Percussions Lounge closed until further notice

We’re sorry to hear that Fort Worth club Percussions Lounge closed its doors last Wednesday. This was posted on the club’s Facebook page. However, owner Randy Norman says that it really was just a matter of location.

“People didn’t really want to walk that far out and it never has really taken off,” Norman said.

Instead, Norman is focusing on his two more popular spots — Rainbow Lounge and Best Friends. That was part of the deal when he took over most of the gay bar scene in Fort Worth.

“I wanna get those built up, but we are also looking for another location for Percussions and we’re trying to see what we can find, but yeah, the focus now will be on Rainbow and Best Friends.”

—  Rich Lopez

Calendar men

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There should be plenty of beefy hot cowboys in town during the IGRA rodeo, but why not enjoy them all year long? Thanks to HomoRodeo.com, you can. Their Cowboy Outlaws calendar means you don’t have to book a trip to Brokeback Mountain to find aw-shucks hotties.

HomoRodeo.com is a social networking site celebrating the queer community (mostly men) on the rural side of the fence: farmers, cowboys and just-everyday guys. Founded by Harley Deuce, the site and the calendar are in their 7th year celebrating the cowboy.

“I grew up in a rural environment,” Deuce says. “HomoRodeo.com is a result of going to gay rodeos and helping the people stay in touch, promote the sport. I appreciate what the cowboy represents.”

No professional models were harmed in the making of Cowboy Outlaws — all models in the calendar are members of the site. And those members are willing to bare it all. Yup, all. This is the gift that keeps on giving — until December, at least.

HomoRodeo.com will host meet-and-greets at both Woody’s and Best Friends with this year’s gentlemen, some of who are competing at IGRA. But with a limited edition in print and the appeal of the men, Deuce says to plan your visit.

“The line can get long, especially if people are waiting to get all the guys’ autographs,” he says. “Get there as soon as it opens.”

Not a problem.

— Rich Lopez

Best Friends Club
2620 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth.
Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

Woody’s
4011 Cedar Springs Road.
Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.
HomoRodeo.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 7, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Rainbow Lounge owner has purchased Best Friends Club and will reopen it Monday

Next Generation of Entertainment, which owns the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth, has purchased Best Friends Club in Fort Worth and will reopen the bar July 4. As Rich reported Monday, Best Friends Club closed last weekend. From the Rainbow Lounge on Facebook today:

Dear Family, Friends and Our Community;

To put all the rumors to rest, Next Generation of Entertainment has added a new venue to Our Team. We have purchased “Best Friends Club”. We are excited to add this venue it will join Rainbow Lounge of Fort Worth and Percussions Lounge.

We will open Monday 4th of July, 2011. You can join your favorite bartenders and staff!! (the ones you always enjoyed)

For those in the Community, All Charity Shows, that are scheduled you will still be able to keep your scheduled dates and we will assist you in raising monies for your charity.

….in the future you will be updated as The Best Friends Club will get great and exciting changes in decor and overall improvements. Best Friends will be the New and Exciting Club in Fort Worth!

Thanks,
JR

—  John Wright

Not a great week for lesbian bars, as Best Friends Club in Fort Worth has apparently closed too

First we get news that Jack’s Backyard shut its doors Sunday and then we find out Best Friends Club has too. At least according to the recent smattering of these Facebook postings.

Melissa posted

I want to say “Thank You” to Scott Jones for all the years of community service and all the ways you helped the organizations and individuals who needed it. I know that because of all you have done, the Universe will be kind to you in the next phase of your life.

Carla posted:

This really sucks! I know that there was every effort made to keep this from happening….I wish that this was not true. You all will be missed. This was a”Cheers” like bar for quite a few of us…….SAD, SAD, SAD!!!!

I put a call in to owner Scott Jones for details about the club’s closing and what the future (if any) may be for Best Friends. I have yet to connect with him to discuss.

Interestingly enough, Slate just posted a six-part series today titled The Gay Bar: Its Riotous Past and Uncertain Future by June Thomas. Here is a small excerpt of today’s post asking whether gay bars are going by the wayside.

In 2007, Entrepreneur magazine put gay bars on its list of businesses facing extinction, along with record stores and pay phones. And it’s not just that gays are hanging out in straight bars; some are eschewing bars altogether and finding partners online or via location-based smartphone apps like Grindr, Qrushr, and Scruff. Between 2005 and 2011, the number of gay and lesbian bars and clubs in gay-travel-guide publisher Damron’s database decreased by 12.5 percent, from 1,605 to 1,405. Could the double whammy of mainstreaming and technology mean that gay bars are doomed?

—  Rich Lopez

‘Get Lucky’ with Q Cinema and great drag talent

The 4th annual Miss QCinema Pageant — “a movie-themed drag pageant extraordinaire” — is being held tonight, beginning at 8 p.m., at Best Friends Club, 2620 E. Lancaster in Fort Worth.

Paul J. Williams

The event, benefiting Fort Worth’s top-notch, year-round LGBT film organization (QCinema — duh!), will feature local — and gay cruise circuit — favorite Paul J. Williams as host and emcee, along with performances by last year’s Miss QCinema Jessica Paige-Jennings and other former Miss QCinema titleholders. Plus, there will be some “sneak peeks” of the film line-up on tap for QCinema’s 13th annual film festival set for June 2-5.

Pageant coordinator Stuart Himmelstein says this ain’t gonna be your typical drag show: With our giant screen projecting each of the performers and contestants, amazing special guests and a terrifically funny host, this promises to be the best show in town.”

Admission to the pageant is free, but seating is limited. So you will want to get there early to get a good seat and enjoy the show in comfort.

—  admin

No place like home

Linze Serell began her Miss Charity America reign nine years ago, just not like you think.

“I was first runner-up for nine years,” Bill Lindsey says. “This year, I thought I’d give it another try.”

Serell is the alter ego of Lindsey and this year, he took the title for the first time after 11 total tries. But winning or not, this pageant is more than sparkles and makeup.

For 20 years, Miss Charity America has been the main fundraiser for Home for the Holidays, which sends people living with AIDS home during the season.

“It’s been a blessing to stick around this long,” he says. “I think we’re the only organization of our kind in the country.”

Last year, the organization provided travel for 23 people, including sending some home to South Africa. Although Lindsey says Home for the Holidays has lingered on the bottom of the list for AIDS funding, it has received help and acknowledgement from the likes of

American Airlines and Black Tie. This could be a new start for the organization, but that makes Miss Charity America no less important.

“Oh yes, this event is the life source of our organization,” Lindsey says.

— R.L.

Best Friends Club, 2620 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. 7 p.m. $5. All proceeds benefit the organization. HomeForTheHolidaysTexas.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 15, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Tarrant Pride: Best Friends Club fills a school night just nicely

Tuesday nights are the nights to make besties with Best Friends Club

You could win with this cheesy conglomeration.

If for no other reason, you have to make it to Best Friends Club for the sublimely titled Cheese Wars of the Cheese Whores. When the club asks you to bring your cheese and crackers and then judge “other cheese whores,” how can you resist? And don’t try to pull a Velveeta over on them. The BFC peeps declare “We know our chesses biatches!”

They fill the rest of the evening with their Glee watch party and then it’s Games Night time. Sure you can have snacks, TV and games at home, but you won’t be with your Best Friends, now will you?

DEETS: 2620 E. Lancaster Ave. Fort Worth. 5:30 p.m. BestFriendsFW.com

—  Rich Lopez

Party like it's 1979! Best Friends Club hosts 'Disco Dancing at the Red Neck Yacht Club'

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Get out those dancin’ shoes and get ready to shake your groove thing!

Nancy Peoples is hosting “Disco Dancing at the Red Neck Yacht Club” on Saturday night, May 8 at Best Friends Club, 2620 E. Lancaster in Fort Worth, and proceeds benefit AIDS Services of North Texas.

There will be a show from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the Texas Gay Rodeo Association will be firing up the grill on the patio at 8 p.m. to cook up some grub for the dancers.

So head on over to enjoy an early show, eat a bit, drink a little and dance the night away!

—  admin