Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mannequins Mathmatics

The math was quite simple at Mannequins.
Take a whole lot of electronic music.
Add a whole lot of drinks.
And that equaled a whole lot of dancing on the revolving floor!  No place did it better!  No place does it better now!

Monday, July 21, 2014

DTD Update: Garage Work

Disney Springs Parking Garage No. 1 (aka West Garage) construction continues at a rapid pace in the former Parking Lots H-I-J-K.
With the Blog's exclusive SkyCam, we get a good look at the overall complex taking shape.  That's Downtown Disney West Side at the bottom.
Close-up of the eastern end of the massive structure.
The center of the complex.
And the western end. A lot of the work is now taking place inside.
A street view off Buena Vista Drive. Because of large trees already growing along BVD, the garage is surprisingly hidden.  We'll keep you updated.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Club Reports: CityWalk Waterfront Stage, Red Coconut Club, The Groove

Back in Orlando for Saturday night so headed out to CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort to see what was happening.  Began the fun at their Waterfront Stage.
Saturday night resident DJ Smooth was at the controls delivering Line Dances, Top 40 and EDM to the masses gathered on the dance floor below and on the steps ahead of him!
The crowd is largely teens, twenties and parents.
They were really getting into the electronic dance beats!
A former mix show DJ at XM Satellite Radio, DJ Smooth's Frequency dance mix show can be heard every Saturday night at 10pm ET (0500 GMT Sunday) on RadioDanz.  And you can hear House and other EDM beats anytime 24/7 on his Florida Beat Radio.
Moving next over to Red Coconut Club for their Latin Night!
DJ Leony (USA) in the booth leading a great mix of not only the expected Latin beats but also a lot of EDM!
The dance floor was already pretty packed here when I arrived!
DJ Leony plays regularly too at downtown nightclub Vanity!  And you'll find his mix show on Saturday nights at 10pm ET (0300 GMT Sunday) on RadioDanz.
People dancing as far as the eye could see at RCC!
Are you all motherfuckers havin' a good time?
Last stop The Groove. While Disney has publicly stated to the Orlando Sentinel that they're not going to have stand-alone nightclubs at Disney Springs, CityWalk continues to operate such clubs at CityWalk and they continue to rake in the cash.
Apparently DJ M-Squared now has Saturday night resident status at The Groove because I keep seeing him here.
And he opened with a 15-minute EDM set, drifted away for a few songs but was then back to it!
Club was tourist-season packed!
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls!
And a good time was had by all!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Club Reports: Lefty's On The "O", Loose Goose, Panache, The Bank, One Thirty Eight, 29 Park, LEV3L, Carnivale (Windsor)

This is Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  This is where I spent my Friday night doing some club hopping with DJ KenE (CDN) doing the hosting!
And looking back across the river, this is Detroit, Michigan, USA.  And even though the two cities are just a mile or so apart physically, they're a thousand miles apart musically.  Detroit is one of the original homes of House and Techno but Motown went Hip Hop beginning in the late 90's while Canadian cities stayed much more centered on EDM. 

OK, let's get started!  First stop of the night was Lefty's On The "O", the "O" standing for Ouellette Avenue, one of Windsor's main downtown streets.

DJ Fathertooth was in the booth playing Top 40 and Chill during my visit. His Greek last name apparently translates to his English DJ name!
 
No one dancing yet at 10pm but I'm told it gets packed for Top 40 & EDM.  When KenE DJ'd here he reports throwing in some Baby Ann and DJ Icey breakbeats and putting the crowd into a frenzy.  He says that Breaks are pretty much unknown up here.

Proudly made in Canada:  Bartenders Krista & Natalie

Canada and geese somehow go together so it was only appropriate for the next stop of the night to be the Loose Goose!

No DJ's here; they offer live entertainment but really no dancing.

Owner Angus and his beautiful assistant did stop by for a quick drink shot and quick snap shot.

Located along one of the side streets, Panache Ultra Lounge already had a pretty good crowd on hand around 11pm.

DJ Sam-E was in the booth at the rear playing 70's, 80's & 90's!

And the dance floor had a lot of people on it!

Located in an old bank building, the appropriately named The Bank Nightclub was next.

This is home to Canada's largest shiny disco ball!  You can spot the DJ up above it!

The music was Top 40 and Hip Hop so we only stuck around for one drink.

Next stop was the very cool One Thirty Eight Bar.

Found local club veteran DJ Ni-Ko in the booth here spinning Dance/House.

They have a pretty large dance floor up here in this second-story venue.

This bachelorette party took up a good part of it.

Keep it moving!  Another club made up of a "number", 29 or more formally 29 Park was next!  That C$5.00 cover charge is only US$4.65 so Americans can save big by club hopping north of the border! (Actually, little known fact, but Windsor is the only place where Canada is south of the United States so we were actually south of the border!)

The DJ was playing mostly EDM during our visit!

A really large room compared to what we had visited so far, it wasn't particularly crowded.

A not-expected set of Reggaeton did get a large number onto the floor.  KenE says Reggaeton is surprisingly popular up here!

Moving next across the street to LEV3L Nightclub.

That's my host DJ KenE visiting in the booth with resident DJ Evolution!

Of all the stops made, this was probably the nicest "room" in town and so far the largest crowd.  But it was a Hip Hop night so drinks were quickly downed and we would be movin' on!

Last stop of the night was brand new club Carnivale.

I didn't get this opening DJ's name but he knew his Trance!

Club and dance floor were packed!

As the sign says, this will be an all-EDM club with different genres on different nights!

Plenty of nice scenery on the dance floor!

The evening's Trance theme continued with DJ duo Kings of Addiction (CDN) coming on next!

Spotted: DJ EZ visiting with my tour guide DJ KenE!

Dance floor was packed!

Really the best night of Trance I've experienced since I saw Above & Beyond in Toronto last month!

Raver gurl!

So if you're ever in the Detroit area on a weekend, highly recommend that you cross the bridge or tunnel and go partying on the Canadian side!

Because if you do, a good time will be had by all! Big thanks to DJ KenE of Windsor for showing me his city!