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Herald Tribune: Chillounge’s Cirque du Chill in Sarasota

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Licensed to chill: Chillounge Night channels circus sensibilities


March 29, 2015
Sarasota’s ’Chillounge Night’ teamed up with The Circus Arts Conservatory and Nock Productions bringing Cirque du Chill – an epic and dynamic circus arts presentation that featured spectacular entertainment by world-renowned circus artists that was unlike any other Chillounge Night experience yet to date benefiting Selby Gardens. (March 28, 2015) (Herald-Tribune staff photo by Thomas Bender)

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Chillounge’s “Cirque du Chill” a guaranteed thrill at Selby Garden 3/28

Chillounge Night, Cirque du Chill

Selby Gardens may not seem like your typical nightlife location, but on March 27th, you will see the gardens in a whole new light. Sarasota Chillounge Night is back for its 8th year and the “Cirque du Chill” experience that Rainer Scheer has planned for you will be unlike any night on the town you’ve ever had before.

“I work very hard to create a unique experience for my guests,” says Scheer. “I am very passionate about it. I live for these events!” The former art gallery owner began this production experience eight years ago and has brought his one-night wonder Chillounge Night to cities around the state, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale. “It is my dream one day to take this event to cities nationwide,” Scheer says. “We’re expecting close to 2,100 guests at our Sarasota event. The event is very complex and has a lot of layers. I am so excited to be hosting it this year at Selby Gardens.”

Scheer’s event coordination goes far beyond just choosing the location, hiring the entertainment and selecting all of the details to create the perfect outdoor nightlife ambiance. He and his team have worked cooperatively with the city engineers and sought out the necessary insurance for the numerous awe-inspiring acts that will be performed at this year’s Chillounge Night “Cirque du Chill” event. That, of course, includes the AeroSphere Aerial Balloon Show, where an acrobat will be performing while suspended from a helium-filled balloon.

“This will surely be a night to remember,” says Scheer. “My guests [from the St. Petersburg] told me that it’s like Cirque du Soleil but interactive and under the stars.” This year’s Chillounge Night event will transform Selby Gardens into an interactive feast for all of your senses, with intriguing circus arts performances, a fashion show by local boutique owner Ana Molinari, delicious food, and premium drinks. In the spirit of promoting community involvement, a majority of the event sponsors are local businesses, including BMW of Sarasota, MarineMax and Café L’Europe. For musical thrills, The Black Honkeys, the three-time winner of Creative Loafing’s Best Band in Tampa, will be performing as well. Scheer will have live coverage of the event broadcasting on three LED screens throughout the Gardens, so no matter where guests are located, they won’t miss out on the spectacles. And you never know what may happen. “We’ve had guests propose and get engaged on stage, and then return in following years to celebrate their anniversary,” says Scheer. But you certainly don’t have to get engaged to consider Chillounge Night a memorable evening – just come out and see for yourself!

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Licensed to Chill: Chillounge Night channels circus sensibilities

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Licensed to chill: Chillounge Night channels circus sensibilities


When the stresses of work and everyday life get the better of you, sometimes there’s no better advice than that found in the gospel of Brooklyn hip-hop duo, EPMD — “You Gots to Chill.”

And where better to chill than the aptly named Chillounge Night, Sarasota’s swanky annual block party?

Since 2008, Sarasotans have come to know and love the event, which takes over downtown each spring (and Westfield Southgate Mall, last year) with festivities including upscale lounge furniture, food, drink, fashion shows, live music and more.

This year, Chillounge has teamed up with the Circus Arts Conservatory and Nock Productions to create something completely different.
Dubbed “Cirque du Chill,” this year’s event, which takes place at 7 p.m. this Saturday, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, will feature an all-new circus theme, loaded with performances by world-class circus performers in addition to the food, drink and party atmosphere the party is already known for.

“It’s the ultimate outdoor lounge,” says event founder, Rainer Scheer. “Coming from Sarasota, I love the circus, so I wanted to find a way to incorporate that into our party. It’s our very own Cirque du Soleil under the stars.”

Guests can expect a variety of performances, including a sway-pole act by Nock Productions, an aerial balloon show, live music by the Black Honkeys, a magic and variety performance by Gypsy Allure, the feats of strength of Duo Romanesc and Joseph Dominic Bauer’s awe-inspiring “Wheel of Destiny.”

Chillounge recently debuted the performance in St. Petersburg, and Scheer says words fail to describe the show.

“You have to be there to see it,” he says. “There’s no description for it.”

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“Cirque du Chill” An Exciting New Concept from Chillounge Night

Sarasota, FL, December 18, 2014, Chillounge Night, the producer of the ultimate outdoor lounge party has teamed up with The Circus Arts Conservatory and Nock Productions to bring Cirque du Chill – an epic and dynamic circus arts presentation to The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on Saturday evening, March 28, 2015. Cirque du Chill will feature spectacular entertainment by world-renowned circus artists that will be unlike any past Chillounge Night experience.

The evening will be full of surprises as guests engage in breath-taking performances that only the circus arts can provide. Each stunning performance will be captured live and broadcast onto two state of the art LED Wall”s using HD Video Streaming and making the performances come alive no matter where you are at this spectacular event. LED Pro Services and VPN Studios will be providing the cutting edge technology to make it all possible.

The magnificent Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will be the backdrop for the ultimate outdoor lounge party as well as the benefiting charity for this event, Hundreds of chic daybeds, cabanas and outdoor furnishings will transform Selby Gardens into an intimate and majestic setting for thousands to enjoy a festive evening of food, drink and entertainment. The Cirque du Chill concept was first introduced in November of this year in St. Petersburg to a fabulous reception. To get a taste of what to expect, see the highlights in the St. Petersburg event trailer at

Admission to the elegant outdoor lounge party will be $25 per person in advance for General Admission and $40 at the door (must be 21 or older). Advance tickets will go on sale January 10, 2015, and will be available at A limited number of VIP tickets, which include complimentary food, beverages and valet parking on site will be available. The VIP Lounge is an exclusive roped-off section, and tickets are available for $120. Get your tickets (VIP or General Admission) before they sell out! Cafe L’Europe will provide al fresco dining in the VIP area and offering signature items and will offer wonderful items for sell as well in the general admission area throughout the evening. This year’s event offers a number of new reserved seating options. All ticket options will be available January 10, 2015 and will be able to be seen online.

Sarasota resident and former gallery owner Rainer Scheer is the creator of the upscale event. Since its creation in 2008, Chillounge Night has expanded to additional cities throughout Florida including Tampa, Sarasota, St Petersburg, Delray Beach and Orlando.

“I am always looking to create a magical evening that is unique, elegant and stylish“, says Scheer. “The Cirque du Chill concept and our collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory will elevate this evening into a night everyone will remember.”

“The combination of the majestic and distinctive circus arts – combined with the posh elegance and style that Chillounge Night is known for – will create an event unlike any in the area”, says Co-Founder of The Circus Arts Conservatory Pedro Reis. “We are ecstatic to be a part of this incredible evening.”

“Experience the circus as you never did before – Experience Selby Gardens as you never did before”

“Cirque du Chill at Selby Gardens will exceed all expectations”

* The Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota is home to world-class performances, excellence in training the circus arts, and community based education and humor therapy outreach programs. The organization was born from decades of circus history and today serves as a legacy to those that have set the standards for international circus artistry and athleticism. The Circus Arts Conservatory is a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts educational organization, whose extraordinary mission underscores its commitment to sharing the entertainment, education and enrichment of the circus arts.

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Lounge Furniture For Rent, Stylish Chillounge Night Furniture

Chillounge Night provided furniture for Lazydays RV special event Friday, January 16, at Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Island, Tampa, FL in conjunction with the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow. The new motor homes are spectacular and the principles and staff of Lazydays RV were wonderful to work with. If you have a special event coming up, please let us know about your outdoor lounge furniture rental needs. In addition to chic and stylish furniture, we have special lighting and additional equipment to make your event extra special. For an inventory list of what we have available, please go to our “Rent our Furniture” page. Do not hesitate to call or email us regarding your event. We will make help to make it an “event to remember”!
To get a quote E-mail us at or call Rainer Scheer at 941-448-0995.

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Chillounge returns to St. Pete as upscale, acrobatic Cirque du Chill

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Acrobats soaring overhead on 60-foot-tall poles also will be featured at Cirque du Chill, organized by Rainer Scheer, a former Sarasota gallery owner.

Rainer Scheer’s next event may actually upstage his furniture.

Scheer, the former Sarasota gallery owner who began staging events under the Chillounge banner in 2008, owns an extraordinary collection of outdoor furniture. Stylish and comfortable, it is one of the major attractions of his Chillounge events, upscale outdoor parties featuring food, drink and live entertainment.

Scheer’s couches, chairs and daybeds are set up to create mobile social spaces in which attendees can relax, mingle, socialize and, well, chill.

Saturday night’s event, however, should have guests marveling at something other than Scheer’s design sense.

Billed as Cirque du Chill, the festivities will be the result of Scheer’s collaboration with Sarasota’s Circus Arts Conservatory. The evening will feature Cirque du Soleil-style whimsy and feats of derring-do, including acrobats performing on poles 60 feet high, as well as beneath a helium balloon floating over Straub Park.

And while the crowd oohs, aahs and enjoys the spectacle, Scheer will be going a mile a minute, making sure Chillounge remains chill.

“I’ll be everywhere all night long, seeing that everything is ready to go,” Scheer said. “It will be my masterpiece.”

Cirque du Chill will be the biggest Chillounge event yet. With Chillounge, though, Scheer isn’t known for thinking small.

Scheer conceived the idea in 2008 while he was operating an art gallery in Sarasota. The struggling economy was taking its toll, and Scheer began pondering a new endeavor.

One day, he said, he got tired of “waiting for people to come in” to the gallery and decided to do something “to bring back people into the downtown area of Sarasota.

“I came up with the Chillounge concept in one weekend, the outdoor lounge experience,” he said. “I took a big risk and flew to Indonesia to buy all the furniture.”

Indonesia, he explained, had the furniture he wanted at a price far more affordable than anywhere closer to home.

“The first night people had no idea,” Scheer said. “They thought it was like another Gallery Walk. Then they saw all this furniture together in one area.”

The first Chillounge was in February 2008. Scheer staged his second Chillounge in November of that year in St. Petersburg. Both are now annual events in their seventh year.

Since then, Scheer has staged Chillounge nights in Tampa, Fort Myers, Delray Beach, Orlando and Treasure Island.

Chillounge places the club experience under the stars. Patrons set their own agenda: dance, dine, drink, mingle or relax as the mood strikes.

“You have your friends and you meet new friends,” Scheer said. “Everyone has a good time.”

Somewhat amazingly, Scheer has never had a Chillounge rained out, although one Orlando event had to be postponed because “it was so freaking cold,” Scheer said.

While the event screams upscale, with its luxury item sponsors, the admission price of $25 makes it accessible to the more budget-minded.

“It’s a fair price,” Scheer said. “Come on, if you go to a Bucs game, you’ll spend $20 on parking alone.”

Scheer promsies Cirque du Chill will be “something you’ve never experienced before.”

So will the next Chillounge have to top Cirque du Chill? Scheer isn’t concerned about that, at least not yet.

“I have to take this to the next city,” Scheer said. “I have to take it on the road.

“My dream is to make this the outdoor lounge party,” Scheer said. “I hope one day I can go nationwide.

“It’s a lot of work but it’s a lot of fun,” Scheer said. “It’s my passion.”

In addition to the circus-themed activities, Cirque du Chillounge will feature live music from Kafkasso, the Shawn Brown Band and Mikel Soulhop; a runway fashion show organized and presented by Dona Crowley with Luxe Fashion Group; a fireworks display; and nonstop music from DJ Fresh.

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The Circus Runs Away To Chill in The Burg

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The Circus Runs Away To Chill in The Burg

By now you’ve probably seen the gorgeous elephants in Straub Park. Their names are Snowflake and Nero. They were carved in 2012 by Kumpa Tawornprom for a festival in Sarasota. The pair have traveled to the Burg to experience the premiere outdoor lounge party in Tampa Bay. They will be featured pieces during the Chillounge Event happening this Saturday.
St. Pete is the place the circus runs away to. This Saturday, Chillounge Night returns for its 7th annual event in North Straub Park. This year’s theme, “Cirque du Chill.”

On Saturday night, the Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota will perform epic and daring feats of strength, agility, balance and endurance. The artistry of performances mixed with the lavish ornaments that compose the insignia for Chillounge Night will make this unlike any event in St. Pete

What can you expect? Aside from the enigmatic Circus presentation, the event will feature a fashion show, fireworks, live performances by Kafkasso, Mikel Soulhop and the Shawn Brown band. The mis en scene will feature aerialists, a contortionist bending herself beyond belief, a hypnotic juggler, a daredevil and a crew of hand balancers. Luxe Fashion Group will provide an exhibition of high-fashion and elegant accessorizing as well. A few rather wild art pieces may even find a temporary home in the park after the party ends.

The spectacle will feature 60 ft. high towering sway poles which are the highest acrobatic masts currently available. The Wheel of Thrill will be at the epicenter of the event. Joseph Dominic Bauer will walk and run inside and outside of a wheel that rotates 360 degrees on a beam in the sky. While performing this physical triumph, Bauer will juggle torches and even attempt the act while blindfolded. Chillounge Night pulls out all the stops with a 21-ft diameter helium Aerosphere balloon that will rise from behind the event’s main stage. An aerial performer will be latched on performing underneath the balloon that takes nearly 5 hours to fill up!


This is extravagance for two worthy organizations. Chillounge benefits both Creative Clay and The Woodson Museum. The event begins at 6pm on Saturday, November 22, and goes until 11pm. In case you’re concerned about the Florida freeze afflicting your good time at the event, the cold front will dissipate toward the end of the week. Saturday is projected to be a brisk and comfortable 78 degrees.

Tickets to the event are $25 for general admission and $100 for VIP. North Straub Park 400 Bayshore Dr NE.

We want to spread the love and send a few lucky winners to Chillounge Night! That’s why we are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the event. All you have to do is answer the trivia question below. A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday.

This is event marks the 7th Annual Bert Smith Chillounge Night in St. Pete.

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7th annual Bert Smith St Pete Chillounge Night, Cirque du Chill

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7th annual Bert Smith St Pete Chillounge Night, Nov 22nd 6pm – 11pm


Cirque du Chill, the new Chillounge Night concept will bring the ultimate outdoor lounge party to spectacular heights, unlike any Chillounge Night experience to date.

Chic outdoor furnishings set the tone for an exciting night of entertainment and thrills. Enjoy fine food and drinks, listen to two live band performances, enjoy a fashion show, awe at the fireworks. Then be prepared to watch, in amazement, as Chillounge Night, in tandem with Pedro Reis, founder of the Circus Arts Conservatory and Nock Productions bring you an amazing line up of daredevil display. In addition to acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, contortionists and the extraordinary hand balancing team of Duo Romanesc, see Joseph Dominick Bauer dazzle on the Wheel of Destiny, be amazed by the special skills performed high above on 60ft towering Sway Poles, the highest acrobatic masts currently available. If you are a fan of “America’s Got Talent” you will see the creation of John Nock’s Aerosphere Aerial Balloon Show Act which was seen nationwide on TV. Be part of the guests watching the 21 ft diameter helium balloon rising from behind the stage into the crowd presenting Alexandra Nock floating under the giant ball.

Each stunning performance will be captured live and broadcast onto a state of the art LED Wall using HD Video Streaming and making the performances come alive no matter where you are at this spectacular event. LED Pro Services and VPN Studios will be providing the cutting edge technology to make it all possible.

The St. Petersburg event will benefit again the two local organizations, Creative Clay and The Woodson Museum.

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Chilling Out

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mahaffey theater rented the beautiful Chillounge Night Furniture for their Opening Gala



The Mahaffey Theater hosted a Chillounge Night Party on the Plaza (between The Mahaffey Theater and the Salvador Dali Museum) immediately after the Don Henley concert. Free and open to the public, guests were invited to enjoy beer, wine and spirits.

Chillounge Nights in Florida Draw Crowds

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Chillounge Nights in Florida Draw Crowds

ST. PETERSBURG — Furniture to fireworks, Rainer Scheer oversees final planning for Chillounge Night in Straub Park Nov. 20.

Rainer Scheer, founder of Chillounge Night, in North Straub Park along the St. Petersburg waterfront where the event is being held.

Rainer Scheer, founder of Chillounge Night, in North Straub Park along the St. Petersburg waterfront where the event is being held.

It’ll be his 10th Chillounge Night. Held also in Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando, Delray Beach and Fort Myers, Chillounges attract people looking to network and mingle in an outdoor setting as they enjoy music, food and drinks.
Crowds exceed 3,000, Scheer said.

It’s a special night out for people who want to go somewhere,” he said. “You can talk and drink.
The popularity of Chillounge Night is proof that avenues exist for entrepreneurs even in a down market. Plus, the events require the assistance of a variety of vendors from public relations firms to pyrotechnics companies.
Scheer, previously owner of Sarasota art gallery Design O’Fresco, was looking for a new avenue when he launched the first Chillounge Night in Sarasota in 2008.
The largest investment, in the “tens of thousands,” was the purchase of furniture to set up outdoor lounge areas. He then obtained approvals from the city and began promoting the event.
The first Chillounge drew a crowd of about 1,900. A St. Petersburg event followed later that year.
The first Tampa event debuted this year near Tampa Theatre downtown. The second Tampa event is scheduled at Curtis Hixon Park April 16.


In an economic downturn, the appeal of Chillounge Night is its perceived value to attendees, said Philip Orsino, chairman of Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant, which has five locations in the Tampa Bay area and Orlando. People are looking for a combination of price, quality and service, Orsino said.

Ceviche has been a vendor at Chillounge events in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Sarasota and Orlando for roughly three years and will be the exclusive food vendor at St. Petersburg Chillounge this year. Through its participation, the restaurant has the chance to introduce its fare to a new audience.

Orsino said he supports the effort to bring people to the downtown and waterfront area.
People are looking for affordable ways to network their companies rather than spending money on magazine ads or a billboard, said Ryan Totka, co-founder of RedCarpetMonday, a networking event company based in Winter Park that sometimes “cross-markets” with Chillounge.

RedCarpetMonday networking events take place every two to three months in venues around Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, attracting between 200 and 250 people.

“When the economy is good, people sit back. In a bad economy, people have to make things happen, meet people who can help their business,” Totka said.

RedCarpetMonday’s model is based on viral marketing through the website, which allows users to create profiles and search profiles by business or industry in addition to name.

The company’s largest source of revenue is sponsors. Per event it has eight to 10 sponsors, such as clothing boutiques and bottled water companies.

Sponsorship is strong at the Chillounge events as well. Sixty have signed on for Nov. 20, the majority providing services in return for promotional consideration. Scheer’s profit depends on ticket sales.
He runs Chillounge Night full time now after closing his gallery last week. “Chillounge Night is taking over,” he said.

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