Static circuitry

By DAVID DAY  |  March 8, 2007

For the third year in a row, after-hours nightclub RISE has been nominated for the Club World Awards (sponsored by industry mag Club Systems International) in the “Nightstalker” category, which is restricted to after-hours clubs. “It’s one thing when patrons and global DJs tell us how much they love our club,” says owner and GM TOM BEAULIEU via e-mail, “but when people in the business who travel the world focusing on our business convey that we have created something special, it makes the hard work worth it.”

The awards are given out each year at the Winter Music Conference in Miami, at the very chi-chi nightclub Mansion. “DARRIN [MORDA] and I plan to go again this year,” Beaulieu adds. “This year it happens to fall on my birthday and is right before Steve Porter’s infamous Porterhouse party.”

Rise is, however, up against some heavy hitters that include NYC’s Sullivan Room, the End in San Francisco, and the monster club Stereo in Montreal. Beaulieu: “Stereo has one of the best sound systems in the world. Because of that, they attract the world’s best talent. They should have their own category for that one fact alone.” Cast your vote here.

On the hip-hop tip: Southie’s SLAINE finally has his acclaimed mixtape in stores, courtesy of TRAFFIC DISTRIBUTION. Called The White Man Is the Devil Vol. II Citizen Caine, it features members of Boston’s LA COKA NOSTRA crew: MR. WHITE (a/k/a EVERLAST) and Non-Phixion’s ILL BILL. This is definitely the year for Slaine, whose “Rich Man, Poor Man” single climbed the rap charts in 2006. And he’ll be seen on the big screen in Ben Affleck’s Boston tale Gone Baby Gone alongside Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris, and Ben’s bro Casey Affleck. Kinda incredible.

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