Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Party Weekend In Techno Town

Time to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st & Independence Day on July 4th!

THURSDAY JUN 29
Tomorrow night at The Beacham, DJ Duke Dumont (GB) returns to the venue which gave him a sold out show in April of 2016. Should be another huge crowd!  Deep House.
FRIDAY JUN 30
Haven't seen him since Miami in 2016 and I don't think he's played Orlando since 2015 so this too should draw a large crowd! DJ Worthy (USA) playing at The Social.  D&B / Breaks.

FRIDAY JUN 30
DJ Renzo Ruiz (USA) returns to the decks this Friday night at Sandwich Bar and the lineup includes the captivating DJ Foxforce005 (USA). House.
SATURDAY JUL 1
Most famous for his 1999/2000 megahit "Sandstorm", he surprised the crowd at the Aloft pool party this past April with his set. Darude (FIN) is back this Saturday night at Gilt Nightclub.  Progressive House / Trance.
SATURDAY JUL 1
A special edition of "Lost in Trancelation" this Saturday night at Bikkuri Lounge featuring DJ's Robb Blak, Agni & Suzy Solar (USA).  Trance.
SATURDAY JUL 1
Tampa DJ Brian Busto (USA) returns to Orlando this Saturday on a night the brings Texan DJ Dead Space (USA) to "Serious Soul" at Vinyl Arts Bar. Tech House.
MONDAY JUL 3
If you're off on Tuesday then come out Monday night to "Torque" at Native Social Bar. This week's guest star is the veteran DJ AK1200 (USA). D&B.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

PI Update: The Drab Hub

The intersection where the north-south sidewalk in front of Mannequins met the east-west sidewalk known as Hill Street was called "The Hub".  It was a busy intersection with the PI Live booth DJ's broadcasting from above while Rock fans streamed in and out of Rock'n'Roll Beach Club!
From the rear, we can see the catwalks that once housed the Pleasure Island Explosion Dancers and we're reminded that the PI Live Bar was located at The Hub as well.  Of course with the clubs being shuttered, all this would change.
Plan A for the Island was to lease out all the spaces to third parties and collect rent. When that idea fizzled in the upcoming recession, everything sat idle until Disney announced Plan B: Hyperion Wharf.  Under the Hyperion Wharf concept, The Hub remained the focal point of Pleasure Island. We see the outdoor amphitheater (which eventually did get built) but we also see the magic light columns which did not materialize.  The corner was anchored by Zach Devine, presumably a fake placeholder name for a bar/club with upstairs dancing.  A lighted Mickey LED board dominated the intersection. No doubt PI at night would be something to behold.
Of course Hyperion Wharf was axed following an alleged backlash from Boardwalk venues which said HW duplicated what they were already offering.  Instead we eventually got Plan C now known as Disney Springs. The outdoor amphitheater was scaled back and The Hub itself was demoted to a colorful compass point.
But instead of a colorful compass point anchored by Zach Divine, we got a drab compass point anchored by Erwin Pearl Jewelry.

Monday, June 26, 2017

PI Update: PI Drinks Returning To Disney Springs

Blog reader Troy alerted us last week that beginning this coming Thursday, June 29th, you'll be able to purchase some of your favorite Pleasure Island drinks while visiting Disney Springs! They'll be for sale at Dockside Margaritas in Disney Springs Marketplace as part of their #Throwback Thursday promotion. 
They'll be priced at $9 on Thursdays with regular pricing on other days. Examples coming include the Hoopla & Kungaloosh from Adventurers Club, the Bell Bottom from 8TRAX, Tech-No from Mannequins and Shark Bite from Rock ‘n' Roll Beach Club!  Relive the flavors of Pleasure Island at Disney Springs!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Club Report: Atlantic Dance Hall

Atlantic Dance Hall on a Saturday night; supposed to have been a Pleasure Island fans reunion but it wasn't promoted and even the person whose idea it was didn't show up.
But we had to make the best of it and DJ John Campisano who we know from the downtown scene did a great job in leading that effort!
On this dark and stormy night, decent numbers in the club.
But in this huge venue, even 100 people can't make it look crowded.
Spotted from Pleasure Island: Beth & Mark (Mannequins)
Spotted: Janete (8TRAX)
Spotted: Anna (Mannequins)
Spotted: Dawn (8TRAX & Motion)
Spotted: Alex (Motion)
John had a much different set of videos than we typically see here at ADH so it was a nice change of pace.  He even delivered us a few Classic Dance tunes!
But then there was also the obligatory "Wobble", lol.

 The best Pleasure Island Reunion we ever had was here at Atlantic Dance Hall back in 2010 when the turnout was much greater and a lot of PI cast members attended. Link.
And a good time was had by all!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Club Reports: Peek Downtown, Monkey Bar, Aero Bar

Every couple of months I have to work on Saturdays. It doesn't keep me from club hopping on the Friday night prior but it does cause me to go into efficiency mode. Thus no time for cheese, let's go straight to the good stuff! Peek Downtown!
DJ Carlos Mendoza in the booth!

Only a small crowd in the club though.

Spotted: Berlin DJ Cosmic Deva

House music all night long!

VIP was crowded but couldn't get them on the dance floor!

A hidden gem among the unwashed masses populating Wall Street Plaza, Monkey Bar is an oasis for the enlightened people.

DJ Dity on the decks!

Big crowd in the small club!

Always a great vibe!

House music all night long!

Spotted on the dance floor: Storm, Amanda & Jessica

An outdoor balcony is another great option at Monkey Bar!

Now onto Aero Bar located on a rooftop along Orange Avenue.

DJ duo Robin & Cliff T were taking turns in the booth last night.

It was initially on the slow side.

But within a half hour it suddenly got quite crowded!

And it typically does on weekend nights!

House music all night long!

Dancing with the stars!

Lasers were flying!

And a good time was had by all!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Festival Season

SATURDAY AUGUST 19
Trance, Dubstep and Bass fans will love this new festival coming to Orlando in August! The Married To The Rave Music Festival will take place at Woodstock Orlando near Parliament House and it's full of both local and international DJ talent!  The lineup has been announced as you can see above and it includes Protohype (USA), Indecent Noise (PL), Neptune Project (GB), Suzy Solar (USA) and many more!  Tickets are bargain-priced and on sale now here.

FRIDAY / SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10-11
We're months away from any DJ announcements for the 7th Edition of Electric Daisy Carnival - Orlando but if you're going, make sure you have an alarm go off to remind you to purchase your tickets at early bird prices when they go on sale at Noon on July 13th! Last year Saturday night was completely sold out with hundreds turned away and Friday night a near sell-out. And it's right here in Orlando at Tinker Field!