There's nothing like bringing a major event to Miami. What a week of excitement and festivities for the welcoming of Super Bowl 44. Miami's hottest lounges, bars and clubs have been star-studded all week with NFL players, celebrities and artists. I'm sure they've had as much fun as I have been having this week.
With anticipation for Sunday's big game at it's peak, I decided to break away from my weekly routine of work, school and occasional community events and have a little fun with the out-of-towners.
Just a little behind from the rest of the city this week, my festivities started Tuesday night at
(formerly The 5th) where Pamela Anderson and Richie Rich hosted a fashion show by A'Muse. DJ Jessica WHO? kept the night bumping as some of Sobe's hottest dancers graced the booth tops displaying acrobatic feats leaving many onlookers with jaws dropped. After a few hours of partying at PLAY we moved along to the
I was able to make it through the night and off to work with only 3 hours of sleep. My day flew by with work then school and then back to the scene. There's nothing like Wednesdays atBlue Martini in Brickell
. Us locals refer to the venue as just "Blue". Walking in through the door the music was definitely bumping and as I looked to my right, it was Mr. Gigolo himself Nick Cannon.
Hmm... maybe I should refer to him as Mr. Ex-Gigolo now since he's married to the ever-so talented and beautiful Mariah Carey. As I made my way through the usual crazy crowd, I couldn't get a glimpse of Miss Mariah anywhere but a little birdie told me she was there... oh well. Maybe I'll catch the butterfly another time.
My night ended rather early (before 3am) and thankfully so considering it was only "hump day" and my Thursdays are pretty intense. However, I was sent a pic courtesy of 2night.com capturing me in true form- always with my phone in hand and on the go.
And so my week continues... Last night I was given a wonderful opportunity to attend the Ne-Yo concert thanks to the gracious invitation by Miss Crystal Chancellor from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
. If you haven't been to the Arsht Center... please be sure to put it on your list of things to do and see in Miami. Their beautiful state of the art facility sits like a gem with it's sister building the Ziff Ballet Opera House, glowing white and illuminating our metropolis. Seriously, the architecture and lighting is beautiful in these facilities.
Arriving just on time for the concert due to the crazy traffic along Biscayne Blvd, I briefly met with Miss Chancellor and a few friends right before the music began playing. It just so happened the AAA had some events, Cavalia is still going on and congestion getting onto the 395 to get to the beach for the Rihanna/Justin Beiber concert had things backed up a bit.
Unfortunately I forget the headliner for the concert but he was pretty good and definitely entertaining. He got the crowd up and dancing to a few jams.
Then they announce Jagged Edge was going to perform next... OMG!! If you don't know who they are, they are one of the best R&B groups that emerged out of the mid-90s and breaking into the millenium. More of the new age R&B/Soul. They kicked off with some classics such as "I Gotta Be" and "Promise." Needless to say that the crowd went wild and they had Miss Susy definitely reminiscing of old school jams.
As if that weren't a treat all in its own, there came the main event... the "Gentleman," Ne-Yo. Women and girls came flocking to the stage as he begun "Doo doo dooo do doo... " and continued with "My Sexy Love"...
Talk about baby making music... ha ha! He walks, talks, sings and dresses the part of a true Gentleman. Oh and the man can move. I sat and gazed as he glided across the stage paying tribute the great King of Pop- Michael Jackson.
He's one of the few artists now days keeping the flair of the old school rhythm and blues alive for the new generation. Reminiscent of Avant, Maxwell and Babyface, Ne-Yo's voice touches the soul.
What an awesome concert and week so far! I'm super excited for the weekend and of course Super Bowl Sunday. Go Saints!
Now off to the Clevelander for Nelly Furtado and Pitbull Concert... what a mix!