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Plexi presents Chris Fortier @ Filter 14

What a night! Last night felt like three distinct parties as different party people came throughout the night. As the hostess it's always interesting to see the party progress from start to finish and experiencing the full-breadth of the night where anything can happen. Try it sometime, a night takes on its own distinct personality depending on the crowd. Most clubbers can't do the start to finish - it's long work, tiring and hard, so next time try giving your local promoter "the nod."

Last night started out with a generous open bar with 4 or 5 different cocktails on the menu and $2 beers. Thanks Tommy Frayne! This helps lubricate things for the night. A mixture of catching up with friends, fans of Chris Fortier & Bedrock, old pals from Twilo, some business schmoozing, chats with members, requisite debauchery downstairs - fun! fun! fun!

Wait, there was that old guy in the bra and skirt who slowly lost his skirt to reveal a thong, and then asked my friend Taj if he should take off his thong or bra. She said removing the thong would be politically incorrect and voted for the bra and even helped him release the clasp. TAJ!!! We already scolded her on that part but applauded her for her reasoning skills. For a second he reminded me of Mikey from Twilo with the DT & Junior hand puppets always prancing around his hairy, sweaty body in only boxers. Good times!

Then somewhere along the night the room turned into a sausage-fest. Guys guys guys! Not bad-looking ones, just lots of them. Then it slowly morphed into a full-on raging dancefloor with some hot Miami girls. Chris Fortier got into his groove and had me captivated on the dancefloor with some oldies Alanis Morisette Uninvited (Brother in Rhythm RMX) (haven't heard that since Twilo) and new tunes including Matthew Dekay Higher Thoughts (Steve Porter remix) (too bad he left early and missed this, I'm sure there's always a secret thrill when you hear your track on the dancefloor). There were so many good tunes in between but I've given up on trainspotting and I can only run up to the DJ Booth and ask the DJ so many times...

Tune of the night: Tears for Fears "Shout" (Skylark mix) - hot, hot track. Chris played it twice and the second time was even better than the first!

Filter 14 is our version of the NBC show Cheers. It's where everybody knows your name. Of course now I had to go look up the rest of the lyrics... To imagine that a small little dirty club in the meat-packing district could mean so much and provide such solace. Plus I think it's the only club left in NYC that does not subscribe to the evil, bourgeois ways of bottle service and probably never will. Thank God!

All in all - a fun night for me! Being a promoter is an act of love and you learn the hard way not to let the numbers, the rain, the snow or any other act of God get you down. Even if it's just you, the bartender and the DJ - you can always still have a good time. Thankfully, last night we had a room full of drunk people to share it with. Come out to the next Plexi party -

Plexi presents Chris Fortier party - Thursday, June 24
Filter 14 (432 West 14th Street)
Free for you - just mention at the door.

I'll leave you with this song... I hope everybody finds somplace to get away.

Cheers ("Where Everybody Knows Your Name")

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Your name.
You wanna go where people know,
people are all the same,
You wanna go where everybody knows
your name.

posted on 6:13 PM

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