by Lucy Hough
Now that Backstreet’s been turned into a topless bar, the former gay club’s DJ Tim Mcmahon, better known as DJ Timmy D, has launched a gay entertainment night at the Crofoot in Pontiac.
“The club scene is an ever-changing thing, and this is a great opportunity for everyone to be a part of a great place to go on a Saturday night,” Mcmahon said.
Backstreet is now Club Onyx, located on Joy Road and Greenfield and still under the same owner, Tom Moses. Backstreet has been moved to Moses’ other location The Works, which has been renamed Backstreet.
Moses said that he made the switch because of how the recession has affected the club business.
“The economy’s so poor that people aren’t coming out,” Moses said. He added that making The Works a seven-night gay club will benefit the gay community in different ways.
“I think that we can offer more to the gay community … we’re going to blend some things that Backstreet has done and some things The Works has traditionally done,” he said.
Moses wishes his former DJ, Mcmahon, luck in his switch to the Crofoot.
“I hope he does well,” he said. “There’s enough gay males in Detroit to support it, we’ll just have to see if we can offer them enough to pull them out on a Saturday night.”
Timmy D went to the Crofoot to host the Saturday events because of the venue, which includes a state-of-the-art 100,000-watt sound system with a balcony and large patio, but also because the owner, Blair McGowen, is committed to diversity, the DJ said.
Mcmahon said that providing options in terms of clubs is important for the LGBT community.
“It has been an intricate part of the gay community for years and provides a time where people can celebrate diversity with their friends in an environment free to be themselves,” he said.
Mcmahon hopes to continue these nights every Saturday as DJ Timmy D, having launched with a party for Motor City Pride on Saturday, June 5. Even with rain and threatening tornadoes – and only three days to promote the event – 150 people showed up, were excited about the venue and, according to Timmy D, said that they would return with friends.
“Attendance really depends on the patrons, because they truly make the party happen,” he said. “We hope everyone will spread the word and come check it out.”
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