Thursday, December 14, 2017

Great Father - Daughter Dance!

This great father-daughter dance comes with a few surprises. Does remind me of a night at Atlantic Dance Hall though, lol!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

This Weekend In Techno Town

Help celebrate opening night of the Iron Cow in Orlando's Milk District this Friday night with "Fantastic Voyage" from DJ Kimball Collins (USA).  Opening sets from The Reverend (USA) and Rudiment (USA).  Progressive House.
He had to cancel his Orlando show a few months ago due to the hurricane but he's rebooked and will be here this Friday night at Native Social Bar.  With DJ Circle K, MC Collaborator and more!  Drum & Bass.
DJ's Angelz (USA), Bijou (USA)  & Ciszak (BR) bring theiir "ABC Tour" to Orlando this Saturday night at Eve Nightclub.  House / Progressive House.

Last year 101.9AMP Radio's "Electric Bounce House2 " brought us The Chainsmokers (USA), Cash Cash (USA) & Dance singer Tove Lo (S). LINK  This year "Electric Bounce House3" has DJ Dillon Francis (USA), DJ trio Cheat Codes (USA) & Dance singer Dua Lipa (RKS). House of Blues at Disney Springs.  EDM.

This isn't a DJ show but too good to miss as pop singer Katy Perry (USA) brings her "Witness" tour to Amway Center this Sunday night.  The Blog will have coverage.  Top 40.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

PI Update: Missing DJ Peapod

Everyone had a favorite DJ at Mannequins and it usually had to do which night(s) you frequented the club. Dominick Morrison was the Monday - Wednesday night DJ while the Thursday night cast member night was all about Dave Cannalte. But for those of us who were regulars on Friday and Saturday (or Sunday) nights, the booth was dominated by DJ Peapod.  We heard from him last week and he's still living in upstate New York but sadly not doing much DJ'ing.
A month after the Pleasure Island clubs closed in September, 2008, we were excited to learn Peapod might be DJ'ing at The Groove in Universal CityWalk. That could have been huge but the deal fell through when Peapod rejected the terms! 
He had come close to a deal with AJ's group to have a Wednesday night gig at TG.  That fell through when they allegedly would only promise him a 3-week tryout yet still require him to purchase $1M in liability insurance. In addition, his Wednesday night gig would require him to add Hip Hop to his playlist. Peapod told them that he wasn't a "Motion DJ" and walked away from it. Gotta love his conviction!
Peapod has released many mix albums over the years but my absolute favorite was released in October, 2006 and was called "Proud".  If you've got 60 minutes, close your eyes, step on the revolving dance floor in 2006 and click here: Proud  

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Mannequins Light Show

Save Pleasure Island Blog has gained many new readers these past couple years and many don't know what Pleasure Island was all about. In particular, Mannequins Dance Palace with it's "techno" light show, hanging mannequins and revolving dance floor! Closed by Disney in 2008, it was at the forefront of the technology of its pre-laser day. Got 10 minutes? Sit back and enjoy the Mannequins Light Show aka Mannequins Medley! It was offered every night and was always and still is.....amazing!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Concert Report: Visage Reunion (Independent Bar)

It was no ordinary Saturday night at Independent Bar last night. Instead of the usual, I-Bar became home to the Visage Reunion!
Unlike last year when I didn't show up until after midnight, I arrived early this year. Didn't matter though because I arrived to this madness!
I-Bar resident Lighting Tech Ernie in the booth with the creator of Visage, DJ Paul Vaine (USA).
Visage itself predates my moving to Orlando but it was a club in the early 90's on north OBT that is now a doctor's office!
The music was a mix of darker Industrial and the staple Saturday night I-Bar format of 80's New Wave.
Like the AAHZ Reunion that took place last month at The Beacham, last night's event brought out the older crowd hoping to relive the old days!
Spotted in VIP: Tracy
Spotted in General Admission: Karen & Ed
Spotted by the bar: Former I-Bar resident DJ Rob (USA) with Tampa's DJ Nemesis (USA).
Spotted by the dance floor: DJ Leony (USA)
Spotted on the dance floor: Blog-favorite Angie.
Spotted on the dance floor: Lynette & Adam
Spotted at the bar: Mauricio and DJ Jerry The Reverend (USA). You can see The Rev this Friday night opening for Kimball Collins at the new Iron Cow.  You can see Mauricio and his band Prophecy at his NYE Block Party on Court Street downtown. Details.
The Blog has followed Paul Vaine from his Friday night Venue 13 residency at 11/12 Lounge on Lee Road to his alternate locations at Lyrica downtown, Chakra Ultra Lounge by UCF, Club Asylum on the SOB Trail & Bombshells in Lockhart. Sadly, all we get of him now is this annual event at I-Bar and that is unacceptable!
2AM and the club was still packed!

 Sources say the club capacity of 700 was reached several times and they had to hold the line until others departed.
The crowd size shows that there is a demand for Paul Vaine to do this more than just once per year!
A good time was had by all!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Club Reports: Sandwich Bar, Iron Cow, Peek Downtown, Aero Bar, The Patio

Beginning my Friday night in Orlando's Milk District at Sandwich Bar.
Resident DJ Mathew Scot (USA) joined by DJ Seth Vogt (USA) who had played earlier for this edition of his HouseFlyz.
House music all night long!
Spotted by the bar: Blog-favorites Nicole & Carla
DJ Chris Domingo (USA) would take over right before I departed and would continue the House vibe.
Right next door is Iron Cow which opens next weekend!
Excited that this sister property to Sandwich Bar will be serving up DJ's and a full liquor bar!
Spotted inside: DJ Lola B (USA)
This is where the DJ booth will be located and next Friday night they'll have DJ Kimball Collins (USA) along with Rudiment (USA).
Now into the city's core and club Peek Downtown!
Arrived to find DJ Thomas Jay (USA) delivering a loud mix of Heavy Bass and Dubstep!
Nice-sized crowd on hand too for this Friday night event series featuring students from Full Sail.
Great vibe in the room!
Near the end of his set, giving us Cascada (D) hit "Everytime We Touch". Awesome!
DJ Hookshot (USA) taking over next on this night that would be dominated by Dubstep but also Future Bass and House.
Peek Downtown is always a great place to chill. Tonight look-out for the return of Breaks!
You can always count on electronic dance music at Aero!
With a cold front pushing through and some drizzle in the air, they had to cover the DJ booth.
DJ Cliff T (USA) giving us a House / EDM set!
Weather kept attendance down a bit but even in a light rain people kept dancing!
As we reported a few months ago, they have pushed the VIP booths further to the side which has expanded the dance floor. This will increase capacity and provide some welcome relief when the floor is wall-to-wall!
Aero is a rooftop club so you're literally dancing with the stars!
Always tough leaving here but I had one more stop to make!
To The Patio!
DJ Dan-e Crane (USA) in the booth delivering Top 40 & Classic Hip Hop hits!
Dance floor here was packed!
There's always a party at The Patio!
Dan-e Crane joined up by Kelle and DJ Parry (USA) for this year's Christmas card picture!
A good time was had by all!