Around The Scene: April 28, 2011

America’s oldest nightclub, Webster Hall in New York City, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The venue originally opened in 1886 and eventually became the country’s first modern nightclub. After changing hands several times, the Ballinger family took over the venue in 1990, recreating the original color scheme and updating the structure with state-of-the-art audio, video and lighting technology. Most recently, Webster Hall was the winner of Nightclub & Bar’s 2011 Nightclub of the Year Award.

Webster Hall

Volume in Seattle has become the city’s first officially licensed nightclub under recent legislation that imposes a number of conditions on bars wanting to bill themselves as dance venues.

Volume Nightclub

One requisite calls for entire venue staffs to complete security training with the Seattle Police Department — a demand that cost Volume’s owners approximately $5,000. The club also submitted a written safety plan, which outlined operating methods for nearly every facet of the business, including checking IDs, quelling violent flareups, crowd control and security-team size.

International Music SummitThe world's preeminent dance-music conference, the International Music Summit (IMS) 2011, held May 25-27 at Ibiza Gran Hotel in Spain, enters its fourth year as the hub for the world’s leaders and thinkers in dance music. From the heads of music-booking agencies to popular artists, including Richie Hawtin, Paul Kalkbrenner, Luciano, Pete Tong and Seth Troxler, to industry experts, such as Daniel Miller of Mute Records and Amy Thomson of CMO Management, IMS is going above and beyond expectations. With this year's focus on the American nightclub industry, global delegates will be looking to the United States for inspiration for 2012.

Imagine praying where you might have sinned the night before. Pastor Marvin Kirkwood is hoping some youths in his Kansas City, Mo., congregation will do just that. The holy man now is holding church services in an area nightclub.

“We got radical praise and worship,” he says. “It's just like a traditional or regular church service. We're just in the club doing it.”

Kirkwood added he’s willing to accept criticisms about holding church in an active club if he’s able to reach teens from troubled backgrounds.

As if there wasn’t enough fun to have in Las Vegas, Nikki Beach, a dayclub/nightclub multi-tiered resort and part of the $180 million renovation of the Tropicana Resort and Casino, will be a playground for the rich this summer. Opening May 26 and featuring live entertainment, a gaming pavilion, a seafood restaurant and a sleek pool area with opium beds — a cross between a cabana and a four-poster bed — custom-made in Vietnam, Nikki Beach is designed for the A-list, where exclusive guests will be showered in luxury.

After the high-profile killing at Club 915 this January in Portland, Ore, Rep. Tina Kotek (D-Portland) has been working to pass House Bill 3296, which would grant local police the ability to shut down bars and nightclubs for 72 hours after an incident. However, the House Judiciary Committee failed to pass the bill, taking the side of the nightclub and bar industry. For more information, click here.

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