tony Moran.
Pensacola Attendance Worst Ever
Posted May 31, 2005
According to reports from The Pensacola
News Journal, the Memorial Day weekend crowd might be the smallest that
Pensacola Beach officials have seen in years.
The crowd was next to nothing compared to Memorial Day celebrations in
previous years when it was normal for traffic to back up for miles
Pensacola News Journal
More Canceled Parties
Posted May 30, 2005
bite the dust. New York City's Gay Pride Freedom Party has been
scratched for 2005. Ditto for Sundance in Guerneville, CA.
Promoters indicate that it is hoped that both will return in 2006.
Circuit Party News
Meltdown No More
Posted May 15, 2005
The Memorial Weekend bash in Austin, Texas
is gone for good. According to Ben Parsley's website: We
will not be producing the Meltdown Party over Memorial Day weekend any
more. Although the parties have been fun for most everyone - the reality
is that most of the years it has lost money. Unfortunately, the number
of people that attend do not cover the level of production that we are
committed to have.
Ben Parsley website
The Circuit Dog Shuts Down
January 12, 2005
the evolution of The Circuit, Tony Haden chose to bring to an end an
era, with the shutting down of the popular CurcuitDog website.
Tony is one of the most knowledgeable and influential members that the
scene has known. The hallmark of his site was the battle cry
against greed and the self-destruction of the circuit culture.
From Interview with Tony Haden
published on tonyhaden.com
DJ Robbie Leslie Returns to NYC for
January 2, 2005
no Saint-At-Large White Party this year, but Love Parade Productions
will offer up their third event of this season, "A Paler Shade of
White" on Sunday, February 13th. Veteran DJ Robbie Leslie will spin a
night of classic "white party-ish" music at Vue, the location of the
Love Parade parties.
Reported on Love Parade
Pensacola Destruction Worse Than Feared
Posted December 13, 2004
Early estimates say it will take a year or
even two for Pensacola area beaches to get back to normal.
During that lag time,
visits by tourists will be down at the beaches.
Tom Carmichael, general
manager of Jubilee
on Pensacola Beach,
does not believe tourism
will reach pre-Hurricane Ivan levels this upcoming season.
Rick Harper of the University of West Florida
expects the local tourism
industry won't be completely recovered until 2006.
The Hampton Inn, located in the heart of Pensacola Beach, will not
reopen until June of 2005, which is after Memorial Day Weekend.
At Perdido Key, it could take two years to get back to looking normal
and then another year or so for the economy to catch up, said Bill
Stromquist, executive director of the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce.
"We'll be at 50 percent by the start of summer," Stromquist said.
Pensacola News Journal and
Hampton Inn Website
Singapore Police Stop Gay Party
December 14, 2004
Authorities in Singapore have denied a request for permission to hold a
gay circuit party, stating that it is "against the moral values" of the
nation. The license was denied to organizers of the Snow Ball
dance event, notwithstanding the fact that a permit was issued for a
similar party in both 2003 and 2002.
Citing complaints about same-sex kissing and touching, the authorities
indicated that requests for such permits in the future will be carefully
reviewed. Organizers of the party stated that they had never been
made aware of any illegal activities during the four years that they
have worked with authorities. The denial has been appealed to top
Update: The appeal was denied.
Reported by PlanetOut
Boy George Guest DJs in Lake Tahoe
December 19, 2004
the Nevada Gay / Lesbian Visitor and Convention Bureau, the Lake Tahoe
WinterFest will be held March 6-13 on the scenic south shore. It
is a week-long series of events featuring dance, skiing, snowboarding
and snowmobiling and social activities.
Boy George makes a rare appearance as a special guest DJ for the "Laser
Blue" event on Saturday night at the Horizon Casino. Other top DJs
from London and the United States will also perform.
2005 is the 10th year for this event, and it is consistently ranked as
one of the top three gay ski weeks in the country.
New Orleans Gears Up for Gay Mardi Gras
December 11, 2004
Almost everywhere else
it's just another weekend. But in New Orleans, it's Mardi Gras ...
the party of parties, and a total state of mind. In 2005, the
six-day weekend begins on Thursday, February 3rd, and the New
Orleans gay and lesbian community is already preparing for the
wildest event of the year.
Living up to its reputation as the "Greatest Free Show on Earth,"
Mardi Gras weekend is the climax to weeks of elaborate masquerade
balls and street parades that start in early January. The Gay Mardi
Gras traditions began in the 1950's, when secretive "Krewes" formed
to satirize the heterosexual, aristocratic rituals. Many of these
organizations continue today, with almost a dozen predominantly-gay
groups thriving. The exuberance, freedom and joy builds to a climax
on Fat Tuesday, as thousands of gay and lesbian revelers pack the
world-famous intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets.
This is the epicenter of gay New Orleans, and the very heart of the
French Quarter. The street throngs spill into the clubs, where
world-class "circuit party" DJs rule the dance floors at night. This
year's DJ talent includes Joe Gauthreaux and Max Rodriguez from New
York City, Lydia Prim and Rick
Mitchell from Atlanta, plus Jayskee and Darren Thomas from New
Orleans. And that's just at The Bourbon Pub / Parade, the city's
largest gay establishment and the longest continuously-operating gay
nightclub in the country.
There is a nightly cover charge, but buy a Weekend Pass and enjoy
free admission for the entire weekend. Pass holders bypass general
admission lines and also save a few dollars, which you may want to
use to tip the two dozen beautiful beefcake boys that will be
dancing on the bar tops. Complete Gay Mardi Gras information,
advance purchase of Weekend Passes, and discount hotel reservations
are all available on the official website at www.gaymardigras.net
DJ Joe Gauthreaux Has New Home in New
December 10, 2004
Gauthreaux returns to his hometown of New Orleans on New Year's Weekend
for his debut performance at The Bourbon Pub. According to a
journal posting at www.djjoeg.com Halloween marked the end of
Joe's previous associations in New Orleans, and the beginning of a new
relationship with the folks at "The Pub."
Gauthreaux's DJ-roots go back to The Bourbon Pub, where DJ Chuck
Boudreaux help nurture Joe's love of music and spinning records in the
early-1990s. Future appearances at The Bourbon Pub include
Gay Mardi Gras weekend and other holidays and special events.
New Years - New
Orleans Press Release
Party Festival - South Beach
December 6, 2004
Winter Party week for 2005 will feature a 6-day celebration of social
and cultural activities to benefit the LGBT community of South Florida.
The lineup offers up many of the party's favorites joined by some new
and exciting events which include film, comedy, art and a scenic boat
Official events are held at local nightclubs and some of the hottest
venues in South Beach. DJs include Joe Gauthreaux, Manny Lehman,
Tony Moran, Lydia Prim and Peter Rauhofer. The main event is on
Sunday with the incredible backdrop of South Beach. This year's
event is being produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Two-thirds of the proceeds will be distributed in South Florida, and the
remaining will benefit the national foundation.
|More White Party
Palm Springs DJ Details
December 4, 2004
Jones has been added to play a Sunday pool party. And Casey Alva
joins Tye for Saturday Splash at the water park. Some of the
venues are yet to be announced, including the main event on Saturday
night with DJ Manny Lehman. One thing is certain,
Saturday's White Party will NOT be at the Air Museum.
To Benefit Music Industry AIDS Group
December 3, 2004
is a non-profit organization working to increase HIV awareness among
America's youth by means of AIDS prevention messages. Sales of a
new CD entitled Keep Hope Alive will benefit the group. The CD
includes artists Ultra Nate, Byron Stingley, Joi Cardwell, Blaze and
Barbara Tucker. Five of the tracks are sung by the entire group of
singers plus eight backup singers. The CD consists primarily of
newly-written music by Blaze, which is comprised of Kevin Hedge and Josh
Milan. King Street Sounds, a New York City label, is releasing the
DJs Unite Against HIV
December 2, 2004
increase HIV awareness, DJs Junior Vasquez, Danny Tenaglia, Peter
Rauhofer and others will join together on 11 December for the Move
Against AIDS benefit in New York City. This event will raise funds
for the GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis), one of the country's leading
ASO's. The event will be held at the Jacob Javits Center.
The Move Against Aids project is a way to foster AIDS awareness and
motivate the community. It is hoped that a new generation will be
inspired by the contributions of these all-star DJs. The crisis is
certainly not over. The event is a vehicle to motivate as well as
celebrate incredible strides that have been made in the battle.
2004 in Music News
Discounts For Being Gay / Lesbian
December 1, 2004
It pays to be gay...if you're on America
West Airlines! With just a few points and clicks, gay and lesbian
travelers can find perks, including 10% fare discounts on the airline's
The 10% discount applies when flying to gay events. The airline
uses an honor system as there is no procedure in place to confirm a
passenger's sexual orientation. The gay and lesbian community
tends to book most of their travel on gay-friendly providers, and
America West is hoping to benefit.
It is estimated that the gay and lesbian segment of the population spent
over $580 million on travel during 2003.
||White Party Week
November 30, 2004
The 20th anniversary of White Party Miami
just ended, and it united party boys, activists, gawkers and celebrities
for a mammoth week-long fund raising effort for HIV awareness and
Overcoming complacency, organizers were delighted that this anniversary
event was bigger and better than ever. It is hoped that when all the
counting is done, the events will have raised over $1.1 million for Care
Resources, the organizing group that provides AIDS-related services to
The climax of the weekend takes place at Miami's most prestigious
address, Vizcaya Mansion. For 2004, this party was moved to
Saturday from Sunday, all part of a weekend revamp that was intended to
breathe some new life into this seasoned event.
Reported by The
Cherry on Top
November 29, 2004
Due to Washington, DC's Cherry 9 having inadequate net receipts to fund donations, four gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender organizations in the area will not receive
A Cherry Fund representative reported that income for the event did exceed
costs. But because some revenues are retained for use in planning
the next year's events, no donations could be made. Traditionally,
$10-15,000 is held in reserve each year.
Attendance was down, by from 750 to 1,000 people, resulting in a
significant impact on net income. Also, new corporate sponsors are
becoming increasingly more difficult to locate for such events, which is
indicative of the troubled times that many fund raisers are experiencing
throughout the country.
Cherry Fund is working on ways to ensure the success of 2005's event,
including revamping the name of the weekend and locating new venues.
Metro Weekly, DC
Circuit Goes To Asia
November 29, 2004
called CircuitAsia 2005, and in April Manila will host its debut circuit
party, featuring mega-DJs from the United States, elaborate sound and
lighting, and huge stage productions. And a few surprises will
make this event uniquely Asian.
The Gift Foundation is promoting the event as a celebration of life and
as a means to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and education in the region.
The dates of the event are April 28 through May 1, 2005, with each
evening having its own theme: Fiesta, Pearl of the Pacific, Mud
and Fire are the main events. And the DJ list reads like a
who's-who of circuit talent: Roland Belmares and Brett
Henrichsen, with others to be announced.
Party Palm Springs DJ Lineup Announced
November 29, 2004
the DJ lineup for Jeffrey Sanker's White Party in Palm Springs during
March 25th, 2005
Friday Take-Off Event DJ Adien
Friday Night Afterhours DJ De León
March 26th, 2005
Saturday Splash DJ Tye
WHITE PARTY DJ Manny Lehman
Saturday Afterhours DJ Junior Vasquez
March 27th, 2005
Sunday T-Dance DJ Brett Henrichsen
DJ Tony Moran
Sunday Afterhours DJ Josh Peace
||Homophobe Preacher Banned From
A radical pastor of a small
congregation, who led a protest through last year's Southern
Decadence festival, has been legally banned from going near this
year's event. Southern Decadence is the South's largest gay event and
is held annually during Labor Day Weekend in the New Orleans French
Orleans Civil District Judge Michael Bagneris signed a restraining order
against the Revered Grant Storms, preventing him from attempting to
interfere with the annual party. Storms and his disciples will be
permitted to hold signs in opposition to the gay lifestyle, but may not
use megaphones, noisemakers, bullhorns or other devices that would
disrupt the festivities.
In excess of 100,000 participants attend Southern Decadence, which
includes circuit party style events, leather shows, drag queens, heavy
public drinking, parties and parades.