Miami nightlife goes beyond the velvet ropes and VIP rooms as Perrier-Jouët & Absolut Elyx present World Red Eye Cultural Exchanges: Inaugural Installment // Nightlife at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).
World Red Eye, the multi-media digital agency helmed by celeb snapper Seth Browarnik, has gathered a panel of nightlife visionaries who will wax nocturnal on the history of Miami nightlife. Among them: Chris Paciello, David Grutman, Eric Milon, Navin Chatani, and Nicola Siervo.
The panel, titled “The Influence of Nightlife on The Modern Renaissance of Miami,” will be moderated by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Alfred Spellman (Cocaine Cowboys, Square Grouper, The U). This is the first in series of upcoming cultural exchanges WRE will be hosting on a range of topics in different locations with subjects to include: real estate, art and design and fashion.
“Nightlife has played a vital role in Miami’s transformation from ‘God’s Waiting Room’ to ‘America’s Riviera’,” says Spellman, who credits the initial spark to Bruce Weber’s iconic 1985 Calvin Klein “Obsession” shoot on the roof of the Breakwater Hotel. “Chris Paciello brought New York glamour to the South Beach scene with Liquid and Bar Room in the 90s, while Nicola Siervo put Miami on the map of the worldwide glitterati with the Euro/model crowd at Bar None. Navin Chatani began hosting celebrities and jetsetters who visited en masse and South Beach had arrived. By the 2000s, a new generation emerged, led by Eric Milon’s Mansion, and perfected by David Grutman’s LIV, revolutionizing the nightlife business and setting the stage for the EDM boom that has defined club culture in Miami and around the world.”
Milon is looking forward to participating in the invite only pow-wow, telling us, “I’ve seen some of my fellow panelists come up the ranks of club life, and can easily say that these are some of the best brains in the business. I’m looking forward to coming together and discussing the state of nightlife during this exciting and pivotal time.”
“Like everything else in Miami nightlife is constantly evolving. As part of the evolution, we need to not only stay on top of current trends we need to create the new trends that will continue to keep Miami at the forefront of the international nightlife scene,” Grutman told us.
Paciello, who is opening a new club, Rockwell at 743 Washington Ave., alongside brother Keith Paciello and partner Mio Danilovic in late fall, agrees, but is nostalgic, saying “I¹m excited to be opening a nightclub in a space that holds so many memories for me.I plan to recreate the energy and atmosphere that lived in the space, while making a little magic of our own on a street that helped put Miami and myself on the map.”