Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Starting the Short Week With Kimbra, Mark Foster and A-Trak

Dear Friends!

She already made her mark with Gotye and Katie Rogers predicted success right then for the New Zealand born vocalist. Check Kimbra out in her Warrior Official Video with Mark Foster and A-Trak.




"3 of my favorite new artists have teamed up as part of a launch by Converse footwear to promote a collection of seasonal colors, and sparking quite a colorful and exciting collaboration as a result. Mark Foster, of "Foster The People,"(the band behind the huge hit "Pumped Up Kicks")  "Kimbra" (the now famous female voice in Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know") and world famous Canadian based DJ A-Trak produce a fantastic, highly synergetic track (and equally amusing video) called "Warrior." Converse has done these music -product launch series in the past (one of them being "Gorillaz," James Murphy of "LCD Soundsystem" and Andre 3000 of "Outkast") so def. recommend keeping an eye out in the future for these projects. Link to free download and video : ) http://www.journeys.com/pluginto/
DJ Matt Cornwall


Wishing you a sweet, short week!
Janet

P.S.: Janet Elkins is a Finalist in the BizBash LA Readers' Choice Awards, nominated as Event Designer of the Year  in the 2012.
Voting opens for everybody on Tuesday, May 29, at 10:00 am PST at bizbash.com/lavotes and closes on Sunday, June 10 at 11:59 pm PST. Individuals not yet registered on BizBash.com will be prompted to do so upon navigating to the voting page. Once registered, folks can vote once per 24 hour period.
We are thankful for your votes!

Monday, May 21, 2012

It's Only Rock'n Roll - But We Like It!! Meet New Band Rival Sons

Dear Friends!

This one is a surprise from DJ Matt Cornwall! New band, new song but good ole rock'n roll! Get ready to  shake your hair to the rhythms of Rival Son!




"Rival Sons is a new band with unending classic rock influences. I took to them right away after accidentally going down a youtube hole and landing on their page and loving the singer Jay Buchanan's voice and 70's long hair. Though they kick up the mud and have the bluesy feel of The Black Keys, they sound a bit grungy, a bit classic, a bit soulful, but most of all, original. In other words, it’s hard to find who else they sound like in modern times, which helps make their debut album Pressure And Time more enjoyable than it already is. I've been playing their video at various gigs here and abroad and am always asked about who they are, from both men and women. Viva la Rock ! " 
-DJ  Matt Cornwall 

Wishing you a great week!
Janet

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Our "Alice in Wonderland" Photos Are Featured in Special Event!

Dear Friends!

Alice in Wonderland (Scottsdale, AZ with Kuoni) still rates among our personal favorites because we had such creative license to reproduce the whimsical world of Tim Burton. We are very grateful to Lisa Hurley for featuring us in the Special Events' Photo Gallery.



Very best!
Janet

Monday, May 14, 2012

Just Putting Some Fun Pep in Your Step - Deadmau5

Dear Friends!

Up and at them! Today, our hard traveling friend DJ Matt Cornwall (Santiago, Chile and San Juan, Puerto Rico in just the last 10 days, with stops in L.A. in between) has chosen a song that always re-energizes him. Just pure musical upbeat fun! Deadmau5 with Chris James - The Veldt.




"Over the years being a music selector for many different kinds of needs, I often have a sort of check list that I put songs through to see if they "make the cut" for a particular event, etc. This new "Deadmau5" track, I'm happy to say, has definitely made the cut and then some!
Some of the criteria of my check list for a song :
1. uplifting, positive {no doom and gloom, unless it's doom and gloomed themed } ~ check
2. new fresh original authentic sound ~ check
3. works on and off the dance floor ~ check 
4. young and old can dig it : ) ~ check {but will ask my mom to see if she can bop to it } 
5. down right pleasant ~ check 
See what you think, I think it would be a good work out track as well. You can find it on Amazon mp3 downloads or iTunes : ) dj matt cornwall

Let us know what you think on Facebook! 
Wishing you a great week!
Janet

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day Crash Course from Our Floral Designer Ariel Zazueta

Dear Mothers and dear Friends!

It seems that our friends and family members all expect wonderfully artsy decorations just because we are in the event industry. We admit that some of us have nothing but thumbs in this regard. The topic of what to get our moms came up this week and Project Manager Michael Alvarado and Floral Designer Ariel Zazueta volunteered to help. Here their crash course on how to quickly and easily create a gorgeous bouquet -  with flowers most of us will find in our gardens.



1)  Organize your flowers and greens in vases.
2) Loop and staples your tropical leaves and lilli greens
3) Leave-line your vase
4) Start by creating a triangle with your largest floral
5) Add your next floral also in triangular shape
This is an example of a triangle arrangement seen from above.

6) Follow your sense of style
7) Mist the finished bouquet for freshness
Extra tip: adding mint or rosemary adds a wonderful aroma to your bouquet!

And voilĂ , your bouquet is ready!
If you are lacking in talent like blogger Marion, please check out the slideshow Ariel and Michael put together with a step by step explanation.
A Big THANK YOU to Michael and Ariel for all their help!

Wishing all the mothers a wonderful Mother's Day!
Janet








Monday, May 7, 2012

Homage to Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch

Dear Friends,

Sometimes it takes sad news to realize how much a band's music is part of the sound track of our lives. All of us old enough to have lived through the 80ties still smile when we hear "Fight for the Right to Party". By the 90ties, Adam Yauch became a force for Tibetan freedom, mindfulness, peace and understanding; and he was the first rapper who spoke these words: "I want to say a little something that's long overdue/ The disrespect to women has got to be through/ To all mothers and sisters and the wives and friends/ I want to offer my love and respect to the end."




"Adam "MCA" Yauch will be fondly remembered by yours truly after seeing The Beastie Boys on tour for their record "Hello Nasty" {from which this video and track "body movin" is from } back in 1998 in NYC.  I've always had a special kinship with The Beasties' as they, like myself, have had a great love for finding rare grooves and obscure records, and for their love of humor and insistence on "daring to be  
stupid" [in a good way of course.] Seeing them live that night, proved that the Beastie Boys had so much up their collective sleeves, on many levels, including being huge champions and financial supporters of  
Human Rights. I will always remember that show, and their joy and love of performing, and Adam in particular for being his smart, funny, silly, sensitive, respectful rockin self."
DJ Matt Cornwall


We are paying homage to an artist and philanthropist whom we lost much to early!


Janet