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EAT - DRINK - PARTY

Pool Parties JuLY 2012: Issue 31

YOUR SCENE - YOUR NIT E - YOUR GUIDE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Splash to the beat of the music


Table Of Contents 4 The List

YOUR SCENE - YOUR NIT E - YOUR GUIDE

6 Summer Skin Care 8 Featured Dishes: Off the Grill 10 Featured Dishes: Delectable Dishes 12 Featured Drinks 14 Featured Vodka: Belvedere Lemon Tea 16 Nitelife Around The World: St. Barts 18 Movers & Shakers 20 Featured Performer: Kryoman 22 Club Directory 24 July Events Listing: LA 26 July Events Listing: OC, SD 28 Live Events Listing 30 Fun in the Sun: Top Pool Parties 32 Featured Dayclub: Tao Beach 36 MyClubScene.com July 2012 Vixen 38 June in Review: Featured Events 40 Bonnaroo 2012: Manchester, Tennessee 42 Electric Daisy Carnival 2012: Las Vegas

MyClubScene July 2012 Vixen Karelea Mazzola Photo by Barry Druxman Hair & Makeup by Kay Matthews

46 Wynn Music Week: Las Vegas 50 MyClubScene 3 Year SoCal Tour

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THE LIST THE PUBLISHER This month NiteGuide covered amazing events all over the country. We had staff on hand at Electric Daisy Carnival to capture the magic of the world class festival, held under the warm Las Vegas sky. Our staff also traveled east to Manchester, Tennessee to witness the highly praised Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. If that’s not enough, we covered the Vans Warped Tour in Irvine, rounding out our music coverage that offers something for everyone. As summer sets in, pool parties begin to rage and we’ve got information on the best places to cool down while heating up the party scene. From Las Vegas to San Diego, there’s a pool party and a cold drink calling your name. Justin Stearman Publisher

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THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Our sister website MyClubScene.com celebrated three years of bringing people the best in nightlife by hitting up the best clubs in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. After three days of celebration stretched out over one amazing weekend, we’re ready to take it to the next level for year four. Check out coverage in this month’s issue, where we took over nightclubs, pool parties, and enjoyed spending time with our MyClubScene members who came out to celebrate with us, NiteGuide style. We also have a great article on skin care tips in the summer sun, coverage of great local and out-of-state events, and an exclusive interview with Kryoman the robot. Summer is in full swing, get out and enjoy! Nicole Lloyd Director of Operations

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CREDITS Publisher Justin Stearman Justin@NiteGuideMag.com Director of Operations Nicole Lloyd Nicole@NiteGuideMag.com Senior Editor Heidi Darby heidi@niteguidemag.com Layout Artist Kadie Mieir Nicole Lloyd Food Editor Drew Leahy Cover Model Karelea Mazzola Cover Photo By Barry Druxman Photographers Brian Brown Christina Montaldo Dave Orell Gabe Zapata Geoff Garbowski Heidi Darby Jamie Dickerson Jason Worthen Jennifer Cartwright John Nguyen Josh Raab Martin Clara Matthew Copley Patrick Strube RG Benhard Robert Rodriguez Staff Writers Allie Imai Amanda Warlick Christina Montaldo Courtney Seard Drew Leahy Emmanuel Cayanan Fred Dyoll Jamie Dickerson Kimberly Fisher Kristin Halberg Megan Harvey Kristen Newman Paterson Wolfgram Videographer Curtis Wilson Daniel Allan RG Benhard Contact info@NiteGuideMag.com For Advertising info email: advertise@niteguidemag.com www.NiteGuideMag.com


Beauty

Summer skin care

The SEACRET to Glowing Skin

all Summer Long By Kristen Newman

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ith summer in full force, it’s important to keep skin well moisturized and protected from the heat. SEACRET has captured the renewing magic of the Dead Sea, with its 26 natural minerals well known for rejuvenating skin and improving health, and created a line of skin care products that leave the body feeling nourished and silky, perfect for postsun skin care. SEACRET’s Mineral Soap is the perfect product to wash away all that sand from the beach, as it is enriched with Dead Sea Minerals that work together to restore skin to its full beauty and glow. The Salt & Oil Scrub is the perfect follow-up treatment, utilizing enriching minerals to exfoliate dry skin and stimulate cell renewal, while simultaneously moisturizing the new skin with a blend of natural oils. This

product is perfect after a day at the beach to reestablish the moisture lost from being in the summer sun all day. Once it has been gently rubbed in and rinsed with warm water, skin is restored to a healthy radiance. After scrubbing away all those dead skin cells, SEACRET’s best selling Body Butter is the perfect way to end the day and reach maximum hydration. Not only does it contain a medley of vitamins, oils, and herbal extracts, it’s also made up of Shea and Cocoa Butters that have been used for centuries around the world for their ultimate moisturizing qualities. With SEACRET’s products available for complete skin hydration, there’s no reason to avoid enjoying a full summer day outside under the warm sun.

SUMMER SKIN “SEACRETS” By Kimberly Fisher

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Always wear sunscreen. Even though it may be cloudy, power UV rays may still be hitting your tender skin. Never use last year’s bottle, throw it out and start fresh with a new bottle, as the old one may have expired.

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Cleanse your face twice a day and be sure to exfoliate weekly. Go for a water-based moisturizer. Don’t make the mistake of skipping the moisturizing routine altogether as its essential for your skin to remain hydrated.

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Lip Balm! Don’t forget your lips can easily burn too!

Eat healthy, exercise and sleep well! The epitome of good health and glowing skin holds true for the whole year round, not just the summer months. So along with all the tips above, don’t forget to eat a balanced diet, work out for at least 45 minutes everyday and get seven to eight hours of sleep.


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July

Featured Food

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eek asylum from indolence and the heightened temperatures of July by migrating outdoors to cook your meals hot off the grill. Or combat the sultry days of summer at one of these three establishments, who will do the grilling for you.

Grill

By Drew Leahy

Grilled Salmon Filet

Nürnberger Bratwurst

Photo by Eric Adler

Photo by Tyler Clinton

Photo by Viral Punk

Bowry Burger

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ew Mexican restaurants replicate the fresh flavors of authentic Mexican cuisine as successfully as Puesto Mexican Street Food does. From the colorful street-style Chor Boogie wall murals to the ambitious, madeto-order menu, Puesto reflects the culinary flavor and culture of Mexico City. At Puesto, all-natural meats, sustainable seafood, six daily fresh salsas, and house-made tortillas recreate home-cooked Mexican meals with genuine flavor. Build your own authentic Mexican taco like the protein-packed Grilled Salmon Filet above. Topped with fresh hibiscus tinga, this favored menu option is a healthy alternative to the processed Mexican food we’re all used to. Compliment your taco with a flavorful Frozen Tamarindo Margarita made from agave wine, and enjoy all Mexico has to offer from this side of the border.

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Hand crafted fresh daily by the hands of a true artisan, 2nd Floor’s Brandt Beef, all natural-no preservative, Colossal Burgers come uniquely crafted and carefully prepared like the high quality wrapped canvas artwork for sale on the walls. The monstrous Bowry Brothers Colossal Burger, hand shaped and specially seasoned, topped with Nathan’s Hot Dogs, French Fries, 4 Hour Onions, Sauerkraut, Bacon and Swiss cheese, brings new meaning to “gourmet burger,” a perfect choice for the off-the-grill food connoisseur.

The delicious 1/3 lb. handmade Nürnberger Bratwurst is just one of six different mouthwatering sausages offered by The Dogfellas. Made from finely chopped pork seasoned with fresh marjoram and topped with curry ketchup, raw onions, sauerkraut, jalapenos, and spicy mustard, this Brat turns one of America’s staple barbeque items into a gourmet cuisine. Visit The Dogfellas at the Long Beach Civic Center Courthouse Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and follow them on Twitter, @dogfellas, to see if they’ll be in your neck of the woods anytime soon.

ocated in downtown Huntington Beach, 2nd Floor takes trendy menu offerings like sliders, burgers and steaks, and with the careful artistry of a chef, produces its very own, unique rendition of classic eats. The restaurant, inspired by food, art, drinks, and music of all genres, fuses tattoo inspired gallery art with a diverse mix of music and delectable, trendy cuisine.

The Dogfellas

Puesto Mexican Street Food

2nd Floor

1026 Wall Street La Jolla, CA 92037 858.454.1260 | www.eatpuesto.com

126 Main Street Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.969.9000 | www.2ndfloorhb.com

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pecializing in gourmet hotdogs and 1/3 Lb. handmade sausages, The Dogfellas are a hotdog street vendor committed to high quality ingredients and friendly service. Whether the bacon wrapped dog, the 100% beef dog, the Polish sausage or the Hungarian kielbasa, the Dogfellas offer a far superior dog than your everyday, run of the mill frankfurter.

415 W. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802 Long Beach Courthouse | 562.248.6553 www.thedogfellas.com


Featured Food July

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e scoured the west coast for the tastiest menu options Southern California has to offer and found three restaurants that take otherwise common eats and turn them into authentic, delectable dishes.

Dishes By Drew Leahy

Baja Fish Tacos

Fish and Chips

Döner Basket

Photo By Matt Fukushima

Photo By Bryce Rademan

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rom their hometowns of Jalisco and Distrito Federal, Mexico, Dorian and Javier Villaseñor’s secret family recipes harken back to Mexican tradition—burritos and nachos to tortas and tacos—and together with Muse Lifestyle Group’s support, are the driving force behind Calle Tacos fresh Mexican menu. Made ready to order with the finest meats chosen daily from local farmers, Calle Tacos offers simple, authentic Mexican cuisine, but with fresh ingredients and bold flavors passed down from generation to generation. Like many Mexican restaurants in Southern California, Calle Tacos also started with a taco truck, only a slightly re-imagined version. In a truly innovative and unique fashion, Calle Tacos taco truck is located inside the restaurant, bringing its patrons a sit-down dining experience while still paying homage to tradition.

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hile on a study abroad trip in Madrid Spain, co-founder Bryce Rademan was so inspired by the Döner Kebob, a Turkish cuisine made with freshly minced lamb and beef (or chicken) and then cooked vertically for a uniquely flavorful delicacy, that upon his return home, he and partner Robert Wicklund wrote a business plan that would bring the European street food to their home in L.A. With Mediterranean food as their inspiration, the two created an affordable, authentic California cuisine derived from a variety of flavors from Turkey, Germany, Spain, and California that can only be defined by “Spitz.”

Photo By Bob Hodson

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The Döner Basket is a layer of perfectly fried

row Bar and Kitchen is a gastropub that specializes in upscale, gourmet cuisine inspired by seasonal ingredients served in a socially comfortable, fun atmosphere. With a variety of international brews on tap and wine-by-the-glass specifically chosen to compliment the Bar’s unique menu, Crow Bar and Kitchen maintains superior quality without sacrificing comfort and atmosphere, or incurring a huge loss to your wallet. By introducing sustainably-grown ingredients and reducing waste through various environmentally-friendly procedures as a pledge to being environmentally conscious, Crow Bar and Kitchen was certified a GreenRestaurant™ by the Green Restaurant Association.

fries topped with Spitz’s very own house-made Classic meat (lamb/beef mix), and smothered with homemade tzatziki (Greek yogurt, lemon, dill, and cucumber), diced onion, green pepper, cucumber, kalamata olive, pepperoncinis, and a touch of spicy chili sauce. It’s served with a Greek salad, a light and fluffy falafel ball, a cup of homemade hummus, and two of their famous “lightly fried pita strips.”

Try the delicious Fish and Chips: a 6 oz. piece of Atlantic salmon battered in flour, baking powder, dried tomato powder and white rascal beer, then deep fried and served with French Fries and a savory French tartar sauce made with hard boiled eggs, champagne vinegar, cornichons, capers, tarragon, parsley, Dijon mustard and lemon juice.

Calle Tacos

Spitz

Crow Bar and Kitchen

6508 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028 323.465.9100 | www.calletacos.com

Two locations in Los Angeles www.eatatspitz.com

2325 E. Coast Highway Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 949.675.0070 | www.crowbarcdm.com

Visit the permanent parking spot of Calle Tacos taco truck and try the beer battered Baja Fish Tacos with chipotle cream sauce topped with red cabbage, cotija cheese, and pico de gallo to capture the essence of authentic, Mexican family recipes.

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Featured Cocktails July

Spiked Summer Sangria Spitz [Los Angeles]

371 E. 2nd Street, CA 90012 | 213.613.0101 | www.eatatspitz.com 2506 Colorado Blvd., CA 90041 | 323.257.5600 By Drew Leahy

Photo by Natalie Hernandez

Known as the “Home of the Döner Kebob,” Spitz is most famous for their fresh, Mediterranean inspired California cuisine, and their roasted meat cooked on a vertical spit. However, owners Bryce Rademan and Robert Wicklund have pioneered another indelible treat to compliment both their authentic menu and summer heat: Spiked Summer Sangrias. Created with Spitz’s very own infused simple syrups combined with 100% natural and wholesome ingredients, the Spiked Summer Sangrias are refreshing and apropos for the summer heat of July. Quench your thirst with the rosé, mint, apple, lime, and silver rum sangria (front middle), cool down with the white wine, basil, peach, and vodka sangria (back left), or watch the sun set and compliment your meal with the red wine, cinnamon, cardamom, orange and brandy sangria (back right).

rainbow

Aloha Grill [Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa]

Many restaurants endeavor to bring their respective versions of regionalized recipes and secrets to an otherwise displaced region, but few do it as well as Aloha Grill with their South Pacific Rim inspired cuisine. Whether it’s the daily fresh Mahi Mahi, Ono, Ahi, or Swordfish served with sticky rice and vegetables, the teriyaki chicken, or the slow roasted Hawaiian style pulled pork, Aloha Grill delivers an unforgettable rendition of island secrets to the mainland. It’s biggest secret? The world famous frozen cocktail known as the “Rainbow.” Quell the summer heat with Aloha Grill’s Rainbow, a mixture of six great frozen flavors that are sure to leave you feeling effervescent: peach on the beach, rum runner, love in a bucket, Malu melon, blue Hawaiian, and Malibu mango. Top off this delicious summer mixture with a dark rum floater and you have yourself the world famous Rainbow.

Photo by Coast Magazine

221 Main Street, HB,CA 92648 | 714.374.4427 | www.alohagrill.com 1749 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92627 | 949.722.7882 By Drew Leahy

Outside Fenway

Next Door Lounge [Hollywood]

1154 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood CA 90038 | 323.465.5505 | www.nextdoorhollywood.com By Drew Leahy

Photo By Carl Larsen

Next Door Lounge replicates the cultural dynamism of the Roaring Twenties with its speak easy-inspired décor and silent black and white film projections that play throughout the night. Complete with innovative cocktails, contemporary menu items made from the freshest seasonal ingredients, and living room vignettes adorned with antiqued furniture, Next Door Lounge offers a casual dining and drinking experience free from Hollywood’s list policy while paying respect to Tinsel Town on the cusp of modernity.

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“Outside Fenway,” which derives its name from its creator who wanted a drink that tasted good enough to have as a celebratory drink when the Red Sox won and strong enough to drown your sorrows in when they lost, is the latest offering on Next Door Lounge’s recently unveiled summer cocktail menu. And with 1.5 oz. of Rye Bourbon, ½ oz. of Benedictine, and ½ oz. of Cynar, the “Outside Fenway” cocktail should do just that.


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Vodka

Featured Alcohol

By Megan Harvey

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outhern Californians are the embodiment of rest and relaxation, mastering the art of laid-back Saturdays and Sunday Fundays. With bare feet and the warmth of the sun chasing droplets down the side of an ice cold tumbler, these hot summer days are the most anticipated of the whole year. The best way to revel in the SoCal sun is to pour a drink made with this season’s newest super premium vodka: Belvedere Lemon Tea. With notes of warming ginger and sweet honeycomb, Belvedere Lemon Tea creates a perfect mood all of its own. Ideal for evening soirees as well as sea-salted beach camping, any drink with Lemon Tea will melt away stress as friends bask in the weekend sun. Kick back with a glass of cool refreshment, distilled with black & green teas, ginger, chamomile, lemongrass, honey and lemonthe pefect combination.

Planning your next group gathering? What better way to kick start the season than with a backyard barbecue? Belvedere Lemon Tea pairs perfectly with hot-off-the-grill chicken or perhaps some tropical shrimp skewers. Zesty notes of lemon and green tea add just the right touch to any number of the warm weather cocktail ideas listed here, as well as any creative concoctions you can come up with! Belvedere Lemon Tea joins the ranks in a line of awardwinning products, such as several Gold awards in the Annual Vodka Masters for the original vodka as well as their Belvedere Intense Vodka. Belvedere Bloody Mary has also received DOUBLE GOLD medals in the “50 Best Flavored Vodkas” category by TheFiftyBest.com. Belvedere employs the utmost care with its unique Maceration process, using only 100% natural and additive-free ingredients. Pure, crisp and natural- Belvedere Lemon Tea is sure to be your go-to drink of the summer.

Belvedere Summer Cocktails Belvedere Lemon Tea Fresca

1.5 oz (45ml) Belvedere Lemon Tea Dash simple syrup Top with Fever Tree ginger ale, garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wheel.

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Belvedere Lemon Tea Classic Half & Half Punch

1.5 liters (50 oz) Belvedere Lemon Tea 20 oz lemonade 20 oz pre-made iced tea 10 oz simple syrup 15 oz lemon juice Zests of 2 lemons Add all ingredients to a pitcher or punch bowl and either chill overnight or add cubed ice and stir. Serve immediately.

Belvedere Lemon Teabreeze

60ml (2oz) Belvedere Lemon Tea 60ml (2oz) Coconut water 60ml (2oz) Cloudy apple (Optional apple garnish)


NITELIFE Around the World By Emmanuel Cayanan

St. Barts People hardly come to a place like St. Barts for its nighttime appearance. They come for the daytime views and gorgeous beaches shimmering with beauty, located right in the heart of the Caribbean. And while its rich and luxurious reputation has earned St. Barts a place among the most glamorous resort destinations in the world, the Caribbean island has somehow maintained its quaintness, warmth and charming old-fashioned quality. The nightlife scene, concentrated mainly in the Gustavia area, is not characterized by extravagance or extreme decadence. It is upscale, yet simple and chic. The main attractions of St. Barts’ nightlife scene are the supper clubs and leisure dining, but there are a few options for partying.

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Photo By St. Bart’s Tourism Committee

Le Select Le Select is one of the most popular gathering places in Gustavia, and it is a departure from the glitz and glamour that characterize the island’s bar and nightlife scene. It is a revolving door through which locals, tourists and even celebrities pass. This place is best for a quiet afternoon, a casual beer, and possibly some comfort food. Le Select is a classic dive bar adored by locals. Photo By Caribbean Escapes

Nikki Beach/Casa Nikki Nikki Beach is a notoriously exclusive chain of luxurious beach clubs catering to the modern upscale clientele. It is both wild and sophisticated, giving an anything-goes feeling to those who make it in. The private day club is staffed by workers almost as attractive as the clientele. Famous folks like the Hilton sisters and Diddy are known to show up with huge entourages, and often keep the champagne flowing. The all-white paradise beach club is a hotspot during the day, and people head to Casa Nikki at night. Casa Nikki is located in Gustavia Harbor and opens at 11 p.m., catering to yacht-hopping socialites ready to party through dawn to some of the islands best DJs and party hosts. The décor is simple and upscale, as is the Nikki Beach style—white slipcover sofas and club chairs. This is the premiere place to party with bronzed model types and socialites.

Le Yacht club A creation of Carole Gruson, St. Bart nightlife extraordinaire, Le Yacht Club is likely considered the chicest place to be in St. Barts. It is a waterfront supper club and lounge that offers a menu of continental French and seafood dishes. By 9 p.m., Le Yacht Club converts to a nightclub scene that often hosts celebrities and world-famous soccer players. Much like many of the other establishments in St. Barts catering to the rich and famous, the décor includes slip-covered chairs and fluffy oversized sofas in an all-white palette, floor to ceiling.

Voyageur Lounge Voyageur Lounge is somewhat of a fresh newcomer to the St. Barts’ bar scene. Its prime location offers a magnificent view of Gustavia Harbor. The putty-colored walls and glossy white trim of the upper-level lounge and bar space exude sophistication and elegance. It feels as if you’re lounging in some posh townhouse in the big city overlooking a playground for the yachting crowd. Voyageur is known for attractive female bartenders and hostesses that offer bottle service nightly.

Le 88 Inspired by the ambiance of tevernas in Oia or Mykonos, Le 88 is a sleek and sexy Greek tavern in Gustavia where welldressed crowds gather under a covered courtyard of Rue du Port for lunch and late night drinks. Inside Le 88, the dining room utilizes an open kitchen setting with a menu that offers tzazikis, hummus, calamari and grilled fish. The outdoor bar and patio lounge is a hotspot in St. Barts, where live lounge acts and rotating DJs set the mood.

To learn more about these venues and local events log onto www.MyClubScene.com

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Movers & shakers Featured Bartender

are lots of international guests and world-

NGM: Do you ever party with your customers?

David Falco| Hyde Bellagio

travelers, and I’m always meeting people from

After work, of course.

around the globe. Many are repeat customers

DF: Yes, absolutely. There’s a reciprocal rela-

David Falco is an East Coast native with a flair

so we have the privilege of building relation-

tionship among the industry people in this city.

for conversation. Now tending bar at one of

ships with guests. The early-evening lounge

the most sophisticated hangouts in Las Vegas,

atmosphere really encourages conversation.

NGM: Where and when can our readers find you slinging drinks?

David has acclimated to life in Sin City, and shared with NiteGuide what makes working on

NGM: What’s the craziest customer-related

DF: I work at Hyde four to five days per week,

the strip a memorable experience.

story you have?

split between nightclub and lounge shifts.

DF: I had a customer who I became friends NiteGuide Magazine: Describe the pace of a

with, and he flew me out to LA on a private jet

typical night.

to see the Celtics play in the 2007 NBA finals

David Falco: Hyde Bellagio is unique for a

versus the Lakers. That was pretty crazy!

club because we have the 5 p.m. lounge hour. It starts out nice and mellow with a good atmo-

NGM: Do you feel Vegas is rowdier than most

sphere, good music, and lighting. People come

other cities?

to unwind after work with cocktails and small

DF: Domestically, Vegas is the rowdiest city,

plates. We get a rush around 9:00, mostly with

in my opinion. People come here looking to

people wanting to beat the late-night line. The

be someone else, or at least a crazier version

music picks up throughout the night and by

of themselves. In that sense, Vegas provides

10 p.m. we are in full-blown nightclub mode,

a platform for anonymity. There is definitely a

which lasts until 4:00 in the morning. It’s a cool

“when in Vegas” mentality here.

progression to be a part of! NGM: Where’s your favorite place to go out, NGM: What’s your favorite part about interact-

and why?

ing with customers?

DF: I’m a dive bar type of guy. When I have

DF: Especially since we are located in the Bel-

a night off, I like Frankie’s Tiki room, Double

lagio, we have a very high-end clientele. There

Down, or Herbs & Rye.

Featured Vip Host

NiteGuide Magazine: How did you break into

CC: People buying $5000+ bottles and spraying

Chantál Cocca | SBE

the nightlife industry?

the champagne like it’s water!

Chantál Cocca knows how to handle a crowd.

job in VIP Services and I was referred to SBE

NGM: Can you share the highest VIP tab you’ve

Her energetic personality led her into the night-

by a friend. I heard great things about the com-

ever seen?

life industry by chance, where she now thrives

pany and growth potential and thought it would

CC: $157,000

as a VIP Host with entertainment trailblazers

be a great opportunity. I never had any previ-

SBE. Not only does she work with clientele in-

ous nightlife experience, but quickly developed

NGM: Beer or cocktails?

side the venues, she leads campaigns and as-

an understanding for the business. Now over a

CC: Cocktails. But champagne is all I drink.

sists in front door operations.

year later I have clients all over the world and I

Chantál Cocca: I was looking for a part time

run one of our most exclusive venues in Hol-

NGM: What keeps you involved with the party?

lywood, Hyde Lounge on Sunset.

CC: When we throw parties my job is to make sure the energy is balanced throughout the club. I invite

NGM: Break down for our readers what a VIP

my celebrity guests and high-end clientele that

Host is responsible for.

would enjoy the party. I meet people and make

CC: A VIP Host is responsible for sales and

sure everyone is having a good time... I party with

marketing for the company and to provide VIP

them, host them, and provide excellent customer

Services which include accommodating our

service to keep them coming back.

Photo by Stephanie Magallanes

guests at all of our nightclubs, restaurants and

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hotels across the country. I organize marketing

NGM: Can you share any inside industry tips

campaigns, plan and host parties and events,

about nightlife with us?

run the front door operations at the club while

CC: Guys, if you’re not invited, its best to arrive

branding SBE as a whole.

with A LOT of girls and never name drop at the door!

NGM: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at a nightclub?


MO DJ

Mix Master MO DJ isn’t your typical DJ. He plays open format music that throws down everything from Sinatra to Slayer. NiteGuide caught up with the charismatic Huntington Beach local to learn who influenced him and whether he prefers vinyl or digital. NiteGuide Magazine: Did you grow up in SoCal? MO DJ: My family is originally from Beirut Lebanon but I’ve lived in Huntington Beach most my life. NGM: What keeps you here? MO: House Arrest! [Laughing] Actually I was raised here and love the weather and the city. NGM: What’s your first memory of a DJ? MO: Watching Jam Master Jay and Run DMC on Yo MTV Raps! A lot of the old school hip hop groups growing up had a DJ in them. NGM: How did it shape your path to becoming a DJ? MO: Knowing that the DJ wasn’t just playing

Featured Cabana Host

the music or scratching, but just as important as the other people in the group. They were rock stars in my book! NGM: Vinyl or Digital? MO: Hybrid. I hook up my turntables to my laptop, it’s pretty cool! I’ll rock Cdj’s if I have to, but still prefer the touch and responsiveness of vinyl.

throwback or switching genres will do it too. NGM: When and where can our readers find you performing? MO: I have some residencies on Main Street in Huntington Beach, but check out my site (www.modj.com) for tour updates and events. Shout out to MyClubScene, The Sullen Family and R&K Photography!

NGM: Who’s the most innovative DJ right now? MO: There’s a lot. But most recently I liked watching A-trak evolve from a DMC champ to an Electro DJ/Producer. He’s adapted to the times. NGM: What’s the craziest gig you’ve ever played, for any reason? MO: I DJ’d on a cruise ship for fourteen days in a row. It was on the 17th deck. I really had to keep my balance and every night I had people swaying back and forth. It was pretty fun. NGM: How do you keep a crowd engaged? MO: I usually talk to them on the mic and make sure to have some sick breakdowns or build-ups in my set. Sometimes tossing in a

I try to get a massage as often as possible.

Priscilla Quick | Marquee Day Club

Photo by R&K Photography

Featured DJ

NGM: What’s a tip you’d give to someone who’d never been to a dayclub before?

NGM: How did you become involved with the

PQ: I would tell them to make sure to get a lot

Priscilla Quick spends her days working at

service industry?

of sleep and to keep hydrated before spend-

Marquee Dayclub located inside The Cosmo-

PQ: I have always wanted to be a part of the

ing a long crazy day with us here at Marquee.

politan of Las Vegas, a hotel that encourages

industry, and one day a friend helped intro-

“just the right amount of wrong.” Marquee

Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery

duce me to the right people.

Dayclub is one of the hottest places to party on the strip, and Priscilla loves being part of

NGM: How does the poolside crowd differ

the action. Growing up in Rowland Heights,

from the nightclub crowd?

CA, she enjoys catering to clientele looking

PQ: The pool party crowd at Marquee Day-

for a great way to cool off during the sum-

club is a lot more intense in that we have

mer months in Sin City. With her energetic at-

champagne showers every weekend here!

titude and brilliant hair, party goers can find her cocktailing at the wildly successful day-

NGM: Is there a particularly refreshing drink

time venue, where she took time out to chat

you suggest to your customers?

with NiteGuide.

PQ: Marquee Dayclub has delicious frozen drinks to cool you off, like the Frozen Vodka

NiteGuide Magazine: What keeps you in

Red Bull. I would also suggest Moët Ice with

Las Vegas?

berries.

Priscilla Quick: My amazing job, friends and coworkers are reasons why I stay.

NGM: How many times a day does someone end up in the pool involuntarily?

NGM: What do you like to do in your spare

PQ: Too many times to count, but it’s all

time?

in fun. Honestly, it gets so hot here that I

PQ: I spend a lot of time with my puppy, and

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Featured Performer

“There’s a giant ten foot tall LED robot that comes out of nowhere, that flies, shoots fifteen foot shots of smoke and gas, and pyro if you’re in the right area of the world. It has an energy that surrounds the whole performance. It’s not just a solo thing. It’s a direct thing between the DJs and Kryoman.” -Kryoman

M o r e t h a n j u st a R o b ot ! By Mr. NiteGuide ryoman the robot takes the nightlife experience to the next level. He’s a ten foot tall LED robot that packs pyrotechnics and eco-friendly gas. The

and work with the artist that’s already there, and try to bring it to the next level and enhance the experience.

latest edition of Kryoman is MK X, featuring 2,400 watts of pure light and armed with the first hand held set of white lasers in existence, making it the most powerful LED robot in the world. If that’s not enough to keep the performer busy, the originator of the light up sentinels will be jumping behind the decks himself, laying down heavy bass lines in his Ibiza-based studio. I had the pleasure of catching up with the man behind the mask at Coachella this past April.

Mr. NiteGuide: Ever have technical difficulties?

Mr. NiteGuide: How would you describe Kryoman to someone who wasn’t familiar with him? Kryoman: The funny thing is, I see through the mask. If they’ve seen me for the first time, I can always tell by the expression on their face. There’s a giant ten foot tall LED robot that comes out of nowhere, that flies, shoots fifteen foot shots of smoke and gas, and pyro if you’re in the right area of the world. It has an energy that surrounds the whole performance. It’s not just a solo thing. It’s a direct thing between the DJs and Kryoman. You have to understand I’ve been working with these DJs for about fifteen years, they know exactly who I am. There’s a vibe between me and the DJ, and everybody else feeds off that. That’s what we do. I don’t try to muscle in and steal someone else’s spotlight. We come to compliment

Kryoman: Anything and everything. We’ve been on tour and had a stilt snap. We’ve fallen in front 15-20 thousand people on the stage. There’s been malfunctions, light-up heads have gone out, legs have gone out, there’s even been a headless robot on stage in front of a huge festival. My brother tripped on a cable in Guatemala City in the pouring rain, and knocked himself out clean on the stage. We’ve had some crazy malfunctions. We have to deal with it, the show must go on. Pick yourself up and get on with it. Mr. NiteGuide: So at this point you have multiple robots? Kryoman: Because of the high demand of what we do, there’s thousands of clubs all over the world, and cities that want a little piece of what we do. The only way to supply the demand was to build more. There’s a rigorous training, almost like boot camp, for all the Kryoman in my villa in Ibiza... It’s like a crash course, and I just push them on stage and see how they do. Imagine your in a crowd of a couple of thousand going wild to a DJ. Your carrying a 10,000 psi gas system, the floor is wet, covered in alcohol and glass, people are pushing you and jumping on you, regardless of security. So you gotta be ready for anything. www.kryoman.com

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Club Directory [San Diego] 701 C Street, 92101 877-785-6451 www.myclubscene.com/xscape

ORANGE COUNTY

LOS ANGELES

San Diego

Las Vegas

Avec [Huntington Beach] 18582 Beach Blvd, 92646 714-475-4660 www.myclubscene.com/avec

AV Nightclub [Hollywood] 1601 N. Cahuenga Blvd, 90028 310-943-5800 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 Las Vegas Blvd S, NV 89109 702-818-5700 www.myclubscene.com/gallerylv

Ember [Anaheim] 401 N. Anaheim Blvd. 92805 714-991-5101 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

Ivy Nightclub [San Diego] 600 F Street, 92101 619-814-2055 www.myclubscene.com/ivy

Hyde Bellagio [Bellagio Hotel | Las Vegas] 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-693-8700 www.myclubscene.com/hydelv

Stingaree

Marquee Nightclub

[San Diego]

[Cosmopolitan Hotel | Las Vegas]

454 6th Avenue, 92101

3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109

619-544-9500

702-333-9099

www.myclubscene.com/stingareesd

www.myclubscene.com/marquee

Float [San Diego] 207 5th Ave, 92101 619-702-3000 www.myclubscene.com/float

moon Nightclub [Palms Casino Hotel | Las Vegas] 4321 W Flamingo Rd, NV 89103 702-942-6832 www.myclubscene.com/moonlv

Fluxx [San Diego] 500 4th Avenue, 92101 619-232-8100 www.myclubscene.com/fluxxsd

Tao Nightclub [Venetian Hotel | Las Vegas] 3377 Las Vegas Blvd S, NV 89109 702-388-8338 www.myclubscene.com/taolv

Voyeur [San Diego] 755 5th Ave, 92101 619-756-7678 www.myclubscene.com/voyeursd

xs Nightclub [Encore Hotel | Las Vegas] 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, NV 89109 702-770-0097 www.myclubscene.com/xslv

Shark Club [Costa Mesa] 841 Baker St., 92626 949-751-6428 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 Boulevard, 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

Vanguard [Hollywood] 6021 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 323-463-3331 www.myclubscene.com/vanguard

www.myclubscene.com/theobservatory

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July 2012 Events Listing:

LOS ANGELES Every Thursday [Playhouse] Skam Artist DJs-Hip-Hop Every Friday [TRU] Fun House Fridays Every Friday [Avalon] Control Fridays Every Friday [The Vault] Power 106 FM Every Saturday [Avalon] Avaland Every Sunday [Drai’s] Dayclub pool party July 6, Friday [Avalon] Dev July 6, Friday [Exchange LA] Seantyas July 10, Tuesday [Greystone Manor] Alesso July 12, Thursday [The Vault] Baby Bash in concert July 12, Thursday [Playhouse] DJ Reach July 13, Friday [Exchange LA] Myon & Shane54 July 14, Saturday [Playhouse] Nick Cannon July 14, Saturday [Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery] Live Performance by Badfish July 15, Sunday [Drai’s Dayclub] Travis Emmons B-Day w/ Bass Kleph July 19, Thursday [Playhouse] DJ Homicide July 20, Friday [Avalon] Lazy Rich July 20, Friday [Exchange LA] Filo & Peri July 21, Saturday [Avalon] Gabriel & Dresden / Kristina Sky July 21, Saturday [Playhouse] Hyphy Crunk July 22, Sunday [Drai’s Dayclub] Bag Raiders July 26, Thursday [Playhouse] DJ Ross One July 27, Friday [Avalon] Z-Trip & AC Slater July 28, Saturday [Playhouse] Politik July 28, Saturday [Avalon] Morgan Page July 29, Sunday [Drai’s Dayclub] Sebastien Drums Log on to MyClubScene.com now to see more events and get on the list! 24 niteguidemag.com


July 2012 Events Listing:

July 2012 Events Listing:

SAN DIEGO

ORANGE COUNTY

Every Thursday [207 Hard Rock] Mynt Thursdays

Every Monday [Sharkeez HB] MyClubScene Mondays

Every Thursday [Fluxx] EDM

Celebrate your birthday or special occasion with us and we will buy you a bottle of champagne & food platter for your entire party! Email vip@myclubscene.com

Every Sunday [Float | Hard Rock] Intervention: Join MyClubScene.com every Sunday on a party bus from Orange County. Email vip@myclubscene.com for more info

July 6, Friday [Voyeur] Norman Doray July 7,Saturday [Voyeur] Lucky Date July 7, Saturday [Fluxx] Sid Vicious July 8, Sunday [Hard Rock] Intervention: Featuring Manufactured Superstars July 12, Thursday [Fluxx] Designer Drugs July 13, Friday [Voyeur] James Zabiela July 14, Saturday [Fluxx] DJ Cobra & Ricky Rocks July 15, Sunday [Hard Rock] Intervention: EC Twins & Nadia Ali July 19, Thursday [Fluxx] EDX July 19, Thursday [Voyeur] Kill The Noise July 20, Friday [Voyeur] Sydney Blu July 20, Friday [Xscape] NiteGuide Magazine event. Email vip@niteguidemag.com to get on the guestlist July 21, Saturday [Fluxx] Sid Vicious & Rico DeLargo July 22, Sunday [Hard Rock] Intervention: Bob Sinclar July 26, Thursday [Fluxx] Stafford Brothers July 27, Friday [Voyeur] Cedric Gervais July 27, Friday [Fluxx] Scooter & Hyena

Every Thursday [Heat Ultra Lounge] Glam Thursdays Every Friday [Avec] Haute Fridays Every Friday [Shark Club] Limelight Fridays Every Friday [Heat Ultra Lounge] Privilege Fridays July 6, Friday [Yost Theater] Robbie Rivera July 7, Saturday [Yost Theater] Chuckie July 7, Saturday [Posch] Tempo & Stayley July 7, Saturday [Ember] DJ Los from Power 106 July 9, Monday [Sharkeez HB] MyClubScene Mondays: GoGo Guest Bartenders July 11, Wednesday [Yost Theater] Kill The Noise July 12, Thursday [Yost Theater] James Zabiela July 14, Saturday [Posch] Mehdi & DJ Stellar July 14, Saturday [Ember] Hell Rock July 16, Monday [Sharkeez HB] MyClubScene Mondays: With Go-Go Guest Bartenders July 21, Saturday [Ember] Sex Panther July 23, Monday [Sharkeez HB] MyClubScene Mondays: With Go-Go Guest Bartenders July 28, Saturday [Ember] Alex Dreamz July 29, Sunday [Yost Theater] Wolfgang Gartner July 30, Monday [Sharkeez HB] MyClubScene Mondays:

July 29, Sunday [Hard Rock] Intervention: Kap Slap With Go-Go Guest Bartenders Log on to MyClubScene.com now to see more events and get on the list! 26 niteguidemag.com

Log on to MyClubScene.com now to see more events and get on the list!


Live Music Events Listing: SoCal Los Angeles

ORANGE COUNTY San Diego

July 3, Tuesday [The Echoplex]

July 5, Thursday [Observatory]

July 6, Friday [The Casbah]

Big Freedia

Twista

Valient Thorr

July 5, Thursday [The Echo]

July 6, Friday [Observatory]

July 7, Saturday [Belly Up]

Mates of State

Leftover Crack

Dead Feather Moon

July 7, Saturday [The Fonda]

July 7, Saturday [Observatory]

July 7, Saturday [The Casbah]

Blind Pilot

Fortunate Youth

Unwritten Law

July 10, Tuesday [The Fonda]

July 7, Saturday [Detroit Bar]

July 8, Sunday [Belly Up]

Marina & the Diamonds

Pacific Festival Pre-Party

Blind Pilot

July 10, Tuesday [The Roxy]

July 12, Thursday [House of Blues]

July 12, Thursday [Belly up]

P.O.D.

Aaron Lewis

Willie Nelson and Family

July 13, Friday [The El Rey]

July 13, Friday [Observatory]

July 13, Friday [Belly Up]

Aesop Rock

Fat Joe

Pato Banton

July 13, Friday [The Greek]

July 15, Sunday [Pacific Amphitheatre]

July 20, Friday [The Casbah]

The String Cheese Incident

Matisyahu

Swingin’ Utters

July 14, Saturday [The Fonda]

July 14, Saturday [Observatory]

July 21, Saturday [Belly Up]

Azealia Banks

Nipsey Hussle

Young Dubliners

July 17, Tuesday [The Wiltern]

July 19, Thursday [Observatory]

July 21, Saturday [Soma]

Frank Ocean

The Meteors

Cannibal Corpse

July 21, Saturday [The Roxy]

July 22, Sunday [Observatory]

July 22, Sunday [The Casbah]

Fountains of Wayne

Talib Kweli

Alberta Cross

July 28, Saturday [The Wiltern]

July 22, Sunday [Pacific Amphitheatre]

July 23, Monday [Belly Up]

Dirty Projectors

Young The Giant

Toots and the Maytals

July 30, Monday [The Wiltern]

July 25, Wednesday [Pacific Amphitheatre]

July 27, Friday [Soma]

Neon Trees

Sheryl Crow

Attack Attack!

July 31, Tuesday [The Wiltern]

July 28, Saturday [Observatory]

July 27, Friday [Cricket Wireless

Tenacious D

Jackie Greene

Amphitheatre]

July 31, Tuesday [The Echo]

July 28, Saturday [The Grove]

Sublime with Rome

Jason Falkner

Reel Big Fish

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Photo by Al Powers Imagery | Marquee Dayclub

Pool Parties Make a Splash with a Summer Alternative to Nightclubs By Courtney Seard

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rashing onto the scene a few years ago under the Las Vegas sun, pool parties have taken on a life of their own. Daylife has become a multi-million dollar industry offering up a one of a kind exhilarating experience that’s only available under the fierce rays of summer. This isn’t the pool party of your childhood. The dayclub experience has the same energy and excitement as a nightclub, only poolside. There’s no need to wait for nighttime to experience some of the worlds greatest DJs and artists to perform. Catch the likes of Calvin Harris, David Guetta and Avicii while washing down the finest champagne, or quench your thirst with custom made cocktails exclusive to the venues. This experience has upped the anty on party life, and it’s an opportunity to play in paradise before a night out on the town. There are many types of pool parties with different styles of music and crowds, so no matter where you go, you’ll find one thing in common; the perfect environment to experience summer fun. While some people prefer to lay in the cool shade of the lavish cabanas, others can be found at the front of the stage dancing and taking in every beat of the DJ’s performance. Still others prefer to spend the day relaxing in the refreshing water and socializing with their fellow party goers. There’s no better way to properly celebrate the season than taking part in the exhilarating ritual. Marquee’s “Wet Wonderland” at The Cosmopolitan and the Palm’s “Ditch Fridays” are two of Sin City’s best offerings for poolside debauchery, and Southern California keeps the party cool with Drai’s in Hollywood and Intervention at Hard Rock in San Diego. It’s the ultimate adult playground where everyone from locals, jet setters, celebrities and tastemakers gather weekly to escape and create lasting memories that will keep them smiling all year long.

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in the SUN

It’s all FUN LOS ANGELES

SAN DIEGO

LAS VEGAS

DRAI’S POOL PARTY W Hotel, Hollywood

INTERVENTION Hard Rock San Diego

REHAB Hard Rock Hotel

WET WONDERLAND Marquee Dayclub

6250 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 323.962.1111 www.pool.drais.net

207 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619.702.3000 www.interventionsd.com

4455 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89169 702.693.5000 www.hardrockhotel.com

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S. Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.333.9000 www.marqueelasvegas.com

Upcoming Events July 15th Guess Clothing, Bass Kleph & Travis Emmons July 29th Sebastien Drums August 12th Danny Daze

Upcoming Events July 8th Manufactured Superstars July 15th EC Twins with Nadia Ali August 5th Joachim Garraud

Upcoming Events July 15th Timbaland July 21st The Crystal Method

Upcoming Events July 8th Sander van Doorn July 21st Dash Berlin July 22nd Hardwell

TAO BEACH The Venetian

DITCH FRIDAYS The Palms Pool & Bungalows

LIQUID Aria Resort

ENCORE BEACH CLUB Encore

3355 Las Vegas Blvd S. Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.388.8588 www.taobeach.com

4321 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.942.6832 www.ditchfridays.com

3730 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.693.8300 www.lightgroup.com/las-vegas/ daylife/liquid-pool-lounge/

3100 Las Vegas Blvd S. Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.770.7300 www.encorebeachclub.com

Upcoming Events July 8th Gareth Emery July 15th Markus Schulz

Upcoming Events July 7th Roger Sanchez July 14th Chris Willis July 21st Mark Stylz

LAS VEGAS

Upcoming Events July 6th Fernando Garibay July 13th Dave Audé

Upcoming Events July 7th Avicii July 14th Eric Prydz July 22nd Knife Party

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Las Vegas

Photography by Powers Imagery

Featured dayclub

By Megan Harvey

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ith summer in full swing, the SoCal beaches are filling up fast. Between the random guy wearing socks and the kid throwing sand, now might be the perfect time for something different. When you’re on the prowl for something a little less “crowded theme park” and a little more “sexy stranger-filled oasis,” its time to check out TAO Beach at The Venetian Las Vegas. Even miles from the ocean, TAO Beach is becoming one of the most talked about pools this summer. Teaming up with Maxim, the biggest men’s lifestyle brand in America, TAO Beach is now hosting Maxim Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Previous venue events have included appearances by Benny Benassi, Nicky Romero and Cosmic Gate, and that’s only the starter course for the summer lineup. In addition, TAO Beach also runs a rotating schedule of cover model appearances and Maxim Magazine model searches. TAO Beach is open from 10 a.m. until sunset with its Balinese-themed décor featuring luxury cabanas and personal masseuses. If you’re feeling international and a bit adventurous, they also allow European sunbathing Monday through Thursday. Guests can also order specialty cocktails like a Frozen TAO-tini or Sake Sangria from Tao Beach’s 30-foot bar, or order from TAO Asian Bistro’s sushi and grill menu from 11am-6pm daily. As the weekend sun dips into the Vegas skyline, TAO Beach transitions into an outdoor extension of their famous nightclub. Here, guests can enjoy highenergy international DJs and order VIP bottle service. The open-air nightclub features 14-foot fire columns and is scattered with comfy lounge beds for those who prefer to sit back and observe the action for a while. Whether you’re looking for a weekend escape or a reason to take off work, this is where it’s at. TAO Beach, the place to get a little sin with your sun! For more information, check out www.taobeach.com

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Karelea Mazzola

MYCLUBSCENE.com July 2012 VIXEN

Photo by Barry Druxman Hair & Makeup by Kay Matthews www.druxmanphotography.com See more photos of Karelea at: www.myclubscene.com/vixen


June IN REVIEW: FEATURED EVENTS Iva Lee’s 10 year anniversary Iva Lee’s [San Clemente]

By Drew Leahy | Photography by Shelly Kindred On Sunday, June 10th, Iva Lee’s Restaurant located on historical El Camino Real in San Clemente celebrated ten years of honoring the unique flavors of the South and the savory recipes of Iva Lee. Delicious house-made cocktails, Creole jambalaya, delectable hors d’oeuvres, and New Orleans inspired live music brought the unique ambiance of the French Quarters to South Orange County in a celebration fit for Frenchman Street. Iva Lee’s Southern and Creole cuisine is Lisa and Eric Wagoner’s timely homage to Lisa’s late grandmother Iva Lee, and her classic Southern meals and welcoming disposition towards friends and family. A descendent of a long line of Southern women who passed down recipes from generation to generation since their arrival in America in 1640, Iva Lee prided herself on the variety of savory Southern meals she prepared for her friends and family. With that same ethos in mind, Iva Lee’s Restaurants prepare the tastiest New Orleansinspired entrees for welcomed patrons like everyday is Fat Tuesday. For the Ten Year Anniversary, Iva Lee’s Restaurant prepared tasty hors d’oeuvres such as filet crostini, salmon on flatbread, sweet potato fries with red eye aioli, and fried green tomatoes with remoulade and goat cheese. The Lousianna Lemonade with vodka complimented the appetizers and live New Orleans-inspired music. The contagious “Big Easy” mood at Iva Lee’s continued throughout the night. The anniversary brought old friends together and spawned new friendships. The restaurant successfully celebrated Iva Lee, all in the name of Southern hospitality.

Kristina Sky Lights up yost Yost Theater [Santa Ana]

Story and photos by Christina Montaldo On June 27th in the heart of Santa Ana, California, loud speakers from The Yost Theater carried out the beats of Los Angeles native Kristina Sky into the night. Sky played throughout the evening as the venue filled up with party goers who have a deep love for the music. Bringing together old and new tunes, Sky was the only female DJ spinning that evening, catering to the pumped up crowd. She spun an amazing set that night, as always. “Being a female in the scene is definitely annoying at times because certain people don’t take you seriously, but I do my best and show them I can do it as good as any male in the scene,” Sky shared. The DJ got started in the scene in the ‘90s as a concert goer, then turned to promoting the shows she attended. A few years after that she decided to start spinning herself, and the rest was history. “One of my favorite things about my job is having everyone just let go for an hour or so, forget about the weeks troubles and to just have a good time for a little while.” As the night unfolded there were smiles and laughter all around, the turn out was amazing, and everyone who came out to enjoy the music and atmosphere left with smiles and great memories.

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Congorock brings energy Avalon [Hollywood]

By Drew Leahy | Photography by MyClubScene.com | Dave Orell On Friday, June 8th, the day that most electronic dance music enthusiasts will remember as day one of EDC-Las Vegas, Italy’s electro provocateur, Congorock, took the stage at Hollywood’s famous Avalon, determined to make his own memories full of satiating beats for his legion of devoted fans. John Pegnato, a.k.a. Hot Mouth (formally known as one half of LA Riots), impressed the crowd with his tasteful stock of funky, techy, fun electro house beats while the vacancies on the dance-floor slowly filled up. Shortly after midnight, Congorock ascended the stage and the whispers of “Why didn’t you go to EDC?” finally diminished. The felt anxiety of the crowd flitted from one person to another in anticipation of Congorock’s first drop. The crowd amassed, and the capacious venue filled up with enthused Congorock faithfuls, including fellow DJ/Producers Steve Duda and LeCastlevania. True to form, Congorock brought the energy with his driving synths and layered chainsaw-esque bass drops. From unproven bangers like his most recent tracks, “Monolith” and “Agarta,” to certified festival favorites like “Babylon,” the funky style and fat bass lines of Congorock correlated with the L.A. crowd. Congorock still pulled despite EDC’s undeniable presence, and the night operated as a platform for his latest material. Follow Congorock on Facebook for his latest tour dates and forthcoming studio releases.

tommy trash thrills lure Lure [Hollywood]

Photos Courtesy of Stephanie Magallanes Hollywood’s brand new nightclub Lure has proven to revolutionize the nightlife scene, offering party goers the ultimate club experience with the world’s top DJ performances and entertainment. Since its opening, Lure’s Thursday nights have seen talent such as Wolfgang Gartner, Manufactured Superstars, HookNSling, Adrian Lux, Robbie Rivera, among others usher in the warm, L.A. summer with electric energy and stimulating sound. True to its coveted position as one of Hollywood’s leading hot spots showcasing the world’s best talent, Lure saw Australian DJ/producer Tommy Trash perform yet another knockout set on Thursday, June 27th, laying down some truly tantalizing tracks. As Lure’s space began to fill, Tommy Trash took the decks around midnight, putting on yet another wild show complete with his notorious head banging and massive sound. As party goers danced amid the kinetic light spheres and along the plush lounge seating lined with high definition LED walls, Tommy performed a seamless set, taking guests on a journey with an array of tracks. With the liquor flowing, people let loose as Tommy spun “The End” and his new remix of deadmau5’s “The Veldt.” He especially shocked the crowd as he mixed from House of Pain’s “Jump Around” into Sandro Silva & Quintino’s “Epic,” leaving guests with yet another extraordinary evening. With such talent already under its belt, nightlife lovers can expect Lure to continue to offer its guests a lineup of unforgettable, mind blowing nights with the world’s best DJs behind their decks.

See more photos from these events and others at www.MyClubScene.com

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Manchester, Tennessee By Heidi Darby

Photos by Heidi Darby and Gwen Conners

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onnaroo. The word bounces off your tongue with an almost hypnotic cadence, and by definition, represents “a really good time.” Kicking up dust for the 11th year in a row, Bonnaroo unfolded over June 7th – 10th mastering the art of its namesake once again. The stacked lineup for this years gathering in Manchester, Tennessee beckoned travelers from Canada to England, with several U.S. dialects peppered throughout. Outside the second entrance, a towering mutant cuckoo clock sang to festival goers below, offset by a brilliant light up ferris wheel just inside the gates. Entering the actual venue, the grounds were colored with multiple art installations, a people-friendly water fountain, water slide, comedy tent, and a solid range of vendors. Suiting up for a late start on night one, I headed over to This Tent (the actual name of the tent) to catch electro-funk duo Big Gigantic, whose blend of electronic music mixed with live drums and saxophone had the crowd primed for the marathon weekend ahead. Day two started inappropriately early, considering the Tennessee sun yields no mercy for a campground full of moon worshipping festival goers. 40 niteguidemag.com

Heading over to Which Stage (again, the actual name of one of two outdoor stages, the other –not surprisingly- entitled What Stage) to catch South Carolina rockers Needtobreathe. Though the group had not originally charted high on my radar, the four-piece served up some substantial rock and roll. Other highlights on day two included Ludacris, who drew an enormous and salivating crowd, along with a late night performance by Major Lazer (featuring EDM poster boy Diplo) that attracted a serious party, equipped with a charged audience and swagger-fueled dancers. The night’s heavy hitting success came from an upbeat and surprisingly engaging performance by Foster The People, and a predictably epic set from alt-legends Radiohead. The beauty of The Roo (as repeat offenders refer to it) lies in its fearlessness to pay homage to all types of music, both popular and regionally treasured. Saturday morning back at Which Stage, North Eastern trio The Devil Makes Three threaded ragtime and blues with rockabilly flair so well, I almost didn’t notice their lack of a drummer. Headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers tore through a hit-filled set, and just after midnight Alice Cooper kept things interesting by covering Lady Gaga’s

“Born This Way.” The dizzying cyclone of talent kept up momentum on the fourth and final day, with a moving performance by guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr., and a feel-good run from the legendary Beach Boys. As the last night of the festival raged on, the crowds grew denser and curiously more content with one another. With scattered rains and a farm full of 80,000 + music lovers, Bonnaroo rounded out the weekend with a nearly four hour set from jam icons Phish, who left the stage under a sky full of fireworks. Over the years, Bonnaroo earned “Festival of The Year” by multiple top tier publications, received the eco-friendly “A Greener Festival Award” five years running, and was named “One of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll” by Rolling Stone Magazine. As with any population of 80,00 sharing 700 acres of farmland for four days, adversity arises, but the staple music event continues to have muscle where music is concerned, heart where organizers are concerned, and an overall sense of community that hasn’t been replicated at any other festival I’ve had the pleasure of attending. If “a really good time” is what you’re looking for, look no further than The Roo.


{ scene stealers } Best odd couple Lionel Richie hopping onstage with Kenny Rogers in The Other Tent.

Craziest crowd Flogging Molly. Confirmed by narrowly escaping a shoe to the face. Twice.

Living Legend award With so many vets it was hard to choose, but soul singer Charles Bradley brought the house down.

Longest Jam Umphrey’s McGee took over That Stage around 2 a.m. to do a marathon set that included AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” just before dawn.

Most Talked About Performance Big Freedia. There were literally asses everywhere.

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Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas By Allie Imai

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rom June 8-10, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway opened its gates to 300,000 electronic music lovers looking to dance the night away under the desert sky at the 16th annual Electric Daisy Carnival. The celebrated festival has built a longstanding reputation over the years for its impressive combination of pyrotechnics, circus performers, carnival rides and a lineup of world class DJs, and this year Insomniac Events definitely lived up to the hype. Previously held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, EDC found a new home at the Speedway in 2011. The massive venue allowed more breathing room for the festival and gave Insomniac a creative license to develop an experience that no other event of its kind can duplicate. Walking into the venue’s gates for the first night of nonstop dancing can only be described as entering an alternate universe. Fireworks, Ferris wheels, seven massive stages and the thumping of a heavy bass line are the only constants in this world, and every inch of the venue was filled with fire-spouting art installations, stilt walkers and infectious smiles from each passing person. Every stage offered something different to attendees, whether they came to be immersed in the melodies of trance, to stomp away to hard-style beats, or have their fists pumping in a sea of people at the energetic main stage. The noticeable theme across three nights and thousands of fans was an overwhelming love and appreciation for electronic dance music, an experience that can only fittingly be described as electric.

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EDC’S TOP PERFORMERS CATCH UP WITH NITEGUIDE NGM: What makes EDC different from other festivals? ATB: EDC is kind of a special thing. The good thing about EDC is that they understand that a good festival is not just getting the stage, the DJ and people there to make a lot of money. They know you have to offer a little more to satisfy the people. NGM: Care to elaborate? ATB: I really feel like the EDC organizers are wanting to offer a lot and put money back into the production. It’s

not just the technical side, it’s a kind of entertainment production. I never saw this at other festivals. There are a lot of festivals worldwide, but for me this is number one, because when you are there you don’t know where to look first. You don’t just hear things, it’s a full visual experience. I like that. I hope that they keep putting the people as the focus of the whole production. They say it’s the people in the end who make a good party. It’s not just the DJs, the lights, whatever. It’s a full experience and they [Insomniac] are really professional in doing that.

NERVO

ATB

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NGM: What was the overall production like? Mim: EDC is a mind blowing festival. I honestly think it’s in a league of its own. The people that put on those events, they don’t just treat it like a normal festival. They really make a massive effort to the aesthetic of the whole festival.

NGM: Tell us about the Nicky Romero collaboration you dropped at EDC? Mim: “Like Home,” we love that song! We wrote it when we were playing an Energy gig in Utrecht, and we said, “Hey, why don’t we spend an extra two days in Holland and write it?” And we did, and we came up with two records. One of them is “Like Home.” NGM: Traffic and weather seemed to be the only challenges. Did you feel they were a big factor? Liv: Not for us luckily, we played on Friday when it was perfect. It did take two hours to get to the venue, but it only adds to the anticipation when you know you’ve traveled for something like this.

Photo by Al Powers Marquee Dayclub

NGM: How was it dropping WTF at Electric Daisy Carnival? Nicky Romero: Awesome! I am very happy the track is doing so well. For the first release on Protocol Recordings, it did amazing and the response from the crowd was absolutely overwhelming! NGM: How do you feel the fans at EDC help define the show? NR: This year the overall production was top notch I must say, so that alone made for a great show. The

icing on the cake at EDC was and always will be the crowd though. They make it happen and make it an absolute party! The energy they give all day and all night in those conditions is an achievement by itself, great to see that music unifies and brings this positive vibe!

NGM: How was crowd connection at EDC Las Vegas this year?

STEVE AOKI

NICKY ROMERO

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the artists on the stage were sick.

Steve Aoki: Incredible. It’s always a really responsive crowd at EDC. One of the best crowds in the world NGM: What did you think of the stage productions? SA: I didn’t get to do my show with Blue Man Group because of the wind so that was a major bummer for me. The Dim Mak stage however was epic. It really was just a massive stage, but that was good enough because

NGM: What’s the craziest thing you witnessed at EDC this year? SA: Playing the Art Car at 4:30 a.m. to whoever was left over on day two.

NGM: What is it like playing at your Marquee residency in Las Vegas? NR: Great! The Marquee is a great venue and the people are a treat to work with over there. They bring in the best crowds that are totally up for it every time I play there.

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Photography by Emilio Gonzales

Las Vegas

Event in Review

Wynn Music Week Invades Las Vegas

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lectric Daisy Carnival swept through Sin City in early June, accentuated by the first ever Wynn Music Week, an industry celebration of the best in electronic dance music that ran concurrently with EDC. The week long event took place from June 6th to the 11th at Wynn Las Vegas’ posh entertainment venues XS, Tryst, Encore Beach Club and Surrender. The hotel itself is stunning, with 45 floors, 4,750 rooms and a penchant for earning top tier ratings for food and accommodations. With a reputation for class and sophisticated fun, owner Steve Wynn had the foresight to become involved in the electronic music influx to Las Vegas during Electric Daisy Carnival, offering music lovers an additional layer of entertainment. Kicking the week off at Tryst, Berlin based DJ and producer Thomas Gold threw down a string of his amazing smash singles, thrilling the crowd that included the likes of Ashley Tisdale, Paris Hilton, Cheryl Burke, and fellow DJs Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso. As the week continued to unfold in the lavish hotel, XS offered up its accessible dance floor and re46 niteguidemag.com

freshinng pool filled with glistening party goers. On the 10th, the nightclub presented “Night Swim,” an after dark pool soiree that featured the Jacked Party with Dutch DJ/producer Afrojack, where swimwear was strongly encouraged. Fans of Afrojack were able to enjoy his sound amidst water, cocktails, and the brilliant Las Vegas skyline. The week was rounded out by yet another amazing show at XS, for the IN industry night that featured Skrillex and Diplo. The evening ignited with additional surprise appearances by Avicii, R3hab and 12th Planet. With such a successful round of shows for the first official Wynn Music Week, next year will be hard to top. Yet if there’s one brand that could do it, it’s Wynn Las Vegas.


Photos By Matt Copley

Orange County

Featured Event

VANS

r u o t d e p war O

n June 21st, 2012, Vans Warped Tour made one of its many stops in Irvine with over 75 artists including We the Kings, All Time Low, Mayday Parade, Four Year Strong, New Found Glory, Yellowcard, The Used, and Taking Back Sunday.

ed free drinks and shaded areas for fans to relax and enjoy a cool beverage. Fans could also walk around the grounds and browse vendor and artist’s tents stacked with affordable merchandise, mouthwatering food, and free swag.Vans, the main sponsor of Warped Tour, had multiple booths that sold Vans shoes and other Vans products.

Fans crowded in front of stages, started circle mosh pits, crowd surfed, and threw their hands into the air for their favorite artists with the music lasting from 11:00am-9:00pm.

One memorable moment for many included Yellowcard’s closing song, “Ocean Avenue.” Anyone who shared this moment could feel the explosion of excitement as the first chords of the classic Yellowcard song blasted over the crowd. As their set ended, Taking Back Sunday took the stage and closed the event with an enthralling and energetic show, leaving fans buzzing about their experience. These unbelievable performances along with many others made Irvine’s Vans Warped Tour one for the history books, and after selling out to a record breaking crowd in Pomona for the following date, the tour shows no signs of slowing.

Usually, Warped Tour includes fighting the heat of summer, but this year the weather decided to play fair and spoil the crowd with a perfectly warm day and light winds. But even when the weather is fair, water will always be a necessity. This year, Klean Kanteen provided water bottle refill stations throughout the grounds as well as tents to purchase reusable water bottles. If a break was needed from the loud music and jumping around, Monster and Peace Tea provid-

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By Paterson Wolfgram


Southern California

Event in Review

Photos by Brian Hmurovich, Christina Montaldo, Jamie Dickerson, Dave Orell

MYCLUBSCENE.COM 3 YEAR

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yClubScene.com celebrated its three year anniversary over June 22-24, stretching out over an entire weekend filled with amazing people, great music and just the right amount of debauchery, sponsored by Asahi. The site has built over 33,000 members providing more than just information, but a community for nightlife lovers. People can post photos of themselves, view photo galleries from top events and get updates on the hottest clubs nationwide. MyClubScene allows everyone to party VIP style with their free guest lists and discount ticket opportunities, creating minimum hassle and maximum fun for its members. With all of these perks, it’s no wonder the MCS team and a few hundred of their closest friends let loose for three days throughout Southern California. Friday night kicked off the festivities at Playhouse in Hollywood, with the music stylings of DJ S.Co. The venue swelled with party goers dancing and enjoying the night as the NiteGuide 50 niteguidemag.com

logo ran across the LED screens. On Saturday, the momentum kept up at Posch Ultra Lounge in Irvine. The stylish venue had multiple rooms and fireplaces, along with great food that was accentuated by the creative cocktails coming from the full bar. On hand to keep bodies on the dance floor was DJ Eric Cubeechee, whose beats kept energy high all night long. Rounding out the weekend, MyClubScene headed down to San Diego for Intervention at Hard Rock Hotel. Nothing says summer like cruising down the coastline in a party bus to join a pool full of people rocking out to the sounds of Morgan Page. Not only were MyClubScene members on hand, four lucky contest winners won two tickets, two drinks and the honor of meeting Morgan before his set. Sunday’s pool party ended a marathon weekend of celebration. With three successful years under its belt, MyClubScene looks to expand nationally and launch its new website equipped with an iPhone app later this year.

Meet Morgan Page Contest Winners!


PLAYHOUSE NIGHTCLUB, Hollywood

POSCH ULTRA LOUNGE, Irvine

INTERVENTION Hard Rock, San Diego

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Las Vegas

Photo Recap Avicii

Photos courtesy of MyClubScene.com Brian Brown

Marquee DayClub

Jazzy Jeff

Photos of Brandon Peters Photos courtesy ofcourtesy N9NE Group Las Vegas

Ditch Fridays | Palms Casino

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Hollywood

Photo REcaP AFROJACK

Playhouse | Hollywood

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Orange county

Photo REcaP MyClubScene MONDAYS

Photos courtesy of MyClubScene.com | Christina Montaldo & Martin Clara

SHarkeez | Huntington Beach

HOROSCOPE Cancer June 21- July 22 By Kristin Halberg

Happy Bir thday Cancer!

This is not the time to waffle Cancer. Either make the commitment or decide to be free. There is no in between anymore!

Last year was not the best year, was it? As much as you have been feeling the strain of recent events of the past year, things

Career:

are going to lighten up for you. You may not be completely out

It is time to break out of your comfort zone! Time to have fun, be

of your current funk, but by November you will be on your way.

a pioneer, and take the risk you have been thinking about! You

It’s a small light at the end of that tunnel, but it is there! On the

have the potential this year to do amazing things in your career

plus side, you have been upping your game with people this

life. But first you have to be willing to take the chance and put

year. Your communication skills are at their peak right now. This

yourself out there. It is the only way to truly find out what you

will only help you as you shed last years coat. Taking notice of

are made of! Make a list of what you are hoping to accomplish

family and friends realizing your roots will be the magic solution!

and set out to achieve exactly that. This is the year to actually do it and get it done! So get out there!

Love: You may feel like all you do is fall in love and get knocked down. This is a time for you to really find what you may have been looking for! You will probably find it closer than you think too. Love just may be in your circle of friends‌ all this time! 56 niteguidemag.com

Lucky Days: 11, 19, 31


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