After skipping the Chicago show much to my later regret, I decided to visit Portland for Exxxotica‘s initial foray into the Northwest region. The Rose City is a beautiful city with a vibrant nightlife, and I was looking forward to revisiting the sights and sites.
The Exxxotica show itself went at a slow and steady pace throughout the weekend due to measured attendance. Compared to AVN’s AEE, you get plenty of opportunities to have a discussion with your favourite stars over semi-serious matters in their lives or what holes they like getting plugged in depending on your taste in conversation. The stage shows were popular with the crowds, and Tone Loc was the feature entertainer on Saturday night.
As for the nightlife, I saw Vicki Chase and Kenzie Taylor feature dance at a small club in Portland. Ember Snow made a guest appearance on stage with Vicki. I also went to Kendra Sunderland‘s 24th birthday party in downtown. It was a fun party, the first industry party I went to that didn’t feel like an industry party in how laid back it was. There were areas that people could dance or have conversations. Even though Kendra was in a VIP section, she was accessible to whoever wanted to greet her and take a photo with her using a photobooth.
Exxxotica New Jersey is the 2nd largest adult industry convention in the United States after AVN’s AEE, taking advantage of the NYC metro area next door. Business is always gushing for the performers that choose to attend and fan attendees always have something to see. This year was the largest show in terms of attendees and exhibitor square footage, and it was spaced out well enough that you don’t feel claustrophobic or see foot traffic jams compared to an AVN show. The Exxxotica organizers have this down to a science.
Bad Dragon, the sponsor of the porn star showcase booth, was always bustling with lines while Kendra Lust‘s Entice booth and the Jules Jordan booth always had crowds surrounding it.
Adriana Chechik had the longest lines of the convention along with Lisa Ann and Christy Canyon. So long that I made only feeble attempts to photograph them without wanting to disrupt (piss off) their fans.
The East Coast Talent booth featured some outstanding talent, especially Kenzie Reeves and Lily Adams along with a recently debuting Autumn Falls. Kenzie always had a smile in interacting with her fans including the after parties.
After a 6 year absence and a diversion to nearby Fort Lauderdale, Exxxotica returned to Miami. The city proper this time near the airport rather than across the causeway in Miami Beach. The convention followed the tried and true formula of bringing in the ladies for free on Friday, Saturday being the busiest day in crowds, and winding down on Sunday.
The stage and dungeons were in separate rooms which reduced the noise volume quite a bit, and there were no other individual booths that I could remember blasting the speakers.
The Exxxotica Hotties did not feature a sponsorship this time, but MyFreeCams and Chaturbate again dominated the square footage along with the main porn star central sponsor, Bad Dragon.
Abella Danger had the longest lines during the convention followed by Adriana Chechik. Contributing to the line were the amount of time they would spend with each fan averaging around 5-10 minutes. There were a number of girls I met for the first time courtesy of East Coast Talent in its home city. Kenzie Reeves, who I had met before, delighted her lines with her spin the wheel games and physical flexibility.
As for the after-parties, Mr. Blue Lou Boyle and I spent our nights at the Pink Pony to support several of our friends dancing. It is always shocking to see the things happening at Florida all-nude clubs compared to the more conservative ones in Texas. We had tried to visit a regular nightclub party hosted by Jynx Maze and Jill Kassidy, but we forgot we didn’t fit the profile of guests that Miami clubs want to let in.
Another busy Exxxotica for Chicago. This year the cam companies and their respective branding dominated the show over the traditional porn star. Not only do you see the MyFreeCams, Chaturbate, and Cam4 logos dominate the show floor, the Exxxotica hotties (their house dancers) are now sponsored by Cam4 which led to some confusion on whether I was interacting with a camgirl from the site or one of the paid dancers (it could be both, Jim).
Camgirls ran around the convention floor interacting with the vendors, fans, and being general fans themselves by meeting the traditional video performers. Security seemed more relaxed than in Denver, and I didn’t observe too much obnoxious behaviour by the attendees despite the crowds.
Jenna Haze and April O’Neil had the longest lines of the convention floor. Jenna sold out her merchandise early on the second day and decided on sightseeing the rest of the weekend. She has stated several times that this is her last year touring before she moves on to the next phase of her career. April had fans geeking over her because of her rare appearances outside of AVN and her genial social media accessibility.
With respect to after hours, this was the first time I remember Exxxotica hosting its parties away from the host hotel so I didn’t see too much rowdiness while escaping back to my room. The parties weren’t too far away, but my laziness defeated any desire to seek out trouble. The only major interaction I had outside the con was gabbing with Phoenix Marie over drinks at the airport lounge with her tales of the horny and famous. I was almost relieved that my life was so dull in comparison.
Exxotica Denver was a laid back affair this year, partly fueled by the THC-heavy atmosphere. Denver is the smallest Exxxotica city in terms of space given the limits of its hotel convention center and also attendance given the relatively smaller surrounding population area. It is also an opportunity to spend time with your favourite porn star or interact with your favourite webcam performer who may become the porn stars of tomorrow.
For example, I gabbed every day with Jill Kassidy, AVN’s Best New Starlet, learning quite a bit about her background and career aspirations. She was humble, somewhat shy, and downright nice. It’s not that I had preconceptions about her before, but it’s always surprising to learn more about a person beyond what you see on screen.
Security has become much tighter in terms of protecting the exhibitors and enforcing a conduct code which was a very much noticeable change which may have been due to the fallouts of the allegations against Ron Jeremy and Exxxotica Dallas debacle.
Some of the enthusiasm around going to a venue with legal marijuana use among the industry people waned, probably since California had also legalised recreational use. The after-parties themselves were mellow affairs, and I think many treated them as pre-gaming to later partying in their hotel rooms.
Speaking of partying. Thanks and shout-out go to Don Juan DeMarko, who seems to do double duty as a critic writer and a publicist/marketer for whoever he meets and like, for introducing me to Ambriel Willow Sphinx and Anna Claire Clouds. I joked that we’ve run out of porn name combinations at one point, hence the need for three-part stage names.