Category Archives: 80’s

Mercury Machinewerk (Capital Hill/Seattle, WA)

The Merc
Mercury @ Machinewerks * 1009 East Union, Seattle, WA 98122 ~
~ https://www.machinewerks.org/ * https://www.facebook.com/groups/mercuryatmachinewerks/

One of Seattle’s last strong-holds of the Gothic/Industrial clubbing and music community as a central hangout most famous for such in the Pacific Northwest on the American side, it is a volunteer operated private club down-set underground in the Capital Hill Neighborhood of Seattle. They offer some of the regions best Gothic/Industrial and Electronic music DJs and dancing venue. As a private club, membership is mandatory for attendance, and guests can only visit under sponsorship of a member. To become a member, a visitor must be recommended for membership by a current member in good standing … and has to attend via 3 to 5 signed visits within a 6 month period before a member can sponsor a visitor for membership which costs a mere $10. They essentially have something going on every day, ranging from club nights – smoking and smoke free, themed parties, karaoke, and a oddities market. They have a great dance floor, pool room, and a fully stocked bar specializing in Black Orchids.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Fresh (Dublin)

Fresh

* 1 Crown Alley * Temple Bar * Dublin, Ireland * 2 * phone: (01) 671 8423 * http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fresh-Temple-Bar/ *

One of Dublin’s little hotspots for fashion, club wear, and alternative garb … “Fresh” is in the heart of Temple Bar along Crown Alley, and boasts the best of alternative brands for vintage, punk, gothic, mod, street, rock, metal, and raver clothing, accessories, and fashion. Open from 11-6 mondays through saturdays, and sundays from 1 to 5. Great shop, great selection, and for Dublin, one of its finest. Lots of eye candy in the shop and good offers.

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Pretty Vacant Club, Dusseldorf, Germany


The Pretty Vacant


The Pretty Vacant Club * Mertensgasse 8 * D-40213 Dsseldorf * Open 8 til late (5 am) * http://www.prettyvacant.de/
Saturday nights: The Sound’s of Swingin’ London.

A great little hole-in-the-wall club and bar in the heart of the old town district of Dusseldorf. Around 10 pm, this little bar becomes infested with the Brit-pop crowd of Dusseldorf piling down into the bricked basement for a crunchy sardine-packed dance night to some of the cities best post-punk, brit pop, UK indie, and electropop. Fabulous time. The music was great and the drinks were good. Service was great as well. Spinning great tunes by the DJ’s: 1. sa: POPMISSILE F1-11; 2. sa: POP GOES MY LOVE; 3-4. sa: FISH’N’CHIPS. For any Brit Pop / Post Punk junkie … this is the place to be in Dusseldorf. Excellent! Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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DC’s 11th annual Goth Prom

Thursday, 22 May 2008
Washington, D.C.

11th annual D.C. Goth Prom “Under a Milky Way” * Town Danceboutique * 2009 8th Strett NW | Washington, DC 20009 * http://www.gothpromdc.com/


11th Annual Goth Prom, Washington, D.C. 5/22/08

After the National Geographic Live and private reception, I headed over to my ‘first’, while DC’s 11th, Goth Prom which is apparently the longest running Goth Prom in the United States. They even had a Prom King and Queen contest. Prior to this event, I was under the impression that DC really didn’t have a sizeable Goth community (based on last two years fly-ins to D.C. and checking out the scene) but I have to say, after this event – the population exists and the support for the night appeared to be pretty phenomenal. I might have to add this one to my annual calendar of events I go out of my way to attend (of course given time off work and funds). This year it was held at the Town Dancboutique, a two floored club with large levels and plenty of room to dance and move about. The event was $15 advanced tickets or $20 at the door, and that didn’t stop the place from filling up. A wide assortment of DJ’s were spinning on both floors – such as Scary Lady Sarah (Berlin, Chicago – Nocturna); DJ Spider (Charlotte, NC); Kelowna (Toronto-XM Satellite, chiarOscuro DC); Liebchen (DC Midnight, XUBERX); 2501 (Chronos DC, Alchemy DC); Dirty B; Shade (Spellbound DC, Alchemy DC); variety acts such as Cheeky Monkey slideshow performing her Amazing Trinket and MabJustMab acts (including glass walking); bellydancing and gothic tribal upstairs including Cerastes (tribal/industrial dance), Romka (tribal fusion bellydance), and others. Vendors ranged from custom made prom corsages and boutonnieres by Lost Moth; to custom art pieces by Arty4ever, wire jewelry by Eleanor Justice, horror kitsch illustrations and paintings by Frozen Charlotte, clothing and accessories by Dry Tear, Creepy home decor by Morbid Decor, Kilts by The Kilted Nation, custom latex/rubber clothing by Slyx, John Holmes of Bloodrose Industries fashion photography, custom hats and accessories by Peacock Blue, handmade beaded jewelry by Camille DeWalder, and custom t-shirt dsigns by Mind Jacket Designs. The music, talent, decor, acts, and performances were incredible. Drinks a bit higher end priced. Excellent job Lori Beth and all who put this on!!! Plus it was excellent to see my new friends from earlier this year Sarah and Alex who as usual, made me feel right at home as if I lived in D.C. Thank you. Goth prom are slowly putting up pictures in their Gallery here. Rating 5 stars out of 5. Visited 5/22/2008.

* apologies for the lack of quality of pictures for this evening. These were taken from my cell phone camera (no flash) as my camera was out of commission for the evening.

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Chrome: Transit Bar, Canberra, Australia

Chrome Goth Night
* Transit Bar * http://www.gothclublist.com/details/chrome.html * 7 AKUNA ST *
Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia * P 02 6162 0899 * http://transitbar.com.au/ * ?

Eager for some darksome and divine music, I hunted out what could lie beneath the underground of Australia’s capital city … Canberra. A Google search provided promising tales of “Chrome” but came to realize upon arriving it’s night at the “Holy Grail” had vanished without a trace. Knowing that echoes of chatter that it was still located near the corners of Akuna and Bunda streets, we discovered it moved down the street to the infamous underground club … the Transit Bar, located underneath the Canberra YHA. From 9 pm until 5 am, Canberra’s only goth night raises the dead with their EBM, Industrial and dark elektro tunes with some goth on monday nights (instead of the previous saturdays). Video projections, laser lights, and good music was had. Oddly though, the bar was still quite normal with their casually dressed local bar patrons, but up towards the stage in the dance floor were alitter with some finely costumed gothy and cyber dressed dancers. Coming from North America and Germany goth clubs where everyone usually dresses up in their finest black garments, it was a little difficult getting used to the mix of color and normality into this cache of a music club treasure grove one is used to finding when searching for it in most cities. Oddly though, the music was not so industrial and gothic, but more darksome Burning Man raver music. Enjoyed none-the-less and eye candy galore, me and my host had a splendid time. Realizing the night has setup shop in this new location from their fabled old locale, not 100% sure if the night is still happening at the transit bar … could be completely “transit”-ional. Rating: 2.3 stars out of 5. ~ Leaf McGowan, April 25, 2011.

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Thunderdome @ Burning Man 2010

Thunderdome / Death Guild
* Burning Man * Black Rock City, Nevada * http://www.deathguildthunderdome.com/ *

Every year many Burners look forward to the infamous “Thunderdome”, the interactive art project of San Francisco’s famed “Death Guild”. It is one of Burning Man’s most famous landmarks and one of its most exciting projects/theme camps. Operating for 6 years straight, Burners come to expect Death Guild every year. Inspired by the movie “Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome” (starring Tina Turner and Mel Gibson as Mad Max), “Thunderdome” is a life-sized replica of the same named structure as found in the film. “Two man enter, one man leave” is not really the case here at the Burn, as only friends and friendly-foes who are looking forward to venting some frustration by battling each other with nerf bats while dangling and swinging off bungy cords. All the audience pile around the edge of the dome and climb the rafters to watch the sometimes extremely hillarious battles that take place. Afterwords, it is often a late night Goth/Industrial dance club. Not much activity takes place during the day, but evening it is a very crowded area of the playa. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Purple Onion

NOTE: THE PURPLE ONION NO LONGER EXISTS. THE CLUB CLOSED DOWN. THIS IS NOW JUST A NOSTALGIC REVIEW PIECE FROM THE PAST.

the Purple Onion Cabaret
* 15 Water Street * Gas town –Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1A1 * 604.602.9442 * www.purpleonion.com *

Mondays

Vancouver’s only underground Brit Night – radiohead, blur, suede, bowie, clash. DJ Sheriff Fatman and ken Bastard. Real Brit. No Sh*t. 60’s Brit Invasion, psychedelica and soul in other lounge: DJ Lee Modern spins The Who, the impressions, and the Byrds.

Tuesdays

Available for private parties.

Wednesdays

Freebasing Funk shooting soul with residents Djs Lush and Stephane.

Thursdays

The afterlife entertainment presents pure O2, DJ Ali (Leaf Recordings and Fresh Studios), funky ass house, Vancouver, and a variety of other shows.

Fridays

Sugar and Spice, blending hip hop, RnB, and Club hits, DJ Relik and DJ LDB with MC Tropiq. DJs Roger Z and Andre Drop the sweet sounds of downtempo house and hip hop complimenting the funkiest in live acts.

Saturdays

Platinum with resident DJ’s Seanski (Bronx, NY) and WAX (DMC Champ) the jams are bumpin all night long. Hip Hop / Top 40 Dance / RnB.

Sundays

Sanctuary: Vancouver’s Darkest Secret. Etheral Beauty, Downtempo, Experimental electronix, Crunchy Beats, EBM Electro Industrial Synthpop and loads more. DJ Pandemonium and Guests.

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Club 23 West: Sin City (Vancouver, B.C.)

Club 23 West

23 West Cordova, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1C8
Vancouver, British Columbia
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ClubVibes Details

Rated *****

EVENTS:

SIN CITY:

Clubvibes.com description: “Sin City is a monthly club night dedicated to the truly kinky club demons of Vancouver and takes place monthly on every second Saturday of the month at Club 23 West. Cover is $9 without a pass, $6 with passes which can be found at many downtown locations. In addition to the dancefloor, drink specials and antics of DJs Pandemonium & Klaxxon bangin’ out dark n’ dirty retro, electronika, industrial & dance, we offer a seperate play dungeon complete with friendly monitors, lovely sturdy black & cushioned bondage equipment with plenty of couches & viewing space, and a private, outdoor patio looking over Gastown’s blood alley. We enforce a very strict dress code which must be adhered to in order to gain access to the celebration of sin! Absolutely no t-shirts (unless fetish-related) will be admitted, jeans, suits, or streetwear of any kind. Some examples of acceptable dress are: rubber, pvc, vinyl, leather, full uniform, fantasy or period costume, armour, cross-dress, bondage, body paint, and lingerie. Sin City is a cross-over night with all sorts of people and scenes coming together to celebrate a truly sinful party – young, old, gay, straight, fetish veterans, newcomers, partiers, loungers, we all come together once a month to party in high style. “ (Leaf’s virtual tourist page)

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The Element (Vancouver, B.C.)

the Element

Cambie Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Rated ***1/2

Gas Town Inn - Element Pub

Thursday, 11/8/01:
” I hailed down a cab and headed over to the Element on Cambie / Hastings, by the Cambie Hotel. I wasn’t quite sure if I was in the right place, but as I walked in past a restaurant kitchen, back into the dank and dark pub – I saw horror movie and haunted house tacky decor … with a sprawled sign stating I was in “the Element”. I saw Melissa, gave her a hug, and chatted – headed over to Bernie and gave her a hug and wished her “Happy Birthday” as I handed her a gift and watched as she enchanted “the Element” with her dj magic. Chilled out to a couple of drinks with Bernie as other friends appeared and wished her birthday blessings. The element had a intriguing decor of a haunted house with the top pseudo-balcony covered with Halloween stuffed beings and macabre decor. Green fake ferns and air plants sprawled along the ceiling – the evening had great music but lacked numbers of individuals, and at this point, no one dancing. Then came in Jeffy, and two other friends I met previously at a Halloween party – they recognized me without my green makeup and faery wings. We all grabbed a table and chatted away through the night, discussing Skinny Puppy, how we wished we were at the Tori Amos concert, the Survivor series, and other elements of news going on in the world. As I partied with my friend Bernie at the Element and was woo’ed by her dj’ing with excellent 80’s, dance, and Industrial mixes – as the clock struck 12, I decided to head back to Seymour street for a little dancing at my favorite hotspot on Thursdays … Luvafair. The drinks are pricey here but created with pizazz and a good kick. Music was excellent, just lacked the people to fully utilize the dance floor. By the time I was planning on leaving, a handful had started to dance.”

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Dominion (Dublin, Ireland)

Dominion Resurrection
* Cellar of Murrays Bar * 33-34 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland *
Every Saturday from 9.30 pm – 2.30 am in the cellar of the sports bar called “Murrays” is Ireland’s premiere and only Goth night. Only 3 until 11, afterwards 6 to enter. Darksome and divine, this small little hole is comfortable and roomie for those interested in the sub-culture to gather and dance their night away. I was quite curious how the Goth scene would be in Ireland and was quite pleased to hear some great music. The music was diverse from 80’s to electronic, goth, industrial, to medieval. The particular night I visited on July 3, 2010 – DJ’s Conor, Ozzy aka David Osborn, and Beo aka Christoph Heimann were playing. Good times. Good tunes. However, it was under-attended. There was about a dozen there and they all knew one another. It would appear a bit cliche’ish to those who are shy as I am (until I get to know people I’m actually a shy wallflower) so I’m just as guilty for not having made an attempt to make friends. Having to be at the airport at 4 am, I decided to call it an early night. But I’ll be back. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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80’s Thursdays at Thunder & Buttons

80’s Thursday at Thunder & Buttons * 2415 W Colorado Ave * Colorado Springs, CO 80904-3021* (719) 447-9888 * www.thunderandbuttons.com *


DJ Gypsy spinning 80’s at Thunder and Buttons


A new night in the works getting Colorado Springs back into the 80’s flair with the amazing DJ Gypsy enchanting all with some of the best of the era. Definitely a much needed new night for the area. A saloon hosts the night that is named after some local history. In 1888 a Colorado City resident named Prairie Dog O’Byrne had a carriage pulled by two elk he named ‘Thunder’ and ‘Buttons’. His infamous partner from the Red light district Laura Bell would race this carriage up and down the very street where this saloon is located. This saloon was established and named in their honor. Established in 1978 it burnt down 10 years later. It was re-established in 2004 by an Air Force Academy graduate as Thunder and Buttons II. It now hosts a pretty popular bar and grill with various entertainment nights such as this 80’s night to mark up its calendar for fun and frolick. DJ Gypsy is definitely providing a good draw of music and charm to spice up everyone’s thursday nights. I hope this night continues as it is definitely a blessing for the local scene. Looking forward to more fine evenings having a blast to the past.

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80’s Night (fridays) at the Underground (patio) : Colorado Springs, Colorado


DJ Gypsy

80’s Night on the Patio @ the Underground
* 110 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs, Colorado * 719.578.7771

http://www.undergroundbars.com/


Running for a couple of months now, and growing in popularity, is a night full of dance and frolick upstairs at the Underground on fridays. Downstairs DJ’s TJR, LL Bishop, Tony G, Mike Devious, and Hauss spinning in the main room while DJ Gypsy brings back the old favorites of the 80’s upstairs. Seems the main populace of the club on fridays go up to the patio for the fun and dance as this night of visiting and dancing on 5/15/2009, the downstairs was empty and the patio was saturated. DJ Gypsy knows how to bring back the 80’s. The night is still growing and young, but definitely a hit for the 80’s crowd. I can’t really comment on the downstairs or the DJ’s down below as the dance floor in the lower level on this evening was empty and everyone was upstairs so I didn’t spend much time listening to the djs there. But the top level was top-quality. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 for the music & the DJ. 2.5 stars for the location: The patio gets a bit smoky for those with allergies, and the dance space is small. Tip for the Underground – if you move DJ Gypsy downstairs, I think you’d be filling your club night with alot of patrons and a pretty decent bar intake as the dj experience was fabulous and high quality. I’ll be back. Overall rating for the night experience: 3 stars out of 5. Review at: Wanderwords.com, Virtualtourist.com, Technogypsie.com.

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Lipgloss: Pet Shop Boys Listening Party 4/24/09 (Denver)

Lipgloss: Pet Shop Boys Listening Party 4/24/09

http://www.denver3.com/show/detail/20909

Guest DJ Cyren: http://www.myspace.com/iamyoursiren

Lipgloss: Every Friday – 99 W. 9th Ave, Denver, Colorado 303 -572-8006 One block west of Broadway $6 Cover after 10 21+ Only $2 G&Ts $2 PBRs * www.denver3.com

My all time favorite friday night in Denver is to let loose at the infamous Lipgloss at La Rumba on 9th. This night rewarded a disappointing evening at My Bloody Valentine prior, so the night was not ruined and uplifted to sensational. DJ Cyren was guest dj’ing the “Pet Shop Boys” listening party as the music styles tonight were much more my flavor than usual (though Lipgloss is always my flavor). Cyren’s sets rocked the house. DJs Michael Trundle and Tyler Jacobson as usual spun their usual levels of pleasure. It was a fabulous night to say the least. Thank you all for changing the tune to my evening. I’m never disappointed with Lipgloss. The Denver3 team always promises what they preach. If only I “lived” in Denver would I be more of a regular. Lipgloss – Denvers hottest Mod/Soul/Electro/Indie Brit pop night springs to life every friday night: Free cover before 10 pm, and $2 gin wells and PBRs The Staff of La Rumba were incredible and affordable strong drinks. The DJs were fantastic and addressed inquiries and requests quickly and very friendly – knowing their stuff, Id recommend them for any event. Thank you! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Lipgloss Official Pics from the Event start here …. A few previous Lipgloss Reviews: [ Lipgloss @ Club La Rumba: Late of the Pier Listening Party 2/6/09 ] [ Lipgloss 7/18/08 ] [ Lipgloss 12/15/06 ] [ Lipgloss 8/1/08 ]


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The Ultimate Party Amsterdam Pub Crawl (Amsterdam/Netherlands)


Ultimate Party – Amsterdam Pub Crawl

Ultimate Party Pub Crawl – Amsterdam
Ultimate Party is every Sunday to Friday / 6 Nights a week * Starting : between 08:30 pm and 09:00 pm @ The News Cafe – 4 doors down from the Burger King Leidseplein ( Korte Leidse dwarsstraat 77) * Transportation: Tram 1,2,5,6,7,10 to the Leidseplein *

  • 6 Dance Bars & Clubs
  • 6 Free drinks ( beer,wine or soda)
  • Vodka shots on the road
  • Unlimited Free house shots between 08:30 and 09:00 pm
  • Drink specials at each venue
  • No cover charges for the Bars and Club
  • Professional Guides
  • ALL FOR ONLY 15 EURO

http://www.joinultimateparty.com/

I have to admit, I’ve never done a pub crawl like this before. Very well thought out, organized, social, and a great way to introduce tourists to a city’s night life. I almost want to start up my own. I’ve been on many alternative themed pub crawls like the SantaCon’s, the Pirate hunts, and the Zombie crawls … but this was quite nice, a normal one for international tourists – partying in the big cities around the world. Apparently they have them for London, Madrid, Berlin, etc. I had a blast. The guides were fantastic and made sure we got drunk and kept safe. One of the best parties I’ve attended while travelling abroad. You pay your 15 Euro (we paid 14 as we had a coupon from Stacey from New Amsterdam Tours), they give you a bracelet, and unlimited vodka drinks/shots from 8:30-9:30. Friends were made and we headed to 6 different bars and clubs, at each cover was free, VIP entrance in, and you were greeted at the door with a vodka shot and a token for a free drink at the bar. For each and every bar: The News, The Pirates Cafe, Amsterdamned, The Royalty, Club Smokeys, Club JV, Jantjes Verjaardag, Cooldown Cafe, and Surprise Bar. Dancing, drinking, and drunken-ness ensued. Wild times. Thank you Ultimate Party! Rating 5 stars out of 5.

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Goth night at Castle “Pulp” (Duisburg, Germany)

PULP
* Wanheimer Strasse 231a, Duisburg-Hochfeld, Germany * +49 (0)203 363 7900 (Th-Sa from 6 PM) * http://pulp-duisburg.de/
Each thursday is Goth/80s/Medieval/Industrial night at the Pulp Nightclub and Restaurant. Held in a large castle full with the ambiance of a medieval castle intact with decor and furnishings …mult-roomed normally with 3 club rooms. An 80’s/new wave court, upstairs a Medieval/Goth music club room, and “The Cave” for medieval/goth/industrial/electro. The top floor was closed during this visit on 4/2/09. My favorite room was the 80’s/darkwave room for dancing and flirting. Drinks were cheap and bar services excellent. As in German tradition drink cards were issued with no tipping expected as usual as found in Germany. Making drinking budget go further. A big banquet room with a buffet and fire-roasted meats were offered for bountiful plates for only a few Euro in cost. The club is open usually until 5 or 6 am. The decorations and ambiance of the club is mindblowing. Excellent DJ’s, music, and selections. Apparently, Drago, the owner, turned the formerly run-down train station into a castle/fortress replica, with full decor. The venue is known as the “event castle in Duisburg”. DJs : Alexx, Dirk, Franko, Mario, Robert, et al. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

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Hittsville Music (Dusseldorf, Germany)


Hittsville Music
Hitsville Records, Altstadt, Dsseldorf 40213 * Dusseldorf, Germany * +49 211 328844 * www.hitsville.de

One of Dusseldorf’s alternative used cd/vinyl/music stores in old town with great prices and deals. Also a great place to find out about local music and club happenings, events, concerts, and what-not. One of my favorite shops in Dusseldorf. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Lady of the Rhine, Part 2: Chapter 8 – Dusseldorf, Gothic clubbing at Pulp

Thursday, 2 April 2009
Dusseldorf – Duisburg, Germany

The adventurers slept in past noon, as they were up late and didn’t get to sleep but until the wee hours of the morning. Sir Thomas Leaf was up to 4:30 am alone. Around noon, the party did laundry and a late breakfast. Lady Vanessa off on an interview, and Sir Thomas Leaf headed to the old town part of Dusseldorf for some sights, exploring, and hanging out in a cafe. Hittsville, one of Sir Thomas Leaf’s favorite little CD/vinyl/music shoppes caught his attention for a bit as well as the K12. Both great music and clothes shops in Dusseldorf. Around evening they rested and headed off for a journey to Duisburg after a great chocolate sponge cake with custard.


Lady Vanessa and Princess Brea ready to go off clubbing

On to Duisburg to meet up with Lord Sven to discuss strategy in the castle club known as “Pulp”. A banquet feast for only a few Euros with fire roasted meats and vegetables in a large buffet fit for a king. Feasting and merriment ensued between Lord Sven, Lady Vanessa, Sir Thomas Leaf, and Princess Breanna. Two club rooms of dancing; one 80’s / new wave; the other called “the Cave” was medieval, goth, industrial, electro. Much of the dancing style in the cave was very rhythmic “chopping” line dance style that Lady Vanessa described as “too martial arts style taking up too much room on the dance floor per individual”. The 80’s room which most of us preferred as there was offered more space to dance. Sir Thomas Leaf danced up a storm. Dancing, drinking, flirting, and merriment continued. Sir Thomas Leaf being from a higher elevation so higher tolerance for alcohol at sea levels; and two trips to the buffet, ran through his 26 Euro drink card and over to a new card eating up 9 Euro on it. The adventurers stayed only until about 2 am, as they had a long trip to Worms tomorrow. Nonetheless, Sir Thomas Leaf had to be pulled away from the dance floor.


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Pretty Vacant Club, Dusseldorf, Germany


The Pretty Vacant


The Pretty Vacant Club * Mertensgasse 8 * D-40213 Dsseldorf * Open 8 til late (5 am) * http://www.prettyvacant.de/
Saturday nights: The Sound’s of Swingin’ London.

A great little hole-in-the-wall club and bar in the heart of the old town district of Dusseldorf. Around 10 pm, this little bar becomes infested with the Brit-pop crowd of Dusseldorf piling down into the bricked basement for a crunchy sardine-packed dance night to some of the cities best post-punk, brit pop, UK indie, and electropop. Fabulous time. The music was great and the drinks were good. Service was great as well. Spinning great tunes by the DJ’s: 1. sa: POPMISSILE F1-11; 2. sa: POP GOES MY LOVE; 3-4. sa: FISH’N’CHIPS. For any Brit Pop / Post Punk junkie … this is the place to be in Dusseldorf. Excellent! Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Lady of the Rhine, Part 2: Chapter 3B – Settling into Dusseldorf, The Kas Bah, The Pretty Vacant

, Segment B


Vanessa and a great dinner

Saturday, 28 March 2009
Dusseldorf, Germany

After a nice several hour sleep, the adventurers awoke around the same time. Lady Vanessa cooked a wonderful pork, mushrooms, and gravy dish over a pasta shell course that was spectacular and delicious. (Thank you!!!) Afterwards, Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Vanessa, and Princess Brea got ready for a scenic walk along the Rhine enroute to meet Lady Svenja for some journeys at the Irish Pub, a Morroccon Cafe, and some post-punk, brit pop dancing at the Vacant Place. Good times were had by all. Comparing North American customs to German customs, language differences, Euro vs. American dollars, and the non-existent tipping at bars/cafes in Germany. Dancing and music. Drinking and frolick. The adventurers were well entertained and rested as they embark upon their quest in the morning to some Roman ruins and remains.


Lady Vanessa, Sir Thomas Leaf, Sir Christian


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Seabound (on tour from Germany; in concert in Denver 1/22/09)


Seabound

Seabound * (Germany) * http://www.seabound.de/ *
A beat inspiring synthpop/futurepop duo from Germany. From a meeting of mutual friends, they decided to bound together their musical talents in 1995 bringing forth the band named “Seabound” and a slogan “Journey Into Your Mind”. With English lyrics that are meant to explore the human psyche and how everyday events can affect a person psychologically. Their debut album: “No Sleep Demon” was released by Dependent in 2001. They are heavily inspired/influenced by the sounds of Front 242, Covenant, Visage and Depeche Mode. They are well known for their warm vocals, icy synth parts, and entrancing, sinuous melodies. They received some of their greater exposure in 2006 with their third album “Double-Crosser” which reached #1 Position on the German Alternative Charts (DAC) and German Electronic Web Charts (GEWC). Their performance on January 22, 2009 at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, Colorado. Excellent and mesmerizing performance. Top Job! Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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De/Vision (from Germany) in concert 1/22/09 in Denver, Colorado


De/Vision

De/Vision *(Germany) * http://www.devision-music.de/
An extroadinary synthpop band from Germany, on their 2009 North American tour, came to play at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on January 22, 2009. Beginning in 1988 as a quartet consisting of Thomas Adam, Steffen Keth, Stefan Blender, and Markus Ganssert; they lost Markus in 2000; and another later; they became a duet as Thomas and Steffen continued on to larger things such as being signed to Drakkar Records in Europe and Dancing Ferret Discs in North America and since 1994 has produced an album every 1.5 years. They are open minded to new influences and are ever-changing as you can see from each album. Their performance this evening as enchanting with gream style. Mesmerizing. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.


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Requiem in Black (1/22/09 – Denver)


Requiem in Black

Requiem in Black
http://www.requieminblack.com/

One of Denver’s great music talents, Requiem in Black combine sound with artistry in their music and performances. A two person band: Aeren doing the Beats, Keyboards, Programming, Mixing, Promotions, and Booking; with Jessie as the sultry vocals, Lyrics, Keyboards, Engineering, Mastering, Merchandising. Starting in 2006, Requiem in Black can be described as Goth and dark electronic music, with some EBM; as they offer vital older influences of the 80’s/90’s and beyond such as Gary Numan, VNV, APOP, Wolfsheim, Covenant, Wumpscut, Cruxshadows, Seabound, Angels & Agony, and others that one reviewer described as “1984 soundtrack-era Eurythmics inspired”. As of this writing, they have 2 cds out. They are named after the term that defines “funeral songs”. Their performance this even of 22 January 2009 at the Cervantes theater was a masterpiece in of itself. Great job! Rating : 4 stars out of 5.


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1/22/09: Cervantes Theater: Requiem in Black, De/Vision, Seabound

Requiem in Black, De/Vision, Seabound on January 22, 2009
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom * 2637 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205 * 303.297.1772 * http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/

On the evening of January 22nd of 2009 came, rocked, and enamoured a perfect-sized audience from 8 pm until midnight. Great performances in a great concert hall. Overall, the combined bands were a not-to-miss event. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (Denver, Colorado)


Requiem in Black

Cervantes Masterpiece Theater/Ballroom
* 2637 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205 * 303.297.1772 * http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom is a spectacular little concert hall in the heart of historic Five points in downtown Denver. A two-floor venue with a main dance/concert floor, stage, tables, and booths; upstairs being a wrap-around balcony with tables, chairs, and comfy couches. The Ballroom is located in the old historic Casino Cabaret that dates back to the Cotton Club days of the 1930’s when jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Bassie, and Benny Goodman toured and played. Through the years greats such as Ike and Tina Turner, BB King, Jimmy Smith, and many others performed. With space to hold over 700 patrons, with great space, easy flow access to the bar and bathroom, and a well ventilated, non-smoking space. Incredible murals of various artistic styles speckle the walls. Incredible sound systems, and lighting, and hanging from the ceiling is claimed to be the nation’s largest disco ball measuring approximately 5 feet in diameter. The staff and bar are friendly and courteous, and the drinks good and well priced. Every concert I’ve attended here has always been a fabulous experience. Thank you Cervantes! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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V Bar (Colorado Springs, Colorado)


getting drinks at V Bar

Bar V (or V Bar)

* 19 E Kiowa St * Colorado Springs, CO 80903 * (719) 471-8622

A great low-key bar in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, off one of the side streets, low light, and tucked in as a cool, dark, art-deco hide-a-way located near 15c and Rubbish Gallery. The bartenders are extremely friendly and talented at making drinks, the atmosphere warm and accepting, and everyone friendly. Music during happy hours on fridays until the late night crowd arrives is a fantastic mix of alternative 80’s that brings any 80’s child down memory lane. Saturdays provide hip hop, techno, and sometimes electronic. I’ve come to enjoy this place as an absinthe bar for they now carry three to four different brands and have the proper water dripping absinthe tap. This is by far my favorite local hangout. On the weekends they have live djs with house or hip hop, but rest of the week is alternative selections from the bartenders, such as Ivaldo, with which combination rocks. The martinis as well, especially the Chocolate V, are quite tasty and superbly made. As well, this place has a selection of at least 4 top shelf absinthe to choose from and adds a wonderful ambiance to the absinthe experience. This bar could pull off labeling itself a much-needed absinthe bar if they wanted to take that angle. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.



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Midnight D.C.

Midnight D.C.
* http://dcmidnight.com/ * Saturdays @ 9 pm until 2:45 am * The Meeting Place * 1707 L Street, NW, Washington, D.C. * $5 Cash cover at the door * 18+, 21+ to drink *

Mardi Gras! – DJs Phae, DuJour, and Gleek; Vending of Gothic goodies by Silver Phoenix. Much more of a sports bar / meeting hall ambiance, so lacked in comparison to its competitor down the street. The music was good and had a larger crowd though. Good dancing and flirtations. Much younger crowd as it was 18+. A different alternative to Spellbound. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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Spellbound D.C.

Spellbound D.C.
* http://www.spellbound-dc.com/ * Saturdays @ 9 pm until 2 am * Recessions (below the Quincy Hotel) * 1823 L Street N.W. * Washington, D.C. * $7 Cash cover at the door * 21+ *

Mardi Gras! – This particular club-going experience was decked all out for celebrating Mardi Gras. Costuming was highly encouraged as well as donning the beads and masks. Don’t have one, they provided masks at the door for $1. Excellent idea for clubs pushing costumed nights as it helped this weary traveller who walked the streets of downtown D.C. looking for masks to prepare yet didn’t find one. On foot from the local Hostelling International, about 8 blocks away, that came as a welcomed idea. They also beaded us up as we entered the door. I arrived around 10 pm, it was slow to populate, but the music was good minus some speaker issues they were having. I had my fill of the cheap on special themed Hurricane drinks and got some good dancing in. Patrons all seemed to have a good time and the ambiance was very nice. DJs Shade, Transept, and Skunque did a fabulous job. Great music and selections. Great dancing and festivities. Recessions also served some good food, I had the Crab cakes which were affordable and quite tasty. Much more mature crowd at Spellbound.Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5.

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Exposure at Club Liv (Thursdays, Washington, D.C)


Exposure @ Club LIV

Exposure @ Club Liv * http://www.exposure-dc.com/ * 2001 11th Street NW Washington DC 20001 * 18+ event | cover $5.00 21+/$7 18-21 * open 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Nestled in Club Liv on thursdays resides a dark alternative night playing dark synthpop, goth, and industrial by DJ’s Ras DNA, Mindcage, Missguided, Purevil, and Vlad. The night was slow to pickup, but by midnight had about 20-30 perhaps. Plenty of room to dance, drinks were small but potent, and very pricy from what I’m used to in my wanderings. I liked the nightclub space and couches. Everyone was very friendly and social. The music was good. We had a drunken good time. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Lipgloss @ La Rumba (2/6/09: Late of the Pier listening party) (Denver)

“Lipgloss” @ Club La Rumba: Late of the Pier Listening Party

Every Friday – 99 W. 9th Ave. 303 -572-8006 One block west of Broadway
$6 Cover after 10 21+ Only $2 G&Ts $2 PBRs
http://www.denver3.com/index.html

DJ’s Michael Trundle and Tyler Jacobson. LATE OF THE PIER listening party. Resident DJs boyhollow & Tyler “Danger” Jacobson w/ guest dj Chicks At The Mall. DVD release parties for “The Rocker” and “College”. LATE OF THE PIER – FANTASY BLACK CHANNEL listening party begins at 9 PM. The album hits stores on Jan 13th. Visit their official site for more details. Club-hopping this evening from a friends birthday party at the Church over to Lipgloss: Friday’s at La Rumba, and hit my favorite Britpop/Mod/Rock nights in Colorado for celebrating my daughter’s birthday with her on 2/6/09. … “Lipgloss” – Denver’s hottest Brit pop night springs to life every friday night: Free cover before 10 pm, and $2 gin wells and PBR’s …. its a night of good affordable fun. The place was packed, noted quite a few regulars, dancing was fantastic. Music was good. The Staff of La Rumba were incredible and affordable strong drinks. The DJ’s were fantastic and addressed inquiries and requests quickly and very friendly – knowing their stuff, I’d recommend them for any event. The Denver3.com. It’s always good to get my fix. Tonight they were handing out promo gifts and goodies for “The Rocker”, “College”, and “Late of the Pier”. Fabulous stuff and good music, good movies. I had an incredible blast! Thank you! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


Dancefloor at Lipgloss 2/6/09


DJ Chicks At the Mall at Lipgloss 2/6/09

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The Church (Denver) (Friday, 2/6/09)

The Church, Fridays (Denver, Colorado)

http://www.coclubs.com/church/churchMain.html * 1160 Lincoln, Denver, CO 80203 * 303-832-2383 * churchmanager@coclubs.com

Located in a artsy art-deco cathedral, this multi-roomed/ multi-bar club has an ambience worth dying for. With a delicious sushi bar (2009: back in business and delicious as ever!) in one of the back rooms next to the VIP lounge, this bar has it all. I originally visited the venue during the Colorado Dark Arts Festival in 2006 and had an incredible time at their establishment. Sunday nights they have Goth in the basement and hiphop up above. Fridays, there is a derivative of sundays in which 1 (instead of 2 (the other had hiphop)) of the downstairs rooms hosts Goth/Industrial/EBM. Music is enchanting, though the mish-mash of sub-cultural patrons, not as favorable as club nights when everyone is of like-mind and like-dress, but fun nonetheless. We visited the Church this friday for a friends’ birthday which definitely gave me a much better friday night Church experience. Music was good. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 2/6/2009. The quality of the night is on an upward spiral and is enjoyable again. 12/15/06 – Update: the quality of the night has spiraled down substantially for the Goth room is no longer 18+ and they charge an outrageous $10 cover for guys (free for ladies). It has become quite lame for fridays. Though the music in the Goth room is still very good – much more 80’s flavor these days (July 2008). Sundays still hold the charm and beauty though. Fridays (Goth): Rating 3 stars. Visited 7/18/08.

Previous reviews: Technogypsie 12/3/2006, Wanderwords: 12/3/2006, The Single Life: 8/19/06, The Single Life: 5/13/06, Virtualtourist.

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