Around the Scene: August 18, 2011August 18, 2011 By: Sean Evans
Ibiza was the place to be over the last few weeks, as all of America’s hottest nightlife venue owners descended on the Spanish city for some serious partying. Spotted out and about in the clubs were Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss (Marquee, Tao, Avenue, Lavo), Richie Akiva and Ronnie Madra (1Oak), David Grutman (LIV, Arkadia), Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum (SL, Tenjune) and Nicola Siervo (Wall). Joining the crew was P. Diddy, Busta Rhymes and Tiesto, who hopped on the tables more than a few times.
Is 1Oak slated to open up a Las Vegas venue? A recent flier from Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva would seem to indicate yes. When the gents sent out an invite to a pop-up bash in Spain, the locations of the venues were listed as New York City and Vegas, prompting speculation that the duo is very close to inking a deal to take over JET nightclub at The Mirage with their one-of-a-kind club by New Year's Eve.
A British club owner is offering free lap dances and glasses of Champagne to any athlete competing in next year’s Olympics who visits his club, Birmingham’s The Rocket Club. “The athletes are capable of breaking world records, but our girls can still teach them a thing or two. With fit, beautiful youthful bodies, our pole-dancing girls and the Olympians have lots in common,” the owner was quoted as saying.
Labor Day weekend is heating up in Sin City. Guests can check out Tiesto on Sept. 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino or head over to Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas where will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas will perform on Sept. 2, but the weekend is filled with big-name performers, including Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Lil Jon and more!
Also over Labor Day, Blush Boutique Nightclub inside Wynn Las Vegas will be celebrating its fourth anniversary with a DJ performance by Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys on Sept. 3 and an anniversary party on Sept. 4 hosted by “Holly’s World” star Holly Madison.
Eva Longoria still is dealing with her troubled restaurant and club businesses in Las Vegas. After shutting down Eve earlier this summer, her restaurant Beso also is facing financial problems. Tilman Fertitta, owner and chief executive of Landry’s Restaurants Inc., is looking to buy the concept out of bankruptcy. In fact, Fertitta also is considering re-opening Eve nightclub if the deal goes through.
Debuting in 1992, the House of Blues is going into its 20th year by revamping the concept. Ron Bension, the new chief executive of House of Blues Entertainment, plans to revitalize the 13-club chain, taking the House of Blues back to its roots by recruiting mid-tier bands to tour the House of Blues venues, offering live entertainment at each club every night of the week and enhancing food quality with the help of Food Network celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez. With returning events such as the Sunday gospel brunch featuring live local singers and a new concert series called the Metal Arise! Tour, Bension estimates that the 5,700 shows will attract 5 million people, which would be up 10% from 2010.