Wednesday, March 20, 2019

This Weekend In Techno Town

They played at EDC-Orlando in 2016 and they're back tomorrow night at Celine. DJ trio Keys N Krates (CDN) in the main room!  House.
The show of the weekend to me is Freestylers (GB) on Friday night at Bar B. With huge-name local support from Jimmy Joslin (USA), DJ Tooltime (USA), DJ Security (USA) and more!  Breaks / Bass / Electro.
I don't recall DJ Marc-Alan Gray (D) playing here before but I only go back a few years. Romano Arcaini (D) and Carlos Mendoza (USA) will be joining this Berlin-based DJ at Vinyl Tapas Lounge.  Techno / Tech-House.
"Lost In Trancelation" usually takes place on the last Friday of the month but that's Winter Music Conference week so LIT is one week earlier.  Help Robb Blak (USA) celebrate 20 years of DJ's at Bikkuri Lounge this Friday night!  Trance.
New York-based DJ Eskuche (USA) will be out on the patio at Elixir Bar this Saturday night, with Fatkat (USA) to open the show.  Tech House.
This one will be packed and this one will be young. DJ Borgore (IL) on the stage this Saturday night at Gilt Nightclub. Lots of head-banging will be going on!  Dubstep / Heavy Bass.
The funnest event of the weekend takes place on Sunday afternoon as Pleasure Island DJ Dave Cannalte (USA) will be doing an all "Disco Afternoon" from the booth at Remix Record Store8TRAX returns!   70's Disco.
One more unique genre this weekend takes place on Monday night at Room 22 at 114 S. Orange Avenue. Formerly Vintage Lounge.  It's the touring World of Drum & Bass!  DnB.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Concert Report: Elton John (Amway Center)

Consisting of 300 performances spread across 3 years, the "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" concert finally took place last night in Orlando following its last second cancellation in November.
Arrived early to get to our seats up in the nosebleed section of Amway Center! Some people literally carried oxygen tanks up here due to the thin air!
And then exactly at 8PM, there he was!  Singer, songwriter, composer and pianist, Elton John (GB).
Opening with "Tiny Dancer" followed by a song I didn't know, I thought the beginning was rather lackluster. But he would make up for it later!
His famous Elton John Band was a fixture within the background screen as Elton sang "Bennie and the Jets".
The show was completely sold out and even nosebleed seats were going for $200+.
My entourage included Art, Sue, Lexi & Kristy.
But suddenly a magic text arrived and I had been upgraded to Floor seats!
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" & "Philadelphia Freedom".
These seats were MUCH better!
The soon to turn age 72 Elton John sat at his piano most of the night but occasionally stood.
I thought the crowd overall was rather subdued, cheering of course but not showing a lot of enthusiasm.
Elton has gotten rather porky, his hair is long-gone and he can't move around like he used to.
But I thought his voice was great and his hands flowed across the piano keys like they always have!
Singing about Marilyn Monroe for "Candle In The Wind".
"Sad Songs (Say So Much).
And then another upgrade: this time to the stage itself!!
I was so close I could have played the piano with him!
And then the concert got really good with one hit after another! "Daniel" and one of my favorites, "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me".
"The Bitch Is Back" and "I'm Still Standing"!
"Crocodile Rock"
$1,000 seats. So many old people up front, I felt a little out-of-place!
 "Your Song"
He wasn't bashful about asking for applause.
Earlier in the evening he had thanked everyone for their understanding regarding the cancelled concert in November. Here he was talking about his AIDS charity.
Spotted in VIP: My "Mans Week" friend Art.
"Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting"
As the 3-hour mark approached, a confetti explosion!
Band introduction. Some of his members have played with him for years if not decades and included Nigel Olsson, Davey Johnstone and Ray Cooper.
Elton back out for two encore songs; "My Song" and of course the song for which his final tour is named, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road".
And with that he stepped on a lift that took him up to his secret exit as he waved to everyone.
First time I ever got to see Elton John perform live. He is truly a legend!
And after the door closed, a filmed version of Elton appeared from the corner of the screen as he stepped onto the Yellow Brick Road.
And off he went into the sunset. Big thanks to the Amway staff for the hookups. A good time was had by all.

Monday, March 18, 2019

PI Update: Remembering The Name Change

It was 6 years ago in 2013 that the new name of Downtown Disney was announced to be Disney Springs. Since the new name reminded so many of a retirement center, an enterprising reader of the WDW Magic website created this mythical webpage. Disney Springs would be "A Magical Pace to Fastpass Away", lol.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Club Reports: Eve Nightclub, 180 Skytop Lounge, Peek Downtown, Treehouse, Attic Nightclub, Gilt Nightclub

So many clubs, so little time. Beginning my Saturday night at Eve Nightclub.
DJ Kevin Kon (USA) in the booth for "Eve On Saturdays".
Arguably the most upscale club downtown, the dance floor was already seeing some action when I arrived last night.
Plenty of nice decorations at Eve.
And they have this amazing entry stairwell.
Located atop nearby Amway Center, 180 Skytop Lounge originally operated as 180 Grey Goose Lounge. I like the new name better.
Back again this weekend to see DJ Xclusive City (USA) for "Flight 180".
There's this outdoor bar on the skydeck.
As well as an inside bar serving Arrivals.
180 is pretty swanky too and there is this fantastic view of the downtown skyline.
Even the backed-up traffic on I-4 is romantic up here. Well, ok, maybe not.
Peek Downtown is a Blog-favorite.
DJ Mark Byrns (USA) was in the booth when I arrived.
More crowded than my Friday night visit here.
Spotted in VIP: Brian & Nicole
Spotted at the bar: Lori & Lindsay
DJ Agni (IS/USA) delivering the House!
Spotted outside: Eddie, Sage, Sara & friends.
The bar stayed busy.
And eventually the dance floor too!
Next stop was over to The Treehouse.
First you climb the stairs and go up into the tree.
No DJ here, just prerecorded music which last night was classic Hip Hop hits.
Of course the main attraction at The Treehouse is grabbing a drink or shot and then chilling picnic-style on the grass floor!
Always a great vibe in here; everyone is happy!
Right next door to Treehouse is Attic Nightclub.
Hard to see through the fog but DJ Cody Jared (USA) was up in the perch.
The music is EDM and the front section of the dance floor was pretty full.
But the rest of the club was unusually dead.
Last stop of the night was Gilt Nightclub.
The Unknown DJ was in the booth when I arrived close to 1AM.
There was an unusually small crowd here Gilt standards.
Everyone here though for DJ Omnom (USA).
Although the crowd was relatively small, they were loud and crazy!
Omnom had played last August at Celine.
Playing his Dirtybird hit "Fo Free".
Spotted on the dance floor: Storm & Amelia
Spotted taking photos: Club Photographer David Montverde
It was a nice change being able to freely move about the place.
And a good time was had by all.