IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Will Sparks Brings Awesome Aussie Energy To Pacha

The scene was ablaze last Friday night as Will Sparks brought a dose of his awesome Aussie energy to the masses stacked up in the main room over at Pacha in New York City.

The night opened with the dynamic cerebral punch of fellow Aussie DJ, Joel Fletcher, who struck the crowd with waves of futuristic EDM interlaced with elements of ambient house & trance to create a beautiful blend of sound. Fletcher worked his way through a recent remix of an Ellie Goulding track that got the ultra-packed crowd jumping & busting wild moves. Adding to the frenzied, pumped up crowd's excited was a reworking of the White Stripes' assaulting classic 'Seven Nation Army' that had voices flying across the room chanting in unison.

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Picks: Roger Sanchez at Pacha

Roger S.

The S-Man.

No matter what moniker or alter-ego he's operating under, everyone should know Roger Sanchez's name. The man has been doing his thing (and doing it well) since before most of today's dance music fans were even born, and he's still getting people lifted without skipping a beat. Though he's been trying to fly UNDR THE RADR with upcoming release, there's no denying that Roger Sanchez made some big waves during Winter Music Conference this year.

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: The Heavenly Sinful Spring Fling

Are you heavenly, or sinful? Don't miss your chance to find out at the kickoff of the Heavenly Sinful Spring Fling at Toshi's Living Room & Penthouse at the Flatiron Hotel on April 24th.

Taking a page from Heavenly Sinful, the sexiest new dating app, the Spring Fling event is designed to help people meet an ideal heavenly host of potential matches, or find the other half of a devilish duo. Get ready for two floors of nonstop entertainment.

On both the heavenly and sinful floors, guests will lavish in an array of party perks including; a burlesque sequence, live performances, wicked DJ's, a silent raffle, and not to mention luxury gift bags valued at over $250. If that isn't enough, a portion of all proceeds at the event will be donated to our friends at AMFAR, the foundation for AIDS Research.

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: Saturday at Iron Bar & Lounge

Iron Bar, a brand new bar set up just a block away from the heart of Times Square, quite literally has something for everyone. For instance, the batter used for their fish and chips is gluten-free! That almost never happens.

With their practically daily rotating beer menu and weekly new cocktails, there's always something new to try at Iron Bar. The most recent favorites: a bourbon-backed monster of a drink known as "The Big Bad Wolf," and a chocolaty, cafe patron cocktail cleverly titled "The Last Call" because you really won't need another drink afterwards (even though it's absolutely delicious).

WEEKEND PICKS
Weekend Pick: Saturday at The Refinery Rooftop

Acting as a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Times Square, The Refinery Rooftop boasts a enchanting fireplace, stellar bar, and a stunning view of the Empire State Building.

The drinks include variations on standards, including a Fall Spice Margarita and a pecan-infused Nutty Old Fashioned. For snacks, the Refinery Rooftop has upscale pub food including a smoked eggplant dip and a lamb meatball with golden raisins.

WEEKEND PICKS Freedom Party w/ Questlove
Weekend Pick: Freedom Party ft. Questlove at BB Kings

Music lovers rejoice! On April 25th, the Freedom Party will have special guest DJ Questlove on the decks at the famous BB Kings in Times Square. New York’s longest running, weekly Friday night dance party was started back in 2003 by DJ’s Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth.

The Freedom Party’s mission is to preserve NYC nightlife by putting music first and providing people a place to party and dance, regardless of whom they know, what they wear or how much money they have. The party features all kinds of genres and eras of music ranging from the 60’s through today, including Hip Hop, House, Disco, R&B classics, rock, reggae, 80’s, 90’s, pop hits and more. This week’s special guest DJ, Questlove, is sure to provide some amazing sounds as he dips into his musical bag of tricks.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
In Case You Missed It: RAW Jersey Presents Spectrum

This past weekend, we had the chance to check out local indie artists at RAW Spectrum. The music was bumping as guests piled into BOA Hoboken to support local New Jersey artists, jewelry makers, photographers, dancers and fashion designers.

We made our way through the art gallery on the bottom floor of artists that included works from Elton Leonard Jr., Jewelry from Erica Lasan, photography by Meghan Brown, original artwork from Lynda Edwards, and multi layered photo compositions by Jetski Jones, just to name a few. The gallery showcased awe inspiring works from all types of artistic mediums. After making our way upstairs we were treated by a flash mob featuring RAW artists and a whole lot of confetti!

CULTURE CLUB
Cambalache Shows New Yorkers the Good Life -- Argentine Style

Cambalache spread out in a Brooklyn warehouse like a secret Argentine neighborhood lost in space. Tucked away in each corner of the room were in activities, decorated seating areas, secluded artists providing live entertainment, while the main expanse was filled with booths of wine, which was poured freely and sipped carefully. The crowd was abuzz from the start of the event at six until the end at eleven, with never a lull nor a dull moment. Excited Brooklynites mingled with Argentine expats hunting for a taste of their home in a Malbec grape.

ONLY IN NYC Hudson Common
NYC's Hottest Hotels for Nightlife

Looking to visit New York City in the future? Or, maybe you’re a local who needs to socialize without the hassle that a club can bring. Over the past few years, hotels have stepped onto the nightlife scene in a big way, upgrading their lounges and entertainment to feature signature drinks and popular DJs who spin the latest music for your entertainment. Just as popular as your neighborhood bar, but with a bit more class, hotel events have become just as packed as local spots, and whether you’re a guest or a walk-in, you know that you’ll have a good time and receive some excellent service.

CULTURE CLUB
Weekend Pick: Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival, one of the largest and most important film festivals in the world, is starting up again this weekend. The festival runs from the 17th to the 27th, and includes countless film screenings, shorts programs, panel discussions, even a drive-in series. You can check out the events listings here, and the film screenings here.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Weekend Pick: Marquee New York And LAVO Present #TheSwap

An event as big as New York City's first ever "Swap" could only be done right by the two biggest nightlife hot-spots in the city, as well as the four biggest electronic music superstars of Size Records. On Saturday, April 19th, the warehouse turned nightclub, Marquee New York, and its upscale underground counterpart, LAVO, are pushing their clubbing experiences to the max by bringing AN21, Max Vangeli, Qulinez, and Third Party to both venues on the same night. Impossible you say? #TheSwap developer and Strategic Group partner, Jonathan Schwartz, begs to differ.