leading the enslaved Israelites across the scorching desert in search of
freedom and redemption, circuit kingpin Jeffrey Sanker will entice an estimated
25,000 revelers to make the annual Easter pilgrimage on April 12-16 to a
modern day Promise Land Palm Springs, California. Instead of the
fabled brutality, pestilence and burning bushes, though, this exodus is
celebrated with hedonistic pagan rituals, decadent costumes, and relentless
its 12th year, the White Party in Palm Springs has steadily grown from a
simple weekend gathering of West Coast boys into one of the largest and
most lucrative gay community building events in the country. Sankers
innovative vision, unrelenting determination, and extensive experience as
a nightclub promoter have catapulted him to the pinnacle of gay party production.
Each year may present new creative and logistical challenges, but Sanker
thrives on the opportunity to surpass his prior achievements, and consistently
impresses his guests with an exceptionally creative array of distinct venues,
world-class entertainment, and unexpected treats. Armed with over 200 staff
members, an impervious reputation, and a fierce commitment to remaining
at the top of his game, Sanker is destined to continue his mighty reign
as the supreme circuit party commander-in-chief.
step for a successful White Party weekend is to secure a hotel room. Of
course, you should have made your reservations months ago, but in case youve
procrastinated this year, you might still be able to find lodging at one
of the officially sanctioned host hotels. The Wyndham, the main host hotel
and site of several events, has been sold out for quite a while, but you
might try checking availability at the Hilton, Marquis, Marriott, or Comfort
Inn. Contact info for each property can be found at www.jeffreysanker.com.
step is to secure a pass or tickets to individual events. A limited number
of VIP passes were still available at press time, but they are expected
to sell out soon. If youre definitely going, buy your tickets now
because some events will also sell out.
should decide which events you will attend. Remember quality over
quantity. Even though the Betty Ford Clinic is situated nearby, please dont
push yourself to attend every single event. Please be aware of the dangers
of overdoing it, and be realistic and responsible when planning your itinerary.
With such an incredible line-up of talent, however, this might be more difficult
than it sounds. But youll thank yourself later if you exercise restraint
in making party pledges.
When Do I Sleep?
nights Welcome Party kicks off under the spell of rising circuit DJ
Kimberly S in the Marquis Ballroom. Enjoy riding the escalators in a heightened
state of euphoria while experiencing the sonic energy of the lovely Miss
S. Pace yourself, though, because this is only the beginning.
one of the complimentary shuttles Friday night to the spectacular Riviera
Resort where DJ Abel will be sternly issuing dance floor orders at the infamous
Military Party. Sure to be out of uniform and in dire need of discipline
are adult video superstars Ryan Idol and Caesar. Backed by the Barracks
of Boys dance troupe, their stimulating shows will take you on an erotic
trip to a fantasy land of lust and desire.
parties on both Friday and Saturday nights feature the innovative and progressive
sounds of New York legends Peter Rauhofer and Junior Vasquez, respectively.
Both will conveniently take place in the Wyndham Hotel Ballroom. In case
you have any worries about partying in the same venue two mornings in a
row, fear not, as the ballroom will be magically remodeled each night, with
Saturdays Climax event showcasing the mind-blowing Phazon Sound System
and psychedelic performances by Rubio & Kidd of RKM.
Party itself will once again be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center
on Saturday, and Sanker promises that this years spectacle will impress
even the most seasoned circuiteers. Designer Sean DeFreitas will transform
the imposing 80,000 square feet of raw space into a virginal white wonderland.
DJ Manny Lehman will tender the tunes to keep more than 8,000 revelers dancing
on the 20,000 square foot dance floor, while an orgy of intelligent lights
and Argon lasers penetrates the massive crowd.
the most anticipated parties of the weekend is Sundays Shag-A-Delic
T Dance. San Francisco mix-master Phil B returns to the helm this year to
enchant his faithful followers at the Marquis Park. Majestic mountain views
and cool desert breezes further stimulate the senses, while those who arent
quite high enough from all the excitement can soar above the crowds riding
the largest Ferris Wheel in North America. A breathtaking fireworks display
will dramatically end the affair just in time for the Closing Party.
and freshen up at your hotel, and then wander over to the Wyndham Ballroom
for the next stop on the White Party Express. MASTERbeat DJ Brett Henrichson
will keep the energy pumping at this perennial favorite, while rising Miami
DJ Ra drenches the pool area with his special blend of tribal beats and
anthem house. Kitty Meow, Power and Extreme team up to provide dazzling
visual performances throughout the night. This is the event that Manny Lehman
credits for solidifying his superstar status, so prepare to be overwhelmed.
A new event
this year is The Grand Finale, an afterhours party on Monday morning. A
homecoming of sorts for London-based DJ Paulo, this event is for those of
you who just havent had enough yet (and you know who you are). The
powerhouse prodigy promises to drain every last drop of energy you might
have left, bringing the weekend to a spectacular and climactic close.
let the darkness be your only guide this weekend, though. Some of the most
fun events at White Party are the daytime pool parties, where a host of
high caliber entertainment will be showcased for your splish-splashing pleasure.
DJs Kimberly S, Frank Abraham, Aron and Lydia Prim will work the rhythms
at both the Wyndham and Hilton courtyards on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Arrive early to ensure entry, and dont forget your sunglasses and
sunblock. Above all else this weekend, remember to have fun and party responsibly.
For more information on White Party, please visit www.jeffreysanker.com.
Passes and tickets are also available through Box Office Tickets
at (800) 494-8497.