Last Saturday night, I found myself in Soho at the Santos Party House celebrating the birthday of good friend and turntable assassin DJ Spinna. This world-renowned mixologist and music producer has a record collection that would make Quincy Jones weep and boasts a serious fan-base in places like London, Paris and Tokyo. He has collaborated with many major artists including Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Mos Def and jazz great Roy Ayers.
Along with his wife and my close, close homie, Keita Petion-Williams (aka Kee-Ah-Tah aka The Mayor of Brooklyn) of KeiStar Productions, Spinna throws the hottest parties in New Yawk City! If you are not on the KeiStar invite list you are most definitely missing out. This multi-hyphenated duo doesn’t just give a party; they host an experience! Their theme-based events “Soul Slam: Prince vs. Michael Jackson”, and “WONDER-Full: Tribute To The Genius of Stevie Wonder” are legendary and have been frequented by many A-list entertainers such as Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, Rosario Dawson, Judah Friedlander, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, Mos Def, R&B crooner Maxwell, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs and the Olsen Twins.
Big shout to my Gurl, fellow April Baby and P.I.C. for many KeiStar events, Marj ‘aka Lula aka The Sarge’ Petion. We perfected our fist-pumping moves and are def ready to go to “Jersey Shore, bee-yatch!” Watch out, Snooki.
Spinna and his co-conspirators, DJ Scratch and Kenny Dope certainly didn’t disappoint as they spun a funky mix of classic hip-hop & soul, deep house and contemporary hits. The energy was good, the music was hot and the night was a blast!
Photographer Nicholas Small came through to capture all of that goodness, and he didn’t miss a beat. He immortalized much of the essence that blankets a KeiStar production. If you don’t believe me just look to your left and right.
To help select a wardrobe for the evening, I enlisted the assistance of up and coming stylist Scot Louie whose client list includes Danielle Staub of Real Housewives of New Jersey fame and new docu-series Social. I kept it simple donning a black
tie-neck blouse, pair of skinny jeans and black studded flats. Despite the party “heat” I maintained my cool and exited the soiree with my gear in tact! And I managed to “find” some cash when two party animals offered me forty bucks to babysit their coats. Ahhh, I ♥ NY! Don’t hate, socialites need cash too.
Do yourself a favor, go to Amazon right now and add some DJ Spinna joints to your cart (one of my fav Spinna records is “Boogie-Back: Post Disco Club Jams”). Then finagle your way onto the KeiStar Productions invite list. All the cool people do it. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll see you at the next experience.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week begins next Thursday and my calendar is already full! You don’t wanna miss out on my exploits, so make sure you click the “Sign me up!” button in the upper right hand corner to follow along. Until the next party, stay radically fabulous…