BoMA picked for "unlikely" award

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

We got this press release from someplace called Plexi PR in New York, letting us know that Columbus’ Bar of Modern Art is contending for a Club World Award (complete press release after the jump).

But on closer inspection, the honor may be somewhat backhanded. From the press release: “Smart Bar Chicago will defend its Best Club title against newcomer BoMA (in the unlikely locale of Columbus, Ohio).”

Unlikely locale?! I think maybe the Club World folks aren’t very worldly. Yes, we actually have pretty cool nightclubs in Ohio, and we know how to drink and dance too. We also know how to travel and try new places in other towns -- you should try it sometime.

The 6th Annual Club World Awards

The Club World Awards, the U.S.’s definitive nightlife awards program, is proud to announce its 2008 nominees, and details of this year’s event.

The invitation-only Club World Awards ceremony is set for Wednesday, March 26, at Set in South Beach, Miami. The show will once again celebrate excellence in North American nightlife, with the club and dance music industries’ brightest stars. Plus, it has a few new tricks up its sleeve.

To expand the breadth of the program, six new categories were added: Best Renovation for revived venues, Best One-Off for spectacular one-time club events, Best Bottle Service for the swank set, and three new People’s Choice categories which allow the public to reward excellence in club music.

Clubbers will again be invited to vote for their favorite local venue in the Nightstalker Award category -- a staple of the CWA program since its inception – as well as in music categories Club Banger Of The Year (for instrumentals), Club Anthem Of The Year (for vocals), and Best DJ Set. Online dance music portal will host a Club World Awards page ( with players, so voters can listen to all the nominated music, including a top 10 of tracks played by the DJs during their nominated sets (provided by them). The inaugural Best DJ Set nominees are BT, Justice, DJ Micro, Roger Sanchez, and Danny Tenaglia. Voting will be hosted on, and will be live from February 18 through March 3.

Across the rest of the program, this year’s nominees reflect the gold standard of clubbing in key metropolitan cities, along with the usual surprises. Smart Bar Chicago will defend its Best Club title against newcomer BoMA (in the unlikely locale of Columbus, Ohio), two-time winner Cielo, splashy Jet, and celeb haunt Marquee. Last year’s CWA darling Pacha New York – which walked away with three disco globes -- is nominated in seven categories, and will defend its Best Superclub title against heavyweight opponents: Avalon, Mansion, Pure and Peter Gatien’s Circa. The return of clubland’s most notorious operator garnered four nominations. Opium Group snagged eight, with five going to CWA host venue Set. Vegas-based Pure Management Group (PMG) grabbed eight nods, including three for Paradise Island hotspot Aura. In the Best New category, PMG is going up against itself, with noms for both Aura and Vegas mega-club LAX.

The Club World Awards ceremony always draws bold-face names from the nightlife-loving community including Danny Tenaglia, Tila Tequila, Deep Dish, Kelly Osbourne, Ferry Corsten, and James Zabiela; and coverage in Entertainment Weekly, New York Post, Time Out New York, Boston Herald, Las Vegas Weekly, Miami New Times and For the first time in CWA history, potential nominees were invited to submit entries online and final nominees were selected from that pool, rather than directly by the editors of sponsoring magazine Club World. Winners in non-People’s Choice categories are determined by a panel of 12 industry-veteran, expert judges. The Club World Awards is presented by Club World, the only magazine devoted to the look, sound and feel of nightclubs. Launched in July 2000, the monthly publication covers the world’s best venues from technical, business and aesthetic perspectives. It was renamed from Club Systems International in February 2008.

Club World Awards Nominees 2008

Field 1 – Venues Best Superclub Avalon, Hollywood Circa, Toronto Mansion, Miami Pacha, New York Pure, Las Vegas

Best Club BoMA, Columbus, Ohio Cielo, New York Jet, Las Vegas Marquee, New York Smart Bar, Chicago

Best Lounge Blush, Las Vegas Goldbar, New York Set, Miami Tabú, Las Vegas Vessel, San Francisco

Best New Venue Aura, Bahamas BoMA, Columbus, Ohio Circa, Toronto LAX, Las Vegas Set, Miami Tao Beach, Las Vegas

Field 2 – Design Best Sound System Advanced Audio Technology for Bliss, Clifton, N.J. Infinite Audio for Tottem Nightclub at Karu-Y, Miami JK Sound for 1015 Circe Lounge, San Francisco Sound Investments for Set, Miami Systems By Shorty for Lotus Soundbar, Hawaii Whump Sound/Core Audio for Play @ Hom, Charlotte N.C.

Best Lighting System iDesign for Sullivan Room, New York JK Sound for 1015 Circe Lounge, San Francisco Lighting Methods for Cameo, Miami Neu Visions Design & Focus Lighting for Aura, Bahamas Ohm Productions for Lotus Lounge, Washington D.C. SJ Lighting for The Dome, Princess Cruise Line

Best Video System John Lyons Systems for Jet, Las Vegas klip//collective for Circa, Toronto for Eyecandy Sound Lounge & Bar, Las Vegas Francois Frossard Design for Set, Miami Sound Ideas for BoMA, Columbus, Ohio United Vision for Pacha, New York

Best Interior Design Bigtime Design Studios for Cameo, Miami Francois Frossard Design for Set, Miami Jeffrey Beers International for Aura, Bahamas Kenny Baird for Circa, Toronto Mister Important for Motif, San Jose Robert McKinley Creative for Goldbar, New York

Best Renovation 1015, San Francisco Cameo, Miami Opera, Atlanta Razzles, Daytona, Florida Sullivan Room, New York

Field 3 – Promotion Best Party A/V at Jet, Las Vegas Banana Split Sundaes at LAX, Hollywood Dance.Here.Now. at Cielo, New York Mixed Elements at Ruby Skye, San Francisco

Best One-Off Body & Soul, Pacha New York Made Event, Sunday School for Degenerates, Pawn Shop Miami F--- Me I'm Famous, Cameo Miami Juicy Beach, Nikki Beach Miami Timbaland + DJ AM, Pure Las Vegas

Field 4 – Technicians Best Resident DJ Boris, Pacha, New York DJ Vice, LAX, Las Vegas Kaskade, Smart Bar, Chicago Louie Vega, Cielo, New York Richie Santana, Deko Lounge, Sayreville, N.J.

Best Resident LJ Eric Moyano, Bliss, Clifton, N.J. Matthew Beecher, mur.mur, Atlantic City Richard Worboys, Avalon, Hollywood Timmy Lights, Pacha, New York

Best Resident VJ Cagan Yuksel & Chris Biggins, Pacha, New York ChristianJude "Eyeball" Zacharka, Mixx, Atlantic City Marc McCall, Avaland @ Avalon, Los Angeles Ray Rhodes, TigerHeat, Los Angeles Roonie G., Jet, Las Vegas VJ Psyberpixie, Set, Miami

Field 5 – Products Best DJ Product Allen & Heath Xone:S2 Denon DN-HD2500 Numark TTXUSB Ortofon Arkiv Vestax VCI-100

Best Sound Product JBL Venue Performance Series Martin Audio The Engineer Turbosound TA-500 QSC WideLine-8 line array

Best Lighting Product Chauvet COLORado 3 Coemar Infinity Wash XL High End Systems Road Hog console Grace Lites G-Lites 250S Robe ClubSpot 500 CT

Best Video Product Livid Instruments Cell Mega-Lite Enigma Matrix ProPanel Pioneer SVM-1000 Sanyo XL50 Stewart Filmscreen Starglas

Best Effects Product Chauvet Elan CITC Starhazer III Lasernet DJ Scan Series Martin Professional Magnum 1800 Omnisistem Twister DMX

Best LED Product Chauvet MiN Spot Coemar Cyclite LED Martin Professional LC Omnisistem Merlin CW Pro Traxon Module 16 SMD RGB

Field 6 – People’s Choice NightStalker Award Deko Lounge, Sayreville, N.J. Empire Ballroom, Las Vegas Foundation, Minneapolis Spybar, Chicago Sullivan Room, New York

Best DJ Set BT, Flawless Sound at Sullivan Room, New York Danny Tenaglia, Vinyl Reunion at Pacha, New York DJ Micro, Red at Arena, Los Angeles Justice, Smart Bar, Chicago Roger Sanchez, Space, Miami Bob Sinclar, LAX, Las Vegas

Club Banger Of The Year Deadmau5, "Not Exactly" (mau5trap) Dubfire, "Roadkill" (Toolroom U.K.) Mark Knight & D Ramirez, "Colombian Soul" (Toolroom Trax U.K.) Fedde Le Grand, "Put Your Hands Up For Detroit" (Ultra) Samim, "Heater" (Get Physical Germany) Sander Van Doorn, "The Riff" (Ultra) Club Anthem Of The Year Axwell feat. Charles Salter, "I Found U" (Remode mix) (Axtone/Vendetta/Ultra) David Guetta feat. Chris Willis, "Love Is Gone" (Perfecto/Ultra) Enur feat. Natasja, "Calabria 2007" (Ultra) Justice, "D.A.N.C.E." (MSTRKRFT mix) (Ed Banger/Because/Downtown/Vice) Ralph Falcon feat. Victoria Wilson James, "I Need Someone" (Nervous) Samantha James, "Rise" (Eric Kupper mix) (OM)

Field 7 – Service Best Bottle Service Jet, Las Vegas mur.mur, Atlantic City Prive, Miami Pure, Las Vegas Tao, Las Vegas