Return to the Sandbox :: 4th of July Weekend in Miami :: AMNESIA Tea-Dance 10-Year Reunion

by Robert Doyle

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday June 23, 2008

Back when fabulous washed over South Beach like an algae tide, there was a club-a fabled club-where the fabulous gathered to play. Modeled after its Mediterranean sister on the isle of Ibiza, Amnesia opened on February 18, 1994-ushering in an era of hedonism not seen on Miami Beach since-well, since the last debauched era. With 32,000 square feet and a capacity for 2,500 revelers, Amnesia's indoor/outdoor space was the scene of numerous bacchanals-and yet there was nothing quite like the annual Amnesia New Year's Day party thrown by Craig and the Boys.

For eight years running, it wasn't a new year unless you welcomed it in at Amnesia. That sense of communal joy felt on New Year's Day at Amnesia was rivaled only by those Winter Party After-Party tea dances held also at Amnesia.

And who provided the soundtrack for those soulful journeys? Who was the man behind the music? None other than the original circuit deejay, the man credited with mixing the very first circuit CD, the ten-year headliner of White Party at Vizcaya-Mr. David Knapp, Esquire.

The simple joy of foam parties and drag divas by the dozen.

If life seemed carefree then, back in the daze before the nation was Bushwhacked, and if you find yourself yearning for the simple joy of foam parties and drag divas by the dozen at the door-guess what, you’re in luck. Thanks to intrepid impresario Edison Farrow, you can relive those halcyon days at Amnesia Tea Ten on Sunday the 6th of July, from 3 to 9 pm.

Now called Opium Garden, the space that was so beloved as Amnesia is little changed-and why should it be, given it’s near perfection. With shows by Adora, Daisy Deadpetals, and the still-not-retired Shelley Novak (as well as numerous cameos from divas past and present throughout the afternoon and evening), and with dance diva Aleta singing her hit "Shadows of Love," it’s almost a certainty that the afternoon of July 6th will quickly devolve into a free-for-fall of euphoric abandon. And with a portion of the door’s proceeds benefiting SAVE (which helped pass the Domestic Partner Registry and is working to help defeat the anti-gay amendment on the ballot in November), Amnesia Tea Ten on the 6th of July is also a perfect opportunity to help celebrate the nation’s upcoming independence from being held hostage by a fumbling and bumbling power-mad administration.

The man behind the music? None other than the original circuit deejay.

Of course, what were those Amnesia parties without the man who made the music-and fortunately for those who revere musical prowess, fresh off his success at the Reunion Pool Party at Orlando’s One Mighty Weekend, David Knapp returns to his home perch above the Amnesia dance floor.

As everyone knows, the soup is in the mix-and with David Knapp delivering the beats and divas beating the stage and hotties on the floor, Amnesia Tea Ten has the makings of a perfect storm. Our advice? Be there-and as Chyna Girl, current door goddess and one of the many who used to play in the Amnesia sandbox, says "Act famous, be legendary-and be real." Sounds like a recipe for life-and fun.

Sunday, July 6th 3pm to 9pm
DJs David Knapp / Lazaro Leon
Opium Garden
136 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Dance Diva Aleta sings "Shadows of Love"

$50/VIP (Belvedere Vodka open bar)

Tickets available at:
or by phone at 800.838.3006
or in person at:
1625 Michigan Avenue
Miami Beach

A portion of the proceeds to benefit SAVE
Help defeat the anti-gay Amendment 2
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Long-term New Yorkers, Mark and Robert have also lived in San Francisco, Boston, Provincetown, D.C., Miami Beach and the south of France. The recipient of fellowships at MacDowell, Yaddo, and Blue Mountain Center, Mark is a PhD in American history and literature, as well as the author of the novels Wolfchild and My Hawaiian Penthouse. Robert is the producer of the documentary We Are All Children of God. Their work has appeared in numerous publications, as well as at :

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