EAT - DRINK - PARTY
Entertainment issue August 2012: Issue 32
YOUR SCENE - YOUR NIT E - YOUR GUIDE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Holly Madison Takes Final Bow in PEEPSHOW
Table Of Contents 4 The List
YOUR SCENE - YOUR NIT E - YOUR GUIDE
6 Featured Dishes: Summer Seafood 8 Featured Dishes: The Lighter Side 10 Featured Drinks 12 Featured Beer: Samuel Adams 14 Nitelife Around The World: Entertainment Capitals 16 Movers & Shakers 18 Featured DJ: Eric Prydz 20 Featured Band: Hindu Pirates 24 Featured Show LA: IRIS 26 Club Directory 27 Cover Story: Holly Madison & The Peep Show 32 Featured Hotel: Mandalay Bay 34 Featured Venue Las Vegas: XS 36 August Events Listing: LA 38 August Events Listing: OC, SD
Holly Madison Photo by NiteGuide Magazine | Shane Oâ€™Neal
40 Live Events Listing 42 July in Review: Featured Events
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THE LIST THE PUBLISHER Our Entertainment Issue is an issue very near to my heart. Working for many years in the entertainment industry has allowed me to have a well-rounded grasp on all things nightlife, and helped guide my path into the media world. We had the pleasure of interviewing Holly Madison for our cover story, and I can’t think of a better entertainer to represent this issue. We’ve also got a review on Cirque Du Soleil’s cinema-inspired masterpiece IRIS, and after seeing the show myself, I couldn’t be more impressed by the performers and visual effects. As always, we continue to bring our readers nightlife guides for live music, clubs, and provide editorials on the best places to eat, drink and party. NiteGuide prides itself on helping our readers attain the best in all forms of entertainment and nightlife. Enjoy! Justin Stearman Publisher
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This month NiteGuide held its first-ever “Cover Model Casting Call” at Drai’s Hollywood. Riding the elevator up to the rooftop getaway –located in the heart of Hollywood- set the tone for the poolside photo shoot where we shot the top model submissions. Models and partygoers were mingling and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday. This is only the beginning, and I look forward to more casting calls and inviting our readers along for the ride. As summer draws to a close, we continue to capture the best in warm weather nightlife. Check out our feature on a Southland pirate cruise, and read our interview with featured TAO cabana hostess, Katie Barnes. A special Happy Birthday wish to Mr. NiteGuide! Nicole Lloyd Director of Operations
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atiate your seafaring palates with these fresh summer seafood entrees and not only will you revel in their bold flavors, but you will also maintain a more actualized diet provided by their essential nutrients.
Seafood By Drew Leahy
Loup De Mer
Photo by Jennifer Valkana
Photo by The LEV Restaurant Group
Photo courtesy of Domonick’s
ew—if any— restaurants come close to being as aesthetically pleasing as Faux Pas Bistro with its European inspired charm and elegance. This 6,000 square foot splendor designed by Kris Keith of the Spacecraft Group is adorned with exposed brick, vintage wooden tables, and a rustic fireplace in the main dining area, while red banquettes, enchanting glass, and wooden cabinets decorate the other side of the bistro. An open roof Mimosa Bar with white marble countertops divides the restaurant, providing natural lighting and bringing forth the intimate, European enthusiasm inherent in the décor. The Loup De Mer is just as pleasing and aesthetically ambitious as the design of Faux Pas Bistro itself. This Mediterranean Sea Bass, also known as Branzino, is infused overnight with thyme, bay leaves, and olive oil, then grilled in a stone pizza oven and served on a cast iron pan with grilled baguette slices, grilled citron, and a side of Petite Frisee salad.
ominick’s warm, rustic atmosphere embodies the comfort of home and is a result of its New York neighborhood-inspired décor, complete with outside brick patio, working herb garden, and cozy brick fireplace. Paying homage to the original Dominick’s frequented by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack in the late 1940’s, the white tiled floors remain, along with dark-wood accents and red booths, but a marble bar and Thonet chairs give the restaurant a modernized charm. Dominick’s American-Italian inspired cuisine and genuine home spirit have catapulted the restaurant to a position of prominence in West Los Angeles since its renovation in 2004. Their seasonal Grilled Oysters topped with oregano, lemon, garlic, and smoked paprika butter are the quintessence of summer seafood, and perfect to enjoy on their tree-shaded patio.
obster ME, located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, has drawn considerable attention for its reverence for New England cuisine and its execution of the original “Maine Style” lobster roll (and for good reason). Lobster ME’s warm, rustic version of a dockside stand is complete with seafaring artifacts like lobster traps, buoys and a genuine appreciation for the sea. This all compliments its world famous lobster rolls with original renditions of lobster entrees like lobster mac & cheese, the lobsicle (fried lobster on a stick), and lobster and waffles. Known for its generous portions of real Maine lobster and premium ingredients and rich flavors, Lobster ME brings the fresh taste of the Atlantic straight to Las Vegas all in one tasty brioche. Try the Lobster BLT roll (far right) with rich, applewood-smoked bacon, juicy red tomatoes, and crisp lettuce served on a New England-style split-top bun, and you won’t be disappointed.
Lobster ME Faux Pas Bistro 7910 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048 323.424.4767 | www.fauxpasbistro.com 6 niteguidemag.com
Dominick’s 8715 Beverly Blvd. W. Hollywood, CA 90048 310.652.2335 www.dominicksrestaurant.com
3663 Las Vegas Blvd, suite 435 Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.562.7837 (702-LOBSTER) www.lobsterme.com
epart from tradition in favor of a lighter course that won’t leave you feeling sluggish. These three menu items combine tasteful accents with fresh ingredients for a lighter alternative you can taste, not feel.
By Drew Leahy
Strawberry Poppyseed and Chicken Salad
Asian Cured Salmon and Beets Arugula Salad Photo By Martin Mann
Photo by courtesy of Panera Bread, LLC
anera Bread’s passion and commitment for delivering the freshest bread to consumers across America is the reason why they produce the highest quality loaves from scratch each day. At Panera, trained bakers examine the art of making bread down to every last crumb, making them the producers of more bread each day than any other bakerycafé in the nation and the leader in specialty breads. Dedicated to product development, Panera Bread uses only fresh, high-quality meats, cheese, and vegetables, making for premium sandwiches, salads, and soups. To compliment its fresh bread, Panera serves premium, freshly prepared hand-tossed salads like the seasonal favorite Strawberry Poppyseed and Chicken Salad. With all-natural, antibiotic free chicken, crisp romaine lettuce, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh pineapple, Mandarin oranges, pecans, and fat free poppyseed dressing, this salad is not only exquisitely prepared, but nutritious as well.
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lighter rendition of traditional French cuisine and one of the world’s most lavish assortments of more than 1,400 selections of European, Californian, and other fine wines make The Cellar the premier destination for an inclusive fine-dining experience. The elegance and grace of Old Europe manifested in the cave-like walls, resplendent chandeliers, and artfully crafted arches of The Cellar add to its prestige and evoke feelings of intimacy and romance.
From Escargot to Chocolate Souffles, classic French cuisine is prepared with the finest ingredients and executed to perfection. Experience The Cellar’s esteemed culinary prowess when indulging in the Buffalo Tartar served with shallot and caper relish and topped with a quail egg. With the right amount of salt and tang, this dish cuts the rich flavors of the tartar and makes for one delectable entrée.
While enjoying the grandiose views of San Diego and the San Diego Bay provided by Bali Hai’s location on Shelter Island, try the Asian Cured Salmon and Beets Arugula Salad. This delicious and light summer salad contains delicately cured salmon, beets, pickled fennel, tofu, and arugula topped with Thai balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and exemplifies Bali Hai’s commitment to healthy, fresh, and bold menu items.
Bali Hai Restaurant
305 N Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92832 714.525.5682 | www.cellardining.com
2230 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, CA 92106 619.222.1181 | www.balihairestaurant.com
ali Hai’s Pacific Rim-inspired menu directly reflects the iconic San Diego restaurant’s healthy approach to Asian fusion cuisine. Choosing only the freshest produce and seafood available, as well as regional ingredients from local farmers, Bali Hai creates fresh, healthy menu items that are light on the stomach but bold in flavor. Bali Hai keeps its courses simple, and relies on the choicest of herbs and spices to infuse its food with natural flavors.
Featured Cocktails August
Lily Bar & Lounge [Las Vegas]
Located inside the famed Bellagio Resort and Casino, Lily Bar & Lounge exudes elegance and sophistication with its sleek and luxurious décor and intimate atmosphere. Imported Spanish stone tabletops and antique-inspired mirrors and plush leather couches outfit this 3,393 square foot lounge, making for a truly unforgettable experience. Guests can choose from one of many seasonal cocktails, and for those who seek the best in alcoholic beverages, a Private Stock menu created by master mixologist, Emilo Tiburcio, is available featuring the most rare liquors in the world. Experience the inventiveness of Emilio Tiburcio and the sophistication of Lily Bar & Lounge in every rich, flavorful sip of the Tropical Desire: Shake 2 oz. of Stoli Ohranj Vodka, 1.5 oz. of ORG from France, .5 oz. of agave nectar, ¾ oz. of lime juice. Pour into a cocktail glass, Flow with Mathilde Framboise, and garnish with an edible flower and orange zest spiral on a stick.
Samoan sangria Tahiti Joe’s [Las Vegas]
7200 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89119 | 702.440.6950 | www.tahitijoeslasvegas.com By Drew Leahy Escape to your very own tropical Tahitian paradise and enjoy the laid-back hospitality of the Pacific Rim at Tahiti Joe’s located in the Tahiti Village Resort off the Las Vegas strip. South Pacific inspired menu items like Mongolian beef and Thai calamari are just a few of Tahiti Joe’s specialties, along with its famous array of Tahitian Tapas and bottomless cocktails. From the tropical décor to the exotic drink offerings like Tahiti Joe’s Jungle Juice (left) and the Mainland Margaritas (right), Tahiti Joe’s brings the unique flavors and experience of the Tahitian Islands stateside.
Photo by Francis + Francis
Photo Courtesy of the Light Group
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109 | 702.693.8300 www.lightgroup.com/las-vegas/nightclubs-nightlife/lily/about/ By Drew Leahy
Perhaps no cocktail captures the delicious tropical essence of the South Seas more than the Samoan Sangria (middle) with its fresh fruits and melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, lemon, lime, orange), Justin Sauvignon Blanc, seasonal berries, Korbel Brandy, and Trader Vic’s Rock Candy Syrup. Enjoy a bottomless Samoan Sangria for just $10 when you order a lunch entrée or the all-you-can-eat dinner Tahitian Tapas.
Bourbon basil sour with grilled blackberries Susan Feniger’s Street [Los Angeles]
742 North Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038 |323.203.0500 | www.eatatstreet.com By Drew Leahy Inspired by street food from around the globe, Susan Feniger’s Street combines savory entrees from various different cultures with a warm and vibrant atmosphere as genuine as the celebrity chef herself. Whether it’s the Japanese Mustard Spinach, the Thai Chicken Satay Meatballs, or the India inspired Paani Puri, Street is as much of an experience in cultural diversity as is an experience in distinct, flavorful dining. From Mumbai and Beirut to Moscow and Buenos Aires, Susan Finger’s Street brings unique renditions of global street food delicacies and libations stateside for patrons of all walks of life to enjoy. At Street, perhaps Susan Feniger’s unique style is never more prevalent than in her original cocktails like the Bourbon Basil Sour with Grilled Blackberries. These seared blackberries mixed with bourbon, basil, Peychaud’s bitters, egg whites, and seltzer showcase Street’s passion for perfection, and complement any street food entree for one unforgettable cocktail.
Saturday Socials at Mastro’s Mastro’s [Newport Beach]
Photos by Brian Brown | MyClubScene.com Ever find yourself needing to ease into the weekend a little early? The grand opening of Mastro’s Ocean Club Saturday Socials in Newport Beach kicked off on July 28th, giving Orange County a reason to start their Saturday night festivities long before the sun sets. Upon entry, the upscale venue revealed an oceanside eatery that’s both chic and welcoming. Guests who RSVP’d were greeted with a complimentary Bellini, Mimosa or sparkling Cosmo along with the option for buffet. The endless offering of seafood and reinterpreted breakfast options included a cascading waterfall of shellfish, sushi, filet tenderloin, cheeses, along with carving and dessert stations. The DJ spun contemporary hits on the dance floor where guests danced in their summer-sexy attire. Mastro’s Saturday Socials found a way to blend sophisticated taste, great music, and a relaxed vibe to present the ultimate way to kick off any weekend. Mastro’s Ocean Club Saturday Socials are held every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For RSVP information email VIP@NITEGUIDEMAG.COM or Text MASTROS to 67777 to get on the guest list.
Featured Alcohol Beer
Course Pairings with Summer Ale Appetizers Various Cheeses Calamari Guacamole and Chips Mussels Shrimp Cocktail Crab Cakes
By Kristen Newman
Sides Caesar Salad Potato Salad
Entrées Grilled Salmon Lobster Shrimp Scampi Sushi
Dessert Key Lime Pie
f you’re looking for a new, refreshing flavor to enjoy this summer, Samuel Adams made the ultimate discovery. They pulled inspiration from several European countries in order to aid in the creation of two seasonal beers that are available for a limited time, perfectly capturing the fruitful taste and light spirit that only summer can bring.
To create Samuel Adams’ new Porch Rocker, the brewers visited Germany several times to draw inspiration from traditional Bavarian Radler, a beer which is combined with lemonade and enjoyed by the Germans during the hot months of summer as a cool, refreshing beverage. To create their own version of the thirst-quenching beer, Samuel Adams combined light maltiness and subtle hop notes by combining a Helles beer (straw-blonde) and a German lager, both infused with a lemon blend that pulls all flavors together into the perfect balance of sweet yet subtly tart, and always refreshing. 12 niteguidemag.com
Samuel Adams Summer Ale is a refreshing and citrusy American wheat ale that was inspired by Belgian white beers, which originated in Brussels during the 14th century. It is brewed with wheat malt, lemon zest, and Grains of Paradise that combine together to add that special taste that screams summer. According to a 700-year old legend, medieval brewers used Grains of Paradise, a West African spice that adds a peppery flavor to beer, in order to increase the chance for love. Regardless of whether this spice really has the power to bring love to its consumers, the combination of all these ingredients definitely seems magical. The result is a crisp and spicy body with floral notes of tropical fruits and a slightly citrus finish, which creates the perfect beverage for a warm summer day.
NITELIFE Around The World
n any discussion about where the heart of the world’s theater industry lies, it’s usually a toss-up between New York’s Broadway theater district and London’s West End. Valid arguments could be made for both. On one hand, London’s theater district is rich with history, and often considered the highest level of commercial theater in the English-speaking world, drawing upwards of 13 million attendees annually. On the other hand, Broadway is what the starving actor/ singer/dancer’s dreams are made of. It too is considered the highest level of commercial theater in the English-speaking world, selling over $1 billion worth of tickets annually. Both are epicenters of theatrical greatness. The global theater industry, however, is a tale of more than just two cities. If all the world truly is a stage, then one of the most important segments of any destination city’s cultural scene is its theater and entertainment. Catching a live production in any city is likely to give you an understanding of the local history, traditions and perspective. These six major cities have developed reputable theater and entertainment districts, and we’ve scouted the best places to enjoy the nightlife before and after the show.
Paris Paris offers a wide range of theatrical experiences and is a major hub for art and culture. The city offers top-notch entertainment both in opera houses and theaters. One of the most prominent theaters in the world, La Comedie-Francaise offers Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams classics and some contemporary shows. The real gems of the performing arts scene in Paris are the numerous traditional Parisian cabarets. Nostalgic, kitschy, fun, and sometimes erotic, cabarets like the world famous Crazy Horse Paris and Lido de Paris bring on the French can-can dances, lots of skin, and lively entertainment. No trip to Paris would be complete without a stop in Moulin Rouge, where you can enjoy dinner paired with vibrant avant-garde performances in one of the oldest cabarets in Paris.
Edinburgh Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival brings the arts to life in a three-week extravaganza celebrating the best in theater, dance, music, opera, and visual arts. Six major theaters and concert halls and a few smaller venues take part in the events. Also in August, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will feature a record-breaking amount of performances in multiple facets of performing arts. Musicals, West End shows, Shakespeare, and local contemporary plays are popular in Edinburgh. The best pre-show dining can be found at Zucca Café and Restaurant, offering Italian cuisine and conveniently located between Lyceum Theatre and Usher Hall. You can also call in a reservation at Fishers in the City for exquisite seafood served in a classy contemporary dining space, the perfect start to an evening of appreciating culture and art.
Chicago Chicago is generally a great city in any facet of entertainment. With respect to theater, Chicago is great for up-and-coming talent, and many awardwinning Broadway shows made their first run here, including Monty Python’s Spamalot and Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Comedy and improv also thrive in Chicago’s performance arts scene. The likes of Gary Sinise, Joan Allen, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, John Malkovich, and Amy Poehler have come from Chicago theaters and drama companies. Check out The Second City for a great night of comedy, and for after hours hit up Vision for the best in electronic music. 14 niteguidemag.com
Special Edition Entertainment Capitals of the World By Emmanuel Cayanan
New York City The Big Apple hosts one of the richest and most distinguished theater districts in the world, and has been called home to some of the greatest stage actors and playwrights in history. Beyond the glitz and glamour of Broadway, the city also hosts other extravaganzas in live productions, such as theater festivals, theater in the park, and many smaller independent venues that offer gritty raw performances by up-and-coming actors throughout the five boroughs. Hands down, New York City offers the biggest box office hits. Schedules can vary, but there are usually about eight shows per week, with tickets ranging from $20 to $100. If you’re visiting from out of town, check with your hotel concierge to arrange for tickets. The best pre-show dinner can be found at db Bistro, a casual, contemporary Parisian bistro. For a meal after the show, head to Joe Allen Restaurant on West 46th Street. Serving traditional American cuisine, the staff at Joe Allen Restaurant are typically knowledgeable in theater and often you’ll see some of Broadway’s brightest stars hanging out here after their performances.
London Home to the most famous theater companies on the planet and housing shows in some of the most impressively breathtaking buildings, London is ground zero of Shakespearean theater. Setting foot here would be a significant historical experience for any theater buff. Both modern plays and classic performances shine in London’s West End theater district, which is a lively cultural center where you can also find some of the best shopping and dining London has to offer. Some of the best pre-theater dining spots are Rules and Mon Plaisir. Among the top shows currently playing on West End are Matilda the Musical, War Horse, and Billy Elliot – The Musical.
Las Vegas For acrobatics, music, and highly rated live performances, visit the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” can be found at The Venetian’s multi-million dollar theater that is inspired by the story’s setting, a Parisian Opera House. Other Broadway and OffBroadway shows can be found at Mandalay Bay Theatre and at Luxor. Production shows by Cirque du Soleil are especially popular and for good reason. “Mystere” at Treasure Island is the epitome of Vegas entertainment. “O” at Bellagio is a breathtaking aquatic acrobat show. La Reve at the Wynn Theater is similar to “O” but in a more intimate setting, and Peepshow at Planet Hollywood is a can’t-miss burlesque smash. For pre and post-show dining, the Las Vegas strip is abundant in options. The smartest and easiest thing to do is to dine at the same hotel where your show is. Cut at The Palazzo is great for steak, RM Upstairs at Mandalay Bay offers great seafood, and BARMASA at Aria is one of the best Japanese restaurants on the strip. Be sure not to arrive to your show late, or you’ll have to enter during the first break. niteguidemag.com 15
Movers & shakers Featured Bartender Susan Cuevas| Ember Anaheim
ing to the best of EDM. Every time you visit you
NGM: What’s the secret to a great night out?
will experience something different.
SC: The recipe for a great night out includes a hot outfit and killer heels, plus a handful of your
In Orange County there’s no shortage of nightclubs, but with an upbeat VIP Bottle
NGM: What makes a great VIP Bottle Service
best friends and a bottle of your favorite bubbly!
Service Server like Susan Cuevas, Ember in
Hanging out in VIP at Ember of course!
Anaheim is carving out a serious edge. After a
SC: A great server is someone that is welcom-
remodel, the venue creates one of the liveliest
ing, can make you feel like you are the top prior-
atmospheres in OC, where Susan’s killer smile
ity, and will anticipate your bottle service needs.
and energetic attitude keeps VIP club goers coming back for more.
NGM: Can you share any particularly interesting stories involving a VIP group?
NiteGuide Magazine: How did you break into
SC: We’ve had an array of major VIP guests. I
the nightlife industry?
guess my favorites are our local Angels players
Susan Cuevas: I came in one day to party and
Eric Aybar and Ervin Santana who come to visit.
have not left since. Chris Monteros, our General
Every night is a chance to get into shenanigans.
Manager, gave me a great opportunity to be part of this family nearly four years ago and I’ve been
NGM: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever
with Ember ever since.
seen someone do to get into the VIP section? SC: With our recent remodel we’ve added a VIP
NGM: Tell us about the vibe at Ember?
section that includes a stripper pole in the mid-
SC: There’s so much variety here at Ember.
dle of your table and let me tell you, things get
Come in on a Tuesday night and you will find
wild! [Laughing] Let’s just say there were specta-
live music and free Salsa lessons. Come back
tors, and more than one girl shaking what their
on a Thursday night and you will find a group
mama gave them. Photo by Brian Brown
gathered around someone shuffling and danc
Featured PR Konnect
business proposals. Never a dull moment. NGM: How does PR relate to nightlife? SG: Well when you do celeb, that is a large part of your life. You’re always out and about in clubs, restaurants, at parties, introducing people or simply mingling. When you do product, it becomes more about integration- being able to liaise with tastemakers, having them try the product and really build awareness.
Sabina Gault understands the grind of the PR industry. She broke into the business at age nineteen and proceeded to work her way to the top of the industry ladder, now operating as CEO of Konnect PR. She speaks six languages, travels the world, and manages to maintain a passion for culture, fitness, and family. Sabina took time out of her crazy schedule to share with NiteGuide the nuances of the PR industry. NiteGuide Magazine: Rumor has it PR is a round the clock job, agree or disagree? Sabina Gault: For sure- if you are on top of it and you are truly passionate about it, you’re in it at all times. You’re either on the phone with an editor talking about a product, flying around the country to meet clients, or putting together new
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NGM: Do you get tons of great perks? SG: Yeah in many ways. Obviously nightlife is a good perk, being able to know owners and people that have the say in whether you get a reservation or not at a hot spot. You get to travel and visit places that you otherwise may not, some cooler than others. You definitely get to try tons of products and see them before they even get into the buyer’s hands. So there are a lot of fabulous aspects that’s for sure. NGM: Can you share a story where you were surprised by a client? For whatever reason... SG: I am always pleasantly surprised at the fact that our biggest piece of business comes from referrals from current clients. Not only are they willing
to “share” us but they are also more than happy to give intricate details of their campaigns to help win us business - which is amazing to me and always highly appreciated. NGM: Can you tell us about any upcoming restaurants that are particularly interesting? SG: One of my favorite topics since I absolutely love good food... I am always a fan of farm to table places and those are everywhere in LA, New York and San Francisco. Also intriguing are the tapas places. Famed chef Dani Garcia is slated to open an outpost of Manzanilla -now in Malaga- in NYC. I am definitely looking forward to trying that. I work in downtown LA and a new place called Kitchen Table just opened in the Old Bank District. Based on the idea of mom’s home cooking, the new restaurant offers classic American food that revolves around farmer’s markets and fresh ingredients. While I haven’t been yet, this restaurant has been in the making for quite some time and I am excited to try it as I know it has some big names behind it from throughout the LA culinary scene. NGM: What makes a PR firm great? SG: Honesty and passion for their craft.
ists like Marvin Gaye, Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson,
behind the decks?
and The Gypsy Kings. They influence me a great
Mehdi: My websites will have all the information
amount. I choose what I enjoy the most from each
you need, but be sure to find me on Facebook
Mehdi seized his love for DJ’ing at an early age
artist, in the way they express their work to their
and Twitter to find out about my upcoming shows.
by spinning hip hop and rap in high school, but
passion behind performing, regardless of their
couldn’t escape a fascination with electronic
genre or style.
dance music. Now thrilling crowds up and down the coast with his crossover house blend, this
NGM: How do you feel the popularity of dance
Southern California native knows how to keep
music is changing the industry?
bodies on the dance floor.
Mehdi: Since it had been described as an “underground sound” it was difficult for the masses
NiteGuide Magazine: How would you describe
to understand its true potential. Now that dance
music has reached this level of popularity people
Mehdi: My sound is a combination of the high
can really find the true art and passion behind the
energy of progressive house and the danceable
sound, productions, DJ’s, and of course people
rhythms of tech house. I find beauty through sim-
who have been pushing this style of music for all
plicity while trying to use different elements of each
this time. It feels good to say I have been a part
genre to catch the attention of the listener. I have
of this movement or change, not just as an artist
a huge Latin influence which stands out the most
but as a fan.
throughout my live sets. NGM: Is there a go-to track you have to bring the NGM: Who are your influences, and do they affect
Mehdi: It really depends on the time and place I
Mehdi: My influences range from artists such as
play. If I had to pick one, “On It” by Morten Breum.
Steve Lawler, Alex Kenji, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and Antranig to art-
Featured Cabana Host Katie Barnes | TAO Dayclub Katie Barnes’ “office” is a dayclub in Las Vegas, where she clocks in poolside to wait on party goers who like to get an early start on their Sin City experience. Originally from Idaho, Katie works as a cabana/cocktail server at TAO Beach, located at The Venetian on the Las Vegas Strip. NiteGuide caught up with Katie in between drinks, DJs, and sunshine. NiteGuide Magazine: What do you like to do in your spare time? Katie Barnes: You can find me in the gym a lot because I do fitness modeling on the side. NGM: Tell us about a typical day at TAO Beach? KB: TAO Beach is full of energy. The place is usually jam packed. Beach balls are flying through the air, and people just can’t help but dance on top of daybeds and in the pool. NGM: How does the energy of a dayclub compare to that of a nightclub? KB: Both TAO Nightclub and TAO Beach are great clubs. There’s just something about the
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NGM: When and where can our readers find you
daytime. I think it can be crazier because you lose track of time and end up partying harder.
NGM: What’s the best part about your job? KB: Working with the staff is the best part. I've never worked with such a fun group of people. For example, you can catch people running around in pink gorilla suits just because they can.
NGM: Who’s the best DJ TAO has hosted this summer? KB: That's a tough one. We have had a lot of great DJs this year, but one of my favorites is Benny Benassi. NGM: What’s one thing people may not immediately guess about a dayclub? KB: Most people don’t know that there's food, and TAO Beach has some great Asian-inspired dishes. NGM: Does the water seem to calm the crowds, or make them more rowdy? KB: Definitely more rowdy! Imagine when you were five-years-old and you learned how to splash for the first time—it's something like that, yet with a crowd of people splashing to the beat of the DJ. NGM: How many bottles of sunscreen do you keep on hand? KB: I keep two bottles on hand. I keep one for my face and another for the rest of my body.
Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery
Featured DJ “I always make the music I feel is missing in my record box.”
By Heidi Darby
ver the last decade, Eric Prydz generated a massive underground following by blending his complex sound with an uninhibited penchant for experimentation. After almost five years without a state-
side show, Prydz headed to the US in support of his three disc compilation, Pryda, hitting select clubs and headlining the Identity Festival. After ten years of releasing underground anthems, the Swedish born, London local enjoyed the process of putting together a proper album. The first disc, comprised of previously unreleased material, includes fan favorite “Shadows” which was already well known to his followers courtesy of a leaked version on Youtube. As for the success of the track before it was officially available, Prydz notes that, “Obvisouly these days as a bedroom
Photo by Lawrence Watson
producer or otherwise, you can promote your music in a way that was never possible fifteen [or] twenty years ago. It’s amazing that you can reach millions of people by the click of a button.” The second and third discs are nods to some of his favorite pre-released music, and with an arsenal of singles, the process of choosing which tracks to honor on the compilation couldn’t have been an easy task. Prydz admits that he could have easily released a twenty disc album, finding both solace and stimulation through his recording process. As for finding inspiration himself, his fear of flying has ultimately led to some of his greatest musings. “When I tour in Europe I travel by train. I get to travel through the Italian and Swiss Alps one day, the countryside of Sicily the next, and something different the day after that. I get to see all these amazing places that you wouldn’t normally get to see if you fly. So I think me sleeping with a laptop, making music, and having amazing new scenarios going through me all the time gives me inspiration.” After a highly sought after run on his European “Epic” tour that featured an enormous traveling set (larger than a jumbo jet), he looks forward to the opportunity to travel with fellow DJs during the Identity Festival and enjoy his contemporaries’ music. Whether or not the grandeur of the “Epic” tour will make the journey to America remains to be seen, but Prydz won’t rule it out completely. “It’s a massive, massive thing and it takes so many people, so much work. Just installing it, re-upping it, taking it down again. It’s something we do for special occasions, but we have been talking about taking it to the states for a proper tour. That would be amazing you know? But it’s something we need to look at for the future.”
Catch Eric Prydz in San Diego on August 18th with the Identity Festival www.idfestival.com or visit www.ericprydz.com. 18 niteguidemag.com
indu Pirates create a killer blend of modern surf-rock and grungy, garage blues that resonates with music lovers of all genres, and recently completed an EP at Hurley studios in Costa Mesa. With a soulful flair that goes well beyond their age (one member recently graduated high school) the group continues to gain momentum in the revitalized Orange County music scene. After opening for Grouplove and White Arrows at the US Surf Open in Huntington, NiteGuide caught up with band members Austin Ferreira, Casey Snyder, Derek Bostelman, Ben Tinsley, and Giuseppe LoBasso to discuss pirates, rule breaking, and what’s next.
By Megan Harvey
NiteGuide Magazine: How did you come up with the name Hindu Pirates? Austin Ferreira: It was in high school. We were trying to think of a band name and that one just popped out and sounded funny so we went with it. NGM: Speaking of high school, who in your group would you nominate “Most Likely to Become an Actual Pirate” and why? AF: I guess Joey- the youngest member. You never know what’s going through his head, [laughing] he’s pretty unpredictable! NGM: Pirates have a reputation for being rule breakers. What’s the most bad ass thing you guys have done lately? AF: We almost started a brush fire on our way home from San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. We lit off some bottle rockets too close to a dry grass field! NGM: Oh no! So what can you tell me about your upcoming EP, Requiem, you guys just recorded? AF: We just recorded at Hurley Studios and finished it about a month ago. We’re pretty stoked on it. NGM: You guys just did a benefit show July 20th for the Indiegogo Campaign, right? Are we seeing a more charitable side of pirates? AF: We play a lot of benefit shows. We did another one in Solana Beach on July 21st, and we have another on August 4th in Venice Beach. NGM: So do you guys have any other stuff coming up on the horizon right now? AF: We’re playing at The Observatory in September. NGM: And you just played there, right? How was that? AF: It was really cool, the place was packed. Keep up with Hindu Pirates at www.facebook.com/HinduPirates 20 niteguidemag.com
Featured Entertainment Cruise
A Party on a Pirate Ship? By Electra Keller
Photo by Darrall Slater, Bay Shots
irates have become one of the most fascinating fantasy characters in the cult classic sector and within the last few years, the Pirate phenomena has found its way into mainstream pop culture as well. Who doesn’t love the sword fighting, rum drinking, treasure seeking rebels who ride the oceans and live the life of adventure? The only thing that could make the ultimate pirate experience more exciting is by having a night club on the pirate ship. Sounds like an awesome yet surreal dream, doesn’t it? This August, Pirate Ship Adventures in San Diego is about to turn that dream into a reality. Pirate Ship Adventures has two extravagant voyages lined up, The DJ Dead Dance Party and Haunted Pirate Ship Voyage. Both of these voyages are sure to please and excite swashbuckling club goers with its piratical dance floors, magnificent light synchronization, mystical fog, and other special effects on the high seas. To top it off, the DJ of these thrilling voyages is a talking skeleton, spinning only the best upbeat modern club music of today. Pirate Ship Adventures in San Diego has pleased over ten thousand tourists who come from “all walks of life,” since it launched in San Diego Harbor in 2010. The astonishing ship was originally used in The San Francisco Bay as a commercial fishing vessel for 20 years before Arrit McPherson, owner and director of Pirate Ship Adventures, purchased and transformed the vessel into a high-tech Pirate Ship. McPherson now provides treasure hunting kids and thrill seeking adults an adventure like no other. This attraction is currently on many tourists and Southern California natives’ list of fun things to do in San Diego.
Photo by Darrall Slater, Bay Shots
With The DJ Dead Dance Party and Haunted Pirate Ship Voyage added to the list, Pirate Ship Adventures is sure to thrive and entertain adventure seekers (and now party enthusiasts) for many years to come. Visit www.pirateshipadventures.com or call (619) 224-4386
Photo by Fiona Young
Photo by Darrall Slater, Bay Shots
Photos By Matt Copley
“Cinema Brought To Life”
By Drew Leahy
rom the black and white silent films of the early 20th century to genres like “Western” and “Cops and Robbers,” Cirque Du Soleil’s IRIS executes a breathtaking, emotionally infused interpretation of the evolution of cinema. With acrobatics, choreography, live orchestral music, and projections, IRIS combines inventiveness and avant-garde in an awe-inspiring, surreal tribute to the world of cinema, bringing it to life like never before. The plot centers around two young heroes who embark on a journey filled with romance and tragedy in a world that uses a unique blend of projections, lighting, and sound to portray different cinematic genres. Written and directed by Phillipe Decoufle, IRIS uses the beautiful aesthetics of contortionists, the intimacy and emotion of a dueling strap act, the precision of choreographed acrobatics and dance, and a carefully crafted soundscape to unveil the world of cinema. Whether it’s the organized chaos of a movie set, or the inception of silent films, IRIS employs artfully designed sets created by Jean Rabasse and innovative artists to bring light to IRIS’s imaginative and comprehensive world of cinema. Without the help of digital effects, IRIS relies on the human element to reproduce the emergence of special effects in cinema, and transforms circus acrobatics into an emotional language that helps tell the story of film. With 200 total costumes designed by Phillipe Guillotel and 8,300 square feet of performance floor, IRIS utilizes the stage and its 72 artists as projection screens that work as a complimentary narrative for the director to tell his story. By executing seemingly impossible acrobatics with projections of shadows, IRIS is able to create their own special effects using people and evoke feelings of wonder from the crowd, much in the same way cinema creates impossible looking feats using digital special effects. The advanced sound system custom designed by world-renown sound designer Francois Bergeron and installed at the Dolby Theater brings life to the powerful collection of emotions embedded in each note of Grammy award winning Danny Elfman’s IRIS compositions. In IRIS, music is a prominent feature that helps the crowd journey into a cinematic state. Keeping with Cirque Du Soleil tradition, IRIS successfully combines masterful art forms with both the humor and seriousness of Decoufle for one truly inventive experience in the evolution of cinema. Photos by Matt Beard ©2011 Cirque du Soleil Costumes : Philippe Guillotel
Club Directory [San Diego] 600 F Street, 92101 619-814-2055 www.myclubscene.com/ivy
Avec [Huntington Beach] 18582 Beach Blvd, 92648 714-475-4660 www.myclubscene.com/avec
AV Nightclub [Hollywood] 1601 N. Cahuenga Blvd, 90028 323-466-1400 www.myclubscene.com/avnightclub
207 [San Diego] 207 5th Ave, 92101 619-764-6926 www.myclubscene.com/207
Gallery Nightclub [Planet Hollywood Hotel | Las Vegas] 3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-818-3700 www.myclubscene.com/gallerylv
Ember [Anaheim] 401 N. Anaheim Blvd. 92805 714-991-3686 www.myclubscene.com/ember
Avalon [Hollywood] 1735 Vine St, 90028 323-462-8900 www.myclubscene.com/avalon
Heat Ultra Lounge [Anaheim] 321 W Katella Ave # 214, 92802 714-776-4328 www.myclubscene.com/heat
Drais [Hollywood] 6250 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 323-962-1111 www.myclubscene.com/draisla
Hyde Bellagio [Bellagio Hotel | Las Vegas] 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-693-8700 www.myclubscene.com/hydelv
[San Diego] 454 6th Ave, 92101 619-544-9500
Shark Club [Costa Mesa] 841 Baker St., 92626 714-751-6428 www.myclubscene.com/sharkclub
Playhouse [Hollywood] 6506 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 323-656-4600 www.myclubscene.com/playhouse
Incahoots [Fullerton] 1401 S Lemon St., 92832 714-441-1666 www.myclubscene.com/incahoots
Supperclub [Hollywood] 6675 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 323-466-1900 www.myclubscene.com/supperclubla
Posch [Irvine] 18912 MacArthur Blvd., 92612 949-833-1900 www.myclubscene.com/posch
TRU Nightclub [Hollywood] 1600 Argyle Ave, CA 90028 323-461-1600 www.myclubscene.com/truhollywood
The Observatory [Santa Ana] 3503 South Harbor Blvd, 92704 714-957-0600
The Vault [Downtown Hollywood] 801 South Hill Street, 90014 1-800-725-1184 www.myclubscene.com/thevault
www.myclubscene.com/stingareesd Float [San Diego] 207 5th Ave, 92101 619-764-6924 www.myclubscene.com/float
Marquee Nightclub [Cosmopolitan Hotel | Las Vegas] 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-333-9000 www.myclubscene.com/marquee
Fluxx [San Diego] 500 4th Ave, 92101 619-232-8100 www.myclubscene.com/fluxxsd
moon Nightclub [Palms Casino Hotel | Las Vegas] 4321 W Flamingo Rd, NV 89103 702-942-6832 www.myclubscene.com/moonlv
Voyeur [San Diego] 755 5th Ave, 92101 619-756-7678 www.myclubscene.com/voyeursd
Tao Nightclub [Venetian Hotel | Las Vegas] 3377 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-388-8338 www.myclubscene.com/taolv
Xscape Nightclub [San Diego] 701 C St, 92101 619-544-9294 www.myclubscene.com/xscape
xs Nightclub [Encore Hotel | Las Vegas] 3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-770-0097 www.myclubscene.com/xslv
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NiteGuide Exclusive Interview
NiteGuide caught up with blonde bombshell Holly Madison to learn more about her role in the striptease spectacular PEEPSHOW, and what the future holds after her final curtain call on December 30th at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Photography by NiteGuide Magazine | Shane Oâ€™Neal
Watch behind the scenes video at www.NiteGuideMag.com
olly Madison is no stranger to the spotlight. After embarking on a career in the public eye, the former Girls Next Door star branched out of reality television and into the glitz of Sin City. Now a household name, she prepares to give her final performances in the smash striptease spectacular, PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Madison’s intrigue with the world of burlesque first took shape while filming E! network’s guilty-pleasure series, where she toyed with the idea of making a guest appearance at a Las Vegas burlesque show as a plot line for the reality program. The idea of revealing the work that went into developing an act for the stage –from scratch– appealed to Madison. In the wake of her plans to bring burlesque to Girls Next Door, her career made an unexpected shift. “At the time I was in talks to do a guest appearance at the Crazy Horse Paris for this purpose. While we were in talks about it, my personal life kind of went to hell in a handbasket and I ended up quitting Girls Next Door, even though E! had already ordered another season,” Madison shares. “The thought of learning some skills and headlining a show on the Las Vegas strip was still on my mind, though I had become more ambitious about it and decided I wanted to do something more long term and not just a short guest appearance.” After auditioning for the role of “Bo Peep” in PEEPSHOW, her fascination with stage work became a reality. Taking the first few months to settle into her role as an unsure, innocent young woman seeking full-blown sexual liberation, Madison fine-tuned her style and ultimately took ownership of Bo Peep. She eventually absorbed an additional singing role of “Teddy,” where she momentarily steps out of Bo Peep, and into the role of Goldie Locks. After receiving high praise from publications including The New York Times and Playboy Magazine, PEEPSHOW quickly became one of the hottest shows on the Strip. 28 niteguidemag.com
Holly Madison’s Final Reveal for PEEPSHOW By Heidi Darby
“It’s been an amazing experience, but I need to be able to move on and do other things professionally. When you are headlining a Vegas show full time, your schedule just doesn’t permit that. I want to travel. I want to have kids.” -Holly Madison
Photography by NiteGuide Magazine | Shane O'Neal
So what prompts a talented bombshell to depart from a critically embraced Las Vegas review? “It’s just time,” Madison explains. “At the end of my run, I will have been doing PEEPSHOW for almost four years. It’s been an amazing experience, but I need to be able to move on and do other things professionally. When you are headlining a Vegas show full time, your schedule just doesn’t permit that. I want to travel. I want to have kids.” Performers in the entertainment industry can attest that “full time” is a literal expression. The show runs six to eight times per week and requires constant dedication and focus, which Madison has happily given over the past four years. With close friend and Holly’s World co-star Josh Strickland sharing the stage, her time with PEEPSHOW served as an opportunity for growth both professionally and personally. Her final performance in December comes on the brink of future endeavors that include a new television show involving a fashion company, starting a family, and furthering her stage career. As for PEEPSHOW, her departure is bittersweet. “Of course it’s bittersweet for me! I have loved working with the cast, crew, and creative team and have had such a positive experience with this show. If I stayed forever, I would stop challenging myself though.”
Catch Holly Madison in PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas before her final curtain call on December 30th. Visit LasVegasPeepshow.com, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit the box office to purchase tickets.
EEPSHOW continues to heat up the Las Vegas Strip with a burlesquestyle show that revitalizes the art of the striptease, starring former Girl Next Door Holly Madison.
PEEPSHOW enlisted performers from Broadway, film, and television to create Vegas’ premiere striptease extravaganza. This adult-only spectacular combines topless burlesque with highly-stylized choreography, where Madison shines as the main character. Viewers are taken on a risqué journey through fables and fantasy, where Bo Peep (Madison) begins to discover her own sexuality and power. Helping Bo Peep through her journey to find true love are the Peep Diva (Cheaza Figueroa) and Broadway’s own Josh Strickland, who entertains on every level. The impressive, playful show was conceived and created by Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and produced by industry heavy-hitters BASE Entertainment. Men, women, couples, and parties can indulge in their naughty side with this firstclass live entertainment. Catch Holly Madison while you can in PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas before her final curtain call on December 30th. PEEPSHOW performs in the Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in the heart of the Las Vegas strip Sunday, Monday, and Friday at 9:30 pm, and Thursday and Saturday at 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm. For further details visit LasVegasPeepshow.com, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit the box office to purchase tickets. Photography by NiteGuide Magazine | Shane O’Neal
By Kristen Newman
efore joining the cast of PEEPSHOW, Josh Strickland aided in creating the leading role in the Broadway production of Tarzan, and appeared on various television shows with Phil Collins in support of the Disney rendition. Strickland joined the cast of PEEPSHOW as an original member in 2009, and continues as the sole male vocalist in the Sin City smash. NiteGuide Magazine: Can you share why the art of the striptease is winning over the hearts of the masses? Josh Strickland: I really feel like Jerry Mitchell’s idea and vision is so beautifully executed with the right songs and the right characters. He brings it back to what the term “burlesque” used to mean; only showing bits and pieces here and there, and artfully taking off parts of your clothing. We have some of the most beautiful people, not only on the Strip, but in the country and I believe that doesn’t hurt either. NGM: How does Holly affect the dynamic of PEEPSHOW? JS: Holly has just been an incredible light and great headliner for our show. She exudes all the things that Bo Peep needs; she is gorgeous, and has this innocence to her. It really has been a joy to not only work with her, but to have her as one of my best friends. NGM: What’s the most challenging aspect of your role? JS: The most challenging thing is to perform these songs day in and day out, seven times a week. It’s vocally challenging, but I also want to keep it fresh and new as each show is something different for those who are seeing it for the first time. I try to give it 100% every time. NGM: What’s something people wouldn’t immediately guess about PEEPSHOW? JS: That we have something for everyone and that all of our vocals and production value are similar to anything you would see on Broadway. Also, audiences will leave with a huge smile on their face from genuinely having an amazing time.
MANDALAY BAY of LAS VEGAS
By Kristen Newman
hen in Vegas, choosing the right hotel is the first step to creating an unforgettable weekend. Ideally, guests want to stay somewhere with a feeling of tranquility to help them relax after the work week, mixed with an element of excitement that accurately showcases all Las Vegas has to offer. Mandalay Bay offers all of this through an all-encompassing resortist experience.
Located at 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, the entrance greets guests with cascading waterfalls, stone statues, and mythical architecture all surrounded by luscious landscaping. Upon entering the lobby, a 14-foot high, salt-water aquarium filled with more than 85 different species of marine life entertains passersby on their way to check-in. Mandalay Bay Beach offers aquatic relaxation in the form of a large wave pool, lazy river, three swimming pools, jogging track, cabanas, and vast amount of lounge chairs where guests can relax under the sun and bury their toes in the 2,700 tons of real sand that surrounds the entire area. Guests and non-guests 21-years and older can indulge in the Moorea Beach Club set amidst Mandalay Bay Beach, where spa treatments, dipping pools, cushioned chaise lounges, comfortable daybeds, and a private VIP pavilion all contribute to the upscale, topless, poolside experience. As a part of their Beach Concert Series, popular performers such as The All American Rejects, Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw, and Ziggy Marley will be performing in August on a stage suspended above the water. After a relaxing day in the sun, guests can dine at one of Mandalay Bay’s 24 restaurants, including the famous Aureole (AAA, Four Diamond), Fleur by Hubert
Keller, and STRIPSTEAK, before heading off to see an exhilarating concert in the Events Center (Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, and Wisin Y Yandel performing in August). Further live entertainment is offered at House of Blues, where the artist lineups are as great as the atmosphere. Guests seeking a more calm night can cool off and relax on the ice couches of Minus5 Ice Lounge, open daily from 11am-3am. There’s not much that Mandalay Bay doesn’t offer, which makes it the perfect hotel for guests of any age seeking the ultimate Vegas experience. For more information visit www.mandalaybay.com, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook to get current updates regarding Mandalay Bay.
Photos by MGM Resorts International 32 niteguidemag.com
Featured Venue Las Vegas
“Incomparable Grandeur of XS”
By Kristephanie Poderoso
or guests seeking to spend a luxurious weekend in Sin City, XS Nightclub inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas delivers a nightclub experience that is incomparable. XS is a popular choice among club-goers for the nightclub’s decadent vibe, beautiful people, and spare-no-expense décor lavished with real gold. The amazing size and grandeur is impressive, and should be, because XS is the most expensive nightclub ever built in Las Vegas costing over $100 million dollars for its construction. The nightclub is built over 40,000-square feet; the 13,000 square-foot indoor area opens up to a 27,000-square foot European style pool and lounge. The mesmerizing focal point from inside of the nightclub is best seen on the spacious dance floor. Massive chandeliers are surrounded by mammoth dance poles designed to resemble lanterns, accented by detailed gold crocodile-embossed leather on the VIP tables. Class and elegance speaks for itself here as club-goers look out on to the illuminated outdoor pool surrounded by 30 VIP Cabanas.
Guests can treat themselves to an XS specialty cocktail named “The Ono,” priced at $10,000 dollars, which features a decadent combination of Charles Heidsieck “Champagne Charlie” 1981 and Louis XIII de Remy Martin Black Pearl cognac. The drink comes with XS logo embossed Men’s sterling silver cufflinks and a woman’s 18K white gold chain complete with a black pearl pendant. It is not uncommon for high-rollers to purchase such luxuries—on New Year’s Day in 2011, the world’s largest bottle of champagne (30 liters of Armand de Brignac's "Midas”) sold at XS for $100,000 dollars. The elite nightclub additionally hosts some of the world’s top electronic entertainment, bringing in the likes of Avicii, Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Skrillex and more. The nightclub’s name truly brings justice to the word “excess” because after an unforgettable night here, the only thing that will seem “extra small” is your patience for returning to indulge in XS’ extravagance. www.xslasvegas.com
Photos by Barbara Kraft/Wynn Resorts
August 2012 Events Listing:
LOS ANGELES Every Monday [Playhouse] Social Mondays: Text SOCIAL to 67777 for FREE guest list info. Every Friday [TRU] Fun House Fridays Every Friday [Avalon] Control Fridays Every Thursday [The Vault] Unleashed with MyClubScene. com: email firstname.lastname@example.org for FREE guestlist info. Every Saturday [Avalon] Avaland August 4, Saturday [Avalon] Miguel Migs August 6, Monday [Playhouse] Paul Harris: Text SOCIAL to 67777 for guest list info August 10, Friday [Exchange LA] Glenn Morrison August 11, Saturday [Exchange LA] Arty August 11, Saturday [Avalon] Markus Schulz August 11, Saturday [Playhouse] DJ Politik August 13, Monday [Playhouse] Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano: Text SOCIAL to 67777 for guest list info August 16, Thursday [Playhouse] Joe Maz August 17, Friday [Avalon] Spencer + Hill & Stafford Brothers August 18, Saturday [Avalon] Felix Da Housecat & Funkagenda August 18, Saturday [Playhouse] DJ Affect August 23, Thursday [Playhouse] DJ Homicide August 25, Saturday [Exchange LA] Get Lost LA August 27, Monday [Playhouse] Trent Cantrelle: Text SOCIAL to 67777 for guest list info August 30, Thursday [Playhouse] DJ Reach August 31, Friday [Playhouse] Chris Garcia August 31, Friday [Exchange LA] Armada Night | W & W Log on to MyClubScene.com now to see more events and get on the list! 36 niteguidemag.com
August 2012 Events Listing:
August 2012 Events Listing:
Every Thursday [207 Hard Rock] Mynt Thursdays
Every Thursday [Heat Ultra Lounge] Glam Thursdays
Every Thursday [Fluxx] EDM
Every Friday [Avec] Haute Fridays
Every Sunday [Float | Hard Rock] Intervention: Join
Every Friday [Shark Club] Limelight Fridays
MyClubScene.com every Sunday for discounted tickets email email@example.com.
Every Friday [Heat Ultra Lounge] Privilege Fridays
August 5, Sunday [Hard Rock] Intervention: Featuring
August 8, Wednesday [Yost Theater] KOAN Sound
August 6, Monday [Sharkeez HB] MyClubScene Mondays:
August 6, Monday [Voyeur] Max Vangil August 9, Thursday [Fluxx] Donald Glaud August 9, Thursday [Voyeur] KOAN Sound
Go-Go Guest Bartenders August 9, Thursday [Yost Theater] Michael Woods August 10, Friday [Yost Theater] Radio City
August 10, Friday [Fluxx] Brett Bodley August 10, Friday [Detroit Bar] Static Fridays
August 10, Friday [Voyeur] Nari & Milani August 11, Saturday [Fluxx] DJ Karma August 12, Sunday [The Ivy at Andaz] Fortuneâ€™s Elevation Pool Party w/ Steve Smooth, Scooter & Lavelle,
August 11, Saturday [Posch] Sex Panther Email firstname.lastname@example.org for FREE guestlist August 16, Thursday [Ember] Pul3AM
Funk Inc & more! 12pm-8pm
August 17, Friday [Ember] Salsa
August 12, Sunday [Hard Rock] Intervention: Marcus Schulz
August 18, Saturday [Ember] Party Favor LIVE!
August 16, Thursday [Voyeur] Spencer & Hill
August 24, Friday [Yost Theater] Alex Deamz
August 17, Friday [Fluxx] DJ Scooter
August 24, Friday [Detroit Bar] Static Fridays
August 17, Friday [Voyeur] Felix Da Housecat
August 25, Saturday [Posch] LA Riots Email vip@myclub-
August 19, Sunday [Hard Rock] Intervention: Gareth Emery August 23, Thursday [Voyeur] Alvin Risk August 23, Thursday [Fluxx] Drop the Lime
scene.com for FREE guestlist August 25, Saturday [Yost Theater] Dean Mason August 25, Saturday [Ember] DJ Splyce
August 25, Saturday [Fluxx] Brett Bodley August 28, Tuesday [Yost Theater] Speakeasy 307
August 26, Sunday [Hard Rock] Intervention: Vice August 30, Thursday [Yost Theater] Funkagenda
August 31, Friday [Fluxx] DJ E Rock & Ricky Rocks Log on to MyClubScene.com now to see more events and get on the list! 38 niteguidemag.com
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Live Music Events Listing: SoCal Los Angeles
ORANGE COUNTY San Diego
August 3, Friday [The El Rey]
August 5, Sunday [Observatory]
August 4, Saturday [Anthology]
Murder By Death
Nekromantix / The Casualties
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
August 7, Tuesday [The Greek]
August 6, Monday [Observatory]
August 5, Sunday [Belly Up]
Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang
August 12, Sunday [The El Rey]
August 8, Wednesday
August 9, Thursday [Belly Up]
August 12, Sunday [The Greek]
All American Rejects
August 11, Saturday [The Casbah]
August 9, Thursday [Observatory]
August 13, Monday [The Roxy]
August 13, Monday [The Casbah]
August 10, Friday [The Grove]
August 13, Monday [The Fonda]
Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang
August 14, Tuesday [Belly Up]
August 10, Friday [Observatory]
Sharon Van Etten
August 14, Tuesday [The Fonda]
August 15, Wednesday [Belly Up]
August 11, Saturday [Detroit Bar]
August 14, Tuesday [The Greek]
One Man Party
August 16, Thursday [Belly Up]
August 14, Tuesday [Detroit Bar]
The Be Good Tanyas
August 14, Tuesday [The Roxy]
August 16, Thursday [Anthology]
August 17, Friday [Observatory]
August 16, Thursday [The Roxy]
August 16, Thursday [The Casbah]
August 18, Saturday [Detroit Bar]
August 17 & 18, Friday/Saturday
August 18, Saturday
August 25, Saturday [Observatory]
[Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre]
August 17, Friday [Key Club]
August 28, Tuesday [Observatory]
August 22, Wednesday [The Casbah]
Twin Shadow / Poolside
August 19, Sunday [The Greek]
August 30, Thursday [Observatory]
August 28, Tuesday [Belly Up]
Colbie Caillat / Gavin DeGraw
August 31, Friday [The El Rey]
August 31, Friday [Observatory]
August 31, Friday [Anthology]
July IN REVIEW: FEATURED EVENTS Forty2 Liven Up OC Fair
Orange County Fair Grounds [Costa Mesa] By Fred Dyoll | Photos by MyClubScene.com | Martin Clara Forty2 took over the Meadows Stage at the Orange County Fair on July 14th, performing to a warm and receptive crowd. The local hip hop group brought the energy level up, keeping the crowd engaged until the last note. Founder and MC/vocalist Chad Galati started the group last year, teaming up with fellow vocalist Kody Kropp. After picking up additional members, the group now operates on a new level that creates an all encompassing sound. The new direction of the expanded version of Forty2 allows their hip hop, R&B, pop and soul roots to shine, all channeled through a full band and various vocalists and MC’s. Their track “Crazy Is Them” was a highlight at the show, drawing in passersby for the upbeat performance. “The best part about performing at the fair was the experience of having the entire artist base out at one show for the first time. The crowd reach and positive response was one to remember and the opportunity definitely pushed the music to a new level. It was great to have a range of ages, from ten-years-old to grown adults, all mutually connected with us and most importantly having fun,” Galati said. Keep up with Forty2 at www.facebook.com/forty2music and pick up their self titled EP at iTunes.com.
Dirty Hype fuses dubstep, art Coach House [San Juan Capistrano]
By Kristen Newman | Photos by MyClubScene.com | Brian Brown The night before the 4th of July brought an excited crowd to The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, where people began crowding in at 9pm for the highly anticipated 2nd annual event: Independence. Presented by a company dedicated to creating a community of extreme artists and musicians, The Dirty Hype successfully produced an exhilarating night of enlivening beats and dancing. The show opened with upbeat sets by Steviewild, Bix King, and Gummy that left the crowd begging for more. Their wish was granted when well-renown DJ Minnesota hit the stage. With elated hearts and ears full of a hypnotic blend of dubstep/hip-hop/electro, the crowd danced the night away inside the concert hall. During his performance, The Dirty Hype had some of their favorite artists creating live paintings, and The Ink Gallery in San Clemente had artists offering free tattoos to the guests. With all the locals back in town and everyone pumped for their favorite beach holiday, this event’s success was evident before the night even began. After Minnesota’s performance was over, ringing ears and enormous smiles could be seen throughout the venue and confirmed The Dirty Hype’s achievement. With so many delighted attendees, the 2nd Annual Independence is one event that will not be soon forgotten.
Kill The Noise Impresses crowd
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The Yost [Santa Ana]
By Paterson Wolfgram | Photos by MyClubScene.com | Christina Montaldo On July 11th, Kill The Noise redefined dubstep nightlife at Yost Theater in Santa Ana with a bass-heavy show that left fans (and their bodies) buzzing for days. The New York solo performer not only thrills his audience with dirty dubstep tracks, he also puts on a wildly entertaining show. Inside the picturesque Yost Theater, the crowd absorbed the full-bodied beats and traveled from as far as San Luis Obispo to feel the buzz of the bass. The show earned party status and became interactive when go-go dancers handed out flashing glow sticks and mingled with the crowd. The mesh of lights from the stage and glow sticks illuminated the room, creating a bouncing sea of color. With the addition of confetti cannons, Kill The Noise created more than just a memory; he created an unforgettable experience. The Yost always provides a great environment to meet new people and hear great music, and this event was no exception. The crowd came together under one giant blanket of bass and danced to this killer dubstep artist’s music. Kill The Noise definitely topped the charts for the Yost Theater, and is only the beginning of what the venue has in store for the rest of the summer.
xscape invades san diego Xscape [San Diego]
By Electra Keller | Photos by MyClubScene.com | Alfonso de Alba Looking for a place this summer to quench your nightlife thirst? After a long day at the beach, settle into the night and check out San Diego’s newest hot spot, Xscape Nightclub. Xscape is located on the corner of 7th and C Street, deep in the heart of The Gaslamp District. This section of San Diego is always bustling with music and dance lovers, and it’s only fitting that Xscape open its doors here. The three level night club features a beautiful 175 square foot LED wall which illuminates and changes colors to the beat of the music, a full bar, VIP bottle service, go-go dancers, and the most highly advanced audio system on the West Coast. The nightlife vibe is set off by San Diego’s thriving club scene, where Xscape has found a home. On July 20th, NiteGuide magazine made a visit to Xscape Nightclub, where the evening featured DJ Fingaz as the headlining entertainer. DJ Fingaz provided a superb performance and the club goers had an unforgettable time. He kept the energy high for the duration of his set. The drinks were flowing, the crowd was dancing, and the night was a success. Whether you’re in the San Diego area visiting, or live just a few minutes away, Xscape Nightclub is the perfect spot to party on the weekends.
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Event in Review Rishi
Cover Model Casting Call
iteGuide Magazine held its inaugural “Model Casting Call” at Drai’s Hollywood on July 22nd, where models from across Southern California came out to participate in the search for NiteGuide’s newest cover model.
With over one hundred submissions, organizers had the difficult task of selecting the finalists. After reviewing the hundreds of submissions, a selected few beautiful girls were hand picked for the event. The live photo shoot settled into Drai’s perfectly, with the rooftop dayclub serving as the perfect backdrop for the shoot. Models were able to enjoy the warm afternoon and pose for the photographers, all set among sophisticated cabanas accentuated by red chaise lounges. Pool parties are always a good time, but with the added entertainment of a photo shoot (featuring gorgeous girls form across the West Coast) the afternoon was quite extraordinary. Pictures were snapped throughout the venue, where the partygoers became part of the experience and were able to dance, drink, swim, and party while hanging out with the perspective cover models. While Drai’s is known for having some of the best nightlife in Los Angeles, their Sunday pool party has become a staple event in Hollywood and operated as the ideal location for the casting call. Once the photo shoot came to an end, the NiteGuide crew celebrated the day by indulging in Drai’s delicious lunch menu, drinking Belvedere, and relaxing by swimming with the various blow up turtles and whales. Overall the day was filled with great food and drinks, beautiful women, and a vibe second to none. NiteGuide continues the search for their newest cover model. To enter a model submission, email email@example.com and to catch the next NiteGuide event find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/Niteguidemagazine.
MYCLUBSCENE.com August 2012 VIXEN
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Event in Review
Monday Social in Hollywood
Story by Kristen Newman | Photos by Martin Clara & Brandon Peters | MyClubScene.com
very Monday night, partygoers flock to Los Angeles’ hottest club – Playhouse Nightclub– to indulge in live music, upbeat dancing, and overall good vibes. MyClubScene joined forces with Playhouse & Monday Social to set the standard for weeknight nightlife. July 23rd was no exception to the club’s always-exciting atmosphere. DJ Khach and Smooth started the night off by dropping energizing beats that brought everyone to the dance floor. With swaying hips and flowing drinks, the entire crowd was in high spirits. A little after midnight, Canadian headliners Sultan and Ned Shepard took the stage and poured an electrifying amount of energy into the club, summoning people to the dance floor. The duo brought out multiple remixes for the crowd, ensuring a well-rounded night of music. In addition to the live entertainment, the venue itself added to the experience. With a bar centered around the heart of the club, guests are able to enjoy the pulsating music of the DJ while they order their drinks. The weekly event is now in its sixteenth year, and continues to bring Southern California an entertaining option for Monday nights, and shows no signs of slowing down. With MyClubScene and Playhouse teaming up with Monday Social, a new platform for growth is realized in the weeknight club scene by channeling Orange County party goers into the heart of Hollywood. This month Monday Social brings renowned artists: Paul Harris (Dirty Vegas) 8/6, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano 8/13, Gareth Emery 8/20, and Trent Cantrelle 8/27.
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Ivy at Andaz San Diego Caters to Nightlife
ocating a venue that satisfies all interests is never easy. Whether planning a bachelorette party, a weekend getaway, or a night of dancing, finding a pre-party dayclub, thriving nightclub, or sophisticated wine bar can lead nightlife lovers in circles. Ivy Nightclub at Andaz San Diego offers three nightlife experiences in one, creating the ultimate one-stop hot spot destination in Southern California. Ivy’s rooftop lounge is one of San Diego’s staple destinations and continues to attract a crowd. The stunning wrap-around views of the city skyline offer an urban retreat that boasts poolside dining and cocktails, and private cabanas ease guests into an upscale club setting. On Saturday, July 28th, the rooftop lounge hosted the third installment of Endless Summer (presented by DJhere Productions) and featured a glow in the dark bikini fashion show, entertainment provided by The Dancers of Lipstik Inc, and beats from DJs Karma and Este. While Ivy at Andaz San Diego is known for its rooftop attributes, a traditional nightclub located inside the hotel provides multiple levels of swanky entertainment. Performances by the aforementioned Lipstik Inc. dancers, world class DJs, and an upscale vibe make Ivy’s indoor nightclub an additional layer of irresistible fun. Rounding out the wide spectrum of Ivy’s appeal is the Ivy Wine Bar, which features eighty-eight wines by the glass that range from popular varietals to highly coveted cult wines. Ivy Wine Bar takes the tasting experience to the next level by offering an interactive self-serve wine experience. The bar’s
Story by Heidi Darby | Photos by Alfonso de Alba | MyClubScene.com twenty high-tech WineStations are designed and manufactured by Napa Technology and can hold up to four bottles of wine, easily operated by the touch of a button and the swipe of a card. For wine lovers seeking in-depth knowledge and a more intimate experience, guests can take advantage of Ivy Wine Bar’s private wine cellar and onsite sommelier. Ivy at Andaz San Diego creates the premiere nightlife experience with a daytime, poolside escape, an evening of wine tasting or exhilarating nightclub experience. With all three located in one breathtaking venue, the question of what to do with your weekend is answered.
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Eclectic beats light up electric forest Story by Electra Keller | Photos by Adam Zareczny, Tobin Voggesser
he Electric Forest Festival invaded Rothbury, Michigan this year
Saturday night were STS9, and Major Lazer â€“who won the crowd over
from June 28th through July 1st. The sold out four day spectacular
with their high-impact stage show and dancers. The final night of the
brought in 20,000 fans from around the world to celebrate the best
festival had pioneers Big Gigantic, free-form dubstep king Bassnectar,
electronic and experimental music of today.
and jam band heavy hitters The String Cheese Incident.
The Electric Forest Festival has been held annually at the Double JJ Ranch
The weekend provided music lovers with an experience unlike any other
in Rothbury, where music lovers settle into a long weekend of amazing
major festival in the US; it offered vibe and escape in the middle of a
music, art installations, and nature. Building a reputation over the last few
majestic forest. Between lakeside views, top of the line entertainment, and
years as one of the best up-and-coming festivals in America, last years
committed organizers, Electric Forest continues to make a name for itself.
2011 lineup provided further street cred that boasted a lineup consisting of TiĂŤsto, Kaskade, Keller Williams, Pretty Lights and more. This year the festival continued to gain momentum. Thursday night kicked off the first day with a performance from Wolfgang Gartner, and headliners Ghostland Observatory (made up of duo Aaron Behrens and Thomas Turner). The pair brought their electro/rock/funk sound to the forest and closed out a great first night. Friday night Steve Aoki, infamous for his eclectic beats and endless energy, headlined the festival. Inside the grounds lied Sherwood Forest, where festival goers were able to relax in hammocks, explore art installations and once the sun went down, fans enjoyed laser light shows, surprise performances and parties amidst the trees. The festival also offered a shuttle to a nearby water park and glow-in-the-dark disc golf. The major performances of
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