When Austin event partners, Lesbutante and The Boss, asked Oh, Henry Productions to join forces back in 2014, we jumped at the chance. Thus began a long planning process to create four days and three nights of programming with six different events at four different venues on Galveston Island. The event logistics provided countless obstacles to manage and overcome, and the event proved to be a grueling challenge. But a small army banded together and created a safe, sex positive space for LBGTQ folks to rock out in late summer.
Pictured below is the Saturday night event on the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier. This .25 mile pier comes complete with a stage at the furthest point under the Ferris wheel. It was exciting to move a 36 foot truck of gear from 3 blocks away using only a push trolley and a Gator. Unloading took an astonishing 8 hours and three or four trips. But in the end, we created an amazing light show and hosted a rock band - a totally uncharted event for the Pier operators.
One of the coolest parts of this project was bringing together so many Austin event and performer heavyweights. Partnering with set designers like Jack and Christine Darling, event pro and my right hand lady, Nikki DaVaughn, Lisa Hause (who's photography is showcased here and all over this website), and BedPost Confessions' producers created a magical combination of event professionals. Performers Elle G and Austin staples, Julie Nolen and Jen Mulhern brought the house down with their vocal skills. Out of town talent from LA and NYC also added flavor to this inaugural southern coast event. And don't forget about event mascot, That Bitch Judy - a life size blow up doll who garnered more social media followers than most.
We couldn't have asked for a harder working production crew. Our lighting and sound teams pulled off miracles and made every show go off without a hitch. All event volunteers were top notch and oh, so cool. We're grateful to be a part of projects like these and so thankful to everyone who made it possible.
Photo credit to PIP and Lisa Hause Photography.