Monday, August 25, 2008
ROBIN THICKE PERFORMS AT DELANO’S FLORIDA ROOM
Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Portrait of Kasha, by Kasha
Image with Alto, by Kasha
Other Images at the event, [excluding the invitation], Vivian G. Kelly
TIME & PLACE: Delano’s swank Florida Room, South Beach, Miami
A Saturday night in August, after 9:30pm
THE AMBIANCE – WHY HURRY, WE’RE ON LATIN TIME!
Being accustomed to producing and attending fashion shows for over 13 years, we should have known that this performance, [like many good ones] would also start late.
As we were on a 2-day holiday, we decided to relax and enjoy the room that had the same richly opulent feel as Tom Ford’s store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
We sipped on a delicious strawberry, Moet and Navanne cocktail topped with a fresh strawberry and enjoyed the crowd, which ranged from Management types & regulars on Miami’s upscale party circuit and some artists in attendance.
DJ Mark Leventhal got the increasingly large crowd in the mood for Mr. Thicke with a winning mix of Old School hits by the likes of Luther Van Dross.
The highlight of the wait was chatting with our friend, KASHA, a Canadian Multi-Media Artist, who is also part of the Fashion Watch team, is hard at work putting together a book of images she is taking dedicated to fashion legend, HERB RITTS, who passed away in 2002. The coffee table book is called, TRIANGLE – volume 1 ‘Abstract Images of Character’ South Beach/New York/Las Vegas.
Kasha bears a striking resemblance to Pamela Anderson, but as Miss Anderson, she’s also a very talented artist. It wasn’t surprising to find her sitting at a table with ALTO REED, the long-time saxophonist with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. Alto couldn’t have been more down to earth and ended our conversation with, “rock on”.
To watch Alto in action, visit www.utube.com and go to “Alto Reed Solo LIVE Horizontal Bop Kansas City, Mo 12/2/06”
ABOUT ROBIN THICKE
Admittedly, we had no idea what to expect, and neither did more than a few members of the crowd we spoke to. Sometimes, as in this case, having no expectations is the best way to go in attending an event.
INSPIRATIONS & CAREER PATH:
Thicke is a fan of classic soul singers like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. At 16, he befriended the president of Uptown Records, Andre Harrell, and made a deal with Nu America Records, a subsidiary of Interscope Records.
Thicke has also written a wide range of hits for pop artists such as Jordan Knight, writing and co-producing a large portion of his self-titled album..
In 2005 Thicke won his first GRAMMY for his collaborations on Usher's 2004 release Confessions. “Lost without U” from 2006, which he performed with his wife, actress Paula Patton, has a 5* rating on You Tube.
The crowed was wowed by Mr. Thicke’s soulful ballads, and his third up-tempo song, “Magic”, which had a disco vibe, brought down the house. It looks like this new album will also do well with his fun loving, club going fan base.
Robin Thicke’s new album ‘Something Else’ will be in store September 30.
To read more about Robin Thicke, visit his official website, www.robinthicke.com