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John Blair

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John Blair

John Blair is a Gay Event Producer and Club Promoter Based in NYC

John Blair is hands-down the longest working gay nightlife producer and promoter in New York. He gives his age as “well past 50.”

John Blair has produced and promoted legendary NYC gay nightlife parties and venues

In the past 30 years, John Blair has promoted and produced legendary gay NYC nightlife parties and venues like Studio 54, Palladium, Roxy, Splash, XL, Limelight then Avalon, Viva and more.


Today John Blair is a co-owner of Rise Bar and promotes M.E.A.T. together with Jake Resnicow.

John Blair is a West Coast transplant living in NYC

In his early life, John was raised mostly in Arizona to born-again Christian parents. In 1970 he came out as gay while studying at San Bernadino Valley College in California.

After he dropped out of college, he moved to Los Angeles, and started working as a bank teller. Bored and influenced by the gay L.A. body culture, he devoted himself to body building and opened Body Center, L.A.’s first “gay gym.”

At his gym John Blair started compiling a mailing list of the sexiest guys working out. He would then invite them to parties to generate larger crowds—a superficial idea that proved to be marketing gold.

John Blair moved to NYC and transformed gay nightlife

In 1978 John moved to NYC and opened a Body Center in the Big Apple. During this time he also threw gay parties at Studio 54. “I would give one month’s free gym membership to every cute boy I met at Studio 54,” John Blair told the NY Times.

During the AIDS epidemic John took a break from nightlife. “The years 1981 to 1990 were dark, with AIDS,” he said. “Most of the guys on my original list have died.”

In the 90’s, during the golden years of the Chelsea gayborhood, John Blair got back into the game and threw some of the biggest and best gay parties in town—especially at Roxy, a now-defunct legendary NYC gay nightlife institution. “Your Chelsea boy was born,” John Blair continued. “Everyone was taking steroids and had big upper bodies and small legs. If you squinted on the dance floor on Fire Island, everyone looked the same.”

John Blair is well known for his coveted gay nightlife lists and issues branded White Cards to its members. A secret, but not-so-secret Gold Card existed that John would issue to the hottest guys and give them free entry and free or discounted drinks. It may or may not still exist 😉

John Blair works together with Beto Sutter, his longtime partner in life and business.

September 2019

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September 26 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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September 27 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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October 2019

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October 3 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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October 4 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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October 10 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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October 11 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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October 17 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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October 18 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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October 24 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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October 25 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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October 31 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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November 2019

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November 1 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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November 7 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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November 8 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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November 14 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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November 15 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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November 21 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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November 22 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00pm on Friday, repeating until December 31, 2019

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November 28 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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New York, NY 10019 United States
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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November 29 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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December 2019

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December 5 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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December 6 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00pm on Friday, repeating until December 31, 2019

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Start the Weekend Flirting with the Guys at Rise Flirt Fridays at Rise Bar NYC is a great chance to mingle. Unpretentious bar scene without the drama. Surprise performances and giveaways throughout the night.  

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December 12 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

Rise Bar, 859 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019 United States
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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December 13 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00pm on Friday, repeating until December 31, 2019

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December 19 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

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New York, NY 10019 United States
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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Flirt Fridays

December 20 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00pm on Friday, repeating until December 31, 2019

Rise Bar NYC, 859 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10019 United States
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Start the Weekend Flirting with the Guys at Rise Flirt Fridays at Rise Bar NYC is a great chance to mingle. Unpretentious bar scene without the drama. Surprise performances and giveaways throughout the night.  

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December 26 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

Rise Bar, 859 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019 United States
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

Find out more »

Flirt Fridays

December 27 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00pm on Friday, repeating until December 31, 2019

Rise Bar NYC, 859 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10019 United States
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Flirt Fridays NYC Rise Bar

Start the Weekend Flirting with the Guys at Rise Flirt Fridays at Rise Bar NYC is a great chance to mingle. Unpretentious bar scene without the drama. Surprise performances and giveaways throughout the night.  

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January 2020

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January 2, 2020 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

Rise Bar, 859 9th Ave
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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Thirsty Thursdays Rise

January 9, 2020 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

Rise Bar, 859 9th Ave
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

Find out more »

Thirsty Thursdays Rise

January 16, 2020 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

Rise Bar, 859 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019 United States
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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January 23, 2020 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

Rise Bar, 859 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019 United States
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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Thirsty Thursdays Rise

January 30, 2020 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

Rise Bar, 859 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019 United States
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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February 2020

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February 6, 2020 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

Rise Bar, 859 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019 United States
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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February 13, 2020 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

Rise Bar, 859 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019 United States
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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February 20, 2020 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

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New York, NY 10019 United States
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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February 27, 2020 - 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 29, 2020

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New York, NY 10019 United States
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Thirsty Thursdays at Rise Bar is Your Top Place for Top Music Videos Every Thursday enjoy Top music videos from all decades at Rise gay bar in Hell's Kitchen. Start the weekend early with surprise performances and giveaways throughout the evening. DJ Natazu providing the beats.

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