With a loud “Dale!,” and the charisma that has catapulted him to international fame- earning him the title “Mr. Worldwide,” Pitbull did not merely welcome 2015 at his New Year’s Revolution at the shiny-new Thompson Miami Beach hotel, Pitbull downright demanded the new year arrive with a BANG! And that it most certainly did. At the stroke of midnight, the 700+ revelers were doused by confetti shot from rooftop canons under what seemed like the world’s largest balloon drop. Pitbull’s co-hosts La La Anthony and Rocsi Diaz kept the crowd’s attention between exciting performances by Becky G., Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony, The Band Perry, and world-class magicians The Misdirectors. Ne-Yo surprised fans by joining Pitbull on stage for a live performance of their new hit, “Time of Our Lives.” Also at the party were a series of FOX stars, including Benjamin McKenzie (Gotham), Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project) Lamorne Morris (New Girl) and Taraji P. Henson (Empire, debuting this month). Director Lee Daniels and ABC’s The Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis and former Family Matters’ star, Jaleel White, (aka Steve Urkel) were also spotted in the party’s exclusive VIP section.
Don’t Miss: Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution Live from the Thompson Miami Beach, Rockin New Year’s Eve at Ball & Chain, Love is Blind New Year’s Dinner, The Royal White Affair at the Ritz, and Tamarina Celebrates 2015!
By: Maryanne Salvat
Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution Live from the Thompson Miami Beach
The shiny-new, stylish Thompson Miami Beach will be the official location for FOX’s New Year’s special entitled: PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION. Staged throughout various indoor and outdoor venues at the upscale oceanfront Thompson Miami Beach, including its two spacious pool decks and the lush Raymond Jungles-designed Garden, the New Year’s Eve show will feature performances by an all-star lineup of entertainers, including Mr. 305 himself, Enrique Iglesias, The Band Perry, Fall Out Boy, Becky G. and Fifth Harmony and a few surprises. Miami native and the evening’s host, Pitbull, will lead the party from Thompson Miami Beach in front of legions of on-site fans. PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION will air live on FOX Wednesday, December 31, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Then, following the local news, Mr. 305 returns from 11:00 p.m. –12:30 a.m. eastern standard time. Check listings for other time zones.
Those interested in gaining access to this New Year’s Eve broadcast at Thompson Miami Beach on December 31, can submit a request to join in on the fun here: http://1iota.com/Show/424/Pitbull’s-New-Years-Revolution.
Rockin New Year’s Eve at Ball & Chain
Ball & Chain, the historic and world famous live music bar in the center of Little Havana is thrilled to announce their “Rockin New Year’s Eve” event on December 31. The recently reopened bar on Calle Ocho presents a live musical performance by After School Special, an all-star classic rock cover band. After School Special will feature the Foo Fighters and Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee, Dave Krusen original and former drummer of Pearl Jam, Lazy Stars lead vocalist and guitarist Jonny Kaplan and Jessy Greene violinist from Foo Fighters, Pink, Fistful of Mercy and Sound City Players. The rock legends collectively have sold over 40 million records worldwide. The doors open at 8:00 p.m. where the rock legends will take the Pineapple Stage performing covers of classic rock songs such as Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Neil Young, Tom Petty and Rod Stewart as they count down to 2015. Immediately following the live show will be a special DJ set by Foo Fighters and Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee. Ball & Chain is offering exclusive table and bottle service reservations only, followed by general admission depending on availability. The general admission will be free RSVP and confirmation code is mandatory as it is a limited guest list. All guests must be 21+ to attend the event. For Table Reservations: NewYears@BallandChainMiami.com.
Love is Blind in the New Year!
Ring in the New Year like a true local at Miami favorite spot in Coral Gables Love is Blind! Enjoy tunes and bubbles with friends, family or that special someone you plan to give a New Year’s Eve kiss to because in the end it’s all about LOVE! Love is Blind has prepped a delicious pre-fixed menu for all to indulge. Start off with their infamous Serrano Ham Croquettas before moving on to a Burrata Caprese Salad. After the appetizers it’s time to have the best of both worlds with a Surf and Turf main course consisting of Filet Mignon with a Mushroom Demi-glaze (6oz) and Jumbo Garlic Shrimp paired with Grilled Asparagus and White Truffle Infused Mashed Potatoes. Finish off with a mouthwatering Creole Bread Pudding with Kentucky Bourbon Sauce and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream; for reservations, call 305.748.6118.
On the heels of a successful opening, Tamarina owners Yona and Tunu Puri are excited to announce their New Year’s Eve plans for an Italian inspired prosperity feast. The dinner will feature an abundance of luxury and decadence designed to promote well-being and good fortune in the coming year. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a welcome cocktail titled “Calends Fizz”. Custom created for the occasion by Tamarina’s lead mixologist Nathan Rogers, the cocktail is inspired by the ancient Roman tradition of exchanging gifts of honey-soaked figs and dates in glass jars as a symbol of abundance and promise of plentiful things to come in the New Year. Attendees will be welcomed to stay after dinner and dance the night away to the fun sounds of our Guest DJ with special open bar cocktails and drinks;for more information and reservations, please contact Jessica Marrero 305-579-1888/ Events@tamarinarestaurants.com.
The Royal White Affair at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach
The Ritz- Carlton, South Beach will once again host a luxurious New Year’s white party. After much success, the revelry will return Wednesday December 31, 2014 as a “Royal White Affair”. This year, the New Year’s Eve event will feature over-the-top specialty entertainment, renowned DJ’s, and opulent décor poolside at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Dancing to the beats of DJs Tony G, Chris Valencia, and Malone, attendees will enjoy a night filled with mystique, live entertainment, aerialists, and performances. Eye catching visuals will enhance the guest experience, bringing storybook and iconic royal figures to life. Presented in part by Perrier Jouet Champagne, “Royal White Affair”- will feature a theme based exclusively around the color white which is synonymous with the clean slate that a new year represents. Required dress for the event is evening wear and white is encouraged. Tickets can be purchased online at www.BlancNYE.com. Presale tickets are priced at $99 and include a premium open bar from 9:00PM until midnight. Table reservations are available. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is located at One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL. For additional information visit ritzcarlton.com/southbeach or call (786) 276-4006.
It is now December 11 and everywhere pre-vacation congestion starts and I am not talking about the flu. Traffic gets crazy, stores get busy, people invade the streets for Christmas shopping, whether it is tree, tree decorations, or a very large amount of presents to buy for family and friends.
Not in Miami.
In Miami, second week of December equals to ghost town. Restaurants are empty, people are zombies, streets are deserted and all of this because of one reason and one only – Post Basel Syndrome (PBS).
Let’s start from the beginning – allegedly Art Basel runs for four days, this year from December 4 to 7. NOT TRUE. Art Basel runs for a solid ten, starting the weekend before and finishing the weekend after the week of the actual exhibits, and reaches a peak during those four days and three nights that is comparable only to a freight train that derails, hits everyone and everything around it, but just keeps on going leaving desolation behind. Hence – ghost town.
By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
Champagne wishes, caviar dreams and the best truffle risotto delighted well-heeled (pun intended) Miami influencers and socialites at the highly-anticipated Wine, Women & Shoes Kick-off party benefiting Miami Children’s Health Foundation which took place on Saturday, December 13, 2014.
The glamorous event was hosted by renowned interior designer, Sofia Joelsson on the gorgeous rooftop of her penthouse home in South Beach to celebrate the upcoming 4th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes presented by Sergio Rossi, which is scheduled for February 4, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.
The event served as a backdrop for chairs Carola Pimentel and Criselda Breene to announce Sergio Rossi as this year’s High Heel Presenting Sponsor. Read the rest here »
Last night, GUCCI and Spinello Projects hosted a private cocktail preview of artist Kris Knight’s solo exhibition Smell The Magic. This pop-up in the heart of the Miami Design District at 95 NE 40th Street marked the beginning of Miami Art Week 2014 and coincided with the release of Knight’s first published catalog.
GUCCI Creative Director Frida Giannini, who referenced Knight’s paintings as inspiration for Gucci’s Fall-Winter 2014 Collection and has most recently collaborated with the artist on a reworking of the iconic Gucci floral print for the 2015 Cruise Collection, was joined by notable guests from the worlds of design, art and fashion at the exclusive reception, including:
Christophe de Pous (President of GUCCI America), Alia Al-Senussi, Sarah Arison, Daniel Arsham, Fabian Basabe, Georgina Brandolini, Michael Chow, Edgardo Defortuna, Farhad Farman-Farmaian, Michael Govan, Rebecca Guinness, Antonio Haslauer da Costa & Russell Piccione, Laura de Gunzburg, Carlos Jereissati, Sam & Judith Keller, Alexandra & Billy Kimball, Federico Marchetti, Lilian Pacce, Michael Phillips Moskowitz, Jason Pomeranc, Craig Robins, Eric Shiner, Cameron Silver, Marchesa Katrin Theodoli, Francesco Vezzoli, Neville Wakefield, among others.
By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
Arguably the best party of the year, the 20th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, an elegant “Oz Reimagined”-themed gala, took place on Saturday, November 1, welcoming nearly 1,000 guests, who gathered to dine, dance and donate to one of the worthiest causes: the Make-A-Wish foundation. The highlight of the glamorous celebration, was a thrilling concert by the “Queen of Motown,” Diana Ross- the most outstanding performance we’ve seen at a party since Donna Summer performed at Destination Fashion in 2007 (this writer’s first official social column for The SunPost). Ross, dazzling in a red, bejeweled halter pantsuit, wrapped in red organza, entered the stage singing “I’m Coming Out” and had guests enthralled as she performed other chart-topping hits such as,”Baby Love,” “Upside Down,” “Do You Know,” “Stop-in the Name of and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” And while Ross’ performance was the crown jewel of the Ball, there was plenty of glittery goodness leading up to the concert. From the gold carpet, to the cocktail reception filled with culinary delights created by InterContinental Miami Executive Chef Alexander Feher, including seafood served on an ice bar shaped like the trees from OZ, to the premier items at the Ball’s silent auction, and special appearances by Dorothy and her crew, the Wicked Witch and Glenda and the “Voice of Oz” that summoned revelers to the Main Ballroom for dinner- the night was filled with the enchantment we’ve come to expect from the unparalleled Make A Wish Ball. Inside the Ballroom, guests were captivated by both the splendor of the room’s white-on-white decor and the beauty and wit of Gabrielle Anwar, who returned for the fourth consecutive year as Celebrity Emcee and Auctioneer. In what has become a Ball tradition, Gabrielle and fiancé, Ball Chair, Shareef Malnik opened the night’s festivities with a creative dramatic moment. This year’s involved Gabrielle engaged in steamy dialogue with a faceless “Oz” – actually the voice of Shareef — who eventually revealed himself, emerging from underneath the voluminous skirt of Gabrielle’s emerald green ball gown, eliciting a roar of laughter from the room and setting the stage for the more serious task of raising money for Wishes. A touching moment came courtesy of South Florida Wish recipient Nicole Graziano, who sang a touching rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” Read the rest here »