Two years ago, over 250 men showed up at Club Try-Angles for the first “Utah Rebellion,” a weekend dedicated to leather, uniforms, motorcycles, cigars, boots and sadomasochism, bondage and discipline. The next year drew 300 participants and organizers are hoping for even larger numbers as they expand the event to include a street fair and an opening pre-party.
The event has been so successful, that it was nominated by the Pantheon of Leather XVIII awards for the best Small Event of the Year. It was edged out, however by “The 12 Days of Christmas” in Baltimore, Md.
“Having a Leather outlet is a need in Salt Lake City and we are happy to be a part of it,” said Tiger, one of the event’s organizers.
Many inside and outside the gay community are intrigued by what events, such as Utah Rebellion, are all about.
“The point of leather is to have fun,” explains Tiger. “So our event is focused on having fun and remembering to do what can get difficult with work and all other aspects of life. It is really hot to go to a bar where there are hundreds of kinky men dressed to kill. Seeing Master/slave or Daddy/boy relationships in the bar is very common and exciting. This is an event where you can express your kink and enjoy the atmosphere.”
Along with the fun aspects of the event, organizers hope to provide an environment where people will feel comfortable to ask questions about the leather lifestyle and obtain information concerning education.
“We are huge supporters of SM education and donate all of the proceeds to a local SM group which is based around classes,” says Tiger.
The event has grown so large, organizers have added a second venue for a Friday, August 1 pre-party that requires reservations, taken at the group’s Web site at UtahRebellion.com, to attend.
On Saturday, Aug. 2, the street outside Club Try-Angles will be fenced off for a street fair.
“With many people requesting, we are adding vendors to Saturday afternoon where people can get leather goods to information concerning other events,” said Tiger. “We are also bringing out a boot black from L.A. to shine up all of those dirty Salt Lake boots and will have a guest appearance from Mr. Olympus Leather.”
The block party will also include the a “high and tight” barber, a variety of leather vendors and educational booths.
“We are going to continue to have the amazing raffle which has prizes ranging from a weekend at the Blue Moon Resort in Las Vegas to physical leather goods,” Tiger continued. “We also have an amazing lineup of DJ’s for your dancing pleasure.
For more information, visit the Utah Rebellion Web site at UtahRebellion.com