Thursday, May 25, 2017

PI Update: Construction Views

Taking a quick look at Pleasure Island's construction projects beginning with The Edison Orlando. Over in this section that used to be the Adventurers Club, construction seems to be taking place inside, not outside.
The torn plastic tarp guarding the entrance in the new section reveals metal studs installed for future walls within.
Meanwhile down under at The Neverland Tunnels, progress is slow but steady. Look at that circular entrance area and how it's now framed and compare it to what we saw two weeks earlier here.
Those construction worker picnic tables that were out in the sun are now pushed back under the No. 5 Bridge.
Meanwhile over at Riverboat Square aka the Lily Pad area, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria is now closed and undergoing major renovations. What it comes back as remains to be seen.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This Weekend In Techno Town

Start the holiday weekend off right with DJ's Carl Mendoza, Wilson Santos & Noel Sanger (USA) all together on Friday night at Vinyl Arts Bar!  House.
This year's Gemini Party has been relocated from Peek Downtown to Elixir and DJ's will be playing both inside the club and outside on the large patio!  The lineup includes Andy Hughes (USA) plus locals DJ Knightlife, DJ Sandy, Rob-E & Security and many more!  Breaks.
Meanwhile out on International Drive where Mega-Con is taking place at the Orange County Convention Center, the Grand Ballroom at Rosen Plaza Resort will be this year's home to the Mega-Con Afterparty "Paradox" on Saturday night! Advance tickets are recommended to avoid the longer lines!  DJ Elliot (USA) & DJ Evol3 (USA) will be providing the music!  Top 40 / EDM.
Let's call it what it is: AAHZ JR!  Take Kimball Collins (USA), Dave Cannalte (USA) & Chris Fortier (USA), mix in some MC Stace Bass and put it down in the much-smaller Independent Bar and you've described the evening!  A DO NOT MISS event channeling the late 80's & early 90's vibe of AAHZ!  Progressive House.
OK, it's Sunday night, it's DJ Magic Mike (USA), it's House of Blues. What it's not is Service Industry Night. Sure gonna feel like it minus the pesky CM's!  DJ Rincon & DJ Ish open. Remember, it's a holiday weekend so come on out! Advance tickets recommended!  EDM.
Not to be outdone, "Techno Sundays" at Peek Downtown has DJ Ivano Bellini (USA) guesting along with resident DJ Carlos Mendoza (USA).  House / Techno.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DS Update: Entertainment At The Springs

In yesterday's article we showed where you could still find DJ's at Disney Springs. Today we talk about the other musical entertainment you can find there.  So let's cross this bridge one more time!
Beginning our journey on the West Side, you can find music at Exposition Park adjacent the food trucks. During this visit Nova Era was playing Classical.
Doing rhyming comedy to a Hip Hop beat, duo Free Daps used to perform at Exposition Park but their following has grown too large that they've been relocated to the area between the Coca-Cola Store and the Orange Garage. Other free musical entertainment at the West Side includes outside of House of Blues, outside of Splitsville and sometimes at the foot of the No. 5 Bridge.
Crossing over to the Island, there is free music at the Waterview Stage next to The Boathouse.
At the Marketplace, we spotted Nicholas Marks and his gypsy guitar performing on the Waterside Stage.  In the post-club era when Downtown Disney brought back music to liven up a very dead Pleasure Island, Nicholas Marks was one of the originals!
In the Town Center, you might spot The Strolling Piano.  She'll sing a song in one spot and then drive the piano to a new location.  It's stuff like this that makes you think, "Who needs clubs, right?"

Monday, May 22, 2017

DS Update: DJ's At The Springs

Sunday night at Disney Springs, looking for DJ action!
Let's start on the West Side and work our way east.  First stop House of Blues where touring DJ's do occasionally play but nothing last night.  Next Sunday night is a big one though. Memorial Day weekend and DJ Magic Mike (USA) will be here to reprise his famous Sunday night EDM gigs!  It's an early event, running from 9PM to Midnight. And it's not Service Industry Night; tickets are required!
At Planet Hollywood Observatory, DJ Luis was entertaining the diners with Top 40.
Crossing Pleasure Island and dropping in on STK where DJ FRNKROK was in the booth. Lately he's been the Saturday night resident DJ at The Groove in CityWalk replacing M-Squared.
Lastly over to the Marketplace and the Teen Dance Party taking place at the Fountain Stage. Here DJ Scott King was leading the festivities. Of course we remember DJ King from his Pleasure Island days at club Motion, Rock'n'Roll Beach Club, BET Soundstage Club & the PI Live booth. Tomorrow on the Blog we'll look at other evening entertainment that was taking place!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Concert Report: DJ Ferry Corsten (Gilt Nightclub)

HTG Events has been bringing an amazing series of world-class DJ's to Gilt Nightclub this year!
DJ Evo in the booth when the club opened.

The early dance crowd starting to build on the dance floor.
DJ ATM quickly followed with a mostly EDM set.
And the good vibes were building!
Doing the Melbourne Shuffle in VIP!
And around 12:45AM, there he was! DJ Ferry Corsten (NL).
And he would go on to play a Trance set for over the next two hours!
Dance floor action!
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls!
The place was absolutely packed!
May is apparently Trance month for me!  First Paul van Dyk (D) here at Gilt two weeks ago, then Armin van Buuren (NL) last weekend in Amsterdam....and now Ferry!
Taking a quick sip.
As I commented last time, Trance has staged a tremendous resurgence and the young crowd is really embracing it!
Spotted by the bar: Leah & Ashley
Spotted front and center: Denise & Gavin
Spotted on the dance floor: Anthony & Adriana
Spotted by the booth: Cristine
Spotted on the dance floor: Donna & Erick with friend.
Spotted in VIP: Sage
Spotted in VIP: Nyse
Ferry played some classic Ferry Corsten too such as "Beautiful".  Sadly, he did not play my all-time favorite, "Rock Your Body Rock".  I think the club would have exploded!
I told him about me being in his home town of Rotterdam last Sunday and he immediately went into Football mode. It's true!  During my visit the stores all closed at 4PM because local team
Feyenoord had a league championship game and everyone was crammed into bars, blowing car horns, shooting off fireworks!  It was crazy! one leaving!
Just another amazing night at Gilt.  DJ Markus Schulz (D) plays here June 3rd. Tickets.
Confetti explosion!
Thanking the Orlando crowd just shy of 3AM!
A good time was had by all!