Saturday, October 22, 2016

Club Reports: Bar B, The Patio, The Social, Sandwich Bar

The new Bar B is located across Central from Tier Nightclub.
DJ Droptop was in the booth playing EDM during my stay including Dance versions of songs like Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" & Blondie's "Rapture".  Good stuff!
The club is long and narrow with an equal-sized patio outside.  During my visit a good number of people dropped-in, had a drink and then left.
A grand opening tonight with DJ Liquid Todd (USA) from Sirius/XM's BPM in the house and admission is FREE!  Should be packed!
Overdue for a visit to The Patio where there's always a party!
DJ's DJ Dan-eCrane & Parry taking turns!
It was 11PM so the dance floor was just picking-up.
But it would get more and more crowded as I wandered the place.
The music Top 40 hits old and new.
Cheap drink prices and a fun outdoor atmosphere assures that there really is always a party here!
Next stop, next door to The Social.
Arrived at the tail-end of a late-90's style Acid House set from DJ FoxForce005 (USA).
Just not a lot of people down on the dance floor.
At 11:30PM, DJ duo Yolanda Be Cool (AUS) would take over.
Action on the dance floor would pick up a bit but overall disappointing because it was rather empty.
I was expecting an EDM show but they delivered a great House music set instead!
The Aussie duo is most famous for their 2010 hit "We No Speak Americano".
Spotted at the bar: Jaime Ann, Mike 1, Shantele & Mike 2
Spotted in VIP: DJ FoxForce005 resting post-set.
Spotted on the mezzanine: DJ Mo who we first met playing at STK.
Great music had those in the club bouncing!
Final Saturday night stop was Sandwich Bar.
Arrived just after 1AM in time to see DJ Chris Fortier (USA) taking over!
Small club but lots of people jammed inside!
More real House music!
Of course we know Chris Fortier as one-third of AAHZ.

 Spotted outside: The other two thirds of AAHZ, DJ Kimball Collins (T) & DJ Dave Cannalte (USA).
Through the haze, music selections were both vocal & non-vocal!
And a good time was had by all!

Friday, October 21, 2016

PI Update: Under The Island

Hmmm. What's going on over there beneath the No. 5 Bridge?
Blog reader Shawn T. sent us this daytime photo of the construction project going on aside the bridge and below STK.
Another look at it the other night along with a glimpse of the Neverland Tunnels project taking place beyond it.  This is the space underneath West End Plaza.
A view of the project as it approaches the waterway surrounding the Island.
We just don't know if this is still going to be the Neverland Tunnels or if that was quashed.  There have been no updates about it in a year and it's hush hush with our sources down on the Island.  It's going to be something.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

CW Update: CityWalk Promenade

Universal CityWalk has seen a good number of changes in the past couple years with many new restaurants opening throughout the complex. But when it comes to the nightclub district, now branded as the CityWalk Promenade, things remain largely the same as when we first started covering the complex shortly after Pleasure Island closed.  For our newer viewers who may not be familiar with CityWalk, here's a snapshot of what it's all about!
CityWalk's largest and most traditional dance club is The Groove. There was a time back in the 00's and earlier that this was a club that played EDM, or "techno" as we used to call it back then. In the post-PI era it's more of a fast-paced Top 40 featuring hits both old and new. It gets packed! A few years ago we published rumors of TG closing but that has proven to be false and in fact we've seen Universal invest greatly in the venue with improved DJ's, lighting, spraydowns and more.  It seems that it's here to stay!
The Red Coconut Club is a smaller dance venue that carries a Vegas ratpack vibe to it. They still have a live band at times and DJ's the rest of the time. The music is mostly Top 40 but there is also a popular Latin night on Wednesdays and you're likely to hear more EDM in here than at any other club in CityWalk.
Rising Star is a karaoke club where you're the star.  What makes it unique is that the club provides a band to support the singers and backup dancers too. In between sets a DJ plays Top 40. There are usually long lines to get in here too!
Bob Marley's is a unique Jamaican-themed venue that is a restaurant early turning into a reggae dance club later at night. Another unique feature is that it's mostly uncovered outdoors so weather can impact it during rare evening rains or cold winter nights.  The lines here can be long too!
Pat O'Brien's is a New Orleans-themed club that is two venues in one. There is an outdoor courtyard at the rear where DJ's often play and then upfront and inside is a dueling piano bar similar to JellyRolls at Disney and Howl at the Moon on International Drive.
Those 5 venues are what make up the ticketed part of CityWalkMargaritaville is a large restaurant that has a live band late at night playing Top 40 and Rock'n'Roll hits. While I have seen tickets scanned here several times, most visits have allowed free non-ticketed entry.
Latin Quarter was formerly a ticketed club featuring DJ's playing various genres of Latin music.  It closed and was replaced with Mexican restaurant Antojitos. Have only seen DJ's playing here for private events so it's no longer considered a nightclub.
With all the recent restaurant build-outs, the promenade section of CityWalk only has this one remaining space.  Inside it's a mirror image of the interior of The Groove. We're not aware of any plans to add anything here at this time.  One thing that has not changed at CityWalk since the Blog began covering it is the price of admission. Admission to a single club is still $7.00 while an all-club Party Pass is $12.77.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This Weekend In Techno Town

There are good times ahead with Miami DJ duo GTA tomorrow night at The Beacham! Electrohouse.
Also tomorrow night, Techno returns to Peek Downtown with specialists Carlos Mendoza, Elias R and more! Techno / House
80's Night at The Abbey is back Friday night ft. live band Switch! Costume party!  80's.  
Friday nights at Sandwich Bar are always great nights for electronic music fans and this weekend they have original AAHZ DJ Chris Fortier!  Progressive House.
Also on Friday night, The Social has DJ duo Yolanda Be Cool (AUS) in what I believe to be a first-ever Orlando appearance!  Most famous in North America for their 2010 hit "We No Speak Americano".  FoxForce005 opens!  House.
Yet another Friday night open this weekend in DJ Jimmy Joslin & friends at Peek Downtown!  Breaks.
More girl DJ's than you can shake a stick at!  DJ Strife, DJ K8 & Vixen Stylee all for free at Shakai Lounge! Will get wild!  D&B.
More electronic music at The Social on Saturday night with Vancouver-based DJ Vanic (CDN).  EDM / House.
Another Saturday night option is DJ Thomas Jack performing over at Gilt Nightclub!  EDM / Dance.
Peek Downtown shows up on The Blog for every night this weekend (again) because great shows keep getting booked here!  This Saturday night they have DJ Fobia's "Everything Between Us" this time featuring DJ Just Steph (USA).  House / Deep House.

New downtown venue across from Tier Nightclub is called Bar B and this Saturday they have Sirius/XM DJ Liquid Todd (USA).  This is his first Orlando visit since 2013 when he opened for Paul Oakenfold at Vain.

DJ PatrickM will be playing this Sunday evening at Elixir downtown on Washington Street across from I-Bar.  Special free event!  House.