Preview: House of Dragon

Yakitori Boy gays it up with a new weekly event

Ian Morrison as Brittany Lynn

Chinatown may already be known for its dragons, but starting this Thursday, June 16 (9 p.m.), Yakitori Boy will be putting the “drag” in it. The new event mixes up singing, karaoke and – yes – a side dish of gender bending, during House of Dragon, hosted by the larger-than-life Brittany Lynn.

“In honor of Pride month, Yakitori Boy wanted to host their first gay-friendly weekly party on Thursday nights in Chinatown,” says David Dyer, also known as “Scoops” of Got Scoops? Productions. Dyer recently began working with the two-level karaoke and sushi bar on special events, bringing with him many connections with Philly’s LGBT community.

“This is my second weekly party at the venue since I moved back from the Midwest working on 96.5 The Buzz, Kansas City’s alternative music station,” says Dyer. There, he was an openly gay morning show co-host – one of only a few in the country. The Philly community may also remember him as one of the hosts of Street Talkin’.

“I have always been very active and creative in throwing parties, events and concerts,” says Dyer, who also hosts a Monday night fete featuring Ketel One cocktail specials for industry folks where he mixes videos and hosts karaoke.

David Dyer (aka Scoops)

But for House of Dragon, he solicited Brittany Lynn (aka Ian Morrison), known for hosting Mr. Gay and a slew of other special events in the Gayborhood. “Yakitori Boy already has a huge gay following,” says Dyer, “so I figured why not do a gay-friendly event in a place where everyone can be who they are?” He says the evening will offer sprinkles of live musical numbers, rants, and making sure everyone releases their inner rock star on the karaoke mic.

“There is a huge world outside of the Gayborhood,” says Dyer. “And if singing in public is not your thing, don’t sweat it. Yakitori Boy also has numerous private rooms to rent out for you and your guests – up to 20 people.”

And while the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race often have to lip sync for their lives, that won’t be happening at House of Dragon. “No lip synching is allowed,” says Dyer. “Not even Brittany is allowed to lip sync.”

House Of Dragon, June 16, 9 p.m., Yakitori Boy, 211 N. 11th St., 215-923-8088.