Friday, April 18, 2014

Concert Report: Tritonal (Roxy Night Club)

First visit to Roxy since late December when I saw German DJ ATB playing here!
Just coming on when I arrived, opening DJ Paris Blohm (USA).
Playing some booming House and Progressive bangers to make sure the crowd was awake!
And they were!
Dance floor and the club were already packed.
And he wasn't just standing there; he was quite animated!
And then around ten minutes before 1am, DJ duo Tritonal (USA) getting ready to come on!
I first became acquainted with their music when they played Electric Daisy Carnival - Orlando a few years ago. I subsequently got to see them at another EDC and then early last year at Firestone.
Known primarily for their Trance hits, their set last night was nearly all vocal and non-vocal House music!
Roxy was packed to the rafters!
The crowd was bouncing!  Great sound and lighting in Roxy but some additional speakers added since my last visit really hurt the sight lines for patrons from many points on the dance floor.
They don't stand still.  They are moving around constantly!
Bouncing to their 2013 hit "Now or Never" which they followed with Dada Life's song "Born to Rave"!
And the entire club sang along with them to current hit "Colors"!
A good time was had by all!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Best PI T-Shirts Ever!

Over the years nearly every venue at Pleasure Island sold various types of logo merchandise including t-shirts.  But it was these t-shirts that were printed after Pleasure Island closed that are the coolest!  The official Walt Disney World t-shirt shown above was available at Disney Design-a-Tee in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
The t-shirt above left represented the sentiment of the wearer during the summer prior to the Final Night, updated to reflect his sentiment after the Final Night!  The other t-shirt above represented early efforts to "Save Pleasure Island" but was not affiliated with this website.
Lastly, this post-Pleasure Island t-shirt remains available today from Zazzle but the super-expensive price has always stopped me from ordering one.  Might have to give that some thought now that we know MDP ain't coming back!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This Weekend In Techno Town

THURSDAY APR 17   DJ duo Tritonal (USA) returns to Orlando for the first time since February, 2013 with a concert this Thursday night at Roxy. With current hit "Colors" and recent hit "Now or Never", this is sure to be a sellout!  Paris Blohm (USA) opens.  ($20-25)
FRIDAY APR 18  Friday night is a special treat as Tampa's Tony Faline is performing in Orlando at Suite B Lounge!  Don't get to see him often over here!  A Kyle Myers production.  ($7)
SATURDAY APR 19  And then the fun continues on Saturday night at Suite B Lounge with a night dedicated to the Breaks!  The lineup includes the legendary Sharaz (USA) along with Gustolabs (PE) and DJ Matrix (USA)!  ($10)
Meanwhile over at Sandwich Bar in the Milk District we have the return of local Old Skool legends Andy Hughes (EDC-Orlando, NV) , Dave Cannalte (Mannequins, AAHZ) and Billy Z!  Beer/Wine only.  (Price NA)
While CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort sees the return of Tampa's DJ Mondo (Amphitheatre, Green Iguana) at The Groove, where he typically spins Dance/House with the occasional Wobble!  ($7)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PI Update: Amphitheater Still Coming?

This is one of the pieces of concept art that was released a few years ago in conjunction with the Hyperion Wharf project.  It depicts an outdoor amphitheater area just to the east of the Pleasure Island water taxi dock entrance (currently where the PI bypass connects) and just to the west of The Boat House restaurant location, which the Save Pleasure Island Blog described then as "a lighthouse type restaurant".  Will this be a part of Disney Springs too?
I didn't get a good look at the construction because of my night visit but I'm told there are some circular elements to what is being built.  Would certainly be a great addition for live bands and DJ's!  Studying the concept art also shows several lighted round columns which at the time were described by the Blog as "magical", dispensing information during the day but coming alive at night with displays that moved to the music!  And there's that Mickey LED display too.  Hope this is all still coming!

Monday, April 14, 2014

XYtv on Royal Caribbean

Back to work this morning; my holiday is over.  Truth is that I never left my cabin on Vision of the Seas because Channel 42 on the ship's television was XYtv, the all music channel that mixed-in a lot of Electronic Dance Music. 
Music like Paul Oakenfold's (GB) latest tune.
And Avicii (S)!
Groovin in the cabin with Daddy's Groove (I)!
Apologies to those in neighboring cabins.....my stateroom was rockin' to House music with Benny Benassi (I).
Even the ship's MUTS (movies under the stars) unit played the channel when it was not otherwise being used.  Interestingly, all the videos shown on XYtv were obtained from Orlando/Sanford-based Promo Only. Look for this channel worldwide on your next Royal Caribbean cruise!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Club Reports: Independent Bar, Sound Bar

Definitely great to be back in the United States of America and of course great to be back in Orlando! Following a week without any 80's music, had to make my first stop Independent Bar.
With DJ Indie John back in the control tower spinning mostly New Wave.
Celebrating yet another birthday!
Club was packed!
Can't say that downtown in general was super-crowded but I-Bar surely was!
The freshly-tiled raised platform also was popular.
Moving over to new-favorite Sound Bar.
Visiting with one half of DJ duo Fur Coat (YV) in the booth.
Super-crowded dance floor in here too.
Music was all House and Progressive House.
I got to see Fur Coat play at Electric Daisy Carnival - Puerto Rico a couple years ago.  They were on my list to watch that night because I just could not picture a "fur coat" in my mind on that hot, steamy San Juan evening!
After a week in the tropics, this slightly cool Orlando evening felt great.  And a good time was had by all, lol!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

70's Night On Vision Of The Seas

70's Disco was very much alive on board Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas sailing out of Colon, Panama this past week.  One of the shows in the ship's theater was "Boogie Wonderland"!
Medleys of at least fifty 70's Disco songs coupled with a lot of 70's Disco fashions!
They also had a 70's night in the ship's atrium with lots of groovy music!
Of course no 70's night would be complete without a visit from the Village People!
Macho macho men!

UPDATE: Not on the ship, these are the real Village People in concert this weekend at EPCOT. Photo provided by reader DJ MadManRay. Thanks, Ray! 
And great drinks in the club from Oksana (UA) and Kabrin (AL)!