Saturday, October 21, 2017

Concert Report: Torque 18th Anniversary Party (Native Orlando)

Native Social Bar was the place to be last night as Torque Drum & Bass celebrated their 18th Anniversary in style!
Arrived to find MC Collaborator (USA) in the booth doing a DJ set!
And although it was still early, the long, narrow club was already filling-up!
The dance floor was wherever you happened to be standing!
Packed mezzanine bar area.
Over its history Torque has operated in numerous venues but their now-Monday night events have taken place here at Native for several years.
Taking over next, the instigator of Torque, Kevin Harrell dba DJ Circle K (USA).
The music was loud, fast & furious!
Nice overview of Native, located on Church Street where Mako's used to be.
MC Collaborator in his more familiar role as lyrical narrator!
I've previously described DnB as Breakbeats on steroids!
Taking over after midnight, DJ AK1200 (USA).
Spotted on the dance floor: Trish & Jasmin
Spotted by the door: Future Sound of Breaks' Glyn S. Morgan. He described to me a couple of events he's planning for next year. All I can say now is stay-tuned and WOW!
Spotted by the bar: Lady V & New York DJ X-Dream (USA).
Spotted on the dance floor: Athena (right) with friend.
Spotted on the dance floor: Selethel & Krysta Marie
Spotted up front: Shelly, DJ Supagroover (USA) & Bridget
Spotted at the bar: Nikki
The main dance floor stayed active!
As DJ Craze (USA) took over around 1:30AM.
He seemed to turn-up the speed even faster!
No one was leaving!
Congratulations to Torque on 18 big years!
A good time was had by all!

Friday, October 20, 2017

EDC Update: Expansion Announced

Electric Daisy Carnival - Orlando published their Festival Map earlier this week and it contained a huge surprise. As predicted by the Blog last November, Rio Grande Avenue to the east of Camping World Stadium is being closed during the event and the festival grounds will extend across the road into what is usually a grassy parking area and the Circuit Grounds Stage will be located over there! 
The Kinetic Field main stage will remain in Tinker Field adjacent the stadium but McCracken Field, where Circuit Grounds was previously located, is now freed-up to host the Boombox Art Car stage. The additional space will allow ticket sales to expand beyond last year's 43,000 capacity which did get reached on the Saturday night of the event last year.
Also new is the addition of a second entrance in the southwest corner of the festival grounds adjacent TOLL SR408. Thousands park on the other side of the toll road but always had to walk all the way around the grounds to where the entrance was located. That main entrance (through the stadium) remains but this shortcut entrance can save a huge amount of time!
We're still waiting on set times!
1-day & 2-day tickets are available here.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Club Report: Altitude Sky Lounge (San Diego)

Really didn't have any reason to come to San Diego but Frontier Airlines having an $18 each way airfare was all I needed to say "Cali-forney is the place I ought to be!" And of course if you're in the S.D., you got to check out Altitude Sky Lounge located atop the 22nd floor of the Marriott Gaslamp District Hotel.
I was actually a bit disappointed with the place. There was a good crowd on hand but only two bartenders which made getting drinks too time-consuming. I saw a number of people in line turn around and leave the bar. No DJ up here, at least on a Wednesday night, and 50's was being played in the background.  Yes, 50's.
But really up here, it's all about the views such as this one of downtown San Diego.
Or on the other side, this great view of Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. On a game night you could definitely view some of it from Altitude.
San Diego's "Gaslamp District" is also the restaurant, bar & club district for the city and even on a Wednesday night there were quite a few people milling about. The city's famed dance clubs such as Omnia were not open last night so I didn't see any DJ's anywhere. There were a lot of homeless in the district which was a bit surprising yet I never saw a single police officer anywhere.  I bet the area is crazy on weekend nights!  Nonetheless, for a Wednesday night, a good time was had by all. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This Weekend In Techno Town

FRIDAY OCT 20
Torque usually takes place on Monday nights but this Friday they're celebrating their 18th anniversary with a special party at Native Social Bar featuring DJ Craze (USA) & DJ AK1200 (USA)!  Drum & Bass.
FRIDAY OCT 20
Vinyl Arts Bar continues to bring in some of the best international touring artists and this Friday night they've got DJ Kevin Knapp (GB) in the living room!  House.
FRIDAY OCT 20
Meanwhile over at Sandwich Bar, Miami's DJ Jeremy Ismael (USA) will be in the booth with Orlando's DJ Julian C opening! House.
SATURDAY OCT 21
We're excited that electronic music has returned to Eve Nightclub on Saturday nights as part of their "No Questions Asked" series!  And they've got a big one this Saturday night; veteran DJ Victor Calderone (USA).  Awesome night!  House.
SATURDAY OCT 21
The touring Corona Electric Beach party comes to Orlando this Saturday afternoon and evening at rooftop venue Aero Bar and it features DJ Sikdope (USA) plus others!  Electrohouse / EDM.
SATURDAY OCT 21
The event of the weekend takes place Saturday night at Venue 578 as DJ/Singer duo Krewella (USA) returns to Orlando. First time the two sisters have performed here since they jettisoned their male counterpart Rain Man a few years ago.  EDM.
SATURDAY OCT 21
Gotta have some Breaks, right?  The October edition of "Wake N Bake" takes place Saturday night at Peek Downtown and it's that great lineup that includes DJ Matrix, Rich D., Supagroover, J-Dub and many more!  Breaks.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PI Update: Comedy Warehouse Sign Spotted!

One of our Blog readers was going through his Instagram feed yesterday and came across this picture posted by Joyce Lemos Productions, a dance instruction studio in east Orlando.  For some reason that "Warehouse" sign located on the back wall caught his eye.  It looked oddly familiar!
And he quickly figured it out!  It's from the Comedy Warehouse sign! The dangling "S" has been straightened but it's otherwise unmistakable!

 Could also have been from their sign facing West End Plaza. I wonder where the "Comedy" portion sign ended-up!  Big thanks to our anonymous reader for this scoop!

Monday, October 16, 2017

PI Update: T-Shirts For Sale

 You can still find brand new Mannequins Dance Palace & Adventurers Club t-shirts for sale at Zazzle.com. (Website also has non-blurry pictures.)

Prices range from cheap to kind of expensive but there are often discount codes posted on the website which makes them both affordable!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Club Reports: Peek Downtown, Independent Bar, The Beacham, Eve Nightclub

It's great to be back in Orlando after a crazy & late all-nighter in Miami. Beginning my evening at Peek Downtown, Orlando's home of Breaks!
DJ's Logan Lost and Benni Hill (USA) taking turns in the booth!
Everyone must have been at the Bruno Mars concert at Amway because the early crowd was not here.
Spotted: Club Owner Sammy with another flock of girls!
Spotted: DJ AmyGurl (USA) who had opened earlier.
You know if it's at all possible, I'm going to drop by Independent Bar on a Saturday night!
DJ Mickey (USA) in the booth delivering the Saturday night format of 80's hits!
No Bruno Mars fans here.....the club was crowded to packed!
No obscure DJ Rob Video Edit songs; only bangers!
Former Mannequins DJ Dave Cannalte (USA) taking over later! He's one of the DJ's featured in the lineup along with DJ Icey & DJ Baby Anne for the upcoming AAHZ reunion event on Thanksgiving Eve. Get advance tickets here.
It's those songs that everyone knows the words to!
Spotted on the dance floor: DeAnn & Blog-favorite CJ
Spotted on the dance platform: Laura & Mark
Always a fun time at I-Bar!
It's been awhile since we've dropped-in on The Beacham!
Tampa's DJ Flee (USA) was leading the festivities!
Within an hour the dance floor went from this.....
.....to THIS!  Hip Hop all night!
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls!  (Special shout out to club Photographer Patrick Scott Barnes for inspiring me!)
The Beacham will be equally crowded if not more for that AAHZ reunion show!
Electronic music has returned to Eve Nightclub on Saturday nights!
Last night they had DJ Ardalan (IR/USA) playing!
Decent crowd for this new Saturday night event that is slowly gaining traction.
Eve is definitely the most upscale venue downtown!
House music all night long!
Look at all the happy people. Next weekend it should be more crowded as veteran DJ Victor Calderone (USA) will be playing here!  Advance tickets here.
A good time was had by all!