Dallas Eagle DJ Troy Sands passes away

DJ Troy Sands

We were sad to learn that Troy Sands passed away Sunday morning. He was a resident DJ at the Dallas Eagle. Sands built his reputation playing the old Brick on Maple Avenue and made a name for himself as a headlining DJ not only in Dallas, but throughout the country. I had the pleasure of writing this story on him as he made his return to the scene after a tough struggle with cancer.

This was posted by two of the Dallas Eagle’s managers on Facebook on Sunday:

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that a very beloved member of our family has left us today. DJ Troy Sands passed away this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Troy’s family and loved ones. The DJ booth at the Dallas Eagle will never be the same without his smile and laugh. You will be missed greatly Troy. We will post additional information concerning any service or memorial as we receive it.

Mark [Frazier] and Cully [Johnson]

Upon the news, people began posting their condolences on Sands’ Facebook page.

—  Rich Lopez

Mr. & Miss Big D Continental at the Brick

Pageant with a heart

This year’s Mr. and Miss Big D Continental isn’t just a pageant. The event will also offers proceeds from the night to the Resource Center of Dallas. Of course, it’s big bang for your buck. Check out the entertainment on hand for Sunday night. Impressive, huh? It’s gonna be like Draga-palooza up in the Brick house tonight.

DEETS: The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave. 8 p.m. $15. BigDContinental.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Giffords intern Daniel Hernandez Jr. to speak at Stonewall Democrats fundraiser in Dallas

Daniel Hernandez Jr. and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords prior to the shooting. (via Facebook)

We’re working to get in touch with Daniel Hernandez Jr., the gay Latino intern credited with saving the life of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, but for now we thought we’d go ahead and mention that Hernandez will be in town next Tuesday for a Stonewall Democrats fundraiser marking the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

Hernandez is a University of Arizona student who’d been an intern for Giffords for only five days at the time of the January shooting in Tuscon. Hernandez applied pressure to Giffords’ head wound and held her upright so she wouldn’t choke on her blood while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Then he rode with her in the back of an ambulance, squeezing her hand as she squeezed back.

The following day, Instant Tea was the first to identify Hernandez as gay. And a few days after that, he would be honored at the Tucson memorial attended by President Barack Obama, where he insisted he wasn’t a hero.

Hernandez will attend a private fundraiser at the home of Stonewall Democrats members on Tuesday, before making a public appearance at the Brick. Sponsorships for the private fundraiser range from $50 to $1,000 and can be purchased here. The fundraiser runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at 2916 Throckmorton St.

The public event runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Brick, and Hernandez will speak at 9. A $10 donation is suggested.

Watch Hernandez’s interview with CNN after the shooting, as well as his speech at the memorial service, after the jump.

—  John Wright

Final bets at the finale of Team DV’s P-P-P-Poker Tourney

Ante up to the table

Team Dallas Voice and Pocket Rockets Dallas are raising money for the Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS by holding a P-P-P-Poker Tournament at clubs across town. After three weeks, the event has come to the grand prize final.

Because this is Dallas, not Vegas, the game play is free, so if you want to contribute to the LSR cause, bring cash to enter the raffle. Among the prizes available or that have been won are tickets to see Dolly Parton (we’ll resist the urge to call this one a “booby prize”), Ke$ha and Chelsea Handler,  tickets to the Texas Rangers and Lone Star Park horse races, Starbucks coffee, a set of poker chips, books, grooming supplies and much more … and the final grand prize: Two tickets on American Airlines anywhere in the contiguous U.S.

DEETS: Check out the Facebook event page here for details.

—  Rich Lopez

Bump & Grind it at the Brick

Sometimes you just need a stripper

—  Rich Lopez

Things look official at The Brick and Joe’s now

The club just posted this pic of their new sign going up. Perfect timing for tonight’s Voice of Pride qualifier contest.

—  Rich Lopez

A friend in need: Roast at The Brick/Joe’s to benefit longtime bartender Peggy Drury

Benefit Sunday at Joe's/The BRick
Peggy Drury

There are a lot of things to like about the LGBT community in North Texas. But the one thing I love the most is the way this community is always willing to step up and help when somebody needs it.

That’s what is happening Sunday afternoon, June 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Brick/Joe’s: Friends are coming together to stage a “roast”  benefiting longtime Joe’s bartender Peggy Drury.

Peg collapsed while working the bar earlier this month and had to be taken to the hospital. She’s home now, but she does have some ongoing health problems and her friends want to raise some money to help pay her medical bills and help her buy groceries and so on until she is back on her feet.

Organizers of the event say they are looking for donations of cash, gift cards and food. You can read about it here on Facebook.

On a personal note, I have known Peg for years and years, and oh, the stories I could tell. Like the one about the Saturday afternoon when she was driving from Dallas to her home out near Lake Tawakoni and suddenly discovered she had become an entry in the Christmas parade in one of the small towns between here and there. Or the time she was trying to impress her (at that time) future wife and ended up super-gluing her upper lip to the tip of her nose. Or the time …. Well, I could go on and on.

But the most important story to remember about Peggy Drury is that anytime a friend needed her, she has always been there. Even if it meant getting dressed up in “drag” to do the “If you’re good to Mama” song from “Chicago” in a benefit show.

And now, it’s definitely time to “be good to Mama” who has always been good to us. So head on over to The Brick/Joe’s on Sunday and be a friend indeed.

—  Dallasvoice

The Brick gives live music a shot

The Brick is trying their hand as a small music venue tonight. Every Tuesday they’ll be hosting live bands and artists which adds to their already busy lineup the rest of the week. But this is a good thing. The live music scene in the gayborhood isn’t as huge as it could be. Thankfully, Sue Ellen’s, Alexandre’s and Peker’s all give local bands and singers a regular place to perform. It looks like we can now add the Brick to that list.

Tonight, they feature Londee Ighile billed as the Londee Project. She’s a local singer who isn’t too bad on the covers from her MySpace page. But I’m curious what her CD will sound like. According to her page, its expected to be released later this year.

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—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: Keke Wyatt tonight at the Brick

I just read that R & B singer Keke Wyatt is performing tonight at 1 a.m. as part of the Brick’s All-Star Weekend Party. Methinks she’s performing that late after her gig at the Brooklyn Jazz Cafe earlier this evening. You just don’t wanna mess with her. Despite a great voice, Wyatt’s mostly famous, or infamous, for stabbing her husband in the back literally. But she said here it was only a paring knife.

Check her latest single, “Who Knew?” here. With or without a knife, she’s pretty fierce.vosstanovit-fileаффилиаты

—  Rich Lopez

Mickey's closes after 6 years, leaving another vacant building on the Cedar Springs strip

Workers remove the sign from the old Mickey's earlier today. Owner Mickey Briggs said the bar closed for good on Monday night.
Workers remove the sign from the old Mickey’s earlier today. Owner Mickey Briggs said the bar closed for good on Monday night.

Mickey’s, the six-year-old gay bar on Cedar Springs Road, closed for good on Monday night due to a substantial pending increase in the lease rate for the building, according to Mickey Briggs, the owner of the bar. Briggs said the owner of the property wanted to increase the lease rate by several thousand dollars per month in 2010, which he says he can’t afford. Briggs said he looked for another location for the bar but was unable to find one. The majority of the Mickey’s staff has gone to work for the new Brick, according to Briggs, and Mickey the deejay will be moving his Retro Sunday to the Brick beginning this weekend.

“I’m going to spend Christmas cleaning the building and repainting to hopefully get back my deposit,” Briggs told me earlier today. “It’s extremely disappointing to shut down a business that everyone tells me they enjoyed.”

Briggs said he fears the building will remain vacant indefinitely because the owner won’t be able to find a tenant that’s willing to pay the higher lease rate. “We’re going to have another empty building on the street,” he said.

Briggs, who says he needed to retire anyway for health reasons, added that he’s grateful he’ll at least be able to keep his popular Retro Sunday going. “It’ll be exactly the same, it’s just at a different location,” he said. “All the guests over the last six years, I feel I owe it to them to continue the show.”сайтразместить рекламу в интернете

—  John Wright