As the curtain comes down on the 19th Annual HOT Festival the theatre at Dixon Place on Tuesday night hosted one of the most anticipated acts of this year's line-up. Although The Ones wouldn't admit to considering their celebration A Night With The Ones and Friends a main stage performance of the queer culture extravaganza, they certainly without a doubt put the "hot" back in the world's longest-running LGBTQ arts festival. The quintessential impresarios of the dance floor sound delivered to a rabid audience a full-tilt live showcase that "unofficially" was heralded as this year's closing night ticket! The Ones did not disappoint and shared the stage with a cadre of acts that brought the edge back to the downtown scene.
Debuting songs from their upcoming latest album Blast From the Past as well as reminding their audience of their underground NYC roots, the trio made up of the intrepidly talented JoJo Americo, Paul Alexander and Nashom Wooden moved seamlessly through a song list that incorporated their hit single "Flawless" which proved it's immaculate endurability against powerfully charged new tracks "Step Into the Light" and the album's lead release "Let's Celebrate!" all the while offering up elaborate costume changes and video montages that could not distract from the trippy interpretation of their classic "Ultra Modern Disco". The pure energy swiftly reminded everyone of the longing decadence of the club nights that appears to be steadily revitalizing New York City's club culture.
With an undeniable entourage of guest appearances from pop-vocalist and heartthrob Colton Ford (who appears on the song "Let It Happen Again" with The Ones), show-stopping emerging sensation Erickatoure Aviance who showed everyone "My Pumps" and the glorious Amanda Lepore who revealed "The Pussycat Song", the gorgeous Nomi Ruiz who is also featured on "Let’s Celebrate!" was on hand to close the show in fist-pumping style! And if emcee LadyFag wasn’t enough to bring the house down, Sex and the City’s own wardrobe maestro Patricia Field who hosted the after the after party at B Bar, enthusiastically raved from her vantage point in the second tier seats of the Dixon Place Theatre, along with the rest of the revelers. All in all, the evening captured the excitement and electro-charged return of The Ones who seemed to have been gone too long but are primed and ready to bring in the party and herald unto the dance floor: let’s celebrate!
What the event coordinators of next year’s HOT Festival have in mind that could top this glamourous spectacle is yet to be seen, but with the artists that are eagerly set to shine in the remainder of 2010 you can certainly expect the temperature to rise on the main stage next season! Get your tickets now!
For more on the HOT Festival check out www.HOTfestival.org