Last night, celebrities and nightlife influencers collided under the gold chandelier high above XS Nightclub’s dance floor to celebrate the birthday of co-owner and managing partner Jesse Waits at Encore Las Vegas. Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz was first to be spotted on stage with his brother and friends, including Tal Cooperman, business partner with Good Charlotte’s Joel and Benji Madden, as well as boyfriend of “Holly’s World” reality star Angel Porrino. Porrino wasn’t far away, dancing on stage and partying into the early hours of the morning with best friends and “Peepshow” stars Holly Madison and Josh Strickland, as well as former MTV reality star Frankie Delgado. In a separate group, NFL stars Shaun Phillips of the San Diego Chargers and Shawne Merriman of the Buffalo Bills joined in on the party next to UFC champ Chuck Liddell.
The packed crowd was completely shocked when superstar DJ Avicii stepped out to give a special set in honor of the nightlife impresario’s birthday celebration. The Swedish talent did not disappoint, playing late into the evening in front of the impressive production set, including confetti cannons and a giant LED screen flashing photos and happy wishes to Jesse throughout the evening. Resident DJs Manufactured Superstars (Shawn Sabo and Brad Roulier) along with DJ Spider were also on stage throughout the evening to hype the crowd.
The birthday boy entered his venue with the grand staircase flanked by cocktail servers, donning specialty uniforms in honor of Waits’ signature style. Once he was led on stage, he was presented with a three-tier decadent cake, the top level featuring his signature look, a black on white suit, and the second and third tiers paying homage to his constant work ethic with a mock-up of his Blackberry and iPhone. The venues’ executive team including Ronn Nicolli (director of strategic marketing), Yannick Mugnier (general manager), Brian Affronti (general manager) and Zee Zandi (director of nightlife entertainment) presented the cake on behalf of the staff before Jesse blew the candles out on stage. Servers, dancers and VIP hosts stood by cheering and singing “Happy Birthday” in unison.
Surrounding the group was a who’s who of Vegas nightlife including Pasquale Rotella (founder of Insomniac and Electric Daisy Carnival), Mustafa “Moose” Abdi (Haze Nightclub), Jason “JRoc” Craig (SBE), Randy Davila (AMG), Wayne Crane (Surrender), Lance Sherman (Chateau), among many more.
It’s been a big year for Waits and his XS and Tryst teams as he has led them to achieving Nightclub & Bar’s Nightclub of the Year (Tryst) and earning the No. 1 spot on Nightclub & Bar’s Top 100 list (XS) for the second year in a row. His management direction has helped the venues maintain what they are best known for, providing exceptional service and seamless operations, while remaining on the pulse of the nightlife scene, discovering the best talent and deejays to entertain the crowds that pack the clubs each night.
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