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|Stonewall Party celebrates riot’s gay bar roots|
|by Matt Schafer|
|June 10, 2011 00:00|
Bubba D. Licious and the girls will put on a Stonewall-themed show June 25 to raise funds for the Atlanta Pride Committee. The event is the Official Stonewall Celebration Party.
Jungle Club owner Brad Williams said the show will be, “a little campy, just cutting,” as a fun way to remember the 1969 riots around the Stonewall Inn in New York that are largely seen as the start of the modern gay rights movement.
“We really want to remember what it really is,” Williams said. “Stonewall started in June, it started in a bar… a lot of people don’t know the history and so that’s kind of the point of Bubba’s show is let people know what happened.”
A police raid on the Stonewall Inn during the early morning hours of June 28 sparked a violent reaction from the gay bar’s patrons, who were frequently harassed. The police officers were initially trapped inside the bar, and several days of demonstrations followed. Since Stonewall started in a bar, it fitting to celebrate its history in one, Williams said.
Williams was still finalizing the details when he spoke to Georgia Voice but said several performers will join Bubba D. Licious on stage at 8 p.m. There will also be a hunk auction where dates with attractive men will be sold to the highest bidder. The proceeds will go to the Atlanta Pride Committee to help with the city’s fall celebration, set for Oct. 8-9 this year.
Later in the night Israeli DJ/Producer Oren Nizri will take over Jungle’s sound system.
Nizri is no stranger to the American club music scene. He has been spinning music since 1998 and performed in some of the most renowned nightclubs and music festivals in Israel and Europe before taking up residence in Florida.
Top photo: DJ Oren Nizri spins for the official Stonewall Week party at Jungle. (Publicity photo)
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