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The 'Ancient Babylon Tour' comes to Houston
Saturday with the QAF club as it might have
appeared in Babylonia, circa 200 B.C.
Time of decadence
TO PARAPHRASE "AND THE BEAT
Goes On" by Sonny and Cher, "Circuit
parties were once the rage, uh huh, but
history has turned the page, uh huh."
Let's face it the era of the mega circuit
scene is over. Gone are the long weekends
in exotic cities, with shirtless men
remaining awake for days on end.
According to Adam Gill, president of
Embrace Productions, the company bringing
"Queer as Folk: The Ancient Babylon Tour"
to South Beach on Saturday "It all happens
for a reason. The original scene grew out of
a need to feel the bonds of the AIDS crisis -
slip off us. It was liberating. Now the scene is
more mature. Less commitment, yet all the
fun and atmosphere without spending a lot
of money and taking a week off."
Gill knows of what he speaks. In association with Showtime Networks, Gill's
Embrace Productions has criss-crossed
the country over the last three years with
different versions of the Babylon Tour.
"Queer As Folk: The Ancient Babylon
Tour" builds on the momentum of the
highly successful "Queer As Folk: The
Babylon Tour of 2003," which recreated
the club from the popular cable show and
"Queer As Folk: Future Babylon Tour" of
2004, which re-imagined the club as it
would look in 2200.
For the "Queer As Folk: Ancient
Babylon Tour" Showtime Networks and
Embrace Productions reinterpret what
Babylon would look like as the birthplace
of decadence, the ancient city of
Babylonia, in the year 200 B.C.
Houston will be treated to Superstar
DJ Abel, spinning the tunes that he highlights on his new CD "Queer as Folk:
Club Babylon." A slew of dance floor
faves by icons of gay America are
remixed on the new CD including
Kristine W, Carl Cox, Loleatta Holloway,
Murk and Gadjo. The name DJ Abel is
familiar to many remix aficionados.
Born in New Your City, Abel Aguilera
has always had a love for music. At thirteen, Abel moved to Miami where his
fever for the turntables began. In 1980,
Abel was offered jobs spinning at nightclubs on Miami's famous Bickell Avenue.
Local radio producers caught on to his
infections rhythms and soon Abel had his
own mix show on Miami's Super Q FM
107. Abel's notorious show ran nearly
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"Queer as Folk The Ancient Babylon Tour'
9 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday
seven years. In March of 1996, Salvation
opened in South Beach. The promoters
brought Abel in to spin Saturday nights,
and he has never looked back.
Soon afterward, Abel and famed
remixer Ralph Rosario partnered and
created the production and mixing team
known as "Rosabel." Together they have
had the opportunity to work with Otmar
Liebert, Gloria Estefan, Donna Summer,
Jeanne Tracy and others. Abel is now the
resident DJ at Orbit Miami.
HOUSON BABYLON REVELERS WILL
once again be treated to a performance
by RKM, also known as Rubio and Kidd
Madonny. They may have begun as simple go-go boys in 1995, but Rubio and
Kidd's vision has evolved into the present
day artistic arena of RKM Design and
Gill still speaks in awed tones when he
discusses RKM from his Toronto office.
"They are amazing. Sometimes I don't
know how they do it. They create the entire
set and all the different elements that go
into them. The stunning visuals, the lights,
everything. They set it all up, it takes about
24 hours at each stop, perform at each stop,
then somehow manage to break it all down
and get to the next location."
Gill looks forward to returning to
Houston's South Beach. "Houston has
been great to us. We love it." And, Jim
McDermaid and Gill are longtime
Make sure you get there early, since
the first 200 people through the door will
receive a free CD from tour sponsor
Midori and Centaur Music.
"Queer as Folk: The Ancient Babylon
Tour" Saturday from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. at
South Beach, 815 Pacific. $15 advance
tickets including the VIP line entrance
are on sale at Meteor, JR's, South Beach,
M2M Fashions and Hollywood
Superstore. VIP tickets to the event can
also be purchased online at
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