South Beach promoter extraordinaire Edison Farrow celebrates the ninth anniversary of his Tuesday night event, Martini Tuesdays, on March 2 at Liv in the Fontainebleu Miami Beach. Edison knows how to throw a blowout party and promises plenty of eye candy by Elite Underwear. In a town where many clubs and lounges come and go faster than you can do a Google search, Farrow’s longevity is a tribute to his charisma and skill.
Drink Up, Boys
We all know the currency of choice along Wilton Drive are the tokens many bars distribute for 2-for-1 happy hour drinks. Unfortunately, they don’t work after 9 p.m. Sidelines Sports Bar is extending its happy hour 2-for-1 specials through the evening on Fridays, so the party no longer ends at 9 p.m. Speaking of Sidelines, Team Sidelines, the bar’s AIDSWalk team, will hold a car wash on Sunday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to $3 p.m. Get your car lovingly washed and rubbed down by a hot stud for just $7 and it’s not just a cheap thrill, but benefits a great cause!
Let’s Party! Winter Party Tops Week
After months of eager anticipation, Winter Party Festival, benefiting the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and dozens of local organizations, is here! Here’s a quick look at several of the main events:
Thursday, March 4
The boys will be at Score on Lincoln Road for Rip Current, the official weekend kick-off party. DJs Pride and Roland Belmares will be providing the beat as the Winter Party Festival heads into the long weekend.
Friday, March 5
DJ Rosabel (the amazing team of Ralphi Rosario and Abel) headline Rising Tide on Friday night at Dolce, 1500 Ocean Dr. The event, presented by Hilton and Myron Wolman, will also feature a special performance by Erika Jayne.
Ladies will enjoy a Latin beat at The Copa tonight at Casanova Restaurant and Lounge, 524 Ocean Dr. Icandee Events hosts this party with music by DJs Dezrock and Citizen Jane.
Saturday, March 6
Winter Party weekend is about the sun, so catch some rays at the Under One Sun pool party this afternoon from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the official host hotel, the Doubletree Surfcomber, 1717 Collins Ave.
The party moves to downtown Miami later for Elevation at Park West nightclub, 30 NE 11th St. There will be a shuttle running from the host hotel, but be sure to arrive early for the special opening set by DJ Alexander.
Ladies will enjoy Industry at China Grill, 404 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. Pandora Events has put together a hot night of “Women Gone Wild” featuring DJ Seratonin and an opportunity to meet “The L Word” star Pam Grier.
The excitement isn’t limited to Miami, though. In Fort Lauderdale, the legendary Sea Monster, 2 W. New River Drive West, gets in on the fun with Rough Waters, featuring DJ Ted Eiel.
Sunday, March 7
If you attend one event, don’t miss the crown jewel of Winter Party Weekend, the famous Beach Party. The sands at the 12 St. Beach are transformed into a magical wonderland. Thousands of hot men dance the afternoon away to the beat of DJ Ana Paula and the sound of the pounding surf.
Later, everyone moves indoors for Orbit at Space, 34 NE 11th St. DJs Boris and Tracy Young will be in the booth and look for a special performance by Therese. A shuttle will run from the host hotel between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Monday, March 8
Aftermath, “The Monday Marathon” rounds out the weekend with music Hector Fonseca and Alyson Calagna at Nocturnal, 50 NE 11th St. in Miami. The party starts at 5 a.m.
Tickets for individual events are still available at WinterPartyFestival.org.
A Little Controversy
Once again, controversy brews over one of South Florida’s big circuit weekends.
All eyes will be on Mansion Sunday to see what kind of turnout New York City DJ Peter Rauhofer draws for his unsanctioned party. Local activists contend that Rauhofer’s party piggybacks on extensive national promotion for the Winter Party Festival and ultimately drains funds from the many local charities that benefit from proceeds of sanctioned weekend parties. Rauhofer got into a previous tiff with White Party organizers and started competing parties in the fall and has returned to South Beach again this Spring. Local activists have organized a grassroots campaign, engaged the media and created a website, StopPeter.com. We’ll see what happens….