Thursday, August 28, 2014

Club Reports: Passion, Gryphon, Pangea (Hollywood)

Visited the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood last night for dinner and learned that the outdoor shopping/entertainment center at the rear of the complex seems to be really struggling.  Lots of empty storefronts throughout.  And sadly, even the dance clubs have been impacted.  Passion is the only one still in business and even it is just open on Friday & Saturday nights.  The 15,000sf multi-level club brings in different types of DJ's; for instance Orlando's DJ Crespo plays this weekend and is coming in September.

But Gryphon has closed.  At one time this was the place to be seen in Broward.

A transplant from the Miami scene, Opium has closed. And so has Pangea! Celebrities from all over the world used to hang out in this ultralounge.  Not sure what's going on here; the casino itself is booming. Just goes to show that when there's a casino around, that's who sucks up all the cash, leaving little for anyone else.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CosmicWorld Update

The next mega DJ concert coming to Orlando after Labor Day weekend hits next Saturday night, September 6th, at the Orange County Fairgrounds.  It's the first CosmicWorld concert with the full DJ lineup still waiting to be released.  What we do know so far is Funkagenda (GB) will be playing on the Earth Stage and Sultan & Ned Shepard (CDN) have just been announced for the Cosmic Stage.  And there's still the Main Stage!  Tickets are just $39 here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Next Up: The FSOB Reunion

OK, that party's over and time for the next one.....this coming weekend!  The Reunion is taking place this coming Saturday night, August 30th, at Firestone Live and brought to you by the Future Sound of Breaks people!  As you can see, the incredible lineup includes DJ Icey, 2 Bad Mice, Friction & Spice, AK1200, Noel Sager and many more!  Music on the main stage, in The Den and out on The Patio. It's Labor Day weekend so don't stay home!  Advance tickets here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

PI Update: PI Signs Disappearing

Save Pleasure Island Blog roving reporter William out on the Island this past week reports that the Pleasure Island arch sign at the No. 4 Bridge from the West Side has been removed.  It had been turned off and was located behind construction walls since last year but now it is gone.

Meanwhile, the arch sign at the No. 2 Bridge at the main entrance to PI near Mannequins, which at least had stayed lit, is now turned off. 

It's not getting any better folks!  Thanks, William for the report & photos!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Concert Report: Independence Music Festival - Orlando

The first ever Independence Music Festival - Orlando was pretty impressive! Made up of a total of 7 music stages, three were at Firestone Live, three at The Brink and then the main stage was in Firestone's large parking lot.

DJ Twine (USA) was on the mainstage when I arrived doing a mostly Dubstep set.

But they need to do this in Spring.  It was soooo hot out there!
Most of the people were inside Firestone where it was dark and cool.
And the music was House/Dance.
And you could dance in comfort.
It was starting to build outside though too.
DJ Herobust (USA) taking over at 3:30pm.
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls.....and they had 7 of them!
Back inside, the view from the lighting tech booth displayed Firestone's impressive equipment in use!
DJ Victor Niglio (USA) getting ready to take his turn.
Putting on an impressive House/Dance set too!
Followed by the announced "Darth Vader of Trance", DJ Alex M.O.R.P.H. (D).
A great Trance set that included both Vocal and Non-vocal selections.
Zooly (USA) was putting down a Dubstep / Bass mixed with House set back inside.
As long as the sun stayed out, the peeps stayed in!
At 6:30pm on the mainstage, the Bomb Squad introduced their man.....
Bombs Away! (AUS).
Don't know if you'd call it Trap or Hip Hop, but that's what he mostly played as people continued to arrive.
Over in The Brink, DJ Party Ghost (USA) playing some "Ghost Step"!
While local DJ Big Makk was blowing things up in Firestone!
This is where everyone was at.
Rapidly up-and-coming DJ duo Paris & Simo (CDN) taking the mainstage.
The sun was setting and things were cooling down outside at this point.
All the inside activities ended at 8:30pm so everyone had to come outside.
Spotted: Headliner DJ BT (USA) coming up to the mainstage for his set!
And he would put on an awesome 1 hour, 15 minute set of Trance!
Confetti canons!
Packed outside for BT!  He is who I came to see.
Recognized songs from Tiƫsto, Tritonal, Above & Beyond and of course some of his own hits!
First time I had ever seen BT perform and it was a good one!
The crowd was ready to rage with Skism (GB) and Excision (CDN) who would end out the program but I called it quits at this point after standing for 8 hours.
But at IMF - Orlando last night, a good time was had by all!  Thanks to Mansion Events personnel for allowing me to cover their great show.  The event was very professionally done!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Club Report: Retro Room

Haven't been out to Retro Room in months and this is the only place in town that channels our beloved 8TRAX!
Great reason to go; Disney's top DJ Elliot!
Mixing the expected 70's & 80's hits with some more contemporary tunes!
His music was drawing a crowd onto the dance floor!
Wobble baby wobble!
8TRAX and Mannequins were represented!
DJ Mike in the booth playing a 70's Disco set during Elliot's break.
We typically see DJ Elliot at Downtown Disney's Waterside Stage or Fountain Stage or at Disney Hollywood Studios where he was doing the "Coolest Summer Ever" dance party! He played at Tokyo Disneyland earlier this year.  Photo bomb!
Lots of fun music last night!
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls!
And a good time was had by all!