Sylvester Is My Hero

I played this song on Sunday, and it’s put me on a major Sylvester kick this week. Dude was exactly who and what he wanted to be: tall, strong and physically imposing, delicately beautiful, firey like a pentecostal preacher, flashy like a disco queen. There was and has been no one like him since he died from AIDS complications at the way-too-young age of forty-one in the late 80s.

His version of ‘Southern Man’ isn’t just the definitive version of Neil Young’s song because of how musically perfect it is; it’s because it was UNBELIEVABLY ballsy for a six-foot-something black man in women’s clothes to open his DEBUT record, in 1973 no less, by wailing out these lyrics in the strongest falsetto anyone’s ever heard: “Southern man better keep your head. Don’t forget what your good book said. Southern change gonna come at last. Now your crosses are burning fast. / I saw cotton, and I saw black. Tall white mansions and little shacks. Southern man, when will you pay them back?”

Sylvester is my hero.

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    Official Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday parties are in bold below. Other dates are tour dates for Eamon and/or Justin.

    Friday, April 28th // Planetarium with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin DJing // at the Secret Hi-Fi Loft // $25 // tickets and more info coming soon

    Sunday, May 14th // Mister Sunday Outdoor Season Opener with Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter // at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood // $15 before 5pm with RSVP // advance tickets at $10, $15 and $20

    Sunday, May 21st // Mister Sunday with Eamon Harkin and special guest Avalon Emerson // at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood // $15 before 5pm with RSVP // advance tickets at $10, $15 and $20

    Sunday, May 28th // Mister Sunday Memorial Day Weekend Special with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin // at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood // $15 before 5pm with RSVP // advance tickets at $10, $15 and $20

    Sunday, June 4th // Mister Sunday with Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter // at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood // $15 before 5pm with RSVP // advance tickets at $10, $15 and $20

    Sunday, June 11th // Mister Sunday with Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin // at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood // $15 before 5pm with RSVP // advance tickets at $10, $15 and $20

    Sunday, June 18th // Mister Sunday with special guest Rick Wilhite all day long // at Nowadays // 56-06 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood // $15 before 5pm with RSVP // advance tickets at $10, $15 and $20

    Sunday, June 18th // Eamon Harkin & Justin Carter at Secret Sundaze // at La Terrazza // Barcelona, Spain // advance tickets and more info

    Thursday, July 13th // Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin at Farr Festival with Avalon Emerson and more // Hertfordshire, UK // advance tickets and more info

    Saturday, July 29th // Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin at Panorama with Jayda G, Anthony Naples, Huerco S and Motor City Drum Ensemble // at Randall's Island // NYC // advance tickets and more info