Monday, May 25, 2009
Club Report: House of Blues (Service Industry Night)
After an absence of more than a year, KingBob returned to House of Blues last night to see if Service Industry Night is still as popular as it used to be. Well I can tell you that even though DJ Roger Sanchez was spinning over at Hard Rock Live and even though the Orlando Magic basketball team was competing downtown, that didn't keep HOB from being packed to the rafters too!
The regular Sunday Night disc jockey at HOB is DJ Sandy however on special occasions DJ Magic Mike will play. Last night was such an occasion. Magic Mike knows how to mash songs and he does most of it without the aid of a computer or pre-purchased mashups like we hear everywhere else. That was impressive. Also impressive was the first 45-minutes of mostly techno/dance music. Come 1am though he switched to a 100% hip-hop format which was popular with the crowd but disappointing to me. I understand DJ Sandy sticks with Dance music and only throws in some short Top 40 hip-hop verses from time-to-time.
The other real negative is something that has happened to me at HOB on a regular basis. They schedule concerts very close together such that the prior rock event did not get cleared by the 10:27pm opening time for SIN and thus the SIN crowd had to wait until 11pm to enter. Then, it took forever to get set up and the curtain did not open for Magic Mike until 12:15am! That really is unacceptable. Also, once the music went hip-hop, they had this annoying MC come onto the stage that kept yelling a lot of the lyrics in a fake Black accent even though he was White.
Update: Forgot to mention.....saw quite a few Mannequins, 8TRAX and Motion regulars out Sunday night!