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Pride weekend kicked off with a bubbly evening in Montauk, when Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears took the stage at The Surf Lodge for a Pride party sponsored by Cool Cat, his friend Rocco Venneri’s new wine spritzer brand. “It was my first time singing in front of people in a long time; it’s hard to describe how good that felt,” Shears tells Purist. “There were a lot of friends there, including Rocco with Cool Cat and DJ Justin Dawson, and The Surf Lodge is such a special place—it couldn’t have been a sweeter return to singing again.”
For Venneri, the night was a particular point of pride. “As a gay-owned and operated alcoholic-beverage company, we’re thrilled to collaborate with like-minded, supportive venue owners and top talent like Jake Shears and DJ Dawson,” he says. “Cool Cat is about leading culture forward, breaking barriers and inspiring other minorities to follow their dreams. With hard work and the right team, anything is possible.” Purist spoke with the spirited CEO and co-founder about his new endeavor.