The List Of The Hottest Places LGBT Houston Will Be Ringing In The New Year
New Year’s Eve 2017 Houston: A List Of LGBTQ+ Parties
HOUSTON — How are you and your friends ringing in 2017? You could freeze your ass off in New York’s Times Square, or you could enjoy the more humid air of the eccentric Montrose neighborhood. You can either party bounce or pick one location and stay all night.
We all know this is a rough time of year with visiting relatives, expanding waistlines, but all is forgotten for New Years Eve. Montrose might not always get things right (town home building invasion, crime), but the historic LGBT neighborhood certainly knows how to party.
We’ve complied an exclusive list from social media of some of the best LGBTQ+ parties across Montrose and Midtown for the young and in your prime, for the laid-back and the adrenaline junkie, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy, and be safe.
Richs Houston: 2017 NYE BASH Complimentary champagne toast, and a cash balloon drop worth thousands at the stroke of midnight. Rich’s has a special surprise for our revelers in Houston. Scene:Trendy+ Large Danceclub $10 Door Cover | 21+ | Doors at 9PM
South Beach: NYE with RuPaul’s Pearl Pearl returns for the Pearl Necklace party. New Year’s Countdown.. Champagne toast at midnight. No cover before 10PM with text. No cover until midnight with Tuxedo. Scene:Mix Crowd + Youth + DJ + Drag Lovers + Large Danceclub $20 Door Cover | 18+ | 9PM – 4AM
Neon Boots Dancehall: HUGE 2017 NYE Party Champagne Toast, Balloon Drop Money Drop, and free breakfast Free Breakfast at 1:30am Free New Year’s Party Favors Scene:County Music + Jocks + Cowboys & Girls + Large Danceclub $10 Door Cover | 21+ | 9PM
F Bar Houston: Diamonds Are Forever NYE Entertainment by ALYSSA EDWARDS, LAGANJA ESTRANJA and hosted by PERSANA SHOULDERS, from the world famous OZ NIGHTCLUB, New Orleans. Scene:Trendy+ Drag Lovers + DJ + Danceclub $35 COVER | 21+| 9PM
Pearl Bar: DJ Von Kiss NYE Girl Party DJ Von Kiss from Los Angeles joins GRRRL PARTS DJs at Houston only girl bar. Complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight Scene:Trendy+ Girls + DJ + Bar $10 Door Cover | 21+ |8PM
Guava Lamp: NYE Drag Show Start your New Year’s Eve with Houston’s Best Drag Show at Guava Lamp. Bottle Service Available: $200 for both one bottle of Kettle One and one bottle Veuve Champagne. Scene:Trendy+ Intimate Crowd + Drag Lovers +DJ + Bar $ NO Cover | 21+ | 4PM
Ripcord: Bearracuda NYE 2017 Get your NYE fun with DJ Ryan Jones at the Ripcord. Scene:Leather + Mix + DJ + Bar $6 Door Cover | 21+| 9PM
Bayou City Bar: NYE Drag Show Midnight balloon drop with cash and prizes at this hot New Years Eve party in the middle of Montrose. Bottle Service available. Scene:Hip Hop + Trendy + DJ + Bar $ NO Cover | 21+ |9PM
Queer Artist ‘The Hound’ Releases New Video Starring Adult Film Star Adam Ramzi
(HOUSTON) – Queer Artist ‘The Hound‘ has released a new single, “Can’t Let You Go,” and stars adult film-fox Adam Ramzi as the no-good ex The Hound can’t break free from.
The Hound tells About Magazine he drew inspiration from Alanis Morissette’s “Your House”.
“I wanted the viewer to think that they were watching me moving around my apartment, burdened by memories. Suddenly, they realize that it’s not my place, that I’ve broken into the home of my ex who is now with someone else.”
Co-directed by The Hound and Adrian Anchondo, the music video features choreography by Andrew Pearson and some incredible dance moves by Ramzi. It also has the distinction of being banned from Instagram for being “too sexually explicit”.
“Adam brings the relationship to life in the video,” continues The Hound. “There were a few scenes that we kept doing over and over again and it got so very real. I could tell we were both channeling some true life experiences.”
The Hound knows about the dangers of a toxic love. He admits to being in a low place in life when writing, “Can’t Let You Go.” “I didn’t know what I wanted anymore. I was very depressed and found myself in an incredibly toxic relationship with someone who suffered extreme highs and lows, and I was coming to terms with the fact that just because it’s love, doesn’t make it right. People also love heroin and meth, and he was definitely like a drug to me. It took everything falling apart for me to finally walk away.”
One of the lyrics that resonates with him most is:
I could see the end,
but it was easier to pretend,
that we’d make it out alive and I wouldn’t lose a friend.
“There’s this awareness that the relationship would eventually fall apart, but until it did, things could be swept under the rug,” he explains.
The Hound grew up in Santa Clarita, a suburb outside of Los Angeles. Music was an escape from his parent’s divorce and his dad’s alcoholism.
He came out 14, when, as a freshman at Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, he caught the eye of a popular senior. “It was the second week of school and I heard this very cute and talented guy liked me,” he remembers. “I wasn’t out, but that changed very quickly.”
He’d go on to date other boys in high school, including Lawrence Alarcon, his eventual bandmate. After graduation, they formed Orchid and Hound in San Francisco and began performing and releasing records. When they broke up, The Hound kept his name.
“My songs are about my life and the lessons I’ve learned,” he explains. “Being human means making mistakes; hearing that voice of reason and consciously choosing to ignore it.
“One thing I have learned is that relationships define us and we struggle with who we are without them. The worst ones can be impossible to let go of.”
The Hounds’ “Can’t Let You Go” is available on iTunes, Spotify and all digital platforms. The music video is available on Youtube.
Lance Bass Husband Michael Turchin Gets ‘Dramatic,’ Accuses Man Of Assault After Clubbing In Houston
(HOUSTON) — Hours after the grand success of the 20th annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Houston Gala, special guest and former Nsync member Lance Bass and model husband, Michael Turchin hit the Houston LGBT club scene.
This past Saturday, About Magazine had the honor of being invited to Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon for a special event to mark their five-year anniversary.
(HOUSTON) – When Neon Boots says that they’re going to throw a party, let me tell you … they throw a party. Houston’s favorite country & western LGBTQ bar located at 11410 Hempstead Rd. celebrated its five-year anniversary this past Saturday with a slew of performances in their Illusions Drag Show and with a special finale to their Summer Concert Series out on the patio with a performance by singer-songwriter Paige Lewis. The bar’s co-owner, Debbie Storrs, sat down with About Magazine leading up to the party for a special interview after which she invited us to be her guests at the event.
And why? Because that’s just the sort of thing that Storrs and her business partners (Jim Gerhold, Rodney Myers, Ron McLeroy, and Fernando Garcia) do for their patrons and the people that they love. For five years, the smart folks behind Neon Boots (which previously also included James Daily and the recently passed Jim Moore) have been giving back to the community that’s kept them in business for half a decade with concerts, dance lessons, nightly karaoke, parties, drinks, food, and more. And the night of the fifth anniversary was no exception, with the owners even providing a special champagne toast to round off the performance and commemorative anniversary pins for all their guests.
The evening began before the seven o’clock hour with patrons of the bar rolling in for the Illusions Show, which featured some of Houston’s most talented drag entertainers, including the current reigning Miss Gay USofA, Janet Fierce Andrews, Dina Jacobs, Adeciya Iman, Lauren Taylor, Amanda Nicole (who filled in last minute for Christina Ross) and About Magazine favorite, Kara Dion. The ladies performed a number of tributes, parodies, and favorites to a zealous audience that broke out their dollar bills for each and every performance. Kara Dion — who recently suffered a sciatic nerve injury — made her grand reappearance that night, approaching the stage slowly at first only to break out into the normal grandeur and drama that keep fans coming back to see her over-and-over. The audience was so impressed with Dion, in fact, that before she was even halfway through her very first number, a line had formed from the stage all the way to the end of the dance floor to tip her as she performed. These lines recurred during each of Kara’s numbers. Dina Jacobs brought out the best of Tina Turner and Dame Shirley Bassey, while Amanda Nicole put forth a tribute to Lady Gaga and Rihanna, among others.
Outside on the patio on what turned not to be a terribly humid or unbearably hot evening, Paige Lewis performed a set that wowed audiences on the patio throughout the evening. A native of Katy, Texas, Lewis is a singer-songwriter who spends half her time in Houston and the other half in Los Angeles. This September, Lewis will begin her tour through California, Texas, Washington, and Oregon.
Following the drag show, Storrs took to the stage to thank her entire staff, her special guests, friends from in and around the LGBTQ community and the city of Houston, and to unveil a brand new piece of their bar that she described previously as something she was “very excited” about (featured below). But once she’d had time to thank everyone around her and those who couldn’t be there — including a teary-eyed message of love to her late business partner, Jim Moore — Storrs kicked off the remainder of the night by telling the excited crowd, “Now let’s party!”
And so everyone did. The house only seemed to continue to pack itself out as the night progressed. The dance floor became busy with regulars who fell in to enjoy a few drinks and good music; the historic Esquire Room packed up nicely as Dina Jacobs filled in to host karaoke where the About staff and friends sang and spent time around the bar. Out on the patio, patrons new and old clinked glasses, spoke to the staff, laughed over drinks and cigarettes, and listened to music that played overhead as the night drifted away. All-in-all, the night was an overwhelming success. Neon Boots has done the very thing that Storrs told About just a few weeks ago: they’ve created an “everybody bar”. Sure, the history of Neon Boots — which occupies the space of the former Esquire Ballroom, which was open for forty years before closing in 1995 — is surrounded in tales of country music legends like Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, and Loretta Lynn; and sure, its’ an LGBTQ bar now that hosts events in the community’s honor by working with Pride Houston, the Texas Gay Rodeo Association, and many others. But what you see when you walk into Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon is exactly what you get: a mixed bag of patrons — whom Storrs affectionately says are not “customers” but “friends and family […] but mostly family” — of all different sexual orientations, races, religions, gender identifications, and more.
If the fifth anniversary celebration at Neon Boots proved anything, it proved that Debbie Storrs was telling the truth when she said that Neon was an everybody bar. Young, old, Black, white, gay, straight, trans, Asian, Latino, and otherwise, everybody came out to Neon Boots to have a gay old time — the kind that only a place as special as Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon could provide.
Check out the rest of the pictures from the rest of the photos from the anniversary here.