Around the Houses: June at Soho House
Juneteenth to Pride, last month’s events ushered in the next era of in-person celebrations
By Landon Peoples
As the world reopens and people reconnect, so do the events that once brought people together. For Soho House, reopening to the public has also meant a reawakening to the future ahead – starting with June: to create impactful experiences and safe spaces for all of our members during Pride and Juneteenth, and take everyone forward into the next era of glamorous parties and larger-than-life moments.
From intimate music performances to LA’s very own Vogue Ball, sunset dinners, and more, check out Soho House’s latest events from across North America.
Changemaker Award party, Soho Beach House
In honour of Juneteenth, author and Committee member Octavia Yearwood hosted the Changemaker Award party to celebrate Black joy, freedom, education, and achievement. The event, with sounds by DJ Tillery James and a live violinist, celebrated five community leaders with a changemaker award designed by artist Artlovetrap: Jumaane N’Namdi (N’Namdi Apprentice Program), Valencia Gunder (The Smile Trust), Ramone Cowet (Miami Children’s Initiative), and more. To top it all off, guests enjoyed a Haitian barbecue by Chef Tia as photographer Jade Lilly captured every moment.
Pride pool party, Soho House New York
During Pride weekend, New Yorkers from every borough flocked to the rooftop of Soho House New York for what members would go on to call ‘the best Pride of all time’. As guests such as Amanda Lepore sipped cocktails by Bacardí, they were entertained by more than a dozen drag queens, DJs, and even a performance by Big Freedia during the nine-hour event.
One Night Only with chef Jonny Rhodes, Soho House Chicago
Chef Jonny Rhodes launched his career as a chef at 27 against the backdrop of one of Houston’s lower-income neighbourhoods. Indigo, his neosoul food restaurant, is now one of the most acclaimed in the country. During weeknight events at Soho House Chicago, the chef shared his food philosophy and what drives him to create dishes that tell a story from plate to plate – featuring prawn ceviche, Sofki stew, and candied yams.
Pride Vogue Ball, Soho Warehouse
Model and musician Shaun Ross hosted Soho House’s inaugural Vogue Ball in the garden at Soho Warehouse. Members enjoyed an authentic, underground ballroom experience, complete with headlining Vogue Houses, legendary DJ MikeQ, a stacked line-up of judges, and cocktails by Bacardí.
The Houses competed in categories such as Performance, Runway, Face, Realness and Sex Siren in an event that honoured Juneteenth and Pride.
On the wavelength dinner (with the Planetary Self Institute), CWH Detroit
Hosted at the Quonset Huts, a community of living and working studio spaces for artists, by founding Committee member Everard Findlay, the Cities Without Houses team threw a dinner with the Planetary Self Institute. They wanted to highlight the value of mindful conversation around hyper-local global connections, meaning every person has a connection to influencing and changing their community, regardless of access or privilege, if we come together.
The multi-sensory dinner consisted of art installations and conversation between members, up-and-coming young artists, thought leaders, and Detroit living legends (including King Wayne of the East Side Riders, an iconic Detroit bike club). Guests shared stories of connecting with people outside their usual community as they create impactful art and experiences for a global audience.
Opening weekend, Soho House Austin
For the opening weekend of Soho House Austin, members danced the night away to local hip-hop duo Zeale and Phranchyze, as well as DJs Breezah and Kurupt. Sponsored by Bacardí, the event was the inaugural live performance on the terrace, which made for a lively night.