Anything can happen on the Standard Hotel’s 18th floor, and last night at Pride x Boom, “anything” meant Madonna singing on top of a bar.
Hosted by Misshapes Geordon Nichols, The Standard’s Corey Tuttle, and creative director and photographer Ricardo Gomes, the Standard’s grand reopening event drew hundreds of guests who lined up outside behind a labyrinth of metal barricades.
Inside the hotel’s famous Boom Boom Room club, secrets were already brewing where the Queen of Pop prepared for a surprise performance.
As partiers filled the chambers of Le Bain and Boom Boom Room, the air felt electric. Whether it was rumors of a Madge sighting or free-flowing champagne, it felt decidedly New York. The city’s fashion and media darlings, from Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper to Emily Ratajkowski, converged at their old stomping grounds giving the night a romantic and nostalgic feel.
Iconic global fashion muse and revered DJ Honey Dijon got the crowd ready, and at 1:30 a.m., dancers started to writhe onto the Boom Boom Room's iconic golden bar. Then, there was Madonna.
Dressed in a bright blue wig, a fishnet tank top and leather shorts, she regaled the adoring crowd with an incredible, intimate performance sure to go down as one of the most legendary moments in NY nightlife history.
While Boom Boom Room is no stranger to hosting iconic musical sensations, welcoming Madonna right after a global pandemic is certainly a strong way to show that NYC remains as resilient in its the arts and culture scene as ever.
After a two-song set, Madonna was joined by Zachary Quinto in a live auction of signed Madonna polaroids, selling a selfie right there for $10,000. Guests whipped out their credit cards for the rare opportunity to purchase pieces of art and musical history.
Proceeds are set to benefit the Hetrick Martin Institute, an organization that strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for young members of the LGBTQI+ community.
If you didn’t get the chance to attend, you still have an opportunity to bid on additional signed Madonna pieces as well as some pieces of fashion history by joining the online auction at galabid.com.
The auction is live now through Sunday, June 27. See pictures of last night’s event below.