Saturday, April 29, 2017

Club Reports: Irish Shanon's, Peek Downtown, Native Social Bar, Vinyl Arts Bar

We began our Friday night at the grand opening of Irish Shannon's Local Pub!
Where Killian McAuliffe O'Gribbin was the door host!
Did someone say, "OPEN BAR"?
What a way to draw a crowd!
The live band "Stereo FM" was playing Light Rock hits!
Irish Shannon's is located on Church Street where Dubliner Irish Social House used to be which in turn is where the popular dance club Antigua used to be!
Headed next over to Peek Downtown to see what was going on.
DJ Fobia was in the booth playing House.
The bar was starting to see some activity at this early hour.
The dance floor wasn't.  Should be more crowded tonight at DJ Wes Smith (CDN) will be here with his "Game on Tour" show along Jefferson Funk (USA) and more!
Back to Church Street and Native Social Bar.
Playing downstairs, this DJ trio was on early including Shane McCarron & Chris Brown.
Just a small crowd in the club though!
DJ Chris Garcia (E) came on at 12:30AM.
And he played a wonderful House / Deep House set!
But an embarrassingly small turnout dancing for this world class DJ.
Garcia is based in Las Vegas where he plays clubs such as Light, Turmeric, Embassy & Drai's Beach.
Great music though!
Final stop, Vinyl Arts Bar.
DJ D-Unity (CDN) taking over the reins from DJ Renzo Ruiz (USA).
The Toronto-based DJ had played here at VAB last August.
The room was packed!
He had the entire club bouncing!
His show last night was completely on the House side compared to prior shows of his I've been to where he was more Techno.
Spotted in VIP: DJ Carlos Mendoza
Located in an old house, Vinyl Arts Bar is located on Colonial Drive between Orange & Magnolia and it's become quite the home for touring international DJ's!
A good time was had by all!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Funny: Bad Girls On Pleasure Island!

Band Nova Era plays Classical music on Pleasure Island but occasionally they perform as Nova Pop playing more contemporary songs.  In 2010 they performed the hardly family-friendly song, "Bad Girls" at West End Plaza. Doubt that got repeated!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

PI Update: Visiting The Tunnels

Let's cross this bridge one more time to beautiful Pleasure Island!
Mannequins Dance Palace dominates the scene as it always does!
 Although I think this view from the same spot looks a lot better!!
From the Blog's exclusive SkyCam, we see the entrance to Neverland Tunnels (or whatever it's going to be named) down below the Island side of the No. 5 Bridge.  Notice the stairs down to this entrance begins at the base of the stairs that come down from STK. To the right, there is a sloping ramp down.
Circling around the construction walls and looking at it from the opposite side at ground level.
We believe the other entrance to whatever this is will be located inside The Edison.
Another view of the ramp to the left as well as how this area connects below the bridge to the auditorium section of The Edison. Construction progress appears slow but we don't know what's going on inside and with The Edison delayed until Late 2017, there wouldn't need to be any urgency here either.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This Weekend In Techno Town

Is it the end of April already? Yes it is and the last Friday of the month means "Lost In Trancelation" at Bikkuri Lounge featuring resident DJ's Agni (USA/IS) and Suzy Solar (USA) opening for DJ Airwave (B).  Psytrance.

Currently operating out of Las Vegas, Native Social Bar has a great one this Friday with DJ Chris Garcia (E) in the club as part of their "Married To The Rave" series!  House.

Meanwhile Vinyl Arts Bar keeps delivering the talent too, this Friday night with DJ D-Unity (CDN).  Techno / Tech House.
For something completely different, the traveling Wes Smith (USA) "Game on Tour" passes through Orlando at Peek Downtown with DJ ShOOey (USA) plus local talent such as Jefferson Funk, Lady J and Miss Bliss!  Breaks / Bass / EDM / Video Game Tunes.
Something for the youngsters, Herobust (USA) comes to Gilt Nightclub this Saturday night.  Trap.
For the more sophisticated tastes, Vinyl Arts Bar does it again on Saturday night with DJ Charles Webster (GB) in the club. House.
Lastly, MTV fans will recognize DJ Skribble (USA) who joins resident DJ Ray Love out on the patio overlooking downtown Orlando at 180 Skytop Lounge.  Open Format.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PI Update: No Wonder Edison Is Delayed

Let's cross this bridge one more time to beautiful Pleasure Island to check out progress at The Edison Orlando!
As the only large project still remaining within the Disney Springs conversion, it was supposed to open in "Spring 2017" but that's now been pushed off until "Late 2017"!
And it's really no wonder. The complex is nowhere near completed!
And this is especially notable from the rear.
The section to the left that reused much of the Adventurers Club structure seems further along and they are likely working on the interior.  But that section to the right, completely new build in the spot BET Soundstage used to stand, is much farther from completion!
That large opening on the AC side of the building remains a curiosity.
With two distinct sections, we originally were led to believe that the Adventurers Club section was going to be The Edison while the BET Soundstage side of the building was going to Walt's or Walt's Place, another restaurant. But as the Edison blueprints that we recently published portions of show, these are all part of one large complex!
The BET section is quite Art Deco.
While the AC section is anchored by this soon to be iconic smokestack from the building's previous use as an electric plant. (Note: Seems we could see real steam coming out of that tower!)
As we saw before this was closed in, it's an auditorium of sorts. Will there be Burlesque as The Edison Los Angeles offers?  Will there be dancing in club atmosphere?  Don't hold your breath for either.  Remember, this is Disney and there ain't no more dancing on Pleasure Island!