It’s been over a year since Poetry Nightclub went down with the Chinois ship. When the Wolfgang Puck restaurant closed at the Forum Shops it took the subletting hip-hop nightclub (then in its second incarnation) with it.
Now, the club’s former owner Mike Goodwin is back on the Vegas entertainment scene, coming on board at the Palms as director of entertainment, replacing former vice president of entertainment, Michael Greco.
“I’ve been a voyeur, watching the market here in town, keeping up with everybody,” Goodwin says. “I was never really far from it. I’ve always had a good relationship with the Maloof family and stayed in communication with them throughout the time that I have been away from the nightclubs.”
Now begins the full-time job of overseeing bookings for the Pearl and the Lounge, as well as entertainment overall for the property, which includes partnering with N9NE Group. “I certainly think that there’s a continual change in what customers are looking for. Our job is to predict those changes and try to do it better than the rest,” Goodwin says.
The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel is expanding its offerings to include a DJ Tiësto residency beginning on New Year’s Day, but Goodwin was guarded as to whether the Pearl would counter with a big electronic show of its own. He would only say that the property is looking at options right now, though he did point to the upcoming New Year’s Eve programming that will see old-school DJ Grandmaster Flash spin a free show at the center Island Bar as a new element the Palms could start to incorporate more regularly.
“I think that this,” he says of bringing DJs to the casino floor, “is just the evolution—not putting it away in nightclubs, but bringing it out to the forefront. [The Palms] was designed to be an entertainment facility. The excitement gets into your heart the second you walk in the building.”