Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Concert Report: Die Antwoord (Great Saltair SLC)

Located about 15 miles west of Salt Lake City, the Salt Palace or Great Saltair is located directly on the Great Salt Lake. Used as a concert venue, last night it was home to a performance by duo Die Antwoord (ZA).  In English, The Answer.
The crowd anxiously awaiting the show to start started screaming when the lights went down at 9:15PM Mountain Time and the graphics began.
And there they were, Ninja & Yolandi opening with "Fatty Boom Boom"!
Their show was as wacky as their music videos!
They wouldn't let me in with my pocket camera so I had to rely on my cell phone which unfortunately does not zoom-in that far.
"Baby's On Fire"!
They have not performed in Orlando since their show in late 2012.  So glad I finally got to experience them!  The drinks were weak. They use those regulators like the Blog has reported on in Canada but the Canadian ones at least give you a shot; I'd swear these dispensed a half shot.  But of course, this is Utah.
Ninja still singing as he got passed around!
A good time was had by all!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Excited For Die Antwoord

There are DJ fans and there are Band fans but they're often not one and the same. Ever since I discovered electronic music, I've not followed bands. While I did attend the Rolling Stones concert in 2015 during their Orlando visit, there is only 1 band I've been wanting to see that that's Die Antwoord (ZA).  My friend Art attended Die Antwoord's concert at The Beacham in October, 2012 but I missed them and they've never returned! But my travels took me to Salt Lake City this week and when I looked whether there was anything going on, I discovered Die Antwoord was playing at Saltair! So if all goes well, I will be attending tonight!

 Die Antwoord at The Beacham in 2012. Photo Credit: Art Paulk

If you're not familiar with their Zef style of music, check out these three videos. Don't give up, see them through! Yolandi, I'm on my way!

^ Perhaps the song that brought them to fame.

^ A mixture of English & Afrikaans, the focus is on Yolandi!

^ Produced around the time of their feud with Lady Gaga.

Monday, August 21, 2017

PI Update: One Last Hope

As we cross this bridge one more time to Pleasure Island, it's worth noting what's not in this picture at 1AM on a Saturday night:  People. Yes, the restaurants are closed, the shops are closed and there's a smattering of bars still open around the area. But revenue-generating guests are largely gone because there's no real nightlife in Disney Springs.
That's why rumors of some kind of real nightclub coming to Disney Springs here at The Edison or more likely at it's adjacent unnamed neighbor is generating excitement unlike any we've heard of since the Pleasure Island clubs closed nearly 9 years ago!
The packed House of Blues on Saturday night showed the potential for drawing somewhat older, high caliber, free-spending guests by bringing electronic dance music back to Disney Springs. With an opening date late this year, we should be hearing some news soon. It's one last hope.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Concert Report: Rabbit In The Moon (HOB)

What a great feeling after so many years to be spending a Saturday night in my old partying home of Downtown Disney Disney Springs!  Electronic music at House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista!

 And just like old times, spotted by Disney Security!
Inside around 9PM, found DJ Sage Armstrong (USA) on stage.
And even though it was still early, the dance floor was already filling-up!
The music nearly all Progressive House / House.
Ending with a couple old school Breaks hits!  Sage Armstrong is part of the Dirtybird stable of DJ's and is based in Los Angeles. He's also playing tonight at Elixir Bar downtown!
Dance floor space was quickly filling-up!
Monk (USA) was up next! He was formerly part of RITM.
And it was getting crazy in here!
It was getting difficult to move about the place!
Possibly even more than what we used to see at House of Blues' famed Sunday night Service Industry Nights!
Monk sans his trademark dreadlocks that he was wearing the last time we saw him. Link.
Spotted at the upstairs bar: DJ Circle K (USA) who had opened earlier, with lovely wife Ronda. No one would have believed DnB at Disney World....but it just happened!
Anyone who is anyone was there last night! Spotted downstairs: Brooke, Athena & DJ Steven Hart.
Spotted by the dance floor, TOP ROW: Jen  MIDDLE ROW: Neil, Wade, Katie, Bob  BOTTOM ROW: Jim
Spotted by the bar: Katie, Jody & Jen
Spotted downstairs: Venus & Elmo
Spotted in the Presidential Suite: Mazor Promotions' Jen & Ira.
Spotted at the aft bar: Adriana & Anthony
Spotted by the stairs: Lady V
Spotted: DJ Scotty Fraser with Keara
Spotted in the crowd: Jackie Nicole
Spotted: DJ Kevin Timebomb and Shelley
Spotted: DJ Sandra Cruz
Spotted: Pleasure Island's DJ Dave Cannalte
Spotted: Shane with DJ Supagroover and Bridgette
Spotted in VIP: Amanda and BrianCLT
Spotted: Nyse
Wild Hare coming!
Wild Hare going!
Spotted in the Loge: DJ Carlos Mendoza. He returns for another year as one of the DJ's at Electric Daisy Carnival - Orlando!
Spotted on the dance floor: Carl & Gina
Spotted in the Suite: Trish
Spotted: Favorite bartendress Jennifer and Heather
Spotted: Heath & Lanie
Spotted arriving fashionably late: Leah
DJ Will Clark (USA) up next around 10:45PM.
By now HOB was jammed in every corner!
Great House set!
Packed to the rafters!
Dancing wherever you could find the real estate to do so!
Around midnight the curtain closed for 10 minutes for a set change.
And then it reopened for the reason everyone came: DJ David Christophere and.....
And Bunny!  Rabbit In The Moon (USA)!!
Mostly Electro and even some Industrial, they had male dancers!
They had female dancers! (Including Kriss Reign!)
They had soldiers dancing to David Bowie's "Let's Dance"!
Wild Hare pulled on stage to have her teeth grinded!
Milk Bath!
The Rabbit In The Moon logo store was doing brisk business!
Bunny in a bubble!
Bunny being rolled-out over the audience! Wow!
Bunny & David Christophere together!
Just an amazing experience!  A good time was had by all!