Best New Nightlife Tactic

"Cirque du DJ"


This award was going to Light from the start. First, because of the Cirque du Soleil acrobats who soar above the dance floor and behind the DJ booth. Then more specifically to Light’s interactive “acrowall,” the acrobat-friendly installation that visually morphs as performers bounce and glide about. But in the end, it’s about the integration we’re calling “Cirque du DJ,” in which resident DJs make their entrance by literally flying from the balcony to the booth.

In Mandalay Bay,

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.