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December 2012: Issue 36
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8 Featured Dishes: Holiday Helpings 10 Featured Cocktails 12 Featured Restaurant: Wild Goose 14 Featured Alcohol: Sailor Jerry 16 Winter Wonderland 18 Movers & Shakers 20 Nitelife Around The World: Berlin 22 Featured Show: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas 24 Featured Venue: Couture 26 Club Directory 28 December Events Listing: LA 30 December Events Listing: OC, SD 32 New Yearâ€™s Eve Event Listing 34 Live Events Listing 36 Featured Band: Saint Motel 38 Featured DJ/Producer: Norman Doray
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What's on Your Holiday Wish List?
By Kimberly Fisher
Still shopping for the perfect gift for that someone special? Check out these great finds for the best stocking stuffers this holiday season.
For the Energy-Influenced:
For the Senses:
HighChi Jewelry has created exquisite energized power pieces to protect the wearer while providing a statement piece of high-end jewelry. The line features Chi Charms, Harmonic Jewels Gods & Goddesses as well as a men’s collection. www.HighChi.com
Need a new spin on a great holiday hostess gift? Check out highend products from DayNa Decker, a modern spin on EcoCouture featuring luxury candles, oil lamps, and diffusers. Inspired by sophisticated design and aesthetically pleasing shapes, this one-of-a-kind luxury is perfect in any home. www.DaynaDecker.com
For the Diva on the Go: If you know someone that always wants to look fabulous fast, Australian owned and designed Majic Beauty has invented the world’s quickest and easiest eye shadow to apply. Simply hold on your eyelid and swipe, and voila! Perfect eyes. www.majicbeauty.com
For the Techie: The iPad mini is the perfect gift for any techie lover. Also checkout the moderately priced Kindle Fire, or initiate a cell phone upgrade to the new iPhone5 or Samsung Galaxy.
For Those With a Sweet Tooth: Isabella’s Cookie Company is the perfect gift for those that love homemade confections that melt in your mouth. For a fun holiday treat, try the Sugar Rush with Vanilla Frosting in festive colored icings and sprinkles. www.isabellascookies.com
THE LIST THE PUBLISHER What another amazing year! The time seems to accelerate with each issue, and I can’t believe 2013 is almost here. Over the past three years we have covered many events and interviewed tons of great artists, DJs, chefs, and general nightlife extraordinaires. I love how fast the nightlife and EDM scene continues to grow and feel so fortunate that we get to be a part of it all. In this issue, you will find the top New Year’s Eve events across Southern California and Las Vegas, and you can buy most of your event tickets in advance online at myclubscene.com. There are so many great NYE events, it’s hard to choose from, but the open bar events are the best! I can’t wait to bring in the New Year and celebrate with everyone. We look forward to another successful year as we keep expanding into the Las Vegas market and increase our online content. We hope that you have a great NYE and look forward to giving you the best in nightlife for 2013. Enjoy the issue!
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THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Nothing says nightlife like an amazing New Year’s Eve party. Slipping into a new dress, heading out to a venue and celebrating the past year while toasting the one ahead is truly one of my favorite experiences. We strive to bring our readers the best information to enjoy an amazing night out, and in this issue we’ve set you up for success. Clubs, live music venues, restaurants and more are nestled between our pages, we know you’ll find something you like! That being said, NiteGuide wants to wish all of our readers a safe, happy holiday season. Here’s to 2013! Nicole Lloyd Director of Operations
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Featured Food 20 oz. Bone-In New York Strip Strip House
3667 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, CA 89109 702.737.5200 | www.striphouse.com | By Drew Leahy In a seamless blending of modernity and the Golden Era, Strip House, located inside the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, combines portraits of early 1900’s black and white pin-up nudes with a chic, sophisticated red interior. This dimly lit, intimate restaurant boasts an innovative menu that serves classic American meals with a twist, and has gained notoriety for their prime cuts of charred beef, signature side dishes, and eclectic wine list. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Strip House and experience NYE special offerings like the Foie Gras or the Oysters Rockefeller. Or bask in old-world glamour while indulging in the juicy Strip House 20 oz. Bone-In New York Strip and a signature side like the Black Truffle Creamed Spinach or the Potatoes Romanoff.
14 oz. Pork Chop Mozambique
1740 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.715.7777 | www.mozambiqueoc.com | By Drew Leahy Inspired by an admiration for South African culture, Mozambique in Laguna Beach successfully replicates the taste and ambiance of South African coastal cuisine and décor. This capacious restaurant, fit for group or intimate dining, serves succulent steaks and dishes topped with South Africa’s well-known spice, Peri-Peri, and many more Mozambique favorites. In addition to their appetite-provoking menu, Mozambique features live music throughout the week by bands ranging in styles from classic rock, Motown, funk, reggae, cover bands and rock alternatives. If you’re looking for a traditional holiday helping, try the 14 oz. Pork Chop topped with a warm cherry amaretto and served with Yukon mashed potatoes and sautéed asparagus. This rich, yet sweetly flavored dish rings of holiday cheer, and promises to leave an impression on the appetite.
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Pan-Seared Maple Leaf Duck Tabu Grill
2892 South Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.494.7743 | ww.tabugrill.com | By Drew Leahy Located in Laguna Beach, Tabu Grill’s unique oceanic oasis décor adorned with exotic plants, oceanic hues of blues and purples, colorful tapestries, seagrass chairs, and dozens of candles create a relaxing, intimate oceanic getaway. Home of original menu offerings like the Mero Sea Bass and Seared New England Scallops, Tabu Grill’s inspired delights derive from fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Photo by Jennifer Morris
Just in time for the holidays, Tabu added the Pan-Seared Maple Leaf Duck Breast to its already rich menu. This hearty portion of duck breast is panseared and served with butternut squash, red cabbage, Asian pears, toasted almond pesto and cranberry apricot gastrique. This dish complements the cooler holiday weather and washes down nicely with a glass of red wine.
Featured Cocktails Eggnog Martini Rock N’ Fish
Various locations throughout Southern California www.rocknfishmb.com By Drew Leahy Best known for its regional American cuisine featuring oak-grilled seafood dishes sourced from daily fresh fish, highest quality USDA prime sirloins, and fresh ingredients, Rock N’ Fish’s generous helpings and genuine hospitality must be experienced first hand. Home of the World Famous Navy Grog— gold rum and tropical fruit juices topped with a layer of sweet Hawaiian dark rum— Rock N’ Fish also serves up indelible menu items for any course, including the Seafood Jambalaya, Blue Cheese Wedge Salad, and Sticky Toffee Pudding.
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Violet Turning Violet
1 Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point, CA 92629 949.234.3318 www.stregismb.com/stonehill-tavern By Drew Leahy
In the midst of the holiday season, Rcok N’ Fish’s seasonal Eggnog Martini pairs perfectly with one of the aforementioned entrees. Complete with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Frangelico and a splash of Eggnog, this prescient martini will provide much needed warmth on a brisk December night.
Lexington Social House 1718 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028 323.461.1700 www.lexingtonsocialhouse.com By Drew Leahy The Lexington Social House embodies the spirit and enthusiasm of historic Hollywood and Vine by mixing contemporary décor and art with antiquated textures and designs. This truly artful dining experience boasts an array of handcrafted food and drinks like the Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs, Fried Jidori Chicken, and The Polynesian (above): tequila blended with pineapple gum syrup, lime juice, Peychaud bitters, and fresh basil served into a pint glass garnished with cayenne pepper, basil leaf and a crispy piece of prosciutto.
Located inside the St. Regis Monarch Beach, Stonehill Tavern’s sophisticated yet casual setting makes for a one-of-a-kind dining experience complete with modern American cuisine and its myriad of wines and libations. Stonehill’s elegant tavern-fare features seasonal ingredients with the professional twist of Chef Michael Mina. The Miso-Glazed Black Cod and the classic Filet Mignon typify the bold, flavorful food synonymous with the Stonehill Tavern, and are just as exquisite as the tavern’s scenic Pacific Ocean views.
Guests can enjoy the night in one of several different environments offered by the Lexington Social House: the dining room, perfect for an intimate dinner for two; the carrara marble bar, where socializing is encouraged; the nightclub, with a fully equipped DJ booth and sound system; or the outdoor garden patio, complete with cocktail seating, a fireplace, tree canopies and its own bar.
Combined with traditional tavern classics, Stonehill’s cocktail menu also features modern tavern libations like the Violet Turning Violet. Made with Ketel One vodka, yellow chartreuse, st.germain elderflower, fresh lime juice, and muddled blueberries, this charming cocktail represents a modern tribute to American iced drinks. Photo by Victoria Bors
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The Goose: Born to be Wild
By Drew Leahy
ith the official inauguration of Wild Goose into the popular Westcliff locale of Costa Mesa, second generation restauranteur, Mario Marovic, and partner, Andrew Gabriel, prove that a world where authentic, world-class libations and “elevated pub grub” coalesce with regard and modesty is not an aberration after all. Free from pretense, the humble disposition at the core of Wild Goose’s ethos anchors a sincere, authentic, indelible dining experience where gastronomes and localites alike can revel and rejoice.
Upon arriving, the actualization of the “friendly, neighborhood-tavern vibe” I had only heard co-founder Gabriel describe before hand was indeed serene and comforting, even though the tavern teemed with enthusiastic first-timers. The tavern itself, adorned with antiquated furnishings and lodge-like décor, exuded an effortless charm. From taxidermy including a Canadian goose, ram and beaver, to repurposed lighting fixtures from old chicken feeders, the Wild Goose uses natural elements and rustic décor to envelop patrons with a warm ambiance. “It was a collaboration of us travelling and picking out little things that we saw and liked . . . the theme kind of took off; it wasn’t set in stone,” said Andrew of the lodge motif. Coincidentally, their serendipitous process of design reconciled their admiration for rustic Americana and desire for a cozy, intimate and humble saloon. I sat at the epicenter of the tavern: a curved bar topped with classic hammered copper, surrounded by framed hunting prints and retro beer signs on the wall. Though locally sourced sausages like the Chicken Mole sausage topped with roasted beet relish, garlic aioli, siracha and a fried quail egg invigorated my taste buds, I could not resist the image of the Cilantro Caprese burger freshly engraved in my head. Topped with fried mozzarella, cilantro chimi churri, oven dried tomatoes and garlic aioli, this artisanal burger captures the essence of Wild Goose Tavern’s high-quality, appetiteprovoking ingredients ubiquitous in every menu offering. To wash it down: a draught of Matilda—slighty fruity aroma with a spicy yeast flavor— crafted by Goose Island Beer Co. In addition to crafted draught beers like this one, the Goose is home to premium wines, classically-crafted cocktails with fresh ingredients, and the largest stock of single barrel whiskey this side of the Mississippi (at least it seems). From world-class grub to first-class ambiance, the Wild Goose’s repertoire will certainly leave an impression on future patrons. With a welcoming spirit, genuine disposition, and charmingly exquisite menu, the Goose is here to stay. Did I mention they have a pool table? Photos by Alan De Herrera
Hot Sailor Berry Punch 2 parts Sailor Jerry 1 part crème de cassis 5 parts cloudy apple juice 1 tsp honey 2 cloves 2 cinnamon sticks ½ orange, sliced Glass: mug / tin cup Method: Add all ingredients to a pan and gently bring to the boil.
Hot Apple Jerry 1 part Sailor Jerry 2 parts Apple cider 2-3 slices of orange 3-5 cinnamon sticks 3-5 Cloves Glass: Mug Pre batch: crock-pot Method: Combine ingredients in order above in a crock-pot and stir, heat up and serve as needed, Garnish with a cinnamon stick
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ew things can defrost a cold winter night better than a hot drink, especially when it’s got a little something extra to warm you up! Whether you’re on the mountain taking a break from the slopes or simply lounging at home by the fireplace, the obvious choice to top off the holiday season is the notorious Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. With a flavorful combination of molasses, ginger, cinnamon, clove and vanilla, it’s no wonder that Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is the fastest-growing spiced rum brand. It’s picking up speed, too, with popularity doubling year after year as more people experience its trademark flavor. The drink of choice for seafaring men, spiced rum has historically been a favorite with rebellious pirates as well as patriotic officers for centuries, and Sailor Jerry continues to beckon adventure with its 92 proof kick. It all started with Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, the inspiration behind the brand and its image incarnate. A rough-and-rumble seadog with a fascination for Asian culture, Collins landed in Hawaii in the late 1920’s and set up shop to become one of the most influential tattoo artists of his time. Naval officers on shore leave frequented his shop, embodying the lifestyle Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum now hoists up with its taste and infamous packaging: tattooed, adventurous, and fearlessly bold. It was from the Pacific Island tattoo-culture that the rum drew its unique packaging. Bottles portray Collins’ famed “buxom maiden,” along with the artist’s signature. The only exception was a line of limited-edition bottles in 2011, which featured three alternate designs from his legendary portfolio. With its rebellious nature and rich, warm flavor, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is the perfect way to infuse a little hot into your cold weather night. Try it in a shot glass, on the rocks, or in any of the delicious cocktail recipes listed here.
Winter Wonderland S
outhern California is synonymous with fun, sun, and mild winters. However, for locals who are looking for a snowy getaway, the mountains offer a winter wonderland within a reasonable distance. NiteGuide rounded up a group of ski resorts with great nightlife options and killer slopes. For those who stay local and need a little beachside warmth once the sun sets, we’ve also included a list of fire-friendly bars equipped with fire pits.
Fireside Drinks and Dining
The Den of Hollywood
Bear Mountain spans nearly 200 acres and appeals to beginners and pros alike. It offers the region’s largest beginner area and the most progressive teaching terrain, 100 snow features of every shape and size, and SoCal’s only Superpipe. Stop by The Beach Bar for a cold beer or warm drink after a theraputic day on the slopes.
A perfect blend of casual atmosphere and laid back style, The Den of Hollywood greets guests with a horizontal fire pit perfect for a pre-dinner drink. Karaoke, Sunday Funday, great food and reasonably priced drinks make this place a perfect choice for any season.
Big Bear Mountain www.bearmountain.com
Snow Summit Big Bear Mountain www.snowsummit.com
Snow Summit is the premier mountain recreation destination for SoCal winter sport lovers. Wide open runs, alpine views and multiple class options for snowboarders and skiers alike have made Snow Summit an ideal getaway that’s been offering night skiing for more than forty years.
Mountain High Wrightwood www.mthigh.com
Located in the San Gabriel Mountains, Mountain High is broken down into three resorts tailored to fit winter sport lovers of every pace. The North Resort is geared toward beginners and offers plenty of snow play, The West Resort is great for all levels, and The East Resort pulls in advanced riders with a love of extreme snow sports.
Dana Point www.hennesseystavern.com/dana_point.html One of Orange County’s best hangouts, Hennessey’s in Dana Point provides warm service and a great outdoor dining area. With fire pits blazing nightly, not even the crisp night air can put a damper on the evening. Stop by for some fresh air and great nightly specials.
The Wine Pub San Diego www.thewinepubsd.com
Located in Point Loma, The Wine Pub caters to wine connissuers and recreational tasters alike. With twenty-five domestic and new world wines by the glass, locally brewed beer on tap, and a great menu to pair with any drink, guests can enjoy an evening of food and drink fireside.
Movers & shakers Featured Bartender Eric Parker| Golden Gate
Flair bartending is a sought-after and generally jaw-dropping talent that involves a variety of skills. Juggling bottles and spinning tins only scratches the surface of this trade, where bartenders entertain guests while simultaneously mixing drinks. Eric Parker, a Sin City resident, mastered this profession so well that he placed 4th among 48 competitors in China’s cutthroat Flair Bartending competition.
Featured PR Jonathan Llewellyn| Get In With worldwide offices, top tier clientele, and a global grasp on public relations, Get In PR is a company with serious reach. Founder and CEO Jonathan Llewellyn crafted his obsession for after-hours into a well respected PR firm that represents the biggest names in electronic dance music.
NGM: Tell us about competing in China’s Flair Bartending competition? EP: It was rather surreal. For the most part it was extremely professional and they took very good care of us. First class meals, after parties, sightseeing. All the fun aside, we were there to compete and every nation brought its best. We were all there to win. Come competition time, things were a bit chaotic. The crowd was packed, the DJ started the music, and my body started to go with the flow of my routine. NGM: Being a world champion bartender must come with some perks. Care to dish? EP: The biggest perk I could say is all the traveling! This year was China, last year was London. I’ve been all the way up to Canada and as far down as the Cayman Islands. I wouldn’t have dreamt in a million years flair would have taken me to so many places! NGM: Tell us about a typical shift at Golden Gate. EP: Ah Golden Gate! I work closely with Santiago Gomez and we always find a way to have fun! The people on Fremont Street seem to be a little more easygoing, if I had to stereotype, and we often play and feed off the crowd. It’s the more stern/stiff ones who we usually have the most fun
cally in the U.S. Do you believe they’ve finally caught up to the rest of Europe?
JL: I’m old enough to remember when EDM was huge stateside the last time around, when Digweed, Sasha, Tenaglia and Cox would play Twilo in New York. When Limelight was one of the most incredible venues on earth, and let’s not forget the Tunnel. The U.S. has been waiting 20 years for this to come 360 degrees and I’d hazard a guess it’s here to stay for at least another 5+ years.
NiteGuide Magazine: What area of representation thrills you the most? Artists, labels, or all of the events? Jonathan Llewellyn: It’s always thrilling when we deliver above and beyond our remit, which is what goes on at Get In consistently. We’re not traditional publicists, that wasn’t what I set the company up to do. Each person that works for me is trained across everything – events, artists, label, creative and of course the global market.
NGM: Being in PR has to come with perks. Can you share a few?
JL: Ha… I guess a free drink or ten never goes a miss, and guest list to events is rarely an issue.
NGM: The EDM industry has evolved drasti-
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NGM: Are there any new artists you’re working with that our readers should know about?
JL: Sure, there’s always new talent to talk about. Danny Avila is making some serious noise at the moment, we also take care of Cazzette who’ve just released their debut album exclusively on Spotify, which is a world-first partnership.
NGM: Rumor has it you’re a perfectionist. This has to make your clients ecstatic, but do you ever drive your co-workers a bit crazy? JL: Without sounding cocky, I’d like to think we’re all perfectionists here. My entire team other than Kat Baker graduated through our internship program, it gives me the opportunity to see whether someone has the capability to de-
with. Most times at their expense. NGM: Do you feel expectations are higher for Sin City bartenders? EP: Absolutely and I believe they should be. We are the Mecca of drinking and partying. People come here to party and be entertained. A lot of this starts and ends at a bar. Some good knowledge of your craft and common courtesy goes a long way. NGM: What’s the most outlandish drink request you’ve ever taken? EP: I’m not sure about an outlandish cocktail, but some of the names people come up for drinks from different parts of the nation drives me nuts! I had a women ask for a blue motorcycle, that was in fact was an Adios Mo Fo. NGM: What advice would you give to aspiring flair bartenders? EP: Practice, practice, practice. Surround yourself by going to flair bars, competitions, etc. There’s a vast amount of training tools now, starting with barflair.org. Youtube is also a huge help. For any Las Vegas locals eager to learn, you could contact me for private lessons via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
liver what we’re renowned for delivering. People learn from their mistakes. I don’t really do a lot of shouting, just shoving in the right direction.
NGM: What’s a bit of advice you give to someone wanting to break into the PR industry?
JL: Don’t send a CV if you’re a wannabe producer or DJ. We get inundated with this kind of applicant and they’re just not suited to PR. Have an absolute understanding of current trends in music, be passionate about the clients you’re likely to end up working with, and be confident. Being a publicist in this industry is not for wilting wallflowers, you need a voice and an opinion.
Featured DJ Eric Murray
Eric Murray is no stranger to four-hour sets, odd requests, and most importantly, packed clubs full of music lovers. He’s one of OC’s newest DJs and charges forward in the scene, creating a buzz while making a name for himself. NiteGuide Magazine: What attracted to you to the SoCal music scene? Eric Murray: I was fresh out of college when I first moved to Huntington Beach and was eager to continue my social life. I really enjoy the energy and how unique the music is. There are so many young producers and DJs down here coming up with new ideas and creating new sounds, I feel like I hear something new every time I go out. NGM: Tell us about your sound, and your approach to orchestrating it? EM: I make sure that my sets are always evolving and changing. I’ll play new remixes, mash up acapellas from different genres with popular songs, and incorpo-
Featured Promo Girl Katie Boatman| Pacifico NorCal native Katie Boatman grew up snowboarding and wake boarding, but moving to Huntington Beach opened the door for a new chapter of adventure and career opportunities in her life. Working as a promotional model for Entourage Promotions, Katie continues to pursue her interests in travel and immerses herself in a people-friendly work environment.
NiteGuide Magazine: How did you break into promotional work? Katie Boatman: Promotional work kind of fell into my lap actually. Every Tuesday night in downtown Huntington Beach they have a street fair/farmers market, and Pacifico signed up to have a booth in downtown Huntington Beach for the summer for promotions and give-aways. I ended up meeting the Rep for Pacifico, and was offered a job not only for Tuesday nights to help with promotions, but to be in the World Series Stand-up Paddleboard Competition. With this job offer came many more promotions, and I’ve been with the same company ever since.
rate my own tracks into my sets. I’m constantly practicing, trying out new ideas, and looking for inspiration from other DJs and producers I look up to. NGM: Do you have a go-to track to play when the mood needs lifting? EM: I have a list of tracks that I fall back on when I need to raise the mood. The list is always evolving and changing to keep up with new releases and the location I’m performing. Right now I really enjoy playing a mash up of Flo-Rida’s Whistle and Nicky Romero’s remix of What a Feeling by Alex Gaudino and Kelly Rowland.
form my songs onstage in front of a crowd. NGM: Where and when can our readers find you performing? EM: I perform all over Orange County and Long Beach at venues such as Hurricanes, Sharkeez, Panama Joe’s, Woody’s Wharf, Rudy’s, and CP. I also release a weekly podcast on my Sound Cloud page (www. soundcloud.com/ericmurraymsuic) called Garage Noise. Check www.facebook.com/ ericmurraymusic for a listing of all my upcoming shows.
NGM: What’s the wildest request you’ve ever received? EM: I’ve been asked to play Psy’s “Gangnam Style” four times in an hour before. I thought that was pretty hilarious. NGM: What’s a pinnacle venue you’d like to perform at soon? EM: I’d really like to expand to Vegas clubs and some of the summer festivals. That’s where my love of music really blossomed and it has always been my dream to per-
NGM: Tell us about the company that you work for? KB: I work for Entourage Promotions. It’s a great company to work for, they’re always on top of things and very organized. I sometimes hear crazy things from other girls about different companies, but I honestly have no complaints about Entourage. I have met so many good friends and great people, traveled all over the U.S, and have worked so many fun events. I’m so thankful to be a part of the Entourage Team!
rants. With each event, you’ll always meet so many people and hand out promotional give-aways. For a “typical gig” I am always dressed up and camera ready, I expect to meet a lot of new people, I make sure to know the information for whatever I am promoting, and have fun! There are a lot of perks that come with promotions. I have gone to so many cool places like Hawaii, Chicago, and Florida, and met so many awesome people.
NGM: Do you enjoy the constant interaction with people?
KB: Of course! This job is all about interacting with people. It’s about chatting with people you don’t know and introducing them to your product. The interactions you have with people make your job what it is. Everyone loves give-aways, especially if it’s from a brand that you love.
NGM: What’s a typical gig like? KB: Every gig is so different. There are golf tournaments and sporting events, concerts, private parties, liquor store promotions, bar promotions, and even promotions in restau-
By Emmanuel Cayanan
erlin is the pristine capital of Germany and is characterized by iconic neoclassical architecture, historical landmarks, and the lush green forests, parks, and gardens that make up a third of its landscape. This exquisite city is among Europe’s top travel destinations for a number of reasons, but it offers so much more than what prints in most travel brochures. As much as there is to see by day, Berlin thrives in its nocturnal sights and sounds. Often thought to be the techno capital of the world, Berlin’s nightlife is enriched by a fascinating history in which electro music played a significant role in the era of German reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Approach Berlin’s nightlife with a sense of purpose and determination. There is a lot to conquer throughout the several nightlife districts of Berlin, and if you want to emerge from it as triumphant as the victorious chariot that sits atop Brandenburg gate, it’s best to know where to start. The nightlife scene in Berlin is so vast, with many pockets catering to different lifestyles, that you could visit a new club every night for a year and still have more to see. From the young electric feel of the Friedrichshain district to the multicultural vibe of the Kreuzburg neighborhood, and from dingy basement dives pumping electronic music to large-scale outdoor events, Berlin truly has something for everyone. It is Europe’s poster child for diversity, progress, and freedom. Here are a handful of some of Berlin’s hot spots to help scratch the surface of nightlife there.
Prater Garten The oldest beer garden in Berlin, Prater Garten has crafted its brews since 1837 and has survived both World Wars and the Soviet rule of East Berlin. Among its unique beers are Prater Pils and Prater Schwarzbier (black beer), and those are just a couple of the concoctions that draw enough of a crowd to pack the thousand seats in the house daily. Prater Garten offers a relaxing setting to drink under the sun and experience the beautiful outdoors. When the weather gets rough, people head inside to the beer hall and restaurant, where they offer an extensive menu. Open from noon until past midnight in the summer months, Prater is the perfect place to spend the daytime hours in Berlin.
Maria am Ostbahnhof Maria am Ostbahnhof (known simply as “Maria”) is the premiere place to see live electro music acts in Berlin. Consisting of two separate halls in an old industrial building, Maria is the promise land for progressive electronic music fans and can accommodate up to 1,500 people. If the scale of the venue gets to be too much for you, you can head to Josef, the smaller club lounge within Maria for a more intimate atmosphere. With a relaxed door policy and reasonably priced drinks that are below the average drink prices for Berlin, Maria is a great place for a night of good music and dancing.
Berghain/Panorama Bar Berlin’s techno temple, the world-infamous Berghain, made a name for itself in a large industrial power station on the Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain border. Its reputation draws an international crowd from far and wide, but it retains enough ingenuity to appeal to locals as well. It is one of Berlin’s premier venues for techno music with high ceilings, cement floors, and a labyrinth layout in which you may easily lose yourself. Upstairs, Panorama Bar pays service to those seeking a more low-key atmosphere with house and disco DJs setting the mood. Both settings are worth spending some time in if you can get past Berghain’s door policy. A few pointers: Don’t say a word while you’re in line, don’t show up intoxicated, and don’t dress too fancy. What’s inside of this warehouse venue is worth the hassle of trying to get in, but some say they’ve been refused as many times as they’ve been admitted.
Weekend Centrally located in the posh neighborhood of Mitte, Weekend nightclub offers spectacular panoramic views of Berlin. Its layout makes the most of its surrounding views with the bar, dance floor, and seating placed in the middle, leaving the outskirt areas clear. The interior is laced in modern, sleek décor and DJs spin the best in house, pop, and electro music.
Watergate A split-level, two-room club in Kreuzberg, the upstairs area of Watergate is dark but is livened up by a flashy light show with an impressive LED light panel that spans almost the entire area of the club. The lower level of Watergate showcases the River Spree it overlooks through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall that lets the daylight in as the club winds down. Not your average basement techno club, Watergate caters to listeners with sophisticated ears and has garnered so much credibility that it started its own music label in 2008, Watergate Records. Be sure to check out some of their tracks on SoundCloud.
Story By Electra Keller | Photos by Tom Donoghue
xperience the holidays like never before! With Christmas just around the corner, there’s no better way to celebrate than to attend a concert headlined by Grammy award winning musician Chip Davis and his band Mannheim Steamroller. After touring every holiday season for 27 years straight, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Las Vegas by Chip Davis returns to Sin City, taking up a six-week residency at The Palazzo Las
By Justin Olsen
Vegas and turning the Strip into a Winter Wonderland. As the centerpiece for the annual “Winter in Venice” celebration held at the Palazzo and the Venetian, Mannheim Steamroller is full of favorite holiday music, mixed and mashed with unique special effects, aerial and acrobatic elements and astonishing choreography to bring true Vegas pizzazz to the holidays. Since Mannheim Steamroller’s album release in 1984, Davis has continued to combine the group’s signature mix of Renaissance instruments with rock and roll beats. Davis’s annual tour has also been featured in Pollstar’s top 20 concert tours of 2011. This sensational production collaborates with MagicSpace Entertainment (producers of more than 250 productions a year including Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles) to create awe inspiring multimedia effects. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Las Vegas by Chip Davis will run from November 20 through December 30, 2012. Tickets will range from $60$124 and can be purchased online at www.palazzo.com or by calling The Palazzo Box Office at (866) 641-7469 or (702) 414-9000. Now through December 20, purchase 2-for-1 tickets online with promo code ES241 and a donation will be made to benefit Easter Seals Nevada. If you’re craving a dose of Christmas lights among the casino lights, head over to The Palazzo.
By Long Vo
reated to characterize the exclusive market of high-end custom-made garments, the term Couture has grown to encompass the culture of style elitists and trend setting fashion. That being said, Hollywoodâ€™s newest nightlife hotspot, Couture Los Angeles, portrays such an environment--a contemporary and fashion forward boutique-style lounge that caters to both the fashion icon and the music connoisseur. Located in the heart of Hollywood at 1640 N Cahuenga Blvd, Couture pumps style and glamour back into the heart of LA with its runway inspired design and high-fashion decor. One of Coutureâ€™s most stunning features is its department-store style bar that allows patrons to examine the latest designer fashions on display while grabbing a glass of champagne. Although the bar is quite a sight, the main attraction is the custom made runway that flows through the venue. On this runway, featured designers have the ability to showcase their fashion lines to a trend savvy crowd, all in the midst of a thriving lounge atmosphere. Although fashion draws most of the appeal, Couture prides itself on intertwining contemporary style with exquisite taste in music. In addition to showcasing designers, Couture features some of the hottest DJs in the business to set the ambiance for the up-scale and dance-friendly environment. And if all the eye-candy and dancing have you famished, Couture offers a delicious petite menu of elegant bites and skewers that will put you back on your feet. Couture made its public debut in mid-November when they featured fashion from Custo Barcelona, a decorated Spanish designer. Since then, Couture has provided a steady stream of socialite events that tantalize both the eyes and ears. All in all, Couture is the perfect one-stop-shop for glitz, glamour and music. Fashions may come and go, but Couture always remains.
Club Directory â„˘
[Los Angeles] 643 La Cienega Blvd, 90069 310.652.2012 www.myclubscene.com/greystonemanor
Avec [Huntington Beach] 18582 Beach Blvd, 92648 714-475-4660 www.myclubscene.com/avec
Eden Nightclub [Los Angeles] 1650 Schrader Blvd, 90028 323-525-2400 www.myclubscene.com/eden
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
Playhouse [Hollywood] 6506 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 323-656-4600 www.myclubscene.com/playhouse
Heat Ultra Lounge [Anaheim] 321 W Katella Ave # 214, 92802 714-776-4328 www.myclubscene.com/heat
Sevilla Nightclub [Long Beach] 140 Pine Ave, 90802 562-495-1111 www.myclubscene.com/sevillalb
Float [San Diego] 207 5th Ave, 92101 619-764-6924 www.myclubscene.com/float
Hyde Bellagio [Bellagio Hotel | Las Vegas] 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-693-8700 www.myclubscene.com/hydelv
Fluxx [San Diego] 500 4th Ave, 92101 619-232-8100 www.myclubscene.com/fluxxsd
Sevilla Nightclub [San Diego] 555 4th Ave, 92101 619.233.5979 www.myclubscene.com/sevillasd
moon Nightclub [Palms Casino Hotel | Las Vegas] 4321 W Flamingo Rd, NV 89103 702-942-6832 www.myclubscene.com/moonlv
Shark Club [Costa Mesa] 841 Baker St., 92626 714-751-6428 www.myclubscene.com/sharkclub Incahoots [Fullerton] 1401 S Lemon St., 92832 714-441-1666 www.myclubscene.com/incahoots
Sevilla Nightclub [Riverside] 3252 Mission Inn Ave, 92507 951-778-0611 www.myclubscene.com/sevillarv Supperclub [Hollywood] 6675 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 323-466-1900 www.myclubscene.com/supperclubla
The Colony [Hollywood] 1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 90028 323-525-2450 www.myclubscene.com/thecolonyla
The Yost Theater [Santa Ana] 307 N. Spurgeon St. 92701 888-862-9573 www.myclubscene.com/yost
Vanguard [Hollywood] 6021 Hollywood Blvd, 90028 323-463-3331 www.myclubscene.com/vanguard
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-333-9000 www.myclubscene.com/marquee
Stingaree [San Diego] 454 6th Ave, 92101
The Observatory [Santa Ana] 3503 South Harbor Blvd, 92704 714-957-0600
[Cosmopolitan Hotel | Las Vegas]
619-544-9500 www.myclubscene.com/stingareesd 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 xs Nightclub [Encore Hotel | Las Vegas] 3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, NV 89109 702-770-0097 www.myclubscene.com/xslv
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December 2012 Events Listing:
LOS ANGELES Every Monday [Playhouse] Social Mondays: Text SOCIAL to 70101 for FREE guest list info. Every Friday [TRU] Fun House Fridays Every Friday [Avalon] Control Fridays Every Saturday [Avalon] Avaland December 1, Saturday [Avalon] Erick Morillo December 3, Monday [Playhouse] Sharam: Text SOCIAL to 70101 for FREE guest list info December 4, Tuesday [Couture] DJ M.O.S. December 6, Thursday [Sevilla] Sin City Long Beach December 7, Friday [Avalon] Flosstradamus December 8, Saturday [Avalon] Funkagenda December 10, Monday [Playhouse] David Tort: Text SOCIAL to 70101 for FREE guest list info December 13, Thursday [Greystone Manor] Sex Panther December 13, Thursday [Lure] Felix Cartal December 13, Thursday [Playhouse] DJ Ross One December 14, Friday [Avalon] Kill the Noise December 15, Saturday [Greystone Manor] Devin Lucien December 16, Sunday [Greystone Manor] Hip-Hop Night December 20, Thursday [Lure] Chris Lake December 21, Friday [Avalon] AraabMUZIK December 28, Friday [Avalon] SKREAM December 30, Sunday [Avalon] Laidback Luke Log on to MyClubScene.com now to see more events and get on the list! 28 niteguidemag.com
December 2012 Events Listing:
December 2012 Events Listing:
Every Thursday [207 Hard Rock] Mynt Thursdays
Every Thursday [Hurricanes HB] GIRLS NIGHT OUT: GLOW PARTY! Free Entry: special guest DJs every week! Wear your blacklight glow clothes, we have the black light paint!
Every Thursday [Fluxx] EDM Every Sunday [207 Hard Rock] Sunday School: Join MyClubScene.com every Sunday for discounted tickets. Email email@example.com.
Every Friday [Avec] Haute Fridays Every Saturday [Yost Theater] Get on the FREE guestlist to most events! Text or Call 714.393.5944
December 1, Saturday [Fluxx] DJ Karma December 1, Saturday [Voyeur] Deorro December 2, Sunday [207 | Hard Rock] DJ Mak J &
December 1, Saturday [Yost Theater] Chris James December 1, Saturday [Ember] Coke-E
December 6, Thursday [Hurricanes HB] Taylor Jaymin
December 6, Thursday [Sevilla] Sabor Thursdays
December 6, Thursday [Yost Theater] Lazrtag
December 6, Thursday [207 | Hard Rock] MikiWAR
December 7, Friday [Yost Theater] Norin & Rad
December 7, Saturday [Fluxx] DJ Melo D December 8, Saturday [Tap House HB] DJ Turbulence December 7, Saturday [Ivy | Andaz] Kurch December 8, Saturday [Fluxx] DJ Brett Bodley December 9, Sunday [207 | Hard Rock] Hypercrush
December 13, Thursday [Hurricanes HB] Eric Murray December 13, Thursday [Yost Theater] Tittsworth
December 12, Wednesday [Voyeur] Crizzly
December 14, Friday [Yost Theater] LA Riots
December 14, Friday [Fluxx] DJ E-Rock
December 15, Saturday [Ember] DJ Spryte
December 14, Friday [Ivy | Andaz] Brett Bodley December 15, Saturday [Fluxx] SID Vicious
December 20, Thursday [Heat Ultra Lounge] Sean Tyas December 20, Thursday [Hurricanes HB] Terrorista
December 16, Sunday [207 | Hard Rock] Revolvr December 22, Saturday [Tap House HB] DJ Echo December 18, Tuesday [Voyeur] Diplo December 22, Saturday [Fluxx] DJ Cobra
December 22, Saturday [Ember] Alex Dreamz
December 23, Sunday [207 | Hard Rock] Heatbeat
December 23, Sunday [Yost Theater] Tommy Trash
December 27, Thursday [Voyeur] Feed Me
December 27, Thursday [Heat Ultra Lounge]
December 28, Friday [Fluxx] DJ Scooter December 31, Monday [Fluxx] New Yearâ€™s Eve Ball Log on to MyClubScene.com now to see more events and get on the list! 30 niteguidemag.com
Hard Rock Sofa December 29, Saturday [Ember] Felli Fel Log on to MyClubScene.com now to see more events and get on the list!
1645 WILCOX AVE
New Years Eve Listings C
elebrations will ignite across the country in honor of the New Year, with SoCal and Las Vegas leading the charge in nightlife options. Check out the top venues and entertainment to usher in 2013, all filled with music, champagne, and adventure.
Los Angeles Orange County San Diego Vanguard The biggest NYE event in Hollywood Thomas Gold & Vice www.nye.sbe.com/niteguidemag
Hyde Lounge Hyde Behind The Mask www.nye.sbe.com/niteguidemag
White Wonderland Anaheim Convention Center Above & Beyond, Avicii and more www.insomniac.com
Greystone Manor The Grand Ball
Sports Arena 12/30 & 12/31, Calvin Harris, Nervo, Hardwell and more www.mylifeeveryday.com
Hard Rock Hotel
New Year’s Masquerade
3 Floors, 5 Venues, 12 DJs
Black and White Affair www.couturelosangeles.com
OMFG NYE 2013
Ember Music by Alex Dreamz
Sayers Sessions NYE 2013
Champagne toast, party favors,
view of fireworks and more
Music by Kendrick Lamar
New Year’s Extravaganza
DJ Crooked www.stingsandiego.com
Midnight in Paris at The Westin DJ Scotty Boy
Check in for afterhours info
OC Fair Block Party
Tribute Bands, DJs, Game Room
Ivy Nightclub at Andaz
Solid Gold NYE with Cedric Gervais www.playhousenightclub.com
Supperclub Upscale, alternative entertainment and dining www.supperclub.com
Drop the Lime www.ivyentertainmentsandiego.com
Tap House DJ Rhettmatic www.groovenationoc.com
Benny Benassi www.marqueelasvegas.com
New Years Eve Champagne Ball
Garden of Eden, Blok and Eden event
The Sayers Club Blok
Jason Scoppa presents Common Live and the Sayers Club Band www.nye.sbe.com/niteguidemag
Hosted by J. Cole www.taolasvegas.com
Bristol Hotel Midnight Kiss 6 hour premium open bar www.thebristolsandiego.com
Hosted by Brandy www.lavolv.com
Rain Travis Barker and Yelawolf www.palms.com
Moon Questlove and DJ Jazzy Jeff www.palms.com
Ghost Bar Alie Layus and Mark Stylz www.palms.com
XS Avicii www.xslasvegas.com
Tryst DJ Set by Lil Jon www.trystlasvegas.com
The Joint The Black Keys www.hardrockhotel.com/ las-vegas-events
Live Music Events Listing: SoCal Los Angeles
ORANGE COUNTY San Diego
December 6, Thursday [The Fonda]
December 6, Thursday [Observatory]
December 7, Friday [Belly Up Tavern]
The Polyphonic Spree
The Ultimate Stones
December 6, Thursday [The Roxy]
December 7, Friday [Observatory]
December 8, Saturday [Belly Up Tavern]
Chris Isaak Holiday Show
December 7, Friday [The Viper Room]
December 8, Saturday [Observatory]
December 10, Monday [Belly Up Tavern]
December 7, Friday [The El Rey]
December 13, Thursday [Observatory]
December 10, Monday [The Casbah]
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
December 8, Saturday [The Wiltern]
Decmeber 15, Saturday [Observatory]
December 12, Wednesday [4th & B]
Bob Weir / Jackie Greene
Smut Peddlers & Throw Rag
December 11, Tuesday [House of Blues]
December 15, Saturday [Observatory]
December 12, Wednesday [Soda Bar]
Dee Dee & Brandon
December 12, Wednesday [The Fonda]
December 19, Wednesday [The Grove]
December 14, Friday [Belly Up Tavern]
December 12, Wednesday
December 21, Friday [House of Blues]
December 14, Friday [The Casbah]
[The Viper Room]
The Vandals Christmas Formal
December 22, Saturday [Observatory]
December 16, Sunday [Belly Up Tavern]
December 15, Saturday [The El Rey]
Murder City Devils
December 22, Saturday [The Grove]
December 19, Wednesday
December 16, Sunday [The El Rey]
[Belly Up Tavern] Bootsy Collins
People Under the Stairs
December 29, Saturday [House of Blues]
December 27, Thursday [The Casbah]
December 20, Thursday [The Echo]
Reverend Horton Heat
December 29, Saturday [Observatory]
December 28, Friday [Belly Up Tavern]
December 21, Friday [The Fonda]
December 31, Monday [Observatory]
December 28, Friday [House of Blues]
December 27, Thursday [The Fonda]
Reverend Horton Heat
December 31, Monday [House of Blues]
December 31, Monday [Belly Up Tavern]
December 31, Monday [The Wiltern]
Psychedelic Furs / Dramarama
Reverend Horton Heat
LIVE LOUNGE Dropkick murphys Story and Photos By Heidi Darby
ropkick Murphys produce a brand of music that thrives through their fans. The East Coast rockers develop a relationship with listeners during live shows that can incite a music-infused riot
one minute, and lead a group sing along the next. Greeting a rowdy room full of Irish Punk music lovers, Dropkick Murphys stormed the Observatory on November 10th. The Boston ensemble kicked the night off with “The Boys Are Back” immediately setting the tone for the romping ahead. Lead vocalist Al Barr stalked side to side at the front of the stage, reaching out to fans and initiating a give-and-take connection with the crowd. Amidst the mosh pits and fist pumping came their original Christmas tune “The Season’s Upon Us” which they performed under a blanket of soft, red and green lights. Other standouts included “Rose Tattoo” off the group’s new album Signed and Sealed In Blood (due out next month) lead by bassist Ken Casey, and “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” the group’s anthem dedicated to the hard workers of their hometown. What truly resonates about this group of musicians is their devotion to the down-to-earth fan base they pull in. The band has stated that their “no-nonsense” style of music draws in a hard working crowd for a night of much needed release. A Dropkick Murphys show is more than just a concert to their loyal followers; it creates a feeling of coming home.
Sonar On Tour at The Shrine Story and Photos by Megan Harvey & Alex Voltz
ith the music festival scene making such a killing in The United States, its no wonder promoters abroad want to expand their horizons. Barcelona-based Sónar has
teamed up with Goldenvoice to bring its brand stateside with this year’s Sónar On Tour. The final leg of the eight-city tour came to The Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on November 10th; drawing an eclectic group to the famed venue. Sónar presented a compacted line-up with headliners Die Antwoord and included support from Azari & III, Seth Troxler, Paul Kalkbrenner, and Nic Fanciulli. Early arrivals filtered in to Fanciulli, warming them up with an amazing set, followed by an inspired Kalkbrenner who entertained the growing crowd. Lights were turned up for a slightly lengthy break to set up for Die Antwoord, giving fans the opportunity to grab a drink and rile up for the eccentric South African group who were the centerpiece of the evening. Crowds waved their arms and let loose with jaw-dropping dance moves during Die Antwoord’s intriguing shriekinfused rap. The visuals and lighting for the set matched the group’s original and often risqué sound, exciting the crowd with something they were sure not to find anywhere else. Azarii & III and Seth Troxler closed down the out-of-the-box festival that served up a huge dose of originality.
By Gwen Connors
aint Motel is an L.A. based, innovative and imaginative ensemble that toured with Imagine Dragons, Nico Vega, Band of Skulls, and Races. The group’s live shows are extremely inventive and invoke a theatrical delirium for entertainment and music enthusiasts to get lost in. A.J. Jackson (lead vocals/guitar), Aaron Sharp (lead guitar), Dak (bass), and Greg Erwin (drums) met in 2007 while in film school with a plan to create a refreshing high-energy indie pop sound to stir up the norm. Since the release of ForPlay, a six song EP created in 2009, they have offered up a handful of singles with cinematic videos that gently teased their fans in anticipation of a full body of work. The full-length LP was released in July of this year, revealing the up beat, dance-invoking album Voyeur. The band started building the album with the help of a label, however, that’s not how they concluded. “It was a long complicated process, we started the album with a major label and when we finished it we were recording it ourselves,” Jackson explains. “It was a combination of the two worlds.” Jackson reflected on the transformation of becoming independent halfway through the construction of the album, affirming, “Everything is all an experience of life, and whatever the result was fine with us… I think we are in a much better situation right now.” The title of the album came about through the story-like quality of the production. “The songs are so different, it felt like you are a bystander watching all these stories unfold, and they are all very different,” says Jackson. Voyeur definitely does just that. From songs like “Daydream/Wet Dream/ Nightmare” which has a rock opera feel, to “1997” backboned by an up beat piano with dark meaning, all the way to the big band song “Benny Goodman,” this album has a variety of stories that are tied together in a seamless fashion. Saint Motel plans on releasing a video for the song “Benny Goodman,” and will continue touring with cinema-inspired performances, all the while working on new songs for their next album. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long. Keep the music coming boys, we like what we hear. Catch Saint Motel at The Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa on December 15th. Photos Courtesy of Mitch Schneider Organization
Featured DJ/Producer “I’ve seen a new generation getting into electronic music, making this genre as big as hip hop or rock-n-roll. That’s insane.”
By Heidi Darby
orman Doray makes “big room music” and turns out beats in the world’s most elite clubs, including Pacha New York and XS Las Vegas in the U.S. alone. NiteGuide caught up with the French DJ/producer in between European show dates to discuss his collaborations and the evolution of dance music culture.
NiteGuide Magazine: Do you recall the first time you were introduced to EDM? Norman Doray: Yeah, it was around ten years ago, a bit more. [I had] discovered French Touch music, with Daft Punk, Cassius and others. It was an instant shock, I knew I wanted to do that in my life. So I started playing as a DJ in small bars and clubs, and then I went to production. Now I’m traveling the world playing music, what a dream. NGM: You did some co-producing with Avicii, correct? How was working with him? ND: Yeah I did a track called “Tweet It” with him and Sebastien Drums. It was released on Steve Angello’s label, Size Records. It was really cool working with him, [because] more than liking his music, we are good friends. So there was no stress, no pressure, just doing what we like. We have the same tastes and same roots. It was a great experience for sure! NGM: And you’re currently working with Nervo? ND: Actually, I’ve just released a single with them. I met the Nervo girls two years ago, and we decided to work together on a single. We locked down in-studio in London for two days and we produced “Something To Believe In,” which is a groovy progressive house hymn. The crowd has been loving it and I really want to thank the people for the support; we just hit main Top 10 Beatport with it. It was a real pleasure to work with them, we had so much fun. I guess fun plus work is the perfect combo! NGM: Electronic dance music continues to grow and evolve. What’s the greatest change you’ve seen in EDM culture in the last few years? ND: USA… I’ve seen a whole territory becoming so big, [with] clubs and festivals everywhere. I’ve seen a new generation getting into electronic music, making this genre as big as hip hop or rock-n-roll. That’s insane.
Not Your Average Dance Floor By Kristephanie Poderoso
ightclub venues often serve a variety of alternate functions. In fact, some of the most popular nightclubs in SoCal and Las Vegas double as live music concert halls, thriving restaurants, and even wedding reception destinations. NiteGuide Magazine uncovered the alternate sides to four of the regions most beloved clubs and venues that are becoming EDM mainstays.
The Mayan Theatre Los Angeles, CA The Mayan Theatre is a Los Angeles Metropolitan area landmark and former movie palace. When The Mayan is not an operating nightclub, the 5,000 square foot stage accommodates major film and music video productions, fashion shows, and live concerts. Rock musicians Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart of The Kills moved the crowd with their live performance at The Mayan Theatre earlier in August, and Hard Haunted Mansion took over on November 3rd, bringing in EDM heavy hitters Justice, Knife Party, Major Lazer and more.
Yost Theater Santa Ana, CA
Photo by Edward Beltran V.
Tucked away in downtown Santa Ana in Orange County, CA, the Yost Theater enters a class of its own; the uses for this historical building are endless. This venue serves as a nightclub, live music concert, movie theater with full bar and food service, and even holds MMA sporting events. Last October energy was through the roof as DJs Porter Robinson and Zedd impressed fans with their mesmerizing laser light show setup and their heavy beats.
4th & B San Diego, CA Located in the historic heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp District, 4th & B is a concert hall that serves as a haven for music enthusiasts and welcomes many different genres of sound. World-renowned artists like The Black Eyed Peas, Jack Johnson, Ringo Starr, and Korn have performed here, but as of late the venue has been embracing artists like Kristina Sky, araabMUZIK and Zeds Dead.
Lavo Nightclub at the Palazzo Las Vegas, NV Lavo Nightclub boasts sexy and luxurious Turkish-Moroccan bathhouse décor that can accommodate up to 550 guests for cocktail receptions. For much larger events, the entire venue can be reserved to house 1,700 guests. This elegantly crafted nightclub is the perfect venue for extravagant wedding receptions, celebrity CD release parties, and exclusive networking events. Recently, lucky fans got close with DJ Dash Berlin in Lavo’s intimate venue as he graced club goers with his dynamic live set. 40 niteguidemag.com
November IN REVIEW: FEATURED EVENTS Rusko Rumbles in OC The Observatory [Santa Ana]
By Justin Olsen | Photos by Brian Brown Friday, November 9th at The Observatory in Santa Ana marked an epic night for dub-steppers and hip-hop lovers all across Orange County. Energy and anticipation filled the brisk nights air as bassheads surrounded the venue like a swarm of bees, awaiting their chance to get a taste of the sweet, honey-like sounds of bass god, Rusko. As the entertainingly dressed crowd trickled in, they were met by the signature LA-based sounds, which every SMOG event has come to be known for. DJs Steady and Tealong pumped out popular dubstep and electronic jams as the shivering attendees found their groups dancing quarters and made some much needed trips to the bar. Clicks & Whistles entered the stage with a heavily trap influenced performance before handing the tables off to Rusko’s special guest producer, ƱZ. Being crowned as one of the EDM trap-style founders, ƱZ shot up the block with deep sub-bass sounds, high-ringing melodies and spurts of gun sounds, turning everyone into a gangster for the next hour. Soon after midnight, Rusko stole the show with his presence and utterly unique showmanship. Acting as a tour guide to his music and taking the listeners on a journey of high-energy sound, Rusko proved to Orange County why he’s one of the top dogs. Follow Rusko at facebook.com/ruskoofficial and make sure to grab his new KAPOW! EP for free at Ruskoonfire.com.
Hurricanes Bar & Grill [Huntington Beach] By Fred Dyoll | Photos by MyClubScene.com | Christina Montaldo In the wake of the natural disaster on the East Coast, MyClubScene.com teamed up with Hurricanes Bar and Grill in Huntington Beach to rally partygoers and raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy on November 1st. The weekly Thursday night event raged on for a cause, where the glowthemed party bustled with a variety of drink specials and UV vodka cocktails. MyClubScene’s “Glow Girls” handed out light up necklaces while taking donations and mingling with the crowd. DJ Eric Murray was on hand to supply some of the best beats on the West Coast, keeping the energy high and the giving-spirit flowing. People packed onto the light up dance floor while attendees outside enjoyed the crisp night air, reached by the sound of Murray’s set. People across the nation came together after the tragedy, raising money in restaurants, through telethons, and donating clothing, food and other necessities to help ease the aftermath of the storm. Hurricanes Bar and Grill matched the funds raised by MyClubScene and despite the rainy night, were delighted at the turnout and spirit of the event. Enjoying a night out with friends and drinks always feels great, but when the opportunity to party for a cause arises, Orange County patrons show up and meet the challenge head on. Join MyClubScene.com every Thursday night at Hurricanes Bar and Grill. Wear your white and black light glow-clothes and neon tutus! Call or text 714.393.5944 for more information.
Daft Punk Tribute BAnd Excites The Yost Theater [Orange County] Story by Fred Dyoll | Photos by Edward Beltran V.
The Yost Theater in Santa Ana possesses the remarkable ability to bring EDM lovers together on a regular basis, in a somewhat familial fashion. The venue has serious style and generally equates to a great time. On November 28th, the Yost erupted to the sounds of One More Time: A Daft Punk Tribute. Daft Punk is arguably one of the greatest EDM acts of all time, but unfortunately for their many fans, rarely tours. After three studio albums, two live records, and a soundtrack, their irresistible sound is one of the most craved live sets in the world. Thankfully, One More Time left partygoers “Daft Punk’d” and ready for more. The legitimate coverduo played Daft Punk’s best tracks and satiated a hunger for some Daft beats in the flesh. The great thing about watching a cover band is that pretention melts away. Attendees were there for the music, and enjoyed the opportunity to dance to Daft Punk with space and a good sound system on their side. The Yost offered up a fun and relaxed way to bridge the week that Wednesday night, where people genuinely let loose and had a good time.
Pete Tong and Eats Everything Exchange LA [Los Angeles]
By Fred Dyoll | Photos by Jonathan Juan Insomniac sponsors a weekly event at one of Los Angeles’ historical venues that now thrives with nightlife, Exchange LA. “Inception Saturdays” pushed ahead with Pete Tong, Eats Everything, and Audrey Napolean on November 24th, packing the club and causing a ruckus. The vibrant venue housed partygoers who were amped up for the night ahead, peaking interest for the up and coming talent and brought in long-time fans of the legendary Tong. Napolean kicked the night off with her electro-house sound, grooving along with the crowd and setting the tone. Bridging the performances was Tong, whose timeless taste in music delivered once again. He played amidst a fog and laser light show that left dancers on the floor before him billowing in and out of dreamlike green clouds. His performance lasted until around two as he left the stage with a wave to his fans. Keeping the energy level high, Eats Everything –aka Bristolian Daniel Pearce– brought his tantalizing blend of underground house that threaded elements of house, bass, jungle and techno into a good old fashioned electro throw down. Eats took the massive EDM crowd into his underground layer for some serious after-hours excitement. Overall the evening left partygoers feeling satisfied and a bit tired in the knees, thanks to the invigorating EDM put forth by the performers.
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Feenixpawl Gives You Wings
By Justin Olsen | Photos courtesy of www.MyClubScene.com | Christina Montaldo
rinks were flowing and faces were smiling as the historic Yost Theater in Santa Ana slowly filled itself with a crowd that was insistent on having a good time. Relentless anticipation and excitement spanned the room like a raging wildfire as the audience awaited the arrival of two newly born EDM sensations. Rising from the embers of their Swedish House Mafia ancestors, Feenixpawl has been engraving their name in music history throughout the recent years. NiteGuide had a chance to sit down with both Aden Forte and Josh Soon backstage before the show and get the low down on DJing in the states for the first time and the future of Feenixpawl. “I think as DJs there’s been a few places we have dreamed of playing and Marquee is one of them and Passion is another- -we’ve already knocked off two this tour,” says Soon. “You can get away with a little bit more here. We’ve played a lot of music that is new. You get a lot more requests in Australia, in America they let you do your job… Gangnam Style is not going to happen.” Go-go dancers spun from the ceiling in an array of flowing colors as Mossberg Pump started the night off with a mix of hard, in-your-face style techno that got everybody moving from front-to-back. Midnight rolled around, the lights dimmed and wings spread wide across the LED boards. Feenixpawl (Forte and Soon) stepped up to the decks in preparation for the musical journey they were about to embark on. Soaring through a perfectly chosen collection of house anthems, listeners literally took flight with their melodic chord progressions and big room sounds. As they kept to their sides of the deck, the Australian duo displayed knowledge of how Americans like to party, keeping the energy knob turned to maximum at all times. The moment their #1 hit, “In My Mind” began playing, the air vibrated with the voices of everyone in attendance belting out the lyrics in “drunken” unison. Entering the final leg of the tour doesn’t mean the work is over for these young producers, “When we get back we are playing this festival called Stereosonic with Tiesto, Avicii, Calvin Harris and a lot of other big artists. We also just did this mix cd with Avicii called Sonic Boombox that’ll have a national tour as well.” Be on the look out for Feenixpawl’s new single “Universe” and keep up with all their latest news on www.feenixpawl.com or facebook.com/feenixpawl. To see more photos from this event log onto www.MyClubScene.com
Event in Review
Steve Aokiâ€™s Birthday Bash
By Long Vo | Photos courtesy of www.MyClubScene.com | Martin Clara
n November 21st, Steve Aoki celebrated his birthday a bit early by taking over the historic Shrine Expo Hall with the help of Insomniac Events and Nitto Tires. Alongside Dan Sena, Autoerotique, Dirtyphonics, and
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Aoki showed the Los Angeles crowd how to count your age Dim Mak style. The highly anticipated event garnered a great deal of hype throughout the summer months and culminated in a birthday extravaganza that neither the crowd nor Aoki will soon forget. The venue overflowed, the music blared, the lighting flickered with an assortment of lasers, and most importantly, faces were caked. The young and vibrant crowd came ready to rage when Sena hit the decks to start off the night. Autoerotique and Dirtyphonics then laid down impressive sets that escalated in intensity and brought the crowd to a boil. By the time Dimitri & Mike took the stage the two level venue was packed with jumping bodies swaying to the body-rattling bass and ecstatic lights. After Dimitri & Mike gave Aoki a rowdy introduction, the main event was ready to commence. In addition to the headbanging tunes blasting through the speakers, Aoki brought a handful of crowd pleasing tricks as usual. In true Aoki fashion, there were LED robots followed by the iconic, crowd-surfing raft floating through a sea of hands with Aoki at the helm. Once back on stage, Aoki let his arsenal of batter and frosting fly with a satisfied smile on his face. Once the last track was played Aoki bid the fans farewell, leaving the hungry crowd wanting more. The lights soon came on in the Expo Hall, illuminating the confetti drenched dance floor and smiling cake ridden faces. The night ended all too soon, but the mob of party-goers did leave with a sweet taste in their mouths. To see more photos from this event log onto www.MyClubScene.com
Event in Review
EDC Ignites Orlando By Matt Cosio | Photos courtesy of www.MyClubScene.com | Kim Lloyd
ast month was the second coming of Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando, FL, and NiteGuide was there to witness it in all of its splendor. Once again, Insomniac distanced itself from the bad rap that formerly plagued the scene and threw another event that exuded pure class and proved that Insomniac can throw a party like no one else in the world. This was the second year that EDC Orlando was held at Tinker Field, a large ground outside of the Orlando Citrus Bowl big enough to comfortably host tens of thousands of party people, three epic stages, and carnival rides throughout the park. From the crowd, to the production, to the amazing lineup, it was clear that Insomniac had put together every aspect of this event with great precision. The production of this event easily tops the production at any other similar event, and creates an atmosphere that attracts both established electro icons and cutting edge newcomers alike. The jam packed lineup included Tiësto, Cosmic Gate, Afrojack, Richie Hawtin and more, saturating the stages with world class music. There’s so much to appreciate at events such as this, If crowds of beautiful people encouraged to dress in costume and party with one another is not your cup of tea, then check out the hundreds of performers, theatrics, dancers, decorations and rides. A lineup with some of the biggest and best names in EDM, pyrotechnics, free water, food, vendors, and an awesome staff helped the event reach its full potential. After all is said and done I’ve got two recommendations for Insomniac; do it again next year and be sure to carve out more space because this year’s success is certain to go viral! To see more photos from this event log onto www.MyClubScene.com
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By Gwen Connors
wedish House Mafia’s newly released and final album Until Now can pack an arena, incite an impromptu dance party, aid in a pulse-pounding workout, or provide a much needed mental portal into sweet EDM release.
The album offers a new song, several unreleased tracks, and multiple beloved anthems. Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso lovingly refer to it the as the soundtrack to their “One Last Tour.” It’s a seamless record to lionize the eminent EDM they’ve created together. The seventeenth track, “Don’t You Worry Child” is #1 in the UK and has charted on the US top 40. Until Now has a perfect launch with the world famous track, “Greyhound,” a clean gradual accumulation for the rest of the compilation to build on. Each track slides into one another with transitions to make it feel like they are tied together as one. Track 6, Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party – “Antidote” is the song to keep partygoers on their toes with a mix of dub step and electro house. Throughout, they mix and collaborate the sounds of Coldplay, Usher, Florence and the Machine, Temper Trap, and many of their contemporaries. It’s a versatile compilation, no matter the setting. Wrapping the album up, “Save the World” is a candid farewell to the album and Swedish House Mafia. Their “One Last Tour” is covering the world and selling out numerous arenas in minutes. If you can’t make their show in L.A. you can still enjoy a show all to your own. Throw on Until Now for your next party, workout, or drive and your body can’t help but move. It’s motivating four to floor sound won’t let you down. 50 niteguidemag.com
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