Saturday, December 14, 2013

Review of HARNESS Party, December 13, 2013

Photos are by our local Tribe's superb Event Photographer, Scott Smith, unless otherwise noted:

Here is what I loved about last night's HARNESS party at Numbers:

It was surprisingly well-attended, given the time of year. One of the best turnouts ever. Word has really gotten around. I was thrilled to recognize nearly everyone there, and the new guys were clearly eager to figure-out what the warm, friendly tone and the unified and cohesive crowd were all about. By my guess, around 95% of the men there were members of FetishMenSanDiego. We deliver a VERY different vibe, every time.

HARNESS is always stunningly well-organized, in every detail. The CUB CLUB team was sharp, focused and utterly dedicated to providing an excellent evening for us all.  It showed. Ned Cato is the masterful impresario, working behind the scenes. He has the Big Picture in his mind, and he’s a superb team-builder. Matthew is CLEARLY in his element, making sure that every detail is just right… A teensy bit obsessive about attaining a perfect result, but that’s why we love him.

Brett and Brian redeem their raffle ticket with Ian and Daniel. 
There were plenty of great prizes, and the 
evening's event raised money for charity.

Ian is getting better and better at being the ringmaster for an evening of fun that conveys a quality of deeper meaning. All HARNESS parties are sociable, zero-attitude events, but Ian seems to have perfected the form. When he sang “I Want To Do Bad Things To You”, the crowd roared with approval at every chorus, and howled at the right spots. I was astonished to see so many men having arrived fully geared for the “RED AND BLACK MASQUERADE” theme of the evening.  I really think that it was the best theme so far.

The go-go dancers were attractive in a very masculine, friendly and hunky way. They boogeyed and shook for our entertainment, and hoped that fans in the crowd would tip them, to show appreciation.  I always make it a habit to do so - It’s such a pleasant form of affirmation, and it’s a great way to contribute to the local economy!

Ibi Pupp and Bobby worked hard to make the event a success. 
Expect to see these beautiful young men helping out 
at more events as time goes by.  
They are going to be helping out our brothers with 
San Diego Fetish Brotherhood a lot in 2014.

Ibi said "So much fun! So many familiar and new faces.

Found an awesome leather shirt from Eli Correa's stash *drools...

Was recruited by the fabulous MC and vocalist Ian Morton to help out as Ticket Boy. Glad to work alongside Bobby during the event. Cheers!!

To add the cherry on top, I enjoyed one of the best bonding/flogging moments with Papa Tony. He puts the red and blush where they're supposed to go"

Photo by Keith Johnson. That's Ei on the right, 
and his boy Keith on the left, with Ms. Sanctuary Leather 2013 Shae in the middle.

Mr. San Diego Leather 2013 Eli brought a table-full of donated fetish-gear to sell, raising $350 for Wish Linda's "Leather Cares Help Fund" charity.  I bought a bunch of stuff, and so did others.

The DJ was spinning very appropriate and effective music for the crowd, the space and the circumstances.  Just enough of a mix of dark, industrial, and yet nicely danceable. It’s nice to see kinky men dancing, when they simply can’t resist.  I wish the same DJ had been on duty a week earlier!

THIS is how you win several raffle prizes: Have arms like an orangutan! 
That's Ibi Pupp, selling a fingertip-to-fingertip length of tickets 
for ten dollars to Papa Tony, while slave bob looks on - bob PAID for the tickets, 
so he gets to share the meals at Carnita's Snack Shack and Wang's North Park...
 That seems fair somehow!

The HARNESS party has been designed as a monthly, gay leathermen's Social Ball. Our community has needed one for decades, and it arrived in nearly perfect form. It has only gotten better as the years have gone by. The men who showed up were diverse, super-friendly, and tended to hug a lot, as they swarmed here and there, mixing and socializing.

I hope everybody got laid a LOT last night. Based upon observed behavior, it looked pretty likely!

Update from Ian, after the event:

Thanks so much for all who joined and made this event a success! Matthew Walker and Ned Cato Jr of Cub Club SD, Brent Englehart, Bobby Jamal Shoals, and Ibi Pupp for being my sexy Jell-O shot and Raffle salesmen, DJ Marcel Hetu for spinning the tunes and Daniel Blair and the Dangilo the Uberglitterati sexy dancers for turning up the heat!

Eli Correa, Keith Johnson and Truly Shae brought Fetish Finds back and I know some of ya'll got some sexy gear! Please remember Wang's North Park, Diversionary Theatre and Carnitas Snack Shack who came through with donated items for the raffle. Through your support, we raised $200.00 which will assist in bring education top the community through the UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute. Last, but not least, FMen SanDiego - Thanks for the great review, Papa Tony and for all the Fetishmen San Diego friends that came out to support this effort - much love to you all!

Update from Ian, just before the event:

Excited for tonight! JELL-O Shots are made, raffle prizes collected from Dave & Buster's, Hillcrest Ace Hardware, Carnita's Snack Shack, Chili's Grill & Bar and Wang's North Park. Sensual ambient music mix from Delerium, Enigma and Massive Attack ready to go. Come by between 8-9:30 for a sexy lounge atmosphere that will transition into a pulsating dance party with DJ Marcel Hetu! Raffle drawing at 11:00 p.m. sharp!
Music video for inspiration

Pre-Event Publicity:

Every 2nd Friday,Cub Club and Numb3rs Nightclub will present HARNESS, a NEW monthly Leather/Gear event...You are always welcome to come out as you are, but LEATHER GEAR is encouraged, the least you can do is THROW ON A HARNESS!

Come one, come all, Fetish friends. Ian Morton will be hosting December 13th's HARNESS at NUM3ERS Nightclub and would love to see you there! Each guest host has an opportunity to bring his or her flavor to the night, and I would love to create a sensual playground of Fetish Fantasy. Vampires, jocks, club kids, gods & goddesses, fashionistas, Victorians , faeries, Wicca – come celebrate your imagination as we celebrate a “different” sort of holiday season MASKED BALL at the Red & Black Masquerade. While you groove to ambient, sexual and tribal beats, know that proceeds for items such as raffle tickets and holiday themed Jello shots (with AND without alcohol) will go toward HIV/AIDS research at UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute More details will follow….


With a rotating roster of kick-ass DJs and leatheratti hosts, we are sure entice the fuck out of you. This month DJ MARCEL.... who will be spinning DARK Dirty House sounds to promote close DANCING and CRUISING. HIS LAST SET AT HARNESS WAS....wait for it.....LEGENDARY.


MALE GOGO DANCER BOOT CAMP AUDITIONS: If YOU or someone you know has a hot face, owns their body, and can dance: SIGN THEM UP! At the next Harness, the PACK will be auditioning MEN of all sorts (Average Joes, Bears, Cubs, Daddies, Sirs, Muscle, Otters, Silver Foxes, Pups, scuffy, Fetish, Military, Athletes, BEEFY etc) We are looking for some guys to help round out our crew. We are looking for a few good MEN who are the life of the party, can hold their own on the dancefloor, don't mind dressing like Sex, have team mentality, and that can dance like a muthafucker. We will be rotating auditioners throughout the night: to help fill our roster for our 2013 Events; that include but are not limited to the following Club Nights: Harness, Belt, Glitter Cub Disko, Geek Week, Heroes Vs. Villians, BrassRail's Manic Monday, RudeBoy,WTF, CubClub's THE PACK and LLBear. Wear shoes/boots you can move in, and briefs/gear that pushes the line but won't get you arrested. (There will be a small changing area for auditioners who don't underdress: CubClub and Numbers will not be held resposible for lost items: so bring a watchful friend or leave the good shit at home) REMEMBER: this is CUBCLUB, we DONT care about a few extra pounds, and Shaving/manscaping is discouraged. Contact Cub Club SD( if you have any other questions...
STRAP UP. BUCKLE UP...and come take a ride.

HARNESS every 2nd Friday of the month at NUMB3RS.

COVER $8 DOLLARS...(don't want to SHOOT YOUR WHOLE WAD? CUM EARLY and BRING A CANNED FOOD ITEM OR WRAPPED TOY and a enjoy $5 cover for the first HOUR we are open)

CubClub's THE PACK

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