For the ‘dressed up’ and ‘chilled out’
VAIL – Don’t expect too many glow sticks at this electronic night. And while you’re at it, don’t think of it as an electronic night, because that’s not what Scott Stoughton, owner of Samana, Vail’s newest club/bar, has in mind for Wednesday nights.Samana presents Dubtronic Booty Lounge every Wednesday at 8 p.m. with Black Bridge, including DJs Ivy and Widowmaker (formerly known as DJ Psychonaut). “I’ve been playing with them for a long time,” said Stoughton, who will be joining the DJs on percussion occasionally, in a vein similar to the trio’s weekly spinning format as “Solution” at The Tap Room and Sanctuary. “They throw sick parties in Denver and Boulder, so the idea is to bring what’s happening in the scene up here. It’s bump and grooves, they do a lot of reggae, downtempo … they’re great at reading the crowd.”Josh Ivy, who used to be a professional downhill mountain bike racer, has opened Front Range shows for the likes of Herbie Hancock and Orbital, and both DJs have been acclaimed twice in Westword’s “Best of Denver” series.
“The name ‘Black Bridge,’ comes from my partner DJ Ivy and my hometown, CanonCity,” said DJ (Benjamin) Widowmaker. “Black Bridge was a dark, old railroad bridgeover the Arkansas River. It was where all the ‘bad’ kids hung out, smoking, doing graffiti, swimming, making out and drinking very bad alcohol. The vision for Wednesdays will be closely tied to this dangerous, mythological place along with the look and feel of the club: Sexy, lush, and deep.” The atmosphere at Dubtronic Booty Lounge aims to cater to a slightly more upscale crowd than Say, a teenage techno night at a Denver area club.
The atmosphere, Widowmaker promises, will be “sexy, relaxed, and dangerous.” “DJ Ivy plays like a well-tuned Ferrari and I’m one of the most unpredictable DJs on the planet,” he said. “Most of the time, I have no idea what I’m going to play. This dichotomybrings a lot of relaxed humor to the turntables.” “They’ll do a lot of reggae and downtempo,” Stoughton said. “At The Sanctuary, we had a really good following. I’m trying to build on that a little bit. (Since opening Friday), we’ve been slammed six nights in a row. The people are a little more chilled out, a little more dressed up. It’s a good scene for having a glass of wine and talking, it’s chill.”
As the night progresses, so will the choice of spins. Although Samana has a small dance floor, Stoughton expects it to be full tonight and every other Booty Lounge night.”You’re right in front of the DJ, so it’s really interactive,” he said. “Wednesday night is for people who want to dance and listen to killer music. It’s going to add some flavor, it’s going to give it a little spice. Thursday is wine-tasting, Friday, we play our own music, Saturday, Widowmaker is bringing in his own DJs, Sunday’s comedy and Wednesday is this. They’ll start around 8 (p.m.) and spin jazz for a while. As the night moves on, they’ll get crazier.”Samana is located next to the covered bridge in Vail Village. Staff Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or email@example.com.Vail Colorado