Around The Scene: Jan. 19, 2012

Steve Aoki, resident DJ and musical director of Surrender Nightclub at Encore in Las Vegas, recently celebrated the release of his new album “Wonderland." The Dim Mak record label chief and house DJ took the party to new heights when the club presented him with the SS Aoki, a customized inflatable pirate ship complete with cannons, mast, captain’s wheel and flag. Soon after the SS Aoki was “christened” at the DJ booth, Aoki stepped aboard the vessel and made his way across the sea of electronic dance music fans, who went wild with excitement over the stunt. A Surrender dancer joined him for part of the voyage as his “first mate” before Aoki dove into the crowd while spraying them with Champagne, even further energizing the ecstatic crowd. Photos courtesy of Bryan Schnitzer.


Calvin Harris recently celebrated his 28th birthday in style with a special set at XS nightclub in Las Vegas. The current EDM phenom was welcomed in style as nightlife executives cut the music 10 minutes prior to his arrival to coordinate a surprise greeting. As the Scottish superstar walked up the gold steps and into the venue, thousands of clubgoers screamed “Surprise!” as confetti cannons exploded and a sea of cocktail servers waved XS glow sticks, marching him into the venue and onto the stage. Singer Dani D serenaded him with “Happy Birthday” before the staff presented him with a three-tiered cake featuring neon embellishments by Gimme Some Sugar. He played for the packed crowd until the early hours of the morning, with Champagne being popped in his honor throughout the 40,000-square-foot venue until sunrise. Photos courtesy of Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub.

Calvin Harris

Hyde Bellagio recently debuted XIV Vegas Sessions, introducing Las Vegas to the party that redefined the Los Angeles club scene. Hyde Bellagio Starting at 5 p.m., XIV Vegas Sessions are the perfect way for partygoers to end the weekend, occurring one Sunday each month through May. Transforming the venue into a lavish, deconstructed scene from the unbridled reign of Louis the XIV, Hyde’s XIV Vegas Sessions offer revelers a provocative throwback with a party setting that channels the sensual drama of old world France. As guests take pleasure in hand-crafted cocktails and the enthralling sounds of DJ Nathan Scott, performance artists vamp in lace and spectacular costumes, reminiscent of the wildly infamous Marie Antoinette. Complementing XIV’s signature Champagne showers are Hyde’s unparalleled views of the Bellagio Fountains.

XS, the nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, will celebrate its third anniversary with a special set by electronic dance music’s breakout star of the year, Skrillex, on Feb. 6. Skrillex describes his current sound as “a mix of dubstep, electro and glitch all thrown together,” which has garnered attention from fans and critics alike in the past year.
Most recently, the DJ made a breakthrough as the first electronic dance music artist to be nominated as “Best New Artist” at the Grammy Awards. He stacked up the most nods for the genre, adding nominations for “Best Dance Recording,” “Best Dancing/Electronica Album,” “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical,” and “Best Short form Music Video” to his resume.
Since opening, XS has been continually recognized with awards and accolades including being named the best place to dance by the New York Post to countless local “Best Of” lists. Known as the top grossing nightclub in the country, XS has placed in the No. 1 spot for the Nightclub & Bar Top 100 in both 2010 and 2011, based on annual revenue.


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