It was hard to miss Dean Johnson: The bald, six-foot-six nightlife star and rocker commanded any space with his presence, whether it was the dim back room of an 80s-era hustler bar or the stage of CBGBs. Sadly, missing him is still hard: Johnson died under mysterious circumstances last September, and on what would have been his 47th birthday, the throngs of queer performers he worked with, advised, and inspired will pay him tribute at Rock n Roll Fag Bar 2008: The Benefit Concert. Johnsons bands, the Weenies and the Velvet Mafia, will play classics like The Girl From Planet Muff and This Studs for You, with special guests filling in as frontman, such as Justin Bond, Kevin Aviance, and Joey Arias. Big shoes to fill.
Fri., May 30, 10:30 p.m., 2008