Nightlife News & Notes: Nightclub & Bar parties, Habitat Saturdays moves and more

Nelly joins Nick Cannon March 30 for a Nightclub & Bar party at Palms Pool.
Al Powers

It’s that week the entire nightlife industry gets together, talks about the business and invades damn near every nightclub in town. Yes, it’s Winter Music Conference/Miami Music Week, but I’m actually referring to the Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show, taking place March 30-April 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. And don’t write off the convention part: This year’s slate of panels, talks and seminars appears to be the most promising yet.

But if you (like your peers in Miami) aren’t interested in any of the daytime chatter and merely want to party, here are the official NCB spots and dates to program into your calendar: Encore Beach Club with Tommy Trash (March 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.), the Bank Industry Party (March 29, 10 p.m.-4 a.m.), Palms Pool welcome/kickoff party with a live performance by Nelly and a DJ set by Nick Cannon (March 30, 7-9:30 p.m.), Marquee Opening Platinum Party with a live performance by T-Pain and a DJ set from Vice (March 30, 9 p.m.-4 a.m.), Hyde Bar Rescue Happy Hour (March 31, 7-9 p.m.), XS Top 100 Platinum Party with Avicii (March 31, 9 p.m.-4 a.m.) and Hakkasan Platinum Party with Tiësto (April 1, 9 p.m.-4 a.m.). And don’t underestimate the drunken potential of the trade show, where unlimited samples of exhibitor products could mean … a hangover. So pace yourself, laminate holder.

For more details, including pass/badge admission info, visit

Disco-llaneous: Organizers for Habitat Saturdays recently announced a hiatus, revealing plans to move the techno/house weekly from Satay Thai Bistro & Bar to a new location. And Hakkasan/Omnia resident Mark Eteson will co-produce a track with Paul van Dyk on the veteran’s upcoming artist album The Politics of Dancing 3, due out May 4. “Heart Like an Ocean” will open the album and feature vocalist Tricia McTeague.

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