April 8th was the grand opening of Rockit Fridays at it’s new home located in Midtown Manhattan, District 36. Rockit Fridays is an event held by Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio. FV Events is geared towards Gay men but you don’t have to be one, or be dressed as one to have a good time. Women and beautiful drag queens alike can be found fist pumping and dancing along side shirtless men with faux hawks. With male dancers at almost every corner of the main floor, the event was a sight for sore eyes.
Upstairs in the VIP, Amanda Lepore, a well known transgender icon, could be found floating around in her sequined wig. The music was fast paced and exactly the vibe you would expect at a gay night club. DJ Enferno played only the best tracks and house mixes that kept the dance floor packed. In 2008, DJ Enferno (Eric Jao), assisted in remix productions on Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet tour. Comfortable with performing in front of large crowds; pleasing the 2000 guests at District 36 seemed to be a task that came naturally. The music kept people dancing all the way to the bar (open until 11). On the lower level, not far from coat-check, Lady Bunny was spinning tracks for a somewhat less-enthusiastic crowd. It was a small area, a place to hangout away from the masses but still enjoy music and a drink.
The entertainment for the night included a static trapeze act and two performances. Raja of RuPaul’s Drag Race – Season 3 lip-synced two dance-pop songs with cigarette in hand. Epiphany, the host of the night clued the 2,000 plus guests in on Raja’s current Drag Race standing-Rockit Friday’s performer is rumored to be the winner of the competition. Also a celebrity hot spot, the event has been frequented by many entertainers like: Fergie, Ke$ha, Lil’ Kim, Kylie Minogue, Janice Dickinson and Adam Lambert.
With the entertainment, the cover charge of $5 before 11pm and $10 after, is a deal-maker. FV Events has managed to create a guaranteed great Friday night. Overall the experience was fantastic, the performances were a steal and the music was nothing less than unforgettable.
By Amanda Domenech