Hello my lovelies! I am happy to report (although I am still single) I can now get married and I am having a truly fabulous time taking applications and holding interviews! The only thing more fun than this was San Francisco's behemoth Pride Parade and the weekend of uber-fun festivities. Yours truly was indeed surrounded by some of the hottest men and women from the Bay Area and the world beyond.
Empire Of The Sun
It’s great to be alive and living in such a beautiful city as San Francisco. And speaking of San Francisco, Empire Of The Sun has a new single out called "Alive" remixed by David Guetta. Luke Steele and Nick LIttlemore make up the electronic duo from Australia. “Alive” is the first single from their second studio album Ice On The Dune that was released on June 14, 2013. David Guetta wraps the vocals in swirling synths, then slams them between a driving electro beat, while making room for an aggressive club stomper. I love it!
So after the death of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the ruling on Proposition 8, the Castro District was standing room only on Thursday. Yes they even closed off Castro Street and took the party to the streets. It was certainly a gay old time. The celebration was packed from corner to curb, with the children cheering and dancing in the streets. It was the pre-Pride function that was not to be missed. Even the news channels with their roving reporters and cameras were in full swing, interviewing people and recording the event for all to see.
“It's Not Over”
Chaka Khan featuring LeCrae
If you haven't already heard, the legendary Chaka Khan has a new single out, called "It's Not Over". With remixes by Ralphi Rosario and Papercha$er on the domestic release, it’s a soon-to-be dance floor classic. Miss Chaka sounds amazing as always, and the message is clear, "Can't stop now; you've got some living to do; it’s not over". Ralphi Rosario churns out a hands in the air anthem, while Papercha$er gives us a more Electro Tech take. There is also a second set of remixes just released. One is by Alex Sagi; one by Joe Smooth and the third by Andi Durrant and Steve More. It’s a must have for any DJ set.
So Pink Saturday was an event of epic proportions. The night before Pride, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence bring the party to the streets of the Castro. There are multiple sound stages of music creating a large nighttime street party. Also featured are food trucks along Market Street, where the Dyke March, which starts at Dolores Park, ends. There were so many people dressed in various shades of pink, with some in costume and some out of costume. Hell, some were in almost nothing at all. It was a carnival of eye-candy and oops! Did he really feature that as an outfit? These Sisters know how to throw one hell of a party! Quick shout out to Sister Roma, and as always, thanks for the love!!!!
Rihanna is back and once again collaborating with David Guetta. "Right Now" is a great party track, in true David Guetta style, as he has sandwiched her vocals between hardcore Electrobeats, while creating quite the fist pumping raver’s dream. There is also a remix by the incomparable Ralphi Rosario, who gave it the energy it needed to become the anthem of the summer. Stabbing synths, tribal drum beats and Rihanna’s vocals come together rhythmically, which serves to bring the children to the dance floor. Either way you play it, it’s going to be huge!
Now the Pride Parade was phenomenal!!! The LGBT community and its supporters came together to show their solidarity and pride in so many ways. This year’s theme was “Embrace, Encourage, Empower”, celebrating self, diversity, standing against LGBT discrimination, honoring LGBT history, recognizing friends and allies and standing for a loved one lost.The Dykes on Bikes opened the parade, which started on Market at Beale Street and ended on Market at 8th Street, in the Civic Center next to City Hall where the Pride Festival took place. The celebration featured concerts, DJs, performances and speeches. There were over 200 floats full of fabulous drag queens in colorful costumes, hotties in skimpy underwear and daddies dressed in leather drag.
Now as much fun as I had at this year’s Pride celebration in San Francisco, there is only one other place I would have liked to be, and that is at the Pier Dance in New York for their Pride festivities, which fell on the same weekend. Especially since the legendary gay icon herself, Cher, was scheduled to perform. Of course my fabulous co-workers and JustCircuiteers were as close as you can get on stage, just a few feet from the Diva, in the Uber-VIP Box, otherwise known as JustCircuit Central. (Also in the box was the fab Ultra Nate, Deborah Cox, Whoopi Goldberg, promoter Marc Katz, music guru Hosh Gurelli and a few Sony executives who love JustCircuit! Of course JC’s Victor Mauro and Tommy Sickler were holding court. DAMN I should have been there…)
Cher’s new single "Woman's World" was written by Matt Morris, Paul Oakenfold and Anthony Crawford, while JD Walker and Paul Oakenfold handled the production. This female empowerment anthem is the first single from her twenty-sixth studio album Closer To The Truth which is due to be released on September 24th of this year. Tracy Young, Danny Verde and R3hab remixed the single. My favorite is undoubtedly Danny Verde's remix. Thank the stars for Cher's return once again. It has been over ten years since her last studio album Living Proof that was released in 2001, with the exception of the two tracks "Welcome to Burlesque"and "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" in 2010 for the soundtrack to the film Burlesque. Yay us!!!
While at the San Francisco Pride Parade, I ran into my dear friend, William "Ducati" Brown. Yes, he’s the incomparable lighting tech genius who does most of, if not all of the lighting at the parties. William invited me, VIP of course, to Reach, the official Pride t-dance at City Nights, located at 715 Harrison Street. The event was brought to you by Steve Mueller and Jonathan Foulk, the producers of Real Bad. The Real Bad event and fundraiser donates 100% of the proceeds to various San Francisco non-profit charities. I was also informed that Robert Sanders of Ragerlasers is the man responsible for the incredible laser show. Talk about the place to be! Not only was it packed with hot, sweaty beauties but Wayne G and Andy Almighty (7th Heaven and Club Junkies) were the feature DJs of the evening. I couldn't think of a better way to continue the celebration. Upon arrival I was greeted by the sounds of Andy Almighty turning the party, along with the sight of shirtless stud muffins twirling around the dance floor. After being greeted by William and escorted to the VIP section for cocktails, I returned to hear Wayne G swirl the children with his signature blend of musical confections, kicking off the balloon drop. There was a special performance by Suzan Revah and Love My Gays, which I unfortunately had to miss, as I was already being escorted out by not one but two shirtless hotties wanting to take me out for a nightcap. What an amazing night it was, and I felt like the Belle of the Ball. Thanks again, William, for your hospitality! You sure know how to show a girl a good time! If you were unfortunate enough to miss this event this time around, don't make the same mistake in 2014 as I hear it’s going to be even bigger.
“You're A Star”
William Umana featuring Alan T
Yes, children, the legendary Alan T, door Diva extraordinaire, the MC of Tweaking and bullhorn spokesperson of Jonesing, returns with his new single "You're A Star". William Umana is serving up fierce tribal beats for the children to twerk the runway, while Alan T turns the mic with phrases like "Star 69", "You're A Star" and "You're A Legend" paying tribute to the late, great Peter Rauhofer.The tune is a must feature, destined to become a runway classic for any house, and coming to a ball near you. Turn it Alan! You're the star, Hunty…you're the legend!
In closing, children please remember to play safe and save the shade for the deserving. Until next time be well and I'll see you at the Play t-dance at Mezzanine, 444 Jesse Street on the 28thof July, which is the Up Your Alley Closing Party.
You know you love me,