FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008
THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF DEAN JOHNSON PRESENT
ROCK N ROLL FAG BAR 2008
THE BENEFIT CONCERT
511 GREENWICH STREET (AT SPRING) NYC
FROM 10:30 PM, $10 MINIMUM DONATION
21 AND OVER, I.D. REQUIRED
On what would have been Dean Johnson's 47th birthday, his many friends, cohorts and fellow musicians join for this epic celebration of New York City's recently lost Star. The towering Johnson was a pioneer in many ways, helping to shape the NYC gay and transgendered nightscape with his parties ROCK 'N ROLL FAG BAR and HOMOCORPS. Best known as songwriter and lead singer for two influential NYC bands, DEAN AND THE WEENIES and THE VELVET MAFIA, he will be remembered that way tonight.
Both bands will take the stage for extended sets with guest artists from Dean's many nocturnal circles performing his most classic songs. At presstime, they are AMANDA POLLOCK, BEBE BUELL, BONNIE BOWERS, DAZZLE DANCERS, DUELLING BANKHEADS, EUNICE HOLLAND, JENNY MAUL, JOEY ARIAS, KEVIN AVIANCE, MELISSA TIERS, MICHAEL "FORMIKA" JONES, MISS GUY, MISS MANDY LEMONS, NURSE WANDA (JEAN WALSH), PERRI MASCO, PHOEBE LEGERE, THE GIRLS FROM PLANET MUFF, WORLD FAMOUS *BOB* and XAVIER. DJs are Dean's longtime collaborators CLARK RENDER and TENNESSEE.
Besides celebrating Johnson's cultural legacy in video and song, the evening also nods to his big heart - 100% of proceeds will benefit SYLVIA'S PLACE
, providing shelter for homeless GLBT youth in NYC. The night is being produced by Dean's sister BETH JOHNSON with three of his longtime co-producers - CHI CHI VALENTI (THE JACKIE FACTORY) and JOE BIRDSONG and HATTIE HATHAWAY of RAPTURE EVENTS. ROCK N ROLL FAG BAR 2008 is also being planned with the help of visual and musical curators ALICE O'MALLEY, LESLIE STERNBERGH and ADAM ALEXANDER, STUART KLINGER (THE WEENIES) and SUSANNE HASSENSTEIN (THE VELVET MAFIA).
If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation of any size to this wonderful show and cause, please donate through the event website
. (All monies will first be used to defray show expenses, allowing more $ to go directly to the charity in Dean's name). Advance Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 24, on the same page.
FRIEND OF DEAN? Please help us get the word out on this show by reposting this information widely. For a beautiful web graphic, visit the event website and copy the invitation and handbill there.
Publicity and more information: THE JACKIE FACTORY NYC -
firstname.lastname@example.org or 212 929-6060