Drummer North America Moves to Las Vegas

Master Brandon announces the founding of Drummer North America during the ABW contest in Chicago while staff hold the new banner. (Photo by Tom Wray)

Master Brandon announces the founding of Drummer North America during the ABW contest in Chicago while staff hold the new banner. (Photo by Ruff Wray)

LAS VEGAS — Organizers of Drummer North America (DNA) fetish weekend today announced the 2016 weekend dates for and the relocation of the fetish weekend to Las Vegas, Nevada. The move stems from the successful sold-out inaugural event last year and the need to find a larger fetish friendly hotel for future growth.

DNA fetish weekend 2016 will take place Thursday, January 28 through Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Alexis Park all suites resort in Las Vegas — a gay/fetish friendly hotel home to the infamous Las Vegas Smokeout weekend.

“After the successful launch of DNA weekend last year, our priority was to find a gay and fetish friendly hotel resort in an exciting, vibrant destination easily accessible by air from points across North America,” says Tina Landi, Executive Producer of DNA weekend. “The Alexis Park’s reputation hosting Smokeout each year, dozens of daily affordable flights by all major airlines, and being the entertainment capital of the world, made Las Vegas the ideal new home for DNA fetish weekend.”

The Alexis Park is a premium all-suite non-gaming resort with close proximity to The Strip that offers a range of accommodations from standard to large suites. Lush courtyard gardens and winding pathways lead you to a heated swimming pool. Entertainment showrooms and a fitness center are onsite. The reception area, bars and restaurants provide free WiFi. The hotel shuttle service offered will allow you to see the city during non-event hours.

Room prices for DNA fetish weekend 2016 are $109 for a standard room (larger lofts and suites are more), with a minimum three-night stay. To receive the special DNA weekend rate attendees are required to pre-purchase a DNA weekend package prior to making their reservation. Weekend packages are $79; a hotel registration code required to make your room reservation will be issued upon purchase of your weekend package.

Highlights of DNA fetish weekend will include a playfulMeet & Greet featuring contestant demos, the Top Men’sCigar, Bourbon & Scotch Social, hospitality suites, the Top Men’s Club educational series of interactive workshops, both men’s and queer play spaces, open shine bootblacking stations, Women of Drummer social events, the HypnotiXXX comedy hypnosis show. All events are included in the weekend pass.

The inaugural DNA fetish weekend held in February 2015 in St Petersburg, Florida, drew more than 180 weekend pass holders to the sold-out host hotel — forcing an 30 additional rooms booked into the overflow hotel across the street. Day passes and local residents attending DNA signature parties and onsite DNA bar events helped double total weekend attendance to more than 350. The weekend attracted at least 16 international attendees from outside the United States.

Joining the established roster of men’s, women’s and pansexual contest weekends, DNA weekend will feature three fetish contests for gay men: Drummer, Drummerboy and Drummer Bootblack. The contests will be open to gay-identified, biological and trans men in the fetish/kink communities, who are residents of Canada, United States and Mexico.

“DNA weekend rekindles the Drummer tradition of self-identified masculinity. The weekend is a celebration of gay masculinity, whether it is expressed in leather or sports gear or fetishes, at a joyful family reunion where history is honored and diversity respected,” says Master Mike Zuhl, co-owner of DNA.

“It’s important that as DNA weekend moves forward, we build on our past instead of being stuck in it. Today, we have boys who are bootblacks, bootblacks who are puppies, gay men equally comfortable in rubber as they are in leather, and generations of gay kinksters who are equally comfortable exploring power dynamics at both ends of the spectrum, and fetishists that migrate across a wide range of gear and play,” says Master Brandon Matheson, co-owner of DNA.

“In the spirit of our community’s history, the DNA titles will celebrate the range of fetish and kink identities of gay men. It will be fun and exciting to watch contestants as they celebrate rubber, leather, sports kit, military, and more — and to see who the judges pick as this year’s DNA titleholders,” says Matheson.

Drummer North America was launched in October 2014 and is the first US-based fetish organization and contest weekend to have owners from two countries. From the US, Master Mike Zuhl is the former owner and producer of the Drummer International contests, founder of the International LeatherSIR/Leatherboy and International Community Bootblack contests, and owner of Leather Central bar in Pittsburgh. From Canada, Master Brandon Matheson is a former president of Mr Leatherman Toronto, a founder of the Church Street Fetish Fair, creator and co-producer of the popular Rough House dungeon parties in Toronto, and a former regional producer and board member of International LeatherSIR/Leatherboy and International Community Bootblack.

For more information and updates on the contest weekend, visit www.DrummerNA.com.

Via press release