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The Jonas Brothers are headed to the AmericanAirlines Arena with their new Happiness Begins Tour, and special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. The band broke up in 2013, but it is back with a vengeance six years later with Happiness Begins. This time around, the brothers are all grown up, and I'm sure you'll be a "Sucker" for them at the concert.

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SUMMER SWAN SONGS he summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the fun has to cool down. August is when things really start to heat up; not just outside but on the dance floor too. Like a handful of SPF glistening all over your body, I know you need some fresh music to help you soak in the sun on these final weeks of summer. So here are some tracks to keep the party going long into pumpkin spice season.

"Deeper Love" (John Hohman Metromix Club Remix) - Kendra Erika No, this isn't another bad cover of the iconic Aretha Franklin anthem. This track is 100% original and ready to set the dance floor on fire. JHM keeps it sexy with a smooth blend of classic house and fresh beats as Kendra purrs out her heart. "Higher Love" (Perry Twins Rework) - Kygo x Whitney Houston Even from the grave, this diva is still working the dance floor! Kygo rescued this rare cover of a Steve Windwood classic from the Japanese version of Houston's 1990 album, I'm Your Baby Tonight. Our favorite twins turn up the bpm's on their rework to elevate the mood as well as our hearts. "Never Really Over" (Wow & Flutter Club Remix) - Katy Perry Between her collab on Daddy Yankee's "Con Calma," a cameo on T-Swift's vid and this new track, it looks like little miss Perry is ready to brush o her past and come back with a vengeance. The title itself says it all, but Wow & Flutter take it up a notch to make sure we get the message loud and clear.

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From bright summer prints and rainbow colors that celebrate our LGBTQ community to classic designs, this week we bring you some very sexy swimwear picks for the summer of 2019, or year-round if you live in a tropical climate like ours in Miami. We've chosen three brands that everyone should be looking into to dazzle the guys at all your pool and beachside activities – Mertailor, BWET and Addicted.

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Dive deep into the world of Mertailor Men, "a world full of brave, daring, and confident allurement." The brand was created by Eric Ducharme back in 2006 and is designed and manufactured in Florida. Mertailor Men has all your needs covered this summer. Whether it be swimwear, activewear, or even merman tails to live your best and sexy merman life, Eric has created a diverse collection for everyone. Check out the entire line at mertailor.com.

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BWET: FREESTYLE COLLECTION BWET began with two designers who were both bored of the cookie-cutter swimwear styles they witnessed around the world. Coincidentally, two other guys overheard their conversation and signed on to create what is now a stylish, unique, high-quality swimwear brand – BWET. Now we all have our stylish bums to thank them for while we have fun in the sun. BWET's hot new swimwear release, its 2019 FreeStyle socially responsible collection, is made with recycled plastic material and extreme UV protection. High-quality, fast-drying fabrics are synonymous with BWET in their ongoing commitment to provide the crème de la crème when it comes to swimwear, without sacrificing quality or comfort. If you want to turn heads this summer, visit bwet.com and get yourself a few pairs.

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ADDICTED: "HEATWAVE" COLLECTION By Michael Wright | Photos by Alejandro Brito

Addicted is celebrating ten steamy years with its hot new "Heatwave" swimwear collection. Founded in 2009, Addicted has dedicated itself to the manufacturing and design of men's underwear, swimwear, and sportswear. The Addicted brand emphasizes comfort, fun and excitement for the male form in its fashions. It is always setting trends and pushing the envelope in style and sexiness, bringing an extra dimension to the variety of activewear for men. Wire Magazine spoke with Nir Zilberman, Addicted's brand representative for the U.S. Michael Wright: Congratulations on ten years of Addicted! Nir Zilberman: Thank you! Addicted started out as the naughty little sister brand of ES Collection, but through the years, has gained an identity all its own. MW: How would you describe this summer's "Heatwave" collection? NZ: Muy caliente, ha-ha! Once again, this summer's swimwear collection features bright colors with one of a kind prints and tongue-in-cheek designs. It's meant to be playful, fun, and yes, a

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bit racy but also sporty, stylish, and designed to last so guys can enjoy the summer sun to its maximum. MW: The collection is bolder than ever. NZ: Addicted has never been known for subtle details, and this summer's collection of swim gear is certainly no exception to that rule. MW: When creating the collection, do designers consider shock value? NZ: Not exactly. All gear is designed with fashionable gay men in mind. They are intended for guys who feel good about themselves, are comfortable with their bodies and are daring enough to flaunt it. As a men's fashion label, materials and craftsmanship are the top priority, even more so than shock value. MW: Tell us about Addicted's tailored fit. NZ: More time is put into the sewing of each piece so that they are built to last, even through the roughest summer play. The suits are tailored to fit every body type perfectly. Addicted's "Heatwave" collection is sold directly at Addicted.es, as well as at select retail partners worldwide. 20 WIREMAG.COM #16 2019


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PRIDE JOURNEY: SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

he Pacific Northwest is and has always been one of my favorite places in the country to visit. Natural beauty is around every corner and Spokane is no different. The city, historically overshadowed by Seattle, is going through a bit of a renaissance as of late and creating a vibe and culture that sets itself apart from its larger neighbor to the west.

ton state is known for having some of the best wines in the country and Maryhill didn't disappoint. Out of eight wines offered during the tasting, I think I enjoyed all but one. I was also informed that visitors who travel on Alaska Airlines get to check wine for free in the airline's Wine Flies Free program.

Begin your tour of Spokane by walking around downtown. Visit Riverfront Park, take a ride on the SkyRide (over the Spokane River) and jump on the Looff Carousel. Yes, I was probably the oldest person riding the carousel, but when in Rome...

Spend your evenings at the Davenport Grand, a 4-star property located in the heart of the city, which provides easy access to all of Spokane's main attractions and dining. Their penthouse suites feature king-size beds with luxury linens, a cozy seating area with electric fireplace and magnificent views of the city. The Grand Terrace Bar is the perfect place to enjoy some happy hour cocktails before heading out on the town.

An interesting note: Walt Disney tried to purchase the carousel for his Anaheim property but was outbid.

Grab dinner at Wild Sage Bistro, a wonderful restaurant in the heart of downtown. Being so close to the Pacific, fish should be your top choice. I opted for the Hawaiian Style Poke and Alaskan Halibut, which came panseared with basil butter, Walla Walla sweet onion soubise, dressed peas and pickled rhubarb. Wild Sage is a favorite among residents of the 'Lilac City' and I was able to see why.

Downtown Spokane is an Instagrammers paradise. A giant red wagon, garbage eating goat, running statues and, of course, the waterfalls make downtown the perfect spot for vacation photos. The first stop in my downtown tour of the city was Maryhill Winery, a beautiful winery overlooking the river and the perfect place for a tasting of some local wines. Washing-

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LGBTQ nightlife is vibrant in Spokane. To catch a glimpse of the local crowd, head to the Blind Buck, one of Spokane's hottest gay bars. I got a chance to meet some of the bartenders, a really cute shot boy and a few of the drag queens. They informed me about a gay Pride cruise in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that has been going on for over 20 years in conjunction with Spokane Pride. I wasn't originally planning on going on the cruise, but now I needed to see what all the talk was about.


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The journey to Coeur d'Alene takes about 45-minutes and is well worth the trip. It is one of the most beautiful places I have visited in recent memory. As I boarded the ship – emblazoned in a huge rainbow flag – I quickly noticed how diverse the crowd was. Every member of the LGBTQ rainbow was represented. Over 200 revelers sipped cocktails and danced on the sun deck as the DJ spun classics from Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and Cher, leading to multiple singalongs. The 2-hour cruise took us around Lake Coeur d'Alene, whose shoreline dotted with mega-mansions that would make the Kardashians jealous. During my visit was Volume Music Fest, a city-wide festival similar to SXSW in Austin. Even Nyne, one of the city's gay bars, was a featured venue for the festival. Nyne is a lesbian-owned establishment that plays host to many drag performances and is usually the place where partygoers end their evening.

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If you prefer to keep things a bit more casual, head to another gay bar called Baby Bar. A few years ago, Neko Case, a member of the Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers called Baby Bar the "best bar in America." Spokane is also a great destination for adventure seekers. If you want a truly unique experience, book a whitewater rafting excursion with Wiley E. Waters. The 2-hour tour on the Spokane River, which runs through downtown, boasts Class II and III rapids, enough to get the heart rate going and feel the power of the river. For most of the trip, the river was smooth, and you start to let your guard down, but then you turn a corner and are met with raging waters. It was quite exhilarating and enjoyable especially given I didn't fall in the water. If navigating rapids isn't necessary your thing, visit Mica Moon Zip Tours & Aerial Park in Liberty Lake, just a short drive from downtown. The last time I went zip lining was in Costa Rica, so I was excited to experience this again, although I wasn't ready for the fear that took over my body as I was getting ready to fly hundreds of feet above the ground below. There are about eight lines in total, some longer than others. The last line is aptly named Big Mama, and at 3,500 feet in length it is one of the longest zip lines in North America. 26 WIREMAG.COM #16 2019

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Spokane is a very cool destination with a thriving culinary, arts and music scene. It may not be as large as Seattle, but that adds to its appeal. Consider the destination for an upcoming adventure. Enjoy the journey! Joey Amato is the publisher of Pride Journeys, a website dedicated to LGBTQ travel. Joey has spent over a decade in LGBTQ media and public relations and currently resides in both Nashville, Tennessee and Indianapolis, Indiana. He can be reached at joey@pridejourneys.com


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