Friday, April 20, 2018

DJ Avicii Dead At Age 28

Very sad news this afternoon from Oman where DJ Tim Bergling better know as DJ Avicii (S) was found dead.  He was just 28.  He had known health issues that caused him to "retire" a few years ago from touring but then he began producing again.

Save Pleasure Island Blog roving reporters Thommy and William attended a concert of his in 2012 at UCF Arena.  It's the last time he played Orlando.  Link.

I had only seen Avicii live one time and that was in NYC at Studio 54Link.

An upcoming Blog article about David Guetta & Avicii gives the two full credit for starting the electronic music boom. We'll move that article up to next week.  So please look for that.

Friday Funny

Thursday, April 19, 2018

DS Update: Third Garage Progress

The last time we checked on Disney Springs' third garage it was still just a plot of dirt. Not so now. Using prefabricated concrete construction, upward progress has been very quick!
Located across Buena Vista Drive from Disney Springs itself, it occupies the narrow space between BVD and I-4 and is just to the east of the Speedway gas station. It will generally serve cast members who work at all those stores and restaurants in Disney Springs yet will likely meet overflow needs at peak times for guests too. Like the other garages, it has 5 levels.
We've still not heard any rumors of the name of this garage. The two existing garages are named after citrus fruits Orange and Lime and while two existing surface lots use citrus fruits Lemon and Grapefruit. So we're banking on Kumquat Garage although Tangerine Garage has good odds!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

This Weekend In Techno Town

It's been awhile since we've seen any electronic music events inside Tier Nightclub so maybe this is a beginning. DJ Hunter Reid (USA) tonight.  House.
You can always count on Vinyl Arts Bar for great music and this Friday night they've got DJ Chad Andrew (USA / D), originally out of Winter Springs High School but now based in Berlin!  Tech House / Techno.
The great lineup Friday night at Iron Cow features DJ Andy Hughes (USA) and Mannequins' Dave Cannalte (USA)! Please note that due to an earlier band event, the start time for this is 11PM.  Breaks.
Biggest event of the weekend in DJ duo Yellow Claw (NL) at Gilt Nightclub. Big Room / Trap / EDM.
You can never go wrong with an all-girl DJ line-up and that's what's happening Saturday night at the "Femme Fetale House Party" at Peek Downtown. Miami DJ Jenn Martinello (USA) headlines along with DJ Love Lee (GB) and DJ Alpha (USA). House.
Another night of fun over at the Iron Cow on Saturday too as DJ Jack Beats (GB) and Born Dirty (GB) visit Orlando on their North American tour.  House / Tech House / Techno / Electrohouse. 
It's time for the first "Deep Therapy" pool party of the season at Aloft Hotel downtown this Sunday afternoon running into early evening. At press time the line up was not posted.  Usually House or Breaks.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DS Update: There's No Cruise Like A Disney Cruise!

Wearing a special t-shirt on this special day!
Because I would be sailing on Sassagoula Shipping Company's ferry Azalea Bloom!
Getting to ride with the captain on this complimentary cruise!
Sailing close to shore.
We made a port-of-call at this landing serving the Island of Pleasure!
Then sailed past this sleepy fishing village.
This old-fashioned paddle-wheeler was docked in port.
You never know what you're going to spot when you're at sea!
And like all cruises, it ended way too soon! Come on out and see it for yourself!

Monday, April 16, 2018

DS Update: Restaurants Incoming!

Let's walk around Disney Springs and check on all the new restaurants coming soon. Beginning on Pleasure Island, Wine Bar George is moving rapidly towards completion.
The fence sign says "Spring" but this could open nearly any time now.
The marquee sign is up as well so they should be ready to go soon!
No so for Terralina Crafted Italian which is the former Portobello Country Italian Trattoria and Portobello Yacht Club. The Disney Springs Guidemap still refers to this opening "This Winter" and here we are almost in May and no date announced yet. Maybe it's because the last thing Disney Springs needs is yet another Italian restaurant.  With no decent breakfast options in the Springs, wouldn't this make a great IHOP?
Moving to the West Side, this is the upcoming Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill under construction across from Planet Hollywood Observatory. This one still has a long way to go.
The former Wolfgang Puck location was vacated and is under heavy renovation to become Jaleo featuring cuisine from mainland Spain.
And it's taking on an amazing different look!  I'm really looking forward to this one.
The NBA Experience across from House of Blues has definitely gone vertical!
DisneyQuest was demolished to make space for this equally-massive building.
The Edison and Maria & Enzo's of course opened earlier this year. Meh.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Club Report: Aero Bar Grand Reopening Party

Aero held their grand reopening party last night from 8PM to 10PM by invitation only. They had never really closed but the party was held to celebrate the renovation project that among other things included widening the dance floor by pushing those VIP booths back about ten feet.
DJ Dominick Morrison (USA) was in the booth when I arrived at the appointed hour. Of course we know "The Dom" from his residency at Mannequins Dance Palace on Pleasure Island as well as his years-long stint on New Years Eve at EPCOT: China.
The early crowd getting the floor cranked-up!
The free open bar kept a lot of people focused over there, lol!
DJ Cliff T (USA) would take his turn playing House.
As the activity picked-up!
Melbourne Shuffle in the club!
All over the place!
Besides the wider dance floor, the renovations included new side bars with awnings and new club lighting.
At Aero, you're literally "dancing with the stars"!
House music all night long!
The sign change could only mean one thing!
The arrival of DJ King Arthur (NL).
Eats Everthing (GB) hit "Lets Go Dancing" early in the set!
The music straight House early and evolving more into EDM.  Like downtown in general last night, it never got super-crowded.  With about 60,000 attending the Eagles/Jimmy Buffet concert at Camping World Stadium, that really impacted the scene.
King Arthur is based in Amsterdam. He was one of the headliners at last summer's Tomorrowland festival in Belgium.
Spotted in VIP: Mike (right) with friend wearing Snapchat glasses!
Spotted on the dance floor: Blog-favorites CJ and Debbie.
As dusk evolved into night, the lasers were flying!
King Arthur had played Friday night at Avalon in Los Angeles which meant he had to fly all day to get here on time!
Great music and a fun time!  A good time was had by all!