Archive for the ‘Night Life’ category

The Sanford Strangler: A Shocking Florida Tale!

August 19, 2014

Once upon a time, in the infamous Florida city called Sanford, there lived a young man named Harrison. A time existed when Harrison loved gangsta rap, especially 90’s gangsta rap. He requested the music all the time.

Harry

Many people already know about George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. For awhile, Zimmerman wasn’t arrested. During the time civil rights leaders marched peacefully through Sanford, Harrison changed. He turned anti-rap.

racism and harry

If you look at the second quote, you’ll see something about hip hop based around violence, drugs and sexual abuse. The irony of this? Before his anti-rap stance, Harrison was arrested for domestic violence by strangulation.

As you can see in the next photo, Harrison wasn’t too fond of Travyon Martin, either.

Hurry Regal's Big Mouth

After all this, guess what happened? The same guy who badmouthed Trayvon Martin and hip hop was arrested for strangulation AGAIN! Yes, according to arrest records, The Sanford Strangler may have struck again!

Has he gone to prison? Has the charges been dropped? This blog doesn’t know. Still, it definitely will give updates about…The Sanford Strangler.

7 Reasons You Should Buy Orlando Nightlife Women

May 11, 2014

As you can tell by the following photo, I definitely enjoy the company of women.

Black guy in fedora and two burlesque dancers

Like I mentioned in previous blogs, I also enjoy photographing women, especially nightlife women.  Recently, I published Orlando Nightlife Women, a photo book.

I am now going to give you seven reasons on why you should buy my book.

1. School girls.

2 school girls

 

2. Thongs.

Babe showing her thong in Downtown Orlando

 

3. Blondes.Blonde nightclub dancer winking her eye

 

4. Bar counter dancing.

Bar Counter Dancing

 

5. Big white booty.

big white booty

 

6. Big black booty (referring to one in red).

black booty

 

7. Racial harmony.Racial Harmony white girl between two black guys

My book Orlando Nightlife Women can found in two main spots: Amazon and CreateSpace.

 

 

 

Photographing Downtown Orlando’s The Beacham

May 23, 2013

Last weekend, The Beacham hired me to photograph patrons.  An Orlando nightclub, The Beacham exists in the downtown area.

First, I searched for the cheapest parking.  Parking usually runs between five to ten dollars.  I found a five dollar spot.

downtown orlando

When you show them the receipt, The Beacham reimburses you for five dollar parking.

As you see by the sign, Fridays are Ladies Night. Women drink free all night.  Saturdays are free drinks before eleven.  Sunday is the Latin night’s all you can drink.

downtown orlando

Back in 2011, The Beacham was named Best Nightclub by the Orlando Sentinel.

best nightclub 2011 The Beacham

Just like with the first few, the following photos are taken by my cellphone.  I’ll post pro-photos at another time.

Fridays and Saturdays are predominately African-American.

downtown orlando

On stage, you see the DJ and two dancers.  Also, high on the walls are huge video screens.

downtown orlando

Richie Rich is the DJ.

downtown orlando

latina booty

For Latin night, I didn’t get the DJ’s name.  Yet, I did photograph the two Latin dancers onstage.

downtown orlando

Latin Club dancer

Because the place enjoyed my photos, The Beacham hired me again for the following weekend.

Gigs Cancelled at the Last Minute

April 28, 2013

First let me say this: No one put me up to this.  In order to illustrate what bands and other talent goes through, I took it upon myself to write this blog.

Last Friday, I noticed these two postings on Facebook, postings dealing with a friend’s band cancelled at the last minute.  The postings was by Shad Pearson of  The Actomatics.

band cancelled update

This was the message Shad referred to.

band cancelled

I’m not going to bad mouth Back Booth, a bar located in Downtown Orlando.  Yet, I know exactly how this must have pissed The Actomatics off.  As a DJ, I experienced this numerous times.  You arrange your whole week around the scheduled night.  The next thing you know, your night has been cancelled…at the last fuckin’ minute!

One time, I had the opportunity to watch an all-female football game.  Yet, I had a previous agreement to DJ at a bar that same night, an agreement I honored.  What happened?  One morning on the scheduled date, the bar called me and cancelled me.  The excuse was a scheduling mix-up.  After that, would you believe the same bar  pulled that excuse again?  This time it happened an hour before I was supposed to show up.  It just didn’t stop there either.  The same place did it at least two more times.

Like I mentioned before, I definitely know how The Actomatics must have felt.  For those unfamiliar with the lives of bands and other acts, let this be an eye-opener.  Not all bars behave this way.  Yet, last minute cancellations happens a lot.

Has this happened to any of you?  Feel free to talk about it in the comments section.

DJing An Arm-Wrestling Competition

April 16, 2013

Last Sunday night, I DJed at Orlando’s The Peacock Room, a last minute thing.

Photo by Victoria Rosario

Photo by Victoria Rosario

An arm-wrestling competition was going to take place.  I was asked to play 80’s rock music.  Yep, I had the genre, including the likes of Winger and Whitesnake.

virtual dj playing winger and white snake

The host was my buddy Mandaddy.

bald guy on a microphone

The arm-wrestling table.

arme wresting table

The table was moved to another area.  There was both guy arm-wrestling and female arm-wrestling.

female arm wrestling

A leg on the table broke.  So, it was replaced with another one.

Arm wrestling

Oh yea, yours truly was talked into competing.  I won my first round (I believe dude let me win).  Then, got slammed during my second.

I had so much damned fun.  I hope the event happens again. The organizer said it will.   I’ll be there.

Prince Party at Orlando’s Castle Knights

April 7, 2013

Last night, I drove to Castle Knights, a bar located in Orlando.

Castle Kinghts Local Pub

 

My friend Frankie Messina hosted a Prince party, the main reason for my showing up.  All night, Frankie played not only Prince music, but also music by groups Prince produced in the 80’s including The Time and Vanity 6.

dj and prince's controversy album

 

On a screen, Prince movies and concert footage played.

Prince on a screen

 

For over two decades, Castle Knights was once known as Faces, a lesbian bar.   As Castle Knights, the bar welcomes everyone.

There’s talks of me DJing a Friday Happy Hour.  Because Castle Knights  is full liquor, it just might be the right spot for me.

Regardless, it’s a nice joint that I may return to in the future.

The Bodisattva Social Club

September 17, 2012

When it comes to Downtown Orlando, The Bodhisattva Social Club was one of  the last of its kind, a bar catering to the bohemian crowd.

I think it opened in 1999 or the year 2000.  At first, two people owned it.  Then, the late Tom Butler became the primary owner.

The bar contained two floors.  The following photos are of the first floor.

Bodhisattva labeled itself a nudist Buddhist biker bar.  In the following pic, you can see Tom’s bike in the corner.

He put this sign on top of it.

Then, there was one of the best jukebox collections in Central Florida, containing everything from hip-hop, rock to jazz.

The following photos happened upstairs on the second floor.

Jeff Nolan. Sometimes he worked the upstairs bar.

Yet, most people know him as a guitar god.

Jeff worked with Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilot’s lead singer) on Weiland’s 1998 solo album named 12 Bar Blues.   Recently, Jeff hosted a Hard Rock Cafe memorabilia tour.

This is him with the lovely and talented Jen Paxton.

DiViNCi. Beats-maker for hip-hop group Solillaquists of Sound.

Him and lead rapper, Swamburger.  This was years before they were signed to ANTI-/Epitaph records.

John David Baldridge. Many Central Florida musicians and singers covered his music.

That’s me in the Ice Cube shirt. I forgot who the other guy was.  On my far right behind me is Tom Ward and Jim O’Rourke, two local musicians.

Tom Butler never allowed folks to take his picture.  Yet, local artist Dan Erminger managed to get one.

Photo by Dan Erminger.

Bodhisattva closed in 2004.  A short time later, Tom Butler died.

Like I mentioned earlier, Bodisattva was one of  the last of its kind in Downtown Orlando.  Nowadays, the bohemian crowd hangs out in the Virginia Drive and Mills Avenue area.  Some go to the Milk District.  All areas located near Downtown Orlando’s edge.  Yet, not exactly located in Downtown Orlando.

Still, Bodhisattva and Tom Butler will always be missed by many people.