After months of planning, Road Trip 8 – the best and most famous weekend of the summer – is finally here.  Naturally, TheBPlot and Coaster – with the official four-page hard-copy pull-out guide to the weekend – have an exclusive look at what’s in store for you. 

I spoke with Amanda Lepore, the world’s “most famous transsexual”; Aaron Coleman, Asbury Park event producer extraordinaire and Corey Craig, New York City DJ – three of the hot stars of Road Trip 8, which begins tonight (July 16) with the “Welcome Party” featuring the brilliant comic Suzanne Westenhoefer compliments of AwwMama Productions.  (Click here for my exclusive interview with Suzanne last week).

More interviews with the stars of Road Trip 8 at  All weekend long, the blog will have photo coverage of events, live Twitter pics and a news feed.

Okay, so…

TBP:  Amanda, you are famed photographer David LaChapelle’s muse, had a number one single in Switzerland and are a style icon to many.  It’s so fun you are coming to see us for Road Trip this year. 

lapore_lglAmanda:  I love Asbury Park.  Growing up in New Jersey, I have always loved the beach.  I think I got lost on the Asbury Park boardwalk as a kid. 

The album I have worked on for five years drops next month and I am previewing it live for all my friends in Asbury Park at the Kick-Off Party Friday (July 17). 

I’ll perform a smashup of all my songs.  Afterwards, there’s a fierce Mundo Unico underwear and bathing suit show.  Even later, fireworks (on the beach, 10.45 pm) to a soundtrack by DJ David Marc.

TBP:  So much is going on, Amanda.  Brad Hurtado has a ton planned.  Immediately after the fireworks, The Tides Hotel on Seventh Avenue (hug and kiss away from the boardwalk) – a must-see, completely luxe renovated and hot hangout – is hosting a post-party party with drink specials and Marty’s famous White Cosmo.

TidesThe Tides is also throwing no cover charge pool parties Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  I love that place to relax with a cocktail on their original Frank Gehry-designed outdoor furniture, surrounded by lush foliage, art, people and architecture.  It’s a vacation in our backyard.

 Aaron, your Pyramid Productions  is producing a one of a kind fashion show on the boardwalk at the Third Avenue Pavillion on Sunday evening (July 19).

Aaron:  The show, “Cirque de Asbury” will be no-holds-barred with circus-like performances, along with great style from local Asbury Park boutiques.  Models will don their get-ups and strut the boards.   Fire breathers and jugglers, stilt walkers and a plethora of other circus-like performers will spice up this over the big-top scene. 

TBP:  You put a fresh spin on everything you do, Aaron.  So talented you are.

Speaking of spin, Corey Craig, my talented friend and favorite DJ – who I must say, also makes amazing macaroni and cheese – I am thrilled you will be spinning at SandBlast Saturday (July 18).  Your music is fun, happy, light and energetic – the perfect tone. 

Friends from Pennsylvania, New York and everywhere in between still talk about how much fun they had at the beach dance party last year. 

What are your picks for a great list of songs people can download to have their own fab summer party?   splash 1

Corey:  Easy – here’s a fierce list for everyone:  “When Love Takes Over”, “Heartbreak”, “Sing”, “Now that I’m a Chick”, “Goodbye”, “Some Kinda Rush”, “Paparazzi”, “Hold On”, “Epiphany” and “Release Me”.   

Cheers to all the volunteers and their tireless efforts to make Road Trip 8 happen.

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