Upcoming Erie GLBT News/Events including Enter to win Complètement Fou from Yelle!; Win Shara Strand’s RSVP Remixes Maxi-single

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We have 2 great new contests for you to enter.  More details are towards the end of this email message.

Sep 25 (Thu) – Bears Do Dinner (Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro, 1402 W 10th St, Erie, PA 16502) 7 PM – 9 PM. Join the Bears for a casual dinner of food and fun! Dinner is on your own. Contact: Gary Snyder. Phone: (814) 446-2327. Venue Phone: (814) 454-0700. Email: info@drenchedfur.com. Browse to http://www.drenchedfur.com. RSVP/Register/Tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/1670727909819509. Browse to venue web site http://www.pineappleeddie.com/.

Sep 26 (Fri) – End of Summer Party (M & J’s Lounge, 124 Mercer St, Butler, PA 16001) BYOB Membership Only Lounge, See bartender to purchase a Membership. No outside food, pop, or mixers. Non Smoking we offer a smoking lounge downstairs. Open Friday & Saturday 9:30-2:00 am 18 and over. Phone: (724) 602-8447. Email: JoshuaSean2009@AOL.COM. Browse to http://www.facebook.com/MandJsLounge.

Sep 26 – 28 (Fri – Sun) – We Never Really Say Good Bye! – Year in Review Video (Jones Pond Campground & RV Park, 9835 Old State Rd, Angelica, NY 14709-8729) As we pack up for yet another season we’ve got one more final celebration. Phone: (585) 567-8100. Email: info@jonespond.com. Browse to http://www.jonespond.com.

Sep 27 (Sat) – Drag Show (M & J’s Lounge, 124 Mercer St, Butler, PA 16001) BYOB Membership Only Lounge, See bartender to purchase a Membership. No outside food, pop, or mixers. Non Smoking we offer a smoking lounge downstairs. Open Friday & Saturday 9:30-2:00 am 18 and over. Phone: (724) 602-8447. Email: JoshuaSean2009@AOL.COM. Browse to http://www.facebook.com/MandJsLounge.

Sep 27 (Sat) – Masquerade 2014 (Camp Davis, 311 Redbrush Rd, Boyers, PA 16020-1219) Contact: Jim. Phone: (724) 637-2402. Email: campd@aol.com. Browse to http://www.campdaviscampground.com.

Sep 27 (Sat) – TransFamily of Erie Support Group meets (Mental Health Association of Northwestern Pennsylvania, 1101 Peach St, Erie, PA 16501) 2 PM – 5 PM. Transfamily of Erie is a support group dedicated to providing safe, supportive space for transgender, gender non-conforming, gender-questioning, and intersex people and their loved ones in Erie County and the surrounding region. Whether you are a trans man, trans woman, non-binary or genderqueer individual, crossdresser or someone just looking for a little information, Transfamily hopes to provide a judgment-free environment where you can openly express yourself in whatever way feels right to you. Transfamily also welcomes people of all races, ages, religions, and sexualities. (We recognize that many people may not be comfortable with their status as a trans* individual being made public and exercise the greatest discretion toward the privacy of our attendants.) Refreshments are provided. Attendants are encouraged to bring something to share with the group, but this is not required. Transfamily meetings are held from 2-5pm on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Mental Health Association of Northwest PA building (1101 Peach St. Erie, PA, 16501). Contact: Caitlyn Strohmeyer. Phone: (814) 823-1969. Venue Phone: (814) 452-4462 ext 117. Email: caitlyn_xpress@verizon.net. Browse to http://www.facebook.com/TransfamilyOfErie. Browse to venue web site http://www.mhanp.org/.

Sep 27 (Sat) – Erie Sisters meets (Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Erie, 7180 New Perry Highway, Erie, PA 16508) 7 PM. Erie Sisters is a local transgender support group that provides support and encouragement for both MTF and FTM transgender individuals. The group meets for discussion the fourth Saturday of each month at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church; 7180 Perry Highway, Erie PA, followed by dinner at a local restaurant and dancing at The Zone Dance Club. Phone: (440) 265-8191. Venue Phone: (814) 864-9300. Email: shub1@suite224.net. Browse to http://eriesisters.ning.com/. Browse to venue web site http://www.uuerie.org.

Sep 30 (Tue) – Butler LGBTQ Interfaith Network meets (Covenant Presbyterian Church, 230 E. Jefferson Street, Butler, PA 16001) 1 PM. Monthly Meetings are the last Tuesday of each month (Jan – Nov) at 1:00 PM at Covenant Presbyterian 230 E. Jefferson St. Butler, PA 16001. Religious leaders, lay leaders, & interested community organizations are invited to attend. Providing spiritual advocacy for the LGBTQ community: Table Talk programs, Film Series, Inclusive Worship, Pastoral support. Phone: (412) 518-1515. Venue Phone: (724) 287-7731 . Browse to https://www.facebook.com/ButlerLgbtqInterfaithNetwork. Browse to venue web site http://covenantbutler.org/.

Sep 30 (Tue) – Anais Mitchell w/ Dietrich Strause (Erie Art Museum, 411 State St, Erie, PA 16501-1106) 7:30 PM. Tickets miac.mercyhurst.edu or at the door Venue Phone: (814) 459-5477. Browse to venue web site http://www.erieartmuseum.org.

Oct 2 (Thu) – Candidate Night (First Niagara Bank Community Room, 801 State Street, Erie, PA 16501) Come and meet candidates for the fall General Election. Free refreshments! Contact: Michael Mahler. Phone: (814) 456-9833. Venue Phone: (814) 871-1822. Email: president@nwpapride.org. Browse to http://www.nwpapride.org. Browse to venue web site http://www.firstniagara.com.

Oct 3 (Fri) – Bowling Night (M & J’s Lounge, 124 Mercer St, Butler, PA 16001) BYOB Membership Only Lounge, See bartender to purchase a Membership. No outside food, pop, or mixers. Non Smoking we offer a smoking lounge downstairs. Open Friday & Saturday 9:30-2:00 am 18 and over. Phone: (724) 602-8447. Email: JoshuaSean2009@AOL.COM. Browse to http://www.facebook.com/MandJsLounge.

Oct 3 – 5 (Fri – Sun) – Camp Davis Closing Weekend (Camp Davis, 311 Redbrush Rd, Boyers, PA 16020-1219) Oct 03- Camp Closes to the Public for the Season – 6 PM. 04 – Seasonals Closing Weekend – No Dance – Dinner for Seasonals 5 PM. 05 – Camp Closes for Seasonals – 3 PM Contact: Jim. Phone: (724) 637-2402. Email: campd@aol.com. Browse to http://www.campdaviscampground.com.

Oct 3 (Fri) – G2H2 (Gay Guy/Gal Happy Hour) Autumn Colors Event (Gigliotti’s, 1325 State St, Erie, PA 16501) 6 PM – 8 PM. Fall is here (or will be by the time of outr next event) and there’s a new place in town. Tried it out last night for drinks (a tasty flight of sangria). A great space and very friendly staff. They are looking forward to us stopping by for our October Event. Hope to see you soon. Venue Phone: (814) 528-5209. Browse to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=54742829807. RSVP/Register/Tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/587523038040411/. Browse to venue web site https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gigliottis/1500576863518268.

Enter to win Complètement Fou from Yelle!

Enter to win Complètement Fou from Yelle! Complètement Fou, the brand-new album from French electro-pop act, YELLE. yelleFeaturing lead single “Bouquet Final” and the irresistible new single “Complètement Fou.” Available September 30. To enter the contest, fill out the form at http://www.eriegaynews.com/news/article.php?recordid=201410yellecompletementfou&sourceid=2  between September 23 and October 14.

See Yelle On Tour In North America This Fall!

10/9 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/11 – Washington D.C. – 9:30 Club
10/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10/14 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
10/15 – Toronto, ON – Virgin Mobile Mod Club
10/17 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
10/18 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
10/19 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
10/21 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
10/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10/24 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
10/25 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
10/26 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10/29 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
10/30 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
10/31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
11/2 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
11/3 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
11/6 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
11/7 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/8 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
11/10 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
11/11 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle


Win Shara Strand‘s RSVP remixes maxi-single

Win Shara Strand‘s RSVP remixes maxi-single. To enter the contest, fill out the form at http://www.eriegaynews.com/news/article.php?recordid=201410sharastrandrsvp&sourceid=2 between September 19 and October 10.


The gay dance label D1 Music stepped into Top 40 territory last year with Born Tonight, their first pop album release from singer/songwriter Shara Strand. The ten-track ep yielded “Jekyll or Hyde” and “I Will Carry You”, a song that climbed to #23 on Billboard’s Dance Club chart. This week, the label prepares to strike again with a third single from their resident pop princess, “RSVP”. This latest brings Strand into D1 Music’s party territory. It’s a fun and fresh – with a dash of sexy – dance floor-ready anthem that celebrates the animal nature of clubbers as they prowl the floor for their next prey. “We all know what we want, so why not go for it?,” laughs Strand of her latest song. Shara Strand’s “RSVP”is available on iTunes now.

“‘RSVP’ is the perfect complement to the Born Tonight ep,” continues Shara Strand. “Born Tonight was filled with beautiful live music and production, singer/songwriter type songs with deep meaning and lots of powerful vocals. With the new song, I aimed to solidify myself as an artist by letting my hair down and releasing a powerhouse dance anthem. ‘RSVP’ gives a happy dance break I think we all could use today.”

The song was executively produced by Peter McLean of D1 Music with additional music production by Keith Kemper. Satya H.K. Wright provided creative direction and A&R. Lyrics are by Mike Greenly and music by Jim Papoulis, who also produced “RSVP” with DJ Tony Smith (Soulbeats NYC).

“I usually like to have fun during recording sessions, but working on ‘RSVP’ was an especially good time because we had this huge and talented team in the studio with so many different levels of energy,” explains Strand. “Tony would be giving music direction to engineer Rick Kwan while Peter and Keith would be offering vocal notes and Satya would be dishing out performance ideas – all at the same time. It was chaotic, but in the best possible way!”

Strand was excited to record the song because she says she can relate to its message. “I’ve always been the type of person who knows what she wants and goes for it. If I see someone I want to talk to on the street, I’ll start a conversation. As a matter of fact, some of my most significant relationships came to fruition because I literally walked up to a cute stranger on the street and made my move.”

And if her boldness didn’t grab attention, Strand says she would try a multiple tactics. “My advice if they’re not biting is mix it up. Shock them! We all have the power to reinvent ourselves. We may even surprise ourselves in the process.”

Reinventing herself is exactly what Strand is doing with “RSVP”, a much groovier track than anything she has recorded previously. “I learned from Born Tonight that if you’re with the right team, you can try new things and thrive as an artist. At D1 Music, my point of view is listened to and respected. I have never had that experience before, and it’s helped me to grow. I have found my voice and learned how to make music I can be proud of.”

Strand studied musical theater at NYU and originally aspired to be a Broadway star. Her incredible vocals caught the attention of Peter McLean, who signed Strand to his D1 Music label. Always on the forefront of championing music for edgy and independent artists, D1 Music’s claim to fame had been with producing today’s major dance acts. With Shara Strand, the label broadened its pop appeal. “Keith Kemper and I created a vital and powerful D1 Music pop sound that spotlighted Shara’s amazing vocals,” says McLean. Now he’s ready to launch her into dance.

“I can’t wait for RSVP to come out this summer,” Strand says. “It’s such perfect timing, too. Summer is when people have no fear and are willing to try things they normally wouldn’t. Including me. I’m going for it!”

Shara Strand’s “RSVP” is available on iTunes. Visit D1Music.co

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