No place to go on a Saturday night? Well, if you find yourself in the same joint as Madonna, then I guess you're doing okay. I will be in the same room as Madonna this Saturday night, as Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project is providing the action. I am told they’ll be sponsoring and curating parties occurring simultaneously in 50 countries on 5 continents. We get Madonna, and other countries get Kelis, CSS, Basement Jaxx, Janelle Monae, and of course, 40 plus more fabulous acts and DJs.
I am also told they will be giving away over 117,000 "carefully crafted Smirnoff cocktails." I'd love to see the math on that. The New York soiree will include Amanda Lapore, Amber Rose, Lady Bunny, and more. There's some sort of competition going on. Apparently, the NYC event will "feature an incredible performance from dancers around the globe who are competing for a spot on Madonna's next world tour. The Material Girl herself will be on hand to crown the winner while DJ Martin Solveig will be spinning tunes between performances." This Martin Solveig dude is supposedly a big deal.
"Madonna, along with choreographers Rich & Tone Talaugea, will watch the final dancers perform, and select the winner of Smirnoff’s exclusive high-profile global dance competition. With art direction and choreography by Shay Norman, the 11 finalists will battle it out in front of over one thousand guests. The designated winner will become an official member of Madonna’s dance crew. The thrilling evening will also include Madonna’s personal selection to headline the event - DJ and Producer Martin Solveig. Solveig has been collaborating with Madonna on her upcoming album." With technology, social networks and all that, they claim that 10 million people will catch this thing. I will be on hand eyeing and ogling and snapping cell phone photos with the pack. What WILL she be wearing?
Somehow I am going to navigate myself over to the Highline Ballroom to catch Locksley. Not sure why I love this band so much. It is unusual for me to get excited for a live show, but I do know this: every time I put on one of their tracks when I am DJing, the crowd goes wild. My inquiring mind wants to know more.
Last night, I visited 1Oak to celebrate bon vivant, promotional guru, and all around good guy Richie Romero's birthday. I walked past The Darby on a beautiful misty night where another birthday boy, Leonardo DiCaprio, was celebrating. Celebs were rolling in according to my spies, but we don't name those kinds of names here. Richie got my full attention. 1Oak was filled with familiar faces. The word is that it has been completely revived since The Darby opened. Not that it had wavered much at all, but it traditionally has a great late crowd and The Darby skews early, and so the crowd heads over to 1Oak after. I had a blast. I stopped by Electric Room to chat with Nur, forgetting he was in LA. The very capable Matt Strauss entertained me and mine before we headed back to Brooklyn. There aren't enough hours in the night.