NoMad Upstairs: New Weekly Live Music Series

Tonight marks the first day of NoMad Hotel's new weekly live music series. Titled NoMad Upstairs, the event will be held every Thursday, starting tonight, in their Johnston Room from 7pm (doors open at 6:30) until midnight.

The first four performances will feature Grammy-nominated R&B singer Stacie Orrico. Besides the live music set, guests can enjoy cocktails and a bar menu from the hotel's restaurant. To attend, reservations must be made ahead of time by calling (347) 472-5660, and they only accept credit cards. Check out the sneak peak video below to get a feel for the jazzy, old-fashioned ambiance.

Producer/DJ Erik Floyd Is Coming to Shadows on the Hudson

Shadows on the Hudson has announced their new Stereo Saturday resident DJ: Erik Floyd. The New York City-based producer and DJ is best known for remixing Grammy-nominated artists like Macklemore and Clinton Sparks; playing at venues including Gansevoort Park, Tenjune, and Catch; and deejaying for celebrities such as Derek Jeter,, and Kid Cudi. Floyd, who is a key player in the electronic music scene, has also performed alongside LMFAO, Lil' Jon, Rev Run, and Jermaine Dupri in the past. He even played at Usher's birthday!

DJ Mahogany Weekend Roundup

New York’s summer nightlife season is almost here and the "weekend" starting on Thursday, saw the debut of some new events. From what it seems, Thursday is the new start to the weekend!

Friday afternoon happy hours from 3pm until sunset, can be spent at Le Bain’s SELECT SUMMER FRIDAYS, located on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel overlooking the Hudson.

A Litany of Boozy Literature

For those bookishly inclined to conduct full-on reconnaissance and research prior to a casual evening out in NYC—this one’s for you. Or, perhaps you’re just a closet enthusiast for the world’s most vibrant nocturnal landscape—whatever the draw, there’s a plethora of quality literature detailing the bright lights and boozy haunts of NYC.

Any familiar with the unforgivably mundane process of true research knows the quintessential rule to success: cast a wide net. Whether it’s through a smattering of anecdotes, or succinct factual compilations—a true smorgasbord is the key to successfully familiarizing yourself with the subject matter.

Cosmic Gate Wakes Our Minds

Celebrating the new release of their latest album Wake Your Mind, Cosmic Gate has been touring North America for months bringing big room trance beats to the best clubs and venues throughout the country. Luckily for fans, the German trance duo made a pit stop on their tour to famous New York City venue, Cielo Club. Earlier this year, we caught up with Cosmic Gate where they didn't give many details on the new album but later introduced the world to their trance hit track, "The Theme" to fans at their Pacha NYC gig. The song has been getting a tremendous from both fans as well as DJs across the world including it in their sets.

Dirty South Gets Dirty at Pacha NYC

In the wee hours of the morning, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano took over control of the crowd keeping the party crazy until 7am the next morning! Opening up with their own song, Tribeca, the duo mashed up the track with vocals from Adele's hit Rolling in the Deep. Their transitions from mash ups to popular remixes including their remix of Kaskade's Dynasty track had everyone singing along as if it were a karaoke night. The epic night jam packed with memorable DJ sets left partygoers speechless leaving as the sun was already risen that next morning.

Here is a video of Dirty South premeiring his latest single, "Eyes Wide Open" with Thomas Gold and vocals by Kate Elsworth.

Cinco de TEQA!

Last Thursday, I had the chance to visit the Murray Hill hotspot TEQA for their Cinco de Mayo celebration. The upscale Mexican restaurant/tequileria stands out in what is usually a post-college frat boy bar scene. Hosting the celebratory event was Mario Lopez, along with his girlfriend Courtney Mazza (I guess Jesse Spano was home studying, still trying to top Zach's unheralded 1502 on the SATs).

Later on in the night, Real Housewives of New York star Kelly Bensimon celebrated her birthday with friends, including fellow housewife and newest cast addition Cindy Barshop. Kelly was graciously greeted with her favorite treat, three huge glass displays filled with jelly beans. TEQA also presented the reality TV star with a special birthday cake made by Brooklyn staple "Made in Heaven Cakes."

Happy Birthday Jake Truen!

Jake Truen, NYC promoter extraordinaire, will be having his birthday bash at Chelsea Room on Tuesday, May 17. The guy you all know and love will be celebrating his 21st birthday in style as world class DJ Jesse Marco spins his crowd pleasing sets. The soiree will also include Joonbug Miami’s inauguration into the NYC summer party scene as the first of its New York City summer lineup. To make sure the New York cool gets some of our Miami heat; New York native and Miami resident DJ Ryan Skolnick will be accompanying the master of mixes, Marco. We can’t wait to bring in the summer with all of you and celebrate Jake Truen’s most important birthday yet! See you at the Chelsea Room, and stay tuned for our weekly New York summer party lineup.

Table reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations contact MIAMI@JOONBUG.COM

Gary Spencer Does 5 Questions with Sam Young

Hi Joonbuggers –

Yes yes, its been a while, I know, but what can you do? I've been running around all over NYC like a headless chicken, I just haven't had time to write to you guys about my escapades. Next week I will tell you all about the Royal Wedding antics that went down in NYC, but first I better catch you all up a bit.

When I first arrived here in New York (some 12 - 13 yrs ago), the Paramount Bar at the very swish boutique hotel The Paramount was THE place to be. Over time, like most fashionable bars and restaurants, the once Ian Schrager-owned hotspot gradually fell from grace. Until now, that is. Yes, The Paramount Bar is making a welcome comeback in Midtown.