HAUS Of Virginia Comes To Richmond
Former resident Austin Jennings left Richmond for Northern Virginia. He’s back this weekend with Brian Reach of Fairfax Pride and they are bringing the party with them.
Jennings is one of the organizers of HAUS of Virginia – a series of parties taking place at different venues bringing more gay nightlife to Northern Virginia.
He brings HAUS of Virginia to new restaurant and lounge 2113 this Friday night, May 25.
GAYRVA.COM Tell us about HAUS? How did it get started?
Jennings: By the time we started HAUS, we already had been running regular gay nights at 4 bars in Northern Virginia, and between the two of us, (with Reach), we’ve have had over 40 events at almost 30 different bars, restaurants and clubs in 2011 – from takeovers to holiday parties, drag shows to networking happy hours.
HAUS was where we decided to go all out – and we began a weekly Sunday night drag show at Icons in Fairfax City – a large modern club that’s physically underground.
Jasmine Blue, Miss Gay United States 2011, someone who I’d had the pleasure of working with as General Manager at So Addictive (a bar in Northern Virginia), became our hostess and we have loved her ever since… We also run a weekly Thursday night HAUS party in Sterling, VA where we feature live DJs at their indoor and outdoor bars – and continue to run four other bar’s gay nights with the community organization like Fairfax Pride. Needless to say we keep busy – but we have fun!
What can someone expect from a HAUS event?
We are very proud that we have the best drag queens from across the region and some of the most fantastic DJ’s working with us. So far we’ve kept high standards for entertainment and class, working with only the best. 2113 is the perfect fit for a HAUS party with such a beautiful interior, wonderful staff, and classy atmosphere. We won’t be doing any drag at 2113, but there’s some other fun things in store!
It all comes down to higher standards for good parties – because that’s what gay people want and that’s exactly what we plan to give them.
What made you decide to bring the party down to Richmond?
I love Richmond and lived there for 5 years. Brian, who is the current Mr. VA Pride has been down a lot this year and has grown to love it as well! My favorite part of Richmond is Barcode and their amazing staff, and that’s where I usually hop in to and crawl out of when I go to RVA.
This time we talked to a couple people up here and down there and realized it’s just a good time to taste something new. So many people have asked me “Why?” over the last couple years of throwing gay parties, and the best explanation I can ever give is “Why the hell not?”
Will some of you Northern VA boys make the trip down?
Oh yes, some of our favorite people will be road tripping with us to good ol’ RVA. They are all very excited though, for some of them it’s their first time to Richmond! As for me, I can’t wait to see a lot of my friends down there. I lived there for 5 years, went to VCU and worked at Barcode and miss it all a lot!
Is this the beginning of more Richmond parties?
That question is really for Richmond itself – are they ready for something new or do they want to keep doing the same things every weekend?
What can we expect that night?
Something new and fun! That’s really what we’re all about – breaking the routine and giving gays and lesbians something fun to do besides their same old routines.
HAUS of Virginia takes over 2113 with “HAUS of Richmond” on Friday, May 25 beginning at 8 p.m. 2113 is at 2113 E. Main St., Richmond, VA.
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