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 CBGB’s. 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. Johnson’s bands, the Weenies and the Velvet Mafia, will play classics like “The Girl From Planet Muff” and “This Stud’s 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
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 27, 2008