Biggest Loss to the Scene (Person)

Paul Oakenfold

And they said it couldn’t be done. Starting a massive dance-music night during a recession? Amid a nightlife scene driven by celebrity appearances and mash-up music, DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold wowed tourists and locals alike when Planet Perfecto kicked off in 2008. Extending original residency plans from one year to three, Oakenfold paved the way for the plethora of major DJ headliners up and down the Strip, welcoming fresh faces on his nights off to expose the masses to another side of clubbing where the DJ is the main draw. With the conclusion of Perfecto at Rain, Oakenfold will be remembered for dominating Vegas with one kick-ass Saturday night party. But all good things must come to an end, and Oakenfold was ready to hit the road, this time for his We Are Planet Perfecto world tour.

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The Downtown Cocktail Room’s doors are impossibly un-door-ish. You walk up from the intersection of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, happy to join the buzzing downtown camaraderie—the urban revolution taking hold of Las Vegas—and you’re faced with walls of one-way glass and no apparent door handle. For the uninitiated, it makes for an awkward moment. Had this happened to me, and I’m not confirming that it did, the larger metaphor wouldn’t have been lost: Maybe everyone doesn’t fit in here.

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