Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This Weekend In Techno Town


WOW, what a weekend to end July! And it begins tomorrow night with Grum (GB) at Tier Nightclub!  Trance.
Yeah, Dubstep is still around and it draws a young crowd. Go crazy for it tomorrow night at Gilt Nightclub as Cookie Monsta (GB) is in town with Funtcase (GB) opening!  Dubstep/Bass.
Last Friday in the month means Lost in Trancelation at Bikkuri Lounge, this month with DJ Ronski Speed (D). Trance.
Friday night House nights continue at Eve Nightclub as they bring in DJ Robbie Rivera (USA)!  House.
Friday night, so many decisions!  The Colosseum in Ocala has DJ Icey.  The usual Hip Hop club is in for something much better!  Breaks.
Another Friday night option and there are still tickets remaining for the Guns N' Roses concert at Camping World Stadium (formerly Citrus Bowl). Rock.
You can't miss this one! Veteran DJ's Bad Boy Bill (USA) & Richard "Humpty" Vission (CDN) together this Saturday night at Gilt Nightclub in an all-vinyl set!  Classic House.
More great House music at a cheaper price point can be had at Peek Downtown this Saturday night for "Everything Between Us" featuring resident DJ Fobia (USA) and guest DJ Just Steph (USA).  Deep House.
Fred Schneider (USA) of the B-52's will be DJ'ing along with Indie John this Saturday night at Independent Bar.  Photo ops & autographs too!  Come early!  80's.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

PI Update: Construction Continues

Where have you been?  Come cross this bridge one more time to beautiful Pleasure Island!
Hopefully you're not bored with these pictures from the main construction project taking place on the Island.  At Adventurers Club, the conversion continues turning it into The Edison.
It's got a long way to go and that tower picture above will be the old power plant smokestack.
AC's former cupola-style ceiling/roof plays a part in the new structure too.
To the left is what we believe will be Walt's or Walt's Place. That round building right behind the construction wall here is where outdoor stairs in West End Plaza used to lead down to the lower level of AC and the former CM snack bar.  We believe secret stairs will lead down to the Neverland Tunnels speakeasy.
Former site of BET Soundstage, future Walt's or Walt's Place?
The large circular structure of Walt's makes one wonder if this will be some sort of performance arena instead of yet another restaurant.
Come on out to the Island and see it all for yourself!

Monday, July 25, 2016

DS Update: New Names For Places

Come on out to Disney Springs where the Grand Opening Celebration is now in progress!
Downtown Disney, now operating as Disney Springs, is bigger than ever!
Disney has posted a couple new names to we need to begin using. The first one is Riverboat Square.
It's the new name for this area previously known affectionately as (if not unofficially as) the Lily Pad.
The riverboat reference of course is to Fulton's Crabhouse which is being renovated into Paddefish, a New Orleans-themed restaurant.  We're expecting the return of the aft paddle wheel as well as smokestacks on top.
Only one remaining reference to Fulton's remains for the time-being.
The Market Building is another new name in Disney Springs.
It's the new name for their new mall-like semi-indoor building containing shops. We had never seen an official name for the structure and in past articles the Blog referred to it as the Arcade Building. We now know it's the Market Building.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Club Reports: Independent Bar, Sandwich Bar

Saturday night in Orlando and by now you know I'm going to begin it at Independent Bar if at all possible!
Resident DJ Indie John in the perch doing the Saturday night format of the 80's!
Dance floor at 11PM was untypically spartan.
But within fifteen more minutes, this is what became of it!
Spotted at the main bar: Tracy, I-Bar Resident Lighting Tech Ernie & CJ
Cheap drinks & 80's New Wave makes this the place to be on Saturdays!
Always fun times here!
Moved next from Orlando's downtown to Orlando's Milk District and Sandwich Bar.
Arrived around 12:30AM to find DJ Leo Montoya in the booth playing House music, much of it Vocal House!
Followed at 1:30AM by guest DJ Darin Epsilon (USA).
The smoke machine was working overtime so it was really difficult to get photos!
Not sure but the small room appeared to be jammed with people dancing!
The L.A. based DJ was giving us an all-non vocal Progressive House set.
Lots of cheers from the crowd during the build-ups and subsequent crashes!
Great music and a good time was had by all!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Club Report: The Silly Grape (Maitland)

Dropping by The Silly Grape in Maitland on a Friday night.  Veteran DJ JJ Flores (USA) was originally scheduled to perform but his anchor event in Clearwater got cancelled so he wasn't coming here either.
I arrived around 11PM to find DJ Jason Alves playing late 90's & early 00's Classic Dance!
Taking turns with DJ Vitamin C who would take us into bouncy and ghettoy Florida Breaks!
Because of all the office buildings around Keller Road, The Grape is mostly a happy hour venue and there weren't many patrons in the place this late.
But a good time was had by.......all.

Friday, July 22, 2016

PI Update: Remembering The Great Sign

Back in the day, Pleasure Island had its own sign out on Buena Vista Drive. Known as the "great sign", it was lit-up 24/7 and beckoned guests to return to Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island for some nightlife!

The great sign was entertaining!
In addition to the great sign, this sign atop Mannequins let everyone around know that Disney owned nighttime around Orlando!
Today, the great sign is gone and there isn't even a sign for The Landing, Pleasure Island's supposed replacement name.  Disney Springs, the successor name to Downtown Disney, does have this new sign at the corner of Buena Vista Drive and Hotel Plaza Blvd.  Yawn.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The DJ's Of ADH

I'm not positive, but I believe Atlantic Dance Hall is the only club in Orlando where patrons regularly show up wearing Mouse ears!  So since I just recently realized that I'm coming up on my 7th anniversary of hanging out at ADH in the post-Pleasure Island era, I thought it would be fun to revisit the ADH DJ's who bring the fun to the venue!
During my first visit ever to Atlantic Dance Hall, I met DJ Pat.  My recollection is that he was the Saturday night resident DJ there predating the PI closure and he was one of the few that had not actually worked on the Island.
DJ Frankie did have Pleasure Island credentials, having been part of Rock'n'Roll Beach Club and Waterfront Stage live band, Frankie & The West End Boys!
DJ Pete was famous from 8TRAX & Club Motion.
It's been a few years since I've run into DJ Hollywood Bob out at ADH. He was a veteran of the PI Live booth as well as Motion.
There was DJ Tony B who also had worked at RRBC, Motion and PI Live.
Of course everyone who frequents ADH recognizes DJ Tony Z! 
Currently retired from the business, DJ Talie was also the only female DJ at Pleasure Island where she was a regular at Motion and PI Live.  We hope to see her back in a booth soon!
Last but hardly least, DJ Willie has been at ADH all the years I've been going there.  He was a resident DJ at 8TRAX back in the day!  Lots of post PI memories at Atlantic Dance Hall! ADH is the only remaining Disney owned & operated dance club and is located at Disney's Boardwalk Resort. Admission is free.