Monday, September 25, 2017

PI Update: STK DJ's

Prior to STK opening in late May, 2016, management from NYC held tryouts for the DJ's who would be playing during their dining hours. In this Special to The Blog photograph, we see the large number of local DJ's that came for the tryouts.  Just when I thought I knew every DJ in Orlando, I find out that I don't!  But looking around the group I spotted DJ's Mickey Bono, Elliot, Adam Wells, Freefall, Mo, Rincon, Ray Love, Adam Oam, Jay-R & DJ Frank. If you're ever there you'll find the music is 70's, 80's, 90's, EDM, & Top 40 and it varies throughout the night. The only rule I'm aware of is no Hip Hop. The volume has been turned way down from when the venue first opened as the inability to chat with those at your dining table led to many complaints. The food is good so give them a try!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Club Reports: Ferg's Depot, Peek Downtown, Independent Bar, The Other Bar, Shots Orlando, Bar B

You're going to need to excuse me today for using the word "amazing" so many times in this article. But that's the kind of night it was last night in downtown Orlando beginning here at Ferg's Depot.
Built in an 1899 railroad depot for the South Florida Railroad and later Atlantic Coast Line, Ferg's Depot has a large amount of outdoor space with televisions for sports viewing..... well as two separate indoor sections, both with bars.
Did I mention a live band was playing Rock ballads outside!
I came here first to watch the end of the Gators game. And if you saw the outcome, you know the game was simply amazing!
And there's a SunRail station here too!
Now over to Peek Downtown.
DJ's Marcio Pantosa, Lauro & Andre Bekerman were on the dance card but I don't know these guys.
The music was Psytrance and the early crowd hadn't yet arrived.
But things were slowly picking up as I departed. I guess I can't tell the difference between Uplifting Trance and Psytrance but whatever they were playing, it was pretty....amazing!
You know by now if it's at all possible on a Saturday night, I'm going to go by Independent Bar!
In the booth, DJ KC with Lighting Tech Ernie and Blog-favorite CJ.
The dance floor was absolutely packed!
The music early-to-mid 80's New Wave. Often when KC would put on a new song, cheers would erupt from the crowd!
Spotted on the dance floor: Former Pleasure Islanders Jeff & Karen.
Spotted against the wall looking amazing: Andrea
Spotted on the dance floor looking especially amazing: Angelique
Spotted in VIP: Tracy Lulu & Melisa
Spotted in the booth: DJ Rob & former Mannequins DJ Dave Cannalte
You know when pirates show up that it's a pretty amazing night!
It's been awhile since we dropped in on The Other Bar.
DJ Rincon on the decks playing Hip Hop.
The club was next to impassible!
People were dancing but you had to do it where you stood because there was no moving about!
Like everywhere downtown last night, the vibe was amazing!
 Rincon is the Wednesday night resident DJ at The Groove in CityWalk.

Sister to Shots Miami, Shots Orlando has opened at the corner of Magnolia & Pine.
DJ Adam Wells was in the booth playing classic Hip Hop during my visit!
The venue has this large bar in the middle and a smaller bar near the door.
No one was really dancing so I think it's going to more of a place to chat with friends over a few cold drinks! But what they've done with this dumpy old room is pretty amazing!
Now over to Bar B for some House music!
DJ's D.R. Fly and High Frequency were tag-teaming in the booth.
Bar B is gaining a following and this was the most crowded I've seen the dance floor!
The bar was busy too!
Real House music had everyone bouncing!
DJ Castillo leading a bro-fest on the dance floor!
The music was.....amazing.....and a good time was had by all!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Club Reports: Disney v. Universal

It was Disney club versus Universal club last night in major league action as we began the night at Disney's only remaining owned & operated dance club, Atlantic Dance Hall.
In the booth on stage, DJ Lu-S.
The club is so huge that it's hard to make it look crowded but it was actually pretty crowded-looking last night!
"Hands on your knees, hands on your knees!" The music line dances and Hip Hop classics.
ADH is located at Disney's Boardwalk Resort in Bay Lake, Florida.
We've also seen Luis playing for the diners at STK in Disney Springs.
This is the largest crowd I've seen here since New Years Eve when it was packed!
Spotted on the dance floor: Former Pleasure Islanders and current thugs Alex & Dawn.
Popular with CM's, Atlantic Dance Hall has no cover charge and parking is also free!
Orlando is the only city in the world where you can be in a club at Disney and then 20-minutes later be in a club at Universal!  Now on to The Groove.
In the booth on stage, DJ Chino.
Club was packed to the rafters!
The music 95% Hip Hop and 5% Latin. Sadly, no EDM during my visit.
Admission to one club at CityWalk is $7.00 while an all-club hopper ticket is $12.19.
Chino is the Friday night resident DJ here at The Groove.
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls!
Confetti explosion!
The Hip Hop played is a mixture of new songs as well as the older stuff that's been played here for years. It does bring out the crowd.
Popular with TM's, CityWalk parking is typically free for Floridians after 6PM except now during Halloween Horror Nights when it becomes free for everyone at 10PM.
Universal for the win. A good time was had by all!