Sunday June 1, 2008

Rock & Roll Fag Party Tribute to DEAN JOHNSON—Pics by Paul Alexander of the Ones

The late Dean Johnson, creator of the legendary NYC party Rock ‘N’ Roll Fag Bar, was celebrated at Don Hill’s nightclub on Friday night the way he would have wanted—with a rollicking party.   

Dean Johnson Homocorp Rock %26 Roll Fag Bar 

Dean Johnson Homocorp Rock %26 Roll Fag Bar Dean Johnson Homocorp Rock %26 Roll Fag Bar

The entertainment featured both of his bands—Velvet Mafia and Dean and the Weenies—joined by a flurry of guest performers.  Also conjuring Dean’s party-hardy spirit were loads of enthusiastic audience members, including Paul Alexander of the dance/electro/pop band The Ones, who supplied us with the following pics.

Machine Dazzle—who’s just as towering as Dean—had people doing double-takes all night by dolling himself up in Johnson’s trademark style.

Machine Dazzle Dancers Dean Johnson

Clark Render deejayed and performed as one-half of the Dueling Bankheads, who used to frequently host Dean’s long-running musical showcase, Homocorp, at CBGB.

Clark Render Dueling Bankheads Dean Johnson

Paul poses with the other glamorous Bankhead, David Ilku.

David Ilku Dueling Bankeads Paul Alexander the Ones

Here’s Paul with the World Famous *BOB*, who led the crowd in a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday” to Dean, who turned 47 that very night.

World Famous *Bob* Paul Alexander the Ones

Paul again with Connie Girl (who sang a perfectly deadpan version of one of Dean’s best-known songs, “The Girl From Planet Muff”), DJ Johnny Dynell (sporting a Lil’ Kim shirt) and cutie Patrick.
Connie Girl Johnny Dynell Patrick Paul Alexander the Ones
Why, what a surprise, it's another photo of Paul. Here he poses with Dean’s long-time friend Dee Finley.  Not sure who the guy is giving them the strange look…

Dee Finley Paul Alexander the Ones

By golly—it’s Paul!  This time he's with nightlife impresario Chi-Chi Valenti, who helped organize the wonderful event.  The benefit raised over $3,300 for Sylvia’s Place, which provides homeless LGBT youth with a place to live.
Chi Chi Valenti Paul Alexander the Ones
Thank you Paul for having such long arms to take so many photos of yourself!  And Happy Birthday, Dean—we miss you!