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Nightclub Confidential

Around the Scene: Feb. 18, 2010

February 18, 2010 By: Bryan Bass


Rachel Uchitel has been offered a guest correspondent role on the television show “Extra,” where she will cover nightlife for the entertainment program. While Las Vegas and NYC nightlife folks may know Uchitel from her time pushing bottles and high-end clients at some of the cities’ more popular nightclubs, most people know her from the Tiger Woods scandal.  And no, she will not be talking about Woods on the show.


Elsewhere in the Big Apple, plans to reopen the historic mega-club The Roxy were shelved after West Chelsea neighbors showed up at a community board meeting to fight the impending invasion. The would-have-been owners of the reconstituted venue decided to abandon the proposal, with the applicant telling Chelsea Now that, “We had a great plan, but we had a meeting and the community didn't want it, and I don't need an uphill battle."


Washington, D.C., club promoter Jamie Hess is bucking the social media trend in what should be an interesting experiment. One of his more popular parties is the Fly Private party that is hosted at Fly Lounge and takes on an exclusive feel and guest list. "I'm taking a Facebreak right now," Hess told NBC Washington. "It's a social experiment I'm doing to more accurately judge how events will turn out." He says he’s turned to phone calls to friends and clients to obtain more accurate RSVP counts and so far it’s working, and also is creating a more organic energy at the event.


Our condolences go out to the family of well-known Oakland, Calif., nightclub owner and promoter “Sweet” Jimmie Ward, who passed away from heart problems at the age of 74. Ward was a longshoreman before he got into the entertainment business and opened his first venue in 1969. His longest-running venture was Sweet Jimmie’s, which opened in 1987 and operated in the same location for almost 20 years. "My father loved the community and always wanted to be around people," his son David told the Oakland Tribune. "He loved nothing more than to make sure everyone had a good time."


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