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Join Us at Neon Boots’ 5th Anniversary Party

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Houston’s favorite LGBTQ country bar, Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon, will be celebrating its five-year anniversary tomorrow, August 25th. About Magazine will be in the house and we invite everyone to join us for a night of live music, drag, dancing, karaoke, food, and laughter.

(HOUSTON) – The city’s largest LGBTQ country bar, Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon, may only be 5-years-old now, but the history of its building — the former Esquire Ballroom, which began the careers of many legends such as Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline — goes back decades. As discussed in our previous piece about the bar’s anniversary, the Esquire Ballroom opened back in 1955 and saw everyone from Willie Nelson to Loretta Lynn. While it officially shut down in 1995, a full forty years later, the current business owners of Neon Boots have made a special point of keeping that history alive — even naming the bar’s quaint karaoke room the Esquire Room.

37979772_1087736671400160_399237718632038400_o-1 Join Us at Neon Boots' 5th Anniversary PartyTomorrow, Neon Boots will celebrate five years with two big events — one on the main stage indoors, and one on the bar’s beautiful and spacious back patio. While both events are scheduled to begin at 7PM, visitors will have the opportunity to move back-and-forth to both. Inside, the Neon Boots staff and patrons (whom co-owner Debbie Storrs affectionately refers to as “family”) will be entertained and delighted by the Illusions Show — a drag performance featuring some of Houston’s top drag queens: reigning Miss Gay USofA Janet Fierce Andrews, Dina Jacobs, Adeciya Iman, Christina Ross, Lauren Taylor, and About Magazine favorite and former Miss Gay Texas America, Kara Dion. The show goes until nine and standing room tickets are available for just $5. Patrons who wish to dine can purchase other tiered ticketing options, table reservations and bottle service. Food will be available at the event as well. Guests who attend will also receive a commemorative Neon Boots anniversary pin as a gift from the bar’s owners.

Out on the patio, Neon Boots will be hosting its final free concert of the summer, wrapping up the Summer Concert Series that has proven to be a success this past year with performances by such Houston singers as Jasmine “JassyB” Branch, Starr Jernigan, and About’s very own Wendy Taylor. Bringing the concert series to a close will be none other than singer/songwriter and Katy-native, Paige Lewis. Neon Boots’ delicious and enormous hamburgers will be served (while supplies last) on the patio for just $5, but admission to the concert is free of charge.

38127545_1091424141031413_9000986790705758208_o Join Us at Neon Boots' 5th Anniversary PartySo put your best boot-scootin’ boots on, warm-up your voice for karaoke with in-house karaoke host and vocalist Steven Tilotta, put on something cute for a picture in front of the step-and-repeat, and come have a great Saturday night celebrating Neon Boots with About Magazine editor-in-chief, Anthony Ramirez, and creative director, Wendy Taylor.

See y’all there!


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MUSIC REVIEW: ‘Sweetener’ by Ariana Grande

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Whistle tone-boasting artist Ariana Grande released her fourth studio album, Sweetener, last weekend. So just how sweet is it?

Fans have been anticipating the release of Ariana Grande’s latest album, Sweetner, for quite some time now, and they were not left with any cavities upon its arrival. The US pop singer has been managing the difficult transition from Nikelodeon pop princess to full-on woman and Queen of Divas mostly well — let us never forget the great donut incident of 2015. But it is clear with this album that she is demanding the world see her as mature and in a completely different light.

After the horrific bombing at her Manchester Arena concert in May of 2017, fans and foes began to see Grande in a more sensitive and emotional light. Critics have argued that her beautiful reaction to this tragedy may overshadow everything she does in the future. That was until Sweetner was released. Brilliantly produced and largely co-written with Pharrell Williams and Max Martin, this is an album of upbeat hip hop inflected with R&B and pop that boasts upbeat lyrics about empowerment and self love.

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In this era of autotune, it’s refreshing to hear an artist who can relies solely on the power of her vocals, and Grande delivers that on a silver platter. Her four-octave range has been compared favorably to Mariah Carey’s, but her style is far more subtle and understated. In this album she is transparent and refreshing. “God is a Woman” and “No Tears Left to Cry” have skyrocketed on the charts and are exactly what audiences want from Grande. With rap appearances from both Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliot, the album captures three of musics most successful women and celebrates everything they have to offer. “Raindrops (An Angel Cried)” cleanses the palate for the emotional impact of the rest of the album. Grande’s signature soaring vocals help ground the listener in the moment and prepare them for the emotional journey that lies ahead. Intertwine that with upbeat bops and you have a recipe for sweet goodness.

“R.E.M.” is arguably the best song on the album, giving you the feels of a throwback and a fresh tune all in one. It’s easy to say that this cohesively collaborated album is by far Grande’s best. We went to the dentist and were given a clean bill of health to have as many “sweets” as we desire.

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Ariana Grande Releases Fourth Album: Sweetener

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Ariana Grande has released her highly-anticipated, fourth studio album, Sweetener, today, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes album chart in more than 90 countries and includes LGBTQ anthem, “no tears left to cry”.

– Grande will be performing her single “God Is a Woman” at the MTV Video Music Awards 

– She is preparing currently for “The Sweetener Sessions” in partnership with American Express

– Buy the album here.


Today, Grammy Award-nominated musician Ariana Grande releases her highly anticipated fourth studio album, Sweetener, via Republic Records.  The album debuted at #1 in over 90 countries on the iTunes Album Chart.  Sweetener includes three previously-released tracks, LGBTQ anthem “No Tears Left To Cry” now officially certified RIAA PLATINUM, “The Light Is Coming”, and current second single “God Is A Woman”. 

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Ariana is preparing for the television debut performance of God Is A Woman on MTV’s Video Music Awards airing Monday, August 20th from Radio City Music Hall.  “God Is A Woman” was released alongside the female empowered music video directed by Grammy Award-winning director Dave Meyer.  Meyers also directed the music videos for “The Light Is Coming” and “No Tears Left to Cry”, and all three videos combined have now been streamed on VEVO over 600 million times. “No Tears Left to Cry” was regaled as an LGBTQ power anthem.

Also available today, fans have the chance to purchase limited edition Sweetener merchandise and music here.

Ariana will be performing songs from Sweetener next week in partnership with American Express, giving Card Members and fans the exclusive chance to see “The Sweetener Sessions,” a series of three intimate shows in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Those who miss the chance to grab a ticket will have the chance to see select songs from the Chicago performance on Ariana’s Instagram IGTV later this month, stay tuned!

ABOUT ARIANA GRANDE

With her powerful vocals and astonishing range, Ariana Grande has emerged as one of the most magnetic and massively successful performers in pop music today. At age 24 she’s delivered three platinum-selling albums and surpassed 18 billion streams, in addition to nabbing four Grammy Award nominations and landing eight hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With 2016’s critically acclaimed Dangerous Woman, Grande both boldly defies expectation and reveals the full force of her voice (recently hailed as an “extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument” upon Grande’s appearance on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list).

Since making her full-length debut with 2013’s Yours Truly (featuring the game-changing, triple-platinum smash “The Way”), Grande has brought her striking vocal presence to a genre-blurring breed of pop, taking on R&B, soul, and electronic music with equal nuance and assurance. Arriving in 2014, her sophomore effort, My Everything, garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and spawned the 6x-platinum hits “Problem” and “Bang Bang” (a Grammy nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance). Grande embraced a more uncompromising vision than ever before in the making of Dangerous Woman. With People noting that the album “celebrates feminine might,” Entertainment Weekly praised Grande for “having something meaningful to say with that jaw-dropping voice — one of the most exquisite in pop today.” Grande wrapped up her widely lauded Dangerous Woman Tour in support of the album last year, performing 85 arena shows worldwide.

Through the years, the longtime actress and former Broadway star has proven the scope of her talent by appearing on Scream Queens and Hairspray Live! and showcased her comedic chops by hosting Saturday Night Live. With her social media following now surging past 200 million, Grande has also earned numerous accolades from the MTV Video Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and American Music Awards (including the highly coveted Artist of the Year prize).

Ariana’s recent single “No Tears Left To Cry” debuted at #1 on iTunes in 88 countries worldwide and began the next era for her upcoming fourth full length studio album Sweetener.  With the release of “Not Tears Left To Cry” she became the first artist in music history to see the lead single from her first four albums debut on the Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100.  This year she has graced the prestigious magazine covers of TIME’s Next Generation Leaders, FADER, and British Vogue.  The highly anticipated album, Sweetener, will be released August 2018.


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Cher to Release New Album: Dancing Queen

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Music legend and LGBTQ icon Cher pays tribute to the music of ABBA following global mega-success of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

The one and only LGBTQ goddess Cher will be releasing Dancing Queen, a new album of all ABBA hits on September 28, 2018, which was officially announced August 9 by Warner Bros. Records. Those who pre-order the new album will immediately receive Cher’s rendition of the song “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).” You can listen to the official audio below.

The Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning icon was inspired to record the album following her stunning performance in the recently-released mega-hit film, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Commented Cher: “I’ve always liked Abba and saw the original Mamma Mia musical on Broadway three times. After filming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, I was reminded again of what great and timeless songs they wrote and started thinking ‘why not do an album of their music?’ The songs were harder to sing than I imagined but I’m so happy with how the music came out. I’m really excited for people to hear it. It’s a perfect time.”

Dancing Queen was recorded and produced in London and Los Angeles with Cher’s longtime collaborator Mark Taylor, who previously produced Cher’s global smash “Believe” which was number one in over 50 countries.

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The track listing for Dancing Queen previously announced on Cher’s twitter is listed below.

Cher is scheduled to be awarded a Kennedy Center Honor on December 2nd in Washington DC. She is a co-producer of The Cher Show, the upcoming Broadway musical opening on December 3rd and will be touring Australia and New Zealand in September.  She is currently performing a residency at MGM Resorts. Get tickets HERE!

Dancing Queen Tracklisting:

1. Dancing Queen
2. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
3. The Name Of The Game
4. SOS
5. Waterloo
6. Mamma Mia
7. Chiquitita
8. Fernando
9. The Winner Takes It All
10. One Of Us


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