by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain
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735 Celebrates 2-Year Blowout
Sept. 15 with DJ Chris Cox
735 Nightclub and Bar announces Two Strong, a celebration of the two year anniversary of the club's opening on Sept. 15. Two Strong will also mark the return of international and New Orleans favorite, DJ Chris Cox.
Two Strong will be one of the largest parties 735 has ever thrown. The night will start off at 9pm with an open bar and 735 resident and New Orleans' favorite Alyson Calagna spinning the opening set.
Alyson Calagna is recognized for the wide variety of music that she plays. Amidst her versatility come the signature long overlays, intense buildups, epic breaks and fierce sampling. For your listening pleasure this little powerhouse works her magic mixing progressive, tribal, vocal, uplifting US and UK house music. Alyson's rising stardom has contributed to her being billed with top DJs and performers and 735 is proud to continue its tradition of bringing hot new talent to the attention of the masses.
At midnight there will be a complementary champagne toast to ring in a new year for 735. Afterwards, Chris Cox will take over as DJ for the rest of the evening.
Chris Cox, internationally famous DJ and half of the hitmaking Thunderpuss team, will be making his return to 735 by playing a set that is not to be missed. Thunderpuss has over 15 #1 Billboard singles, including most recently Madonna's "Don't Tell Me," and has remixed hits for Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, J-Lo, and many others. Chris Cox creates cutting edge tracks and an atmosphere that packed the house on New Year's Eve 2000.
Reach 100,000 Labor Day Weekend
Of some 50 businesses contacted, Ambush found that the majority of New Orleans venues were up between 10% to as high as 24% for the giant Official Southern Decadence XXX celebration Labor Day Weekend. Many visitors joined locals as early as Wed., Aug. 29 staying through Tues., Sept. 4 participating in the numerous activities surrounding the holiday.
The economic impact could well exceed $80 million based on the conservative $800 per person spending average.
The New Orleans Mayor's Office, Police Department, Streets Department and Sanitation Department worked closely with the Gay community insuring the safety of both residents and visitors alike during Southern Decadence festivities. Kudos to all involved. Their efforts made the weekend the huge success that it was.
The Official Southern Decadence Kickoff began Wed., Aug. 29 with Oz's Southern Decadence Show.
Thurs. saw numerous activities including the Country Club's SD XXX 6 Day Pool Party, the Boys of Montreal at the Corner Pocket, 735's Dungeons & Dragqueens w/Circuit DJ Connie Casserole, Ninth Circle's Abnormals Anonymous Drag Contest, Oz's Calendar Boy Contest w/Lisa Beaumann and four porn greats, and the Bourbon Pub/Parade's 5th Annual Big D**k Contest with Chi Chi LaRue and her own porn greats.
Fri. saw the return of the Country Club's SD Pool Party, Corner Pocket's Boys of Montreal, TT's Big Meat Hot Male Danseurs, Toni Fennely's author signing/reception at Faubourg Marigny Books, New Orleans Bear & Bear Trapper Club Decadence 2001 Bear Obscenity at Cowpokes, 735's Military Balls with circuit DJ Monty Q, Official Southern Decadence Drag Show [starring SDGMs XXIX Estelle, Bianca and Rick] at the Golden Lantern, Bourbon Pub/Parade's Euphoria w/DJ Warren Cluck, the Phoenix's giant Leather Decadence 2001 Block Party, Oz's Sanctuary w/circuit great Abel, State Palace Theatre's Southern Foam Frolic and Le Roundup's 3rd Annual Mud Wrestling Competition.
Sat. brought back Country Club's SD Pool Party, New Orleans Bear & Bear Trapper Club's Decadence Vendor Fair & Arctophile Party at Cowpokes, Phoenix's Leather Hell w/Chain Drive DJ Eric Willems, Corner Pocket's Boys of Montreal, Petronius' 3rd Annual Hookers Ball at Cowpokes, TT's Big Meat Danseurs, House of Blues & Saenger Theatre presented the Margaret Cho Concert, Mr. Louisiana Leather Contest at Harrah's, 735's Circuit DJ Alyson Calagna along w/Margaret Cho's After Concert Party, Le Roundup's Bad Boys Strip Pool Tourney, Bourbon Pub/Parade's Deca-Dance XIII w/ DJs Max Rodriguez and Lydia Prim, Oz's Twirl Girl: Grab Your Pussy & Scream VII w/Circuit DJ Joe Gauthreaux and Peppers' SD Trash Night.
Sun. was the big day w/Country Club's SD Pool Party, Phoenix's Annual Decadence Breakfast & Makeup Party plus Bear Decadence 2001 Party, 29th Annual Official Southern Decadence Parade [led by SDGMs Estelle, Bianca and Rick from the Golden Lantern to MRB, Lucky Cheng's, Petunias, Le Roundup, Double Play, Corner Pocket, Orlando's Society Page, Ninth Circle, Voodoo, Rawhide, Bourbon Pub/Parade, 735, Oz, Lafitte's, ending at Ambush Headquarters], Ninth Circle's $10,000 Cash Raffle Drawing benefiting Buzzy's Boys & Girls, 735's T-Dance w/DJ Dave Myers, Corner Pocket's Boys of Montreal, 9th Annual Official Southern Decadence Bead Toss [honoring SDGMs Bianca, Estelle & Rick sponsored by Absolut, Ambush, Harrah's & Miller Lite/Foster's], MRB's SD Grand Marshals BBQ, 735's Underwear Party w/DJs Raymond Mattix & Ed Bailey, Submission MegaDance Circuit Party w/DJ Manny Lehman at the Municipal Auditorium w/some 2,400 revelers, Le Roundup's Bad Boys Strip Pool Tourney, Cowpokes' Boxers & Boots Wet Boxer Shorts Contest w/Loretta Wynette, Bourbon Pub/Parade's Meltdown w/Chi Chi LaRue's SEXtravaganza, Oz's One Night in Heaven 6 w/Circuit DJ Barry Harris, and Voodoo's 2nd Annual Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil SD Closing Ritual.
Mon. closed out the weekend w/Country Club's SD Pool Party, 5th Annual Official Southern Decadence Survivors' Bar Run led by Ted Mahaffy [traveling to the Corner Pocket, Double Play, Ninth Circle, Voodoo, TT's, Cowpokes, Phoenix, ending at Golden Lantern], Corner Pocket's Boys of Montreal, Cowpokes' Ranch Hands Personal Exotic Dancers, Oz's Decadence Closing Party w/DJ Tim Pflueger and Bourbon Pub/Parades' SD Closing Party w/DJs Darren Thomas & Jayskee.
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