Tuesday, September 16, 2014

EDC-Orlando Line-up Announced!

Electric Daisy Carnival returns to Orlando for the fourth straight year, and the lineup has just been announced and all I can say is WOW!  As you can see above, the list includes Above & Beyond, Alesso, Arty, Cosmic Gate, Dash Berlin, Oliver Heldens, Orjan Nilsen, Sander van Doorn, Showtek, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Thomas Gold, Tritonal, W&W......and on and on! This is a two day event taking place on Friday & Saturday, November 7-8 at Tinker Field beside the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.  They are currently only being sold as two day tickets with General Admission costing $172.60 and VIP $301.05.  Order here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blog Mission Statement & Disclaimer

This is something we like to publish twice per year.

The original goal of the Save Pleasure Island Blog was to rally support to reverse the decision to close Pleasure Island. There were Save Pleasure Island and Save The Adventurers Club petitions and letter/e-mail campaigns. Unfortunately, all that fell on deaf Mouse ears.

The current mission is to keep you informed about what is happening with the clubs on our beloved Island. Factual information is provided when available but most of what is printed on here is rumor-based. Please understand that rumors by their very nature are very unreliable. Even if a rumor was true at one time, it's possible that things change and it never becomes true. Thus, readers should consider the information on this Blog to be fiction and opinion and not rely on any of it in any way. Do you have any inside information? Please email me at: king bob of the north at gmail dot com.  Thanks so much to those of you that have been doing that all these years.

With PI closing so many people kept asking me where I would be hanging out. Thus, this Blog also evolved into reporting on nightclub alternatives and DJ concerts playing EDM. Only the Save Pleasure Island Blog covers the clubs, the clubbers and the DJ's.

In conjunction with Federal Trade Commission Rule 16 CFR Part 255, all opinions are my own and I accept no consideration for any endorsements made.

Thanks for tuning in!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Club Reports: CityWalk

Saturday night in Orlando and spending this one out at CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort.  There are a handful of clubs to choose from but I only visited two beginning with Red Coconut Club.
Resident DJ Leony (Sirius/XM BPM, RadioDanz, Party100.9, Vanity) was on the front stage mixing all-EDM during my visit!
Formerly the DJ at CityWalk's Latin Quarter, he brought his Thursday & Saturday Latin Night format over to RCC when LQ closed!
And business at RCC has never been better!
Dance floor was packed as Leony was doing one of his House sets!
It was difficult to move about the place!
Spotted: Roosevelt Disco Duke (8TRAX)
DJ Leony joins DJ duo Cazzette (S), DJ Vic Latino (USA) & Audien (USA) at Electro Chemical Show in Gainesville on October 24th!
Moving next over to The Groove!
New very cool lighted DJ booth just added since my last visit!
The reason for coming!  Tampa's DJ Mondo (Amphitheatre, Green Iguana, Jackson's) was back at the club!
The Groove was packed too!
Mondo owned the place!  Opening with a typical "Groove mix" of expected Hip Hop and Old Skool bangers you only hear anymore at The Groove (or wedding receptions), he used that to quickly fill the dance floor.
And once that was accomplished, he went into a mostly all-EDM set that had the crowd in a frenzy and no one was leaving!
House, Dance, Breaks, Trap.....it had it all!
The upstairs was closed last night except for bottle service so that made the downstairs even more crowded than it would otherwise have been.  I was told Friday night was also crowded.
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls!
DJ Mondo dropping by to say hello!
Great music meant you had to claim a spot on the dance floor and defend it!
New lighting, lasers, CO2 spraydowns, confetti-drops and bringing in great DJ's has made The Groove one of the top clubs in town now!  This is a big change from when we first started coming over here in the post-Pleasure Island era six years ago and the place was mostly Hip Hop.
A good time was had by all!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Euro-Dance Party In Sanford

Would you like to experience a Berlin-style techno club right here in the Orlando area?  Tonight and on the 2nd Saturday night of each month, famous German restaurant Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford offers a new late night Euro-Techno party at their venue from 10:30pm until 1am. They call their club night "HollerHaus"!  I won't be able to review it for you this month but I'll try to check it out next month. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Concert Report: Lily Allen (House Of Blues)

Blog contributor Art (Mans Week) was out at House of Blues in Downtown Disney West Side this past Wednesday night for the concert by Pop/Dance singer Lily Allen (GB).  He has been gracious enough to share pictures and content with the Blog!
Per Art, she wore three outfits; an American flag jumpsuit first, dress with baby bottles next, pink gown last.
Show started at 9pm sharp she opened with the title track off the new record "Jeezus". The set was heavy on songs from the new record including "URL Badman" and "L8 CMMR". Her breakout hit "The Fear" came halfway through the set and she closed with the crowd pleaser "Fuck You".
 She joked a lot with the crowd, talked about her kids and her husband and how she misses them, but she is happy to be back on the road after taking nearly 5 yrs off to start a family.
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls.  Art says there were four dancers that came out periodically, the lights were impressive, and her voice was incredible, dead-on, strong and I did not hear a sour note.
Baby bottles were the theme all evening!
The pink gown to close things out.  And yes, those are Mouse ears!  The encore was the first single from the new record, the smash "Hard Out There for a Bitch" complete with a wardrobe change and go go dancers. She closed the night with her very first single from 10 years ago "Smile".  The entire show was 80 minutes. Art says DTD parking is a problem (even on a Wednesday night) and he almost missed the start!
Crowd responding in kind to initial closing song "Fuck You", Art says a good time was had by all! Big thanks to this great report from Art!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering Adventure Club Cart

A few days ago we remembered PI Live Bar and Laffers Cantina, two of the venues reopened on Pleasure Island to return some form of activity to the area which had otherwise become desolate after the clubs were permanently closed.  Those venues generally served alcoholic concoctions. Also reopening was Adventure Club Cart, a place for popcorn, popsicles and soft drinks.
The place actually had two names.  The Adventure Club Cart (not Adventurers Club Cart) name was located atop the building while the menu board signs on either side of the proprietor sported Adventurers Cart.
After the purge of names on the Island, when all final traces of club names were removed, the sign on top of the cart was taken down and the side board signs sported a new name, Adventurers Hut. This ended up being one of the last vestiges of early PI days, surviving all the way until the No. 4 Bridge was closed and foot traffic was routed around western Pleasure Island. Who knows, we could see the Cart show up again somewhere in the new Disney Springs!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This Weekend In Techno Town

Looking for some EDM on International Drive.  It's been a struggle but SeƱor Frogs has a new EDM night every Thursday night beginning tomorrow!  
(FREE until 11pm, then $5)
The Groove goes mostly EDM with some Top 40/Dance when Tampa's DJ Mondo visits, and such is the case this Saturday night!  Top quality night out with new lasers, confetti & spraydowns! Universal CityWalk.
($7 one club, $12.77 all club pass) 
Deep House is bigger than ever and the place to hear it in Orlando is Sound Bar.  Resident DJ John Debo this Saturday night! ($5)
Amphitheatre in Tampa's Ybor City District has DJ Morgan Page (USA) this Saturday night for those of you who can't wait for his Orlando appearance one week later at Firestone!
($20 - $25)
A must-see event at House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista is the arrival of DJ's Shadow (USA) and Cut Chemist (USA) this Sunday as they retrace the history of Hip Hop music as created by the legendary Afrika Bambaataa. 
($25 - $35)
Might be the most fun you can have at an EDM concert as DJ duo Dada Life (S) visits Orlando for the first time since Electric Daisy Carnival with this Tuesday night show at The Beacham! Absolutely bananas.
($30 - $45)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Remembering The Waterfront

One of the most relaxing areas on Pleasure Island in recent years was The Waterfront. The gazebo was a nice place to cool off with a cold drink and a snack from the Adventure Club Cart.  Few people came by to bother you and The Waterfront Stage in the background brought back memories of Hip Kitty and her band playing there during PI's final week.

Nice view from the Island's lower level up towards Adventurers Club.

Today The Waterfront has been drained as they turn the area into a spring that will end up being the source for the name Disney Springs.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Remembering Those Other Two Bars

After that final evening for the Pleasure Island clubs, the Island literally became a ghost town overnight as nearly everything was closed. It thus became necessary to offer those traversing between the West Side and Marketplace something along the journey. One of the venues that reopened was PI Live Bar. It was located at The Hub, the intersection of the main entryway from the PI parking lot via the No. 2 Bridge at Hill Street.  You could get all your favorites at PI Live Bar, named after the PI Live DJ booth which was located across from it.
The other venue that was quickly reopened was Laffers Cantina. It was named for the Comedy Warehouse show that was in the adjacent building.  The upstairs originally contained the lighting tech booth for the shows at West End Stage and in the post-PI club era became the lighting and DJ booth for the Celebrate Tonight shows taking place below in Celebration Plaza.
They even curiously brought back the Kungaloosh drink, a drink popularized at Adventurers Club. Those were the days!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Club Report: The Peacock Room

I actually started downtown last night and arrived to a mostly-empty parking garage.  I think everyone went to the Cosmic World concert at the Central Florida Fairgrounds because they weren't downtown....or here at The Peacock Room.
But this is what I wanted to support so here I was, listening to a great set from legendary DJ D-Xtreme!
D-Xtreme blew-up Firestone one week earlier in front of hundreds.  Last night he blew it up again.....in front of a half-dozen.
This is the way it is sometimes in the music business.
He opened with a Trance song and then played that, House and Breaks for nearly 90 minutes.
There were more ghouls than girls!
But two girls that were here included DJ Sandra Cruz and venerable clubber Stacey!
Coming on around 1:20am, New York's DJ Vicious Vic (USA).
The dance floor got a bit more crowded when he came on!
House music set!
And for those that were here, a good time was had by all!