Thursday, March 23, 2017


This weekend Save Pleasure Island Blog heads to Miami for Miami Music WeekWinter Music Conference is taking place there this weekend as well as Ultra Music Festival.  Nearly all of the world's best DJ's will be attending one or more events! Tune in to the Blog on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for coverage of the events I'm attending! Hope to see many of you there!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This Weekend In Techno Town

This is the weekend so many electronic music fans head to Miami. The result is few big name DJ events around Orlando. But there are some:

Vinyl Arts Bar continues to impress and tomorrow night they've got veteran DJ Roger Sanchez (USA) in the home turned club! DJ Brian Busto (USA) who we know from his Serious Soul events in Tampa opens. House.
Really great lineup at Peek Downtown on Friday night including DJ Sandy, DJ Jimmy Joslin & Kemper!  Breaks.
For House fans, Sandwich Bar has a great lineup on Friday night too and it features DJ Pete Bones (GB).  Progressive House.
If you've not yet checked out Bar B on Central Avenue across from Tier, they've been doing quite a bit of EDM over there since opening last year. The resident DJ is Dan-E Crane who we know from The Patio. Go visit! Top 40/EDM.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

DS Update: Celebrity Day At PHO

Last Monday was a big day at the new Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs. First singer Britney Spears dropped by!
And later that day, actress Reese Witherspoon came by! Big thanks to our good friend in Sales at Planet Hollywood Observatory for sharing these pics with the Blog!

Monday, March 20, 2017

PI Update: 8TRAX Shocking Photos

Since the Blog has gained so many new readers these past couple years, we at times repeat previously published photos so that others can experience them. This past January, our article called "Mannequins Shocking Photos" showed the inside of Mannequins in 2013, five years after the club closed. It was as if time had stood still! Today we do the same with 8TRAX, a Pleasure Island favorite for many with its 70's Disco & 80's Classics format!
Who can forget the multiple levels, colorful decor and dance music selections that every generation knew the words to!
In 2010, a source provided the Blog with photos from the interior of 8TRAX. The dance club, instead of earning revenue for Disney, was being used for storage!
Curl by Sammy Duval was using the place for storage and I believe Paradiso 37 was as well.
Talk about time standing still, the walls of 8TRAX still had 70's memorability posted on it!
Remember the old drink menu board and the lava lamps that were on each side?
Again, this was in 2010 which is 2 years after the club closed.
Fully intact though, a through clean-up and new bar and club equipment brought in could have had 8TRAX operational again within weeks!
And this 2010 photo also showed the main dance floor level in good shape! Notice the stairs at the rear which were the main stairs from the bar level near the club's front door.
So imagine our shock in 2013 when the same photographer that had delivered those Mannequins photos to us delivered these bombshells!  Looking at those same stairs and the floor demolition that had taken place!
We do not know if this was a simple leak repair perhaps or something related to the conversion to Disney Springs.
And what about 8TRAX today?  We know that both the upstairs (pictured above) and the downstairs below it at the south end serve as kitchen areas for Morimoto Asia.
And we know that the north end, the former front of 8TRAX along Hill Street, was chopped away to make room for a flip-flop store. But that leaves a large section of the middle of 8TRAX that remains unrenovated and unused. Island sources tell us it's just sitting there vacant, looking a lot like 8TRAX!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Concert Report: DJ Paul Oakenfold (Gilt Nightclub)

Gilt Nightclub on a Saturday night for the Paul Oakenfold concert!
No one could tell me the name of this opening DJ but his House set was pretty impressive!
And he did a good job getting the dance floor occupied!
It was a somewhat older crowd too compared the 18+year olds that typically come to electronic music concerts at Gilt.
Caught in traffic coming from his hotel, DJ Paul Oakenfold (GB) came on at 1:15AM.
His set was more on the House side early-on but would make its way into the more expected Trance later on!
Club was packed!
Spotted on the patio: DJ's Jimmy Joslin & John Campisano
Spotted by the bar: Mari & friend
Spotted by the door: Erick & Donna
Spotted by the speakers: Denise
Spotted on the dance floor: Karina, Tricia & Al
Spotted on the dance floor: Heath & Laney
Spotted on the dance floor: Sage Sappho
Spotted in the booth with Oakie: Cesar aka DJ Vitamin C
I give credit to Paul Oakenfold and his Perfecto label for helping fuel the resurgence of electronic dance music. His residency at Rain in the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas was a first and its success led to every major casino in that town doing the same!
Packed to the rafters!
Paul Oakenfold wearing a Paul Oakenfold t-shirt! Awesome!
Playing some classic Trance hits from the early 00's!
Speaking of Trance, Ferry Corsten (NL) plays at Gilt on May 20th!
That look you get listening to Trance!
A good time was had by all!

Club Report: Peek Downtown

Miami Music Week hits next week in the 305 but the Dog Eat Dog Records pre-party was happening last night at Peek Downtown in the 407!
During my one hour visit, DJ duo Rogue Planet (USA) was in the booth delivering-up Breaks!
And the club was already crowded at 11PM!
With people dancing all over the place!
And more breaker chicks per square foot than any other club in town! (Plus Bob S!)
Spotted in VIP: DJ's FM-3 (E) and Si-Dog (USA). Both would play later.
Spotted by the booth: Rachel
Spotted getting down: Break-a-Dawn
Spotted on the dance floor: Tanyia & Amanda
Peek Downtown is Orlando's home of Breaks!
Some Funky Breaks at times too!
Great vibe in the club!
And a good time was had by all!