Around the Scene: Sept. 30, 2010
In a much-anticipated move, Angel Management Group finalized its acquisition of Pure Management Group on Wednesday. This means AMG will now assume operation of nearly 10 clubs, including PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace, LAX Nightclub at Luxor Las Vegas and Social House restaurantat Crystals in CityCenter. AMG already handled promotions, marketing, VIP services and event programming for seven Vegas outlets and manages Hard Rock Beach Club, including Rehab, as well as marketing and VIP services for Vanity Nightclub at the Hard Rock. In a statement, AMG CEO Neil Moffitt said the company’s “first priority will be to expand upon the success of our current venues and develop our existing brands in other territories, followed by the launch of several new Las Vegas venues in 2011.”
Hard Rock Café International, the company that licenses the Hard Rock Café trademarks, filed a federal lawsuit against the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas saying the owners and operators of the Vegas location have “damaged the goodwill” of the Hard Rock franchise. Their claims cite the Rehab daytime party — and the reality TV show based on it — which, the lawsuit says, “revels in drunken debauchery, acts of vandalism, sexual harassment, violence, criminality and a host of other behavior” that most people, including the brand’s regular patrons, would find offensive, according to the lawsuit. The suit also claims that the show portrays the hotel’s staff members as “unprofessional, incompetent and/or physically and emotionally abusive to hotel guests.” For more information, click here.
Roman Abramovich, a prominent Russian businessman — named the 50th richest man in the world in this year’s Forbes rankings — and the owner of the Chelsea (England) Football Club, is building an exclusive $30 million private nightclub underneath the team’s stadium. The club, which could open as early as December 2010, will feature a 13-foot waterfall and a hydraulically operated stage, according to a Luxist report.
After being denied a request to transfer a liquor license to a new location, one Green Bay, Wis., nightclub operator instead plans to make the space a dry nightclub. Owner John Solberg wants to open Vicenzi’s Dry, a drug- and alcohol-free version of his Vicenzi’s outpost, to cater to 16- to 20-year-olds. The club will only be open on Friday and Saturday nights, and Solberg hopes to open it by Halloween.
Chicago talent booking company GA Agency launched its electronic music DJ division with four DJs on its roster: Mixin Marc, Ron Carroll, Alex Peace and David Palmer. Christian Banach, owner of GA Agency, sees electronic music as a market on the rise and intends to tap into its popularity. Additionally Banach owns Global Adrenaline, a promotions and event production company that runs 300 nightclub parties a year across the country.
Calling all SoCal DJs: Fortune Industries is hosting its first DJ contest at Side Bar Nightclub in San Diego. The contest will take place every Thursday night in October and November and will crown a winner the week before Thanksgiving. Each week, two DJs will perform two 30-minute sets in an attempt to advance to the next round. The qualifying rounds will take place in weeks one through four, the semi-finals in weeks five and six and the finals in week seven. The winner will earn a paid headlining spot in a House of Fortune event in January 2011, as well as other prizes. The deadline for entries has passed, but check out the competition. For more details, visit www.fortune421.com.
DJ/producer Robbie Rivera is kicking off his Rock the Disco North American tour in clubs across the country. He starts at Aura Lounge in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 1, and he closes the tour Dec. 17 in El Paso, Texas, at Club 101. In between, he hits up hot spots at Las Vegas’ Wet Republic, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico’s Nikki Beach outlet and San Diego’s Fluxx.
In the virtual nightclub world, popular Facebook game Nightclub City scored a big gig, as KISS will broadcast the final concert of their North American tour through the game. The Facebook game, which boasts more than 8.6 million active users, is a space in which guests create their own virtual environment.