There is something else besides Valentine's Day to celebrate this week, and you don't need a significant other to participate. For Catholics, Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of year in which it is customary to abstain from pleasurable excesses. For many, that means the time leading up to Lent is the time to get in as much debauchery as possible before the fasting and piety begin, and this time is usually called carnaval. While the parades, drinking, dancing, and street food have been going on for weeks in Brazil, the culmination of the festivities happens tomorrow, February 12th, which is when SUSHISAMBA is hosting its yearly Carnaval Celebração.
Where will your favorite A-list celebrities be when the ball drops? Why, Vegas of course! Vegas will host a slew of celebrities who will be hosting parties across Sin City’s hottest nightclubs. New York City also will provide the backdrop for several other celebs who want to be in the heart of it all. Here’s a glimpse at where some of Hollywood’s elite will be this NYE:
- Kim Kardashian - 1 Oak Nightclub
- Ice T and Coco – LAX
- Nicky Minaj – Pure
- Santana – Foundation Room
- Pitbull – The Palms
- Robin Thicke – Bagatelle Restaurant & Supper Club
- Brandy - LAVO Nightclub
- J. Cole - TAO Nightclub
- Lil Jon - Tryst Nightclub
- Travis Barker - Rain Nightclub
- Foster The People - Bank Nightclub
- Lloyd - Revolution Lounge
It’s NYE and you know the drill:
Hot venue √
Sexy outfit √
Champagne at midnight √
What could possibly make ringing in a brand new year that much more spectacular? A performance by one of electronic dance music's hottest DJ’s? Absolutely! If you’re lucky enough to attend any of the NYE parties spanning across these five fabulous cities, you’ll be guaranteed beats, ball drops and a banging good time! Here’s a look at the Top 5:
Armin van Buuren – New York City
Don’t miss out on this adrenaline fueled electric dance party extravaganza presented by Joonbug.com. It all goes down at Pier 36, a 64,000 square foot pier that stretches out to Manhattan’s East River. There’s a 3-hour open bar taking place between 9:00 pm – 12:00 am. This event is strictly 21+. Several VIP packages are available and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
The beast is back at Palms Casino Resort with Ghostbar Dayclub (GBDC), Las Vegas’ first high-energy daytime extravaganza. The weekly party returned las Saturday with its Grandiose Opening and continues every Saturday at 1 p.m. Encouraging guests to don playful costumes while indulging in adult-friendly piñatas, high-end beer bongs, choreographed Go-Gos, themed costume parties, music by world-renowned DJs, delicious eats and much more inside ghostbar, the sultry and sophisticated indoor-outdoor lounge and sky deck located 55 floors above the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas may be the place to party, but for a relaxing and intriguing cocktail, Scottsdale, Arizona is the place to go. If you 're looking to sip on a pleasant bourbon beverage in honor of National Bourbon Month, The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa has you covered. Enjoy the delicious Cowboy Killer Manhattan, so either head on over to order one up, or make your own!
Cowboy Killer Manhattan
2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. Grand Marnier
6 ea Grand Marnier soaked Morello Cherries
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 Grand Marnier soaked Morello Cherry Pick For Garnish
1. Muddle Cherries with a two dashes of bitters
2. Add remaining ingredients then ice and shake vigorously
3. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with Morello Cherry Pick
From DJing and producing, to owning Australian nightclubs and having their own reality show, The Stafford Brothers are taking the EDM scene by force. The Aussie brothers have kept extremely busy over the past few years with releases on labels like Stealth and Cr2, in the midst of touring and filming two seasons of their very own self-titled reality show. We caught up with Matt and Chris Stafford when they were in New York to talk about their Las Vegas residency, their TV show possibly coming to America, and everything else they have planned for the rest of the year.
House legend Fedde le Grand is a master in the studio and behind the decks alike. His unique style and unparalleled drive has made him a worldwide sensation, casting him amongst the forerunners of club idols. With his own label, Flamingo Records, and many chart-bound releases in store, he has some exciting times ahead of him.
Maxfield: You recently performed at EDC LV. What’s your impression of Vegas?
Fedde: I love Vegas, it was the latest of many times I’ve been fortunate to play there but it is definitely the biggest stage!
Through years of hard-work, talent, and knowledge of the industry, Dada Life finds themselves at the peak of the EDM. As global superstars, the Swedish duo travels the world in search of new crowds to captivate with their mesmerizing, high energy show. We were fortunate enough to sit down with them before the last day of EDC to discuss their crazy style, production, and future plans.
Maxfield: So first of all, what do you think of Vegas?
Dada Life: It's hard to say what you think of the city because you are surrounded by one hotel. You move in a circle [laughs]. We’ve never actually been to other parts of Vegas.
Ten miles of darkness and 2000 cars separated us from the festival we had only dreamt about. As we stared forward, excited and anxious, there was a faint flicker towards the sky and then the familiar explosion of fireworks in the distance. A roar ripped through the desert from the cars around us. Indian chiefs and their topless girlfriends yelled and cheered out their windows, as packs of neon spattered fur boots ran by on foot. This was the scene I had heard so much about. The one that would save dance music events
Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival has consistently been remarked as the premier Electronic Music festival in the country. With steady competition from Ultra Music Festival , and the multitude of other events that have developed in the past few years, claiming that title is quite a feat. Insomniac’s founder, Pasquale Rotella, has rose through the ranks of California promoters to a point of utmost success. He has absolutely earned his stripes, with the immense scale of his events and consequences this sometimes brings. The risk involved with such massive gatherings as these has made it necessary for Pasquale to impose a new standard for safety at these events, both at the gates and in the festival. In both appearance and functionality, EDC proved to be nothing less than the world-class event that was beckoned for.
EMM Group, the nightlife company behind NYC clubs Catch, Abe & Arthur's, Tenjune and SL, has decided to expand into Atlantic City. Where? Well, none other than the newest big ticket hotel/casino/club in AC, Revel. This is major news, as EMM is one of the fastest expanding nightlife companies in the US. This would mark their first foray outside of NYC.
Luckily, they will have some help in that respect. EMM are pairing up with Angel Management Group, the Las Vegas big guns, to oversee and run the HQ nightclubs at Revel. The two companies seem very excited to work together. Their respective experience will lend well to the running of a nightclub in Atlantic City. AMG has the big ticket Las Vegas casino experience, while EMM will bring in their knowledge of the NY crowd.