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Yelk's DistriktC to take DC Eagle to New Heights

By February 12, 2016

distriktc grand opening dc eagleSaturday night, patrons of the DC Eagle will finally be able to rise to new heights with the help of Philadelphia Promoter Bruce Yelk.  MetroWeekly reported that Yelk had been looking for a venue to throw “a raw, sexy dance party” in D.C. when he learned that the DC Eagle was getting ready to open its top floor. Yelk recalled the search, "When I was looking for spaces, I met with DC Pride folks. Miguel was like, the Eagle is opening a new space. I think it's like 5K sf. Their timing was perfect, too! I walked in, and said to myself this was it."  His first impressions? "...it is very raw...you'd think there would be steel workers.  I couldn't have dreamt for better space."

Readers might remember that The DC Eagle was forced to move in November of 2012 after 41 years at its Penn Quarter location.  It reopened in November of 2014 and 15 months later the third floor is ready for flight after several construction delays.  DistrktC is the circuit party maven's newest dream child. The monthly all-night dance party, is scheduled to be on the second Saturday of each month, filling the top floor dance room at the new location on Benning Road NE. 

I am certain that this dance party veteran and his Hunger Games inspired dance party will kick-off with a vengeance.   "I don't feel pressure, cause advance ticket sales were good. There's always pressure to deliver a great party. "You have to have a balance of dancing and fun vs numbers, to me its more about the look and feel. Are people having a good time? Are they going to stay on the floor, having a great time? If it's too packed, people won't come back, cause they didn't have a good time" he proclaimed about his experience.

This will be the first time the DC Eagle has stayed open all night. The MetroWeekly article quotes Ted Clements of the Eagle as saying that it has a special license that allows the bar to stay open 24 hours a day from Friday to Monday. “We’re not allowed to serve liquor [3 am - 8am] but we’re allowed to stay open and serve juices, water and sodas,” Clement said. Yelk expounded on that line of thought, "There are certainly all night parties in DC, but not a regular monthly event that allows guys to dance all night. The event is geared towards leather, uniforms and gear, whatever that gear might be...with masculinity in a raw sort of way. I hope this will march along the lines of New York's Brut, with a little more upbeat lively feel". Clearly he wants party goers on the floor dancing into the morning.  Excited about the ability of District residents and weekend revelers to use services like Uber and Lyft without having to wait for cabs (that may not want to take them so far out of the city center) he is confident that people will fill the space and dance into the morning light.

His quest for a name and logo sent him to YouTube for inspiration, "I was flipping through YouTube, and I saw Mockingjay...it was a great teaser... I knew I wanted a butch name and in the movie, they are in districts....being in DC it was too good to not play off it. While we're going to carry that out in future performances...there are timing issues for this weekend...and I want people to come back." The logo was not originally meant to be the ad, I wanted something to put the logo on...but people liked it so much, it evoked such a strong response...we decided to skip the ad process all together."

"I have some amazing DJ's for the opening. DJ DeMarko, I love and I am thrilled to have him. Next month (March) we going to feature DJ GSD from Excelsior Mykonos, then London, and now Brazil.  I was at Tel Aviv Pride, and was like 'Who is this!?'. Everyone should go to this pride" he reveled, "if they've not been, they should go.  I wanted him, certainly I could not have afforded to fly him in from Brazil, but I messaged him on FB and he messaged back within an hour, and said that he'd seen my March 12 date and that he was going to be in the US and was available! Things for this party, they've just fallen into place better than I could have imagined!" Yelk concluded our conversation with this rather enthusiastic and pleased recollection of the whole process.

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The DC Eagle is located at 3701 Benning Rd. NE, Washington DC, 20019 and is open Thursday 5 PM - 2 AM | Friday 5 PM - 3 AM | Saturday 8 PM - 3 AM (8am Second Saturdays) | Sunday Noon - 2 AM  | Monday 5 PM - 2 AM | Tuesday & Wednesday - Closed to patrons Age 21 and Over who must present a U.S. Government, State ID, or National Passport at the door. Dress code is enforced Flip Flops, Open-back shoes, and High Heels are not permitted.

Vonn Tramel

Vonn Tramel has been a kinky "friday night femme" since she was 17.  She found the Leather community in 2007 and began her Leather Journey in 2008 after attending a Cigar Play Class in Long Beach, CA at Pistons Bar. A meeting with Dave Rhodes in May of 2008, changed her path for better or worse when she filmed and photographed the 2008 West Coast Olympus Contest, then International Olympus in Chicago that year....the rest they say is her-story. 

Edit: In 2012 she was approached by Dave to join The Leather Journal as it's Webmaster with business partner Bryan Teague.

Most misspelled word: Leahter (Sad but true)