Beach Wagon, a Myrtle Beach, S.C., country music nightclub, closed its doors on June 30 after more than 30 years of operation. In a letter posted on its website, owners Roger, Missy and Steven Davisson thanked employees and patrons. A local news outlet reports a tough economy forced Beach Wagon to close. In the club’s lifetime, more than 200 acts performed, including Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks and the Dixie Chicks, according to the club. The Myrtle Beach market, which caters primarily to tourists, has been hit by the economic recession; this spring, nightclub Studebaker’s also closed after more than 25 years.
Don Mangen, manager of Masquerade at Harrah’s New Orleans, managed his last shift at the venue on July 4. He is now assisting with the opening of two new venues at the Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino in Cherokee, N.C. The venues are part of the hotel’s $633 million renovation project, expected to be complete in 2012.
To resolve some of San Francisco’s nightlife safety issues, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Entertainment Commission, the Office of Small Business and the San Francisco Police Department hosted the second Nightlife Safety Summit on June 30. At the meeting, more than 100 industry members as well as police officers and city representatives discussed solutions for the industry in the wake of deadly shootings in the area. Check out the San Francisco Chronicle’s report of the event here.
Noise control is the topic of the day in Elgin, Ill., reports the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI). The Downtown Neighborhood Noise Task Force will soon present to City Council new noise regulations and soundproofing measures that call for bars, restaurants and live music venues near residential buildings to be required to stay under 60 decibels at night. The city would cover 50 percent of sound abatement and up to $5,000. The committee suggested a grant and loan program to help subsidize the remainder of the cost of soundproofing businesses and residents; the loan could be repaid through an entertainment ticket surcharge to consumers. To join RHI’s Sociable City Network click here.
New on the international scene is IMPERIA Lounge, opened the last weekend in May in Moscow by Russian Standard vodka, the leading premium vodka in Russia. Trend-setting Muscovites queued up for the opening of the club, which is the creation of Moscow promoters Diaghilev Project. The club features a bar, restaurant and dance club, and it attracted celebrities and jet-setters for the opening, including Russian “It girl” Ksenia Sobchak, Russian actor Fedor Bondarchuk and actor Gerard Butler, among others. The dance club is surrounded by 4-meter, floor-to-ceiling screens projecting graphics, videos and images; French house diva Ysa Ferrer and DJ Chris Kaeser flew in from Paris to kick-off the festivities.