Sunday, July 27, 2014

Club Reports: Independent Bar, Sound Bar

"Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody, I've got some money 'cause I just got paid."-Cat Stevens.  And spending it at a couple of my favorite Saturday night places beginning with I-Bar.
Finding DJ Smilin' Dan in the booth playing a great mix of DJ Rob Video Vault classics along with the more-familiar early 80's New Wave hits.  Lighting tech Ernie at the rear.
The dance floor did get more crowded than this but overall not as many patrons as we normally see here. No cover on Saturday nights until 11pm and then just $5 guys/$3 girls. After an hour, moved onward.
To Sound Bar of course.  Cover here varies depending on the DJ and it varies from $0 to $10; last night $5.
Arrived just in time for resident DJ Monsanto (right) to be turning the controls over to guest DJ Patrick M (USA).
House music of course and this guy is a master at it!
Small club was packed!
Nearly always run into people I know here from my "spot" along the wall!
Originally from Argentina but now residing in Miami, he's played at Nikki Beach, Crobar, Mynt and many more clubs there.
A lot of screams from the crowd as he built up and crashed various selections that included both vocal and nonvocal songs!
And a good time was had by all!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Mannequins Of Mannequins

As we approach 6 years without Pleasure Island, it's fun to go back and remember some of the things that made PI special. One of things would be the mannequins of Mannequins Dance Palace!
One of the building's original functions was as a canvas works which apparently used dozens of mannequins.  When the building was subsequently put to use as a dance club, the mannequins were deployed throughout the club.
This LED display greeted guests as they stepped off the elevator near the DJ booth on the second floor.
It was installed just months prior to the announcement that PI was closing; showing that one hand of Disney didn't know what the other hand was doing.
Occasionally some of the hanging mannequins would be lowered down.  That was always special!
The lighting effects were surreal.  This is the final lowering on the final night!
Several of the lowered mannequins had eerily-glowing eyes such as Manny in this picture.  This one is owned by Save Pleasure Island Blog roving reporter Thommy, having been purchased at Disney Property Control.
Numerous mannequins hung in place in the corner framework towers. Some remained visible from the upstairs door long after the club closed and might still be there today.  The mannequins are just one of many things that made PI so special!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mannequins Memories

Do you remember back in 2007 when the Xellent Vodka brand became a sponsor out at Pleasure Island and their male and female angels would walk around the Island and pose for pictures?
And they would even dance on the stage at Mannequins?
Xellent Vodka in the red bottle was a Swiss brand made in Engleberg, Switzerland, literally "Angel Mountain" in German. And thus the Xellent Angels theme. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Save $30 On IMF Tickets Until 1PM Today

We're just one month away from Independence Music Festival taking place on Saturday, August 23rd at Firestone Music Park!  The lineup includes something for nearly all EDM fans but House and Dubstep in particular!  With multiple DJ stages, the festival will run from Noon to Midnight.  General admission tickets are just $69 while VIP runs $129.  Save $30 off these prices until 1pm EDT today by using "IAMIMF" discount code at check-out.  Headliners include Excision and BT plus many, many more.  A press release can be found here along with advance ticket purchase access.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DTD Update: New Garage Concept Art

The Disney Parks Blog has posted two new pieces of Disney Springs concept art which bring some detail to the new West Garage that is under construction there.  Here is the link.  The art and the article that goes with it describes a 10-lane wide Buena Vista Drive and also shows a new overpass that will bring inbound traffic directly off westbound I-4.  The article also confirms the rumor that this first garage is set to open late this year.

This Weekend In Techno Town

DJ Chris Tavi is back for another night of House & EDM at Suite B Lounge.
DJ Leony (Sirius/XM BPM, RadioDanz, Red Coconut Club) joins resident DJ Dominick Morrison (Mannequins) for a night of House/Dance this Friday night at awesome club Vanity!
Is it the last Friday night of the month already?  Yes it is and that means all Trance at "Lost In Trancelation" at Bikkuri Lounge!  DJ's Robb Blak and Agni are joined by Ottobot and Extortion.
Also on Friday night, Suite B Lounge has a fundraiser featuring a large number of DJ's with DJ Suzy Solar (USA) headining! Trance, House, Breaks.
My new favorite Sound Bar has visiting Miami DJ Patrick M joining resident DJ Monsanto.  This is the home for pure and deep House!
Vixen Bar offers great drinks and no cover charge so it's always a fun place to drop by.  And this Saturday night DJ Knightlife aka Chris Hand is joined by DJ Jengas playing the best in Vocal, Progressive & Electrohouse!
And those on the Tampa side get DJ Icey this Saturday night at Hyde Park Cafe; plus DJ Tony Faline! WOW!
($10 Advance / $15 Door)

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!