Sasha Velour is a gender-fluid drag queen and visual artist. Through multi-media performance, advocacy, and design, Velour’s work maps out new frontiers for drag and creates new spaces for LGBTQ artists to flourish and thrive.
Velour won season 9 of the Emmy-winning reality TV competition, Rupaul’s Drag Race. She is the creator and director of the acclaimed drag show Nightgowns, which she has produced in theatres in New York, London, and Los Angeles. In September 2018 she collaborated with Opening Ceremony to produce, direct, and host their Fall Fashion Show, better known as “The Gift of Showz”. She has appeared in Vogue, Vogue Italia, and Plastik Magazine. Her visual art has been the subject of 2 solo gallery shows in New York (2014 and 2016). In 2017 she drew the Google Doodle of Marlene Dietrich. She is also the creative director (and graphic designer) of the art magazine “Velour” (now released in hardcover Collector’s Edition).
As a nonbinary queer artist and performer, Aja (they/them pronouns) is bringing the art of drag into the masc-dominated world of hip-hop. With their critically-acclaimed debut EP, In My Feelings (May 2018) and breakout on RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3, Aja has performed epic live shows around the world, dedicated to uplifting their fans and empowering them to be in control of their own destiny. At nearly 1 million Instagram followers, Aja’s streetwear fashion, their inspiring perspective, brilliant songwriting and outspoken activism continues to propel their stardom to new heights. Born and raised in the heart of Brooklyn, Aja’s genuine connection with their fans and their personal struggles with race, gender identity, class, and sexuality, has become largely impactful to the LGBTQ+ community. Aja has now become an international role-model for people of all backgrounds.
Now, Aja is set to release their debut album, BOX OFFICE in February 2019, featuring 18 tracks and collaborations with Cupcakke, Shilow, Rico Nasty, Lady Luck and more.
Sasha Velour’s “Smoke & Mirrors”
"Smoke & Mirrors,” Sasha Velour's first one-queen show, is an effortless blend of drag, visual art, and magic. Velour introduces audiences to a whole new side of her artistry, through 12 dazzling and genre-busting lip-synch performances, all directed and choreographed by the queen herself. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as she explodes into rose petals, vanishes in a poof of smoke, saws herself in half, conjures a rainstorm, even transforms into a tree in front of your eyes (to name just a few). But the real magic is the way that these illusions and deceptions serve to unmask deeper truths, sparking fresh analysis of gender, fame, family, and the importance of dreaming big and living life over-the-top. The show toured Australia and New Zealand in January 2019 and debuted in the U.S. for the first time in March 2019 to rave reviews from Paper Magazine, Forbes, Out and more.
A true 90’s New England kid, Gregory Dillon spent much of his boyhood chasing time on his green Razor scooter and ribbon dancing on his trampoline. Gregory led a secret life struggling to overcome his misunderstood sexuality.
Despite being a proficient self-taught musician, performing his music proved a challenge for the self-doubting teenager, who would rather give a concert in the solitude of his abandoned high school chapel. Toward the end of his graduation he was faced with a decision on where to go. Despite his nerves, he followed his gut and auditioned for a music theatre program in an in-state university. By the end of his studies, Gregory had exposed an undeniable talent for composition and songwriting. Through a sweep of decisive actions, he moved shortly after graduating to live in the heart of New York to seek out the roots of his parents birthplace and focus his commitment to this gift.
Now swimming in the style and nostalgia of the metropolis, Gregory’s 80’s-stained sound takes on a rare pop maturity, all-the-while playing with a electric retro flare. Stacked with a wall of synth and haunting vocals, Gregory Dillon’s sensitive timbre will bring you to a nostalgic place where you are reminded that you are loved. In retrospect, it is clear that each one of Gregory’s decisions to further embrace his true self, helped create the perfect conditions for the full flowering of his genius.
Kissing Walls is a romantic dramedy created by Zak Payne that follows roommates Cameron and James as they try to navigate the 21st-century dating scene as two queer men of color.
Meet James, a man desperate for love who has just ended a long distance relationship and is forced to re-enter the dating world (cue Tinder). Meanwhile, his roommate and best friend Cameron is hooking up with a guy, avoiding commitment wherever possible.
This intimate and relatable series featuring Zak Payne, Nathaniel Tenenbaum, Cole Doman, and Kiersten Frumkin takes us into the modern dating scene, where impromptu drunk speeches lead to revelations and terrible dates can lead to hope.
BUSHWIG, the world’s largest drag and queer music festival returns for its 7th annual event at The Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378) on Saturday, September 8th (1 p.m. -2 a.m. EST) & Sunday, September 9th (1 p.m. - 11 p.m. EST).
Founded by Brooklyn artists Horrorchata and Babes Trust, BUSHWIG has garnered an international audience—including shows in Los Angeles and Berlin—featuring curated lineups with the most well-respected names in the drag community. The festival is an inclusive event and takes great pride in being a celebration of anyone for everyone. BUSHWIG functions first and foremost as a community event, giving all a part of the stage and an opportunity to share their talents with queer people from around the world.
Ehlie Luna is an alt-pop singer/songwriter born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Ehlie continues to breathe new life into the alternative, R&B and pop space, weaving both seamlessly into an infectious sound and sultry voice. The Haitian NYC-based artist displays visceral songwriting ability, raw vulnerability and a sensual vibe all at once. Having developed a knack for writing catchy hooks, Ehlie still manages to push the limits, allowing her genre to be dictated by heart vs precedent. Ehlie also happens to be an in-demand NYC makeup artist, known for her work with the New York City Ballet and hailed by Zoe Saldana as “one of New York’s finest makeup artists.” As a content creator, Ehlie has collaborated with brands like Nike and VSCO and is a partner at SPKTRM beauty.
Mercy Mistress is a drama series based on the memoirs of a Chinese-American Dominatrix in New York City. From the nucleus of one woman’s work, the show delves into power, capitalism, and sexuality with a spoonful of dark humor. Every relationship calls into question: Who is in control? Which side is the end of the leash?
The Illustrious Blacks
The Illustrious Blacks have arrived to save the world one beat at a time! Once upon a time in a galaxy not far away, there lived two kings. Each was the ruler of his own deliciously glorious planet. The first king, Manchildblack, was well known throughout the cosmos for his ethereal vocals, celestial sonics and earthy musical messages. The other king, Monstah Black, was a star in the solar system for his gravity defying performances, gender bending fashions and spacey disposition. One magical night, an inexplicable ultra-magnetic pull forced the two planets to collide. A technicolored explosion occurred, turning night into day, with a feast of aural and visual delights. It was then that the universe was changed forever. Manchildblack and Monstah Black united and became The Illustrious Blacks!
The EveryMan Project
From the Catskills to Hudson Valley and beyond, Phoenicia Flea has been a celebrated gem in Upstate New York since 2014, enticing New Yorkers to flee the city for the very best in handcrafted jewelry, apparel, accessories, furnishings, food & drink and more. Now, for the first-time ever, Phoenicia Flea kicks off its “Summer Market Series” in the greater New York City area at The William Vale Hotel (111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249) from May - September 2018.
Home, a Queer Cooking Series
Home is a queer cooking series. Home is inclusive. Home is about real people and real food. It’s about coming together, taking care of each other and sharing our stories. It seeks to create loving, human and honest images of queer people through something we all do each day. Food brings people together, it’s personal and creates intimacy.