Talk of the Town
Town Danceboutique, the city's newest gay nightspot, is set to open its doors on Saturday night.
Created by Ed Bailey and John Guggenmos, the team behind the long-running Velvet Nation dance party and the hot Halo Lounge, Town has taken over the old Kili's Kafe/2:K:9 building at 2009 Eighth St. NW, around the corner from the 9:30 Club. It's a massive space, with 20,000 square feet spread out over two levels, and will be open until 5 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. It's the first major gay danceclub to open in years, and should quickly become the cornerstone of a scene that has been dwindling in recent years.
Saturday's first event, dubbed Uptown, features new resident DJ David Knapp, a fixture at Miami's White Parties and a former resident at New York's Limelight, and DJ Wess, a fixture at Velvet Nation. Doors open at 9 p.m., and drag legend Ella Fitzgerald performs two shows at 9:30 and 11. Other entertainment comes from the in-house dance troupe X-Faction, as well as teams of gyrating go-go boys. It's 21-and-over, and there's a $12 cover.
Next Friday is the debut of Downtown, which is slated to feature "cutting edge" electro music and "avant-garde performances," with DJs Wess and Seth Gold. This night is 18-and-over, and also features drag shows, the X-Factor dance team and go-go boys.
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