Thursday, June 22, 2017

This Weekend In Techno Town

Famed DJ Green Velvet (USA) comes to town tonight at Venue 578 and it's sure to be a great one!  House / Techno.
Likely the last 80's Night at The Abbey until Fall, always fun times and full bar.  This month live band Rockit Fly returns with DJ music between sets. FREE  80's.  
The next edition of "Get Your Groove On" takes place Friday night at Peek Downtown featuring DJ Carlos Mendoza and more!  House.
Pleasure Island fans should not miss the PI Reunion taking place this Saturday night at Atlantic Dance Hall. It will have the same Motion music that they always have but it's a chance to visit with many of your PI friends! Admission & Parking are FREE.  Top 40 / Line Dances.
This should draw a good crowd; DJ What So Not (AUS) this Saturday at Gilt Nightclub in their continuing series of electronic music events on Saturday nights.  House / Electrohouse.
Famously known as a D&B band, Pendulum (GB / AUS) will be doing a DJ set this Saturday night at Venue 578. Drum & Bass.
The party weekend continues on Sunday night into evening with a pool party at Aloft Hotel downtown. This session features DJ Boris (USA) from the NYC!  DJ Dose opens among others.  House.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sounds Of Summer

Summer / Calvin Harris (GB)

Summer Nights / Tiƫsto (NL)
Summer Breeze / Seals & Croft (USA)
Summer / Marshmello (USA)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DS Update: Shop Till You Drop

While we previously questioned where Disney would find enough mouths to fill all the seats of the many new restaurants in Disney Springs, that turns out to have been a miscalculation. There's little doubt most of the restaurants in the Springs are doing quite well and not just during peak tourist seasons.  But such appears not the case with many of the retail shops.
The garages are full and there are thousands of guests walking around but if you look at their arms and strollers, you don't see a lot of shopping bags. Actually, you do see lots of Disney store bags (used by several Disney owned & operated stores), Lego Store bags & Coca-Cola store bags. Uniqlo seems to be doing well based on my visit this week with long lines at the registers. Yet after that, not many shopping bags. Interestingly, a sales clerk at Free People casually mentioned to me that their store is No.1 in their chain for foot traffic. But when I asked whether they were also No. 1 in their chain for sales, she laughed. No, lots of lookers but not a lot of buyers.
Passing by Erwin Pearl Jewelry this past Sunday and once again finding no shoppers. We previously predicted this would be the first to fail but Sound Lion beat them to it!

Monday, June 19, 2017

DS Update: The Projects

Disney Springs is the only shopping center in Orlando where you'll see many of the guests wearing Mouse ears!  While we're here, let's also see the current projects taking place around the Springs!
On the West Side, this plot is where the new Wolfgang Puck restaurant is supposed to be going. Just outside the Exchange Building, there's no activity yet. The current Wolfgang Puck restaurant adjacent House of Blues is slated for renovations and will emerge as Jaleo, a mainland Spain restaurant with takeout on the ground floor and a full restaurant above it.
As you come down the escalator from the Lime Garage into the Town Center, The Polite Pig has opened to your right but this empty spot remains on the left. Have heard no information or rumors about it.
On the Island, not much progress at this entry portal into the Neverland Tunnels.
As this slowly progresses we see that under the No. 5 Bridge there are non-public entrances into The Edison while Neverland guests would use the entry portal to get into the space directly under West End Plaza.
Meanwhile upstairs on West End Plaza, we see the entertainment section of The Edison. We're told this will feature live cabaret shows including contortionists, aerialists & DJ's.
While this section of The Edison will be a restaurant featuring "classic American food".
Weathering has been applied to these panels along the east side of the venue facing Paradiso 37.
Another look around back facing Village Lake.
Curiously, Savannah Bee Company has yet to move into this vacant space along Hill Street formerly occupied by Sound Lion. SL closed May 1st so you got to wonder what's taking so long for SBC to move from its current small kiosk at Riverboat Square to here. Not sure how they can pay the rent for this space either.
At the Hub, construction on Wine Bar George is moving rapidly.
And in Riverboat Square, renovations continue on the former Portobello Country Italian Trattoria which will turn it into another celebrity-themed Italian restaurant guided by master chef Tony Mantuano. The new name has not been released.  And there you have a roundup of the projects currently taking place at Disney Springs!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Club Reports: Indepedent Bar, Peek Downtown, Vinyl Arts Bar, The Social, The Patio

After two straight Saturday nights abroad, it was great to be back in the United States of America! And you know by now if at all possible, I will begin my Saturday nights at I-Bar!
DJ Indie John in the booth on a Saturday night just like he has for the many years in the post-Pleasure Island era.
Providing that comfort music of early-to-mid-80's New Wave!
Good crowd in the club!
It felt great to be back!
Moving next to seemingly my other downtown home, Peek Downtown!
DJ 21 Paths was in the booth when I first arrived delivering the Breaks!
Quickly followed by DJ Rich D.
Just not a lot of people here last night.
Spotted on the dance floor: Gavin & Denise
Spotted by the bar: DJ's Renato Guirao & Scotty Fraser
Spotted by the booth: DJ's Tim Barnard, Mike Nice & Beni Hill
Spotted on the dance floor: Amanda
Spotted in VIP: Anthony & Adriana
Spotted shaking her groove thing: Trish
Spotted doing likewise: Jasmin
DJ Mike Nice taking over!
Great music and it wasn't empty but wish more had come out!
Over to Vinyl Arts Bar where you'll always find great House music!
Arrived to find DJ's Brian Busto & Wilson Santos (both USA) tag-teaming in the booth!
Great music had the crowd bouncing!
DJ Kimball Collins (USA) will be playing here at VAB on Saturday, July 8th!
If you haven't been to Vinyl Arts Bar, you've got to give it a try!
The Social is primarily a live band venue but after the bands go home for the night, they open it up for DJ music and as a place to chill away from the crowded masses next door at The Patio or upstairs at Aero Bar.
Resident DJ Dan-e Crane playing EDM during my visit!
This is still a work in progress but has great potential!
Last stop at The Patio where there's always a party!
DJ Parry playing Top 40 & EDM during my visit!
And oh shit, the place was packed!
Fans of Orlando City soccer made up a lot of the crowd following their game earlier.
There really is always a party at The Patio and a good time was had by all