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Ben Harper, another incredibly talented musician graces these pages with such a resoundingly thoughtful interview. You can just tell that he is an all-around amazing guy. Ben is currently touring his second collaborative album around the world with Charlie Musselwhite. Both are legendary and award-winning artists; and together, their soulful sound is seamless and extraordinary. Ben described their relationship and creative process as effortless, which definitely comes across in their music. Do yourself a favor and listen to their new album, No Mercy in this Land. And finally, I spoke with Andy Masi, an entrepreneur whose amazing success and drive had me speechless. Masi basically conceptualized the entire nightlife of Vegas with the revolutionary idea to localize the nightclub, restaurant and cocktail lounge under the same casino roof. Now, there’s more than one nightclub in every casino, and the industry has surpassed gaming revenue — unbelievable! Masi is now re-conceptualizing Vegas nightlife by building cool bars for people who aren’t down with the big cover charges or loud DJ’s. It’s been a busy and really fun few months gearing up for this issue. I saw Del Potro play some awesome tennis at Indian Wells, I went on a backcountry spring skiing trip with ten of my closest friends, and I delved deep into my personal growth at a four-day Tony Robbins event. All of these experiences helped mold this entertaining spring editorial.
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[BE] It comes from a lot of places. For songwriting, it was always my grandfather, because he was such a larger-than-life storyteller and character; he was like straight out of a storybook. The way he would tell a story was just something that was almost hard to believe - it was so magical and beautiful. You’d always wonder if [the stories] were accurate then later I’d find an old connection or friend of his and they’d verify it …it’s crazy! So I’ll picture life, through songwriting, as a story that I want to tell, just like how my grandfather taught me growing up. I always had a big imagination — something I probably got from my grandfather - and thats where I got my song writing inspiration. And as an artist; it comes from my family. My parents and brother were always there supporting me — helping me load in speakers in the back of a minivan when I was kid. I’d go and sing around town and my mom would run the sound. They were my first real fans, and they’re still always there to support — same as day one.
If you check out his Instagram profile, he’s humble as ever, posting sweet messages to fans, funny dancing videos and lots of pictures with his adorable chocolate lab, Edgar. Whitney Hubbell [WH]: Does Edgar go on tour with you? Brett Eldredge [BE]: Yeah he’s grown up on the road from when he was that little. [referring to his latest IG post] When he was a lil’ pup he was backstage with Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan… he’s grown up with all these big stars and been on big tours, so he’s really good with people. There’s probably 100 people backstage and he’s always just walking around like he owns the place. He even had his own dressing room on the Luke Bryan tour and his own sign for the dressing room - it was pretty funny.
[WH] Now that you’ve had multiple singles under your belt and you’re currently on your first headlining tour, where would you say you get your inspiration from as a songwriter and artist?
[BE] Thats my favorite movie of all time, for that reason! My grandfather was definitely the big fish. He passed away, but we were so close. He got to see [my career] start to rise - but he never got to see the big part of my career take off. But he saw it on its’ way… so that was cool. But yeah he was definitely the ‘big fish’ that’s why I love that movie so much. I cry a few times every time I watch it. [WH] If you could say something to your grandfather now, what would you say? [BE] From the first moment I’d pick him out in the crowd, I’d say, ‘can you believe it?’ I’d just want him to see it. And he would wanna get up on stage with me [laughs] because he loved performing. He wasn’t really a singer growing up - he discovered singing later in life, it was always fun, we would sing Karaoke together. I brought him up on stage one time in his later years and he got up, held a beer up to the crowd and everyone was so pumped and excited, it was awesome. Now, I’d just want to share the moment with him and show him the dream became a reality and that he was a big part of it.
Brett is making the transition from opening act to headliner look effortless with his debut tour, “The Long Way,” and just sold out his first arena show.
[BE] Oh yeah. He doesn’t really have a choice, he’s gotta be! [laughs]
[WH] It sounds like your largerthan-life grandfather’s storytelling sounds really similar to the dad in one of my favorite movies, Big Fish. Have you ever seen that?
[WH] So Edgar must be a pretty big country music fan if he’s hanging out with all the stars.
RETT ELDRIDGE has toured with some of the biggest names in country; with artists such as Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, and Taylor Swift - but it’s the first time his name is the largest on the marquee. He has seven top-10 singles, he has even performed at the Grand Ole Opry, but for Brett, he’s just starting.
[WH] Did any of those people end up helping you along the way in your career? [BE] Oh yeah! Some of them set me up with songwriters which led me from one thing to the next. You climb the ladder… they set you up with a writer, you end up writing a better song… then maybe someone says, ‘I love your voice, I want you to go meet a producer’ and that producer makes your first song. All of that led me to where I am now! [WH] Speaking of the stage, you have such a natural presence up there. Did you always have that or was there a moment you realized you were going to be a country star? [BE] I knew early on that I wanted to sing. But I was really nervous in front of other people, staring at the floor, pacing back and forth. I’d even sing from the other room… At family parties I’d hide behind the door and belt out my favorite tunes! But I’d be so nervous, I couldn’t look at people in the eye and sing. And then I started listening to Sinatra and watching how cool he was… he had this swag on stage, he was so confident, and that's when I learned I could start feeling good about what I was doing on stage. At around age thirteen, I started performing and by fifteen, I really started hitting my stride and just kept rolling and getting more confident. I went to Chicago and lived up there for couple years and sang anywhere that I could sing from fancy events and big fundraisers to weddings, it was kind of like I was growing to sing all these different genres. But my true, original love was country music and that’s when I made the move to Nashville and never looked back. I was so naive when I first moved there, I would just knock on doors and drop off CDs, I was that guy! [laughs] I would never do that now! But that’s what it took to get where I am now. And being so naive and not knowing how hard it really is to make it - that helped me get to where I am today. I just thought, ’there’s no way I’m not doing it.’ And I still see some of those people today-some of the people whose doors I knocked on, are now my friends!
[WH] Were there ever any knock-down moments that almost made you feel like giving up? [BE] There were a lot of knock-down moments — but the opportunities you do get, you make sure they really count. And eventually, it just falls into place. But it wasn’t overnight by any means! I’ve enjoyed the ride from the very beginning. It’s a beautiful thing. You really have to stop and take it all in, because it’s kind of surreal — especially when you think about how many people try to do this; I feel very fortunate. What’s it like being on tour and traveling so many miles in a day? Do you ever get burnt out? Yes, that happens to me all the time! When you’re constantly on the road — it’s like any job — you can get burnt out. There’s a lot of times where I’m like, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to do this.’ A lot of the time you’re sitting around all day waiting to play that night for an hour and half, and you’ve travelled thousands of miles … and you have the whole day to think about it and psych yourself out of a show because you’re just exhausted.
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But everyday I’m revived by the crowd — it’s the weirdest thing! I’m like, ‘I don’t know how I’m gonna do this show,’ and then I hear the crowd and the music that we’re walking on stage to and I get this sudden voice in my head that everything’s going to be fine and next thing you know I’m up there jumping around on stage! And right before that, I was pacing back and forth, like man, I need a break. But then I get off stage and I’m like… man, I can’t wait to do it again tomorrow!
I’m reminded why I love it so much. When I have that connection with fans and everyone’s singing all the words — it’s why I started this. It’s an amazing reminder and I’m so thankful that my fans stuck with me for so long, it’s been a crazy journey to get here. It’s awesome to see people in front of the stage when there were literally 20 people in the crowd, I still see those people in the crowd today. That means so much to me, and why country music is so special too, is because these great folks are so loyal it’s a great big love fest. [laughs]
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[WH] You’ve had such an amazing journey already, what has been your proudest moment? [BE] There’s a lot of them. Every time I think of one, there’s another one that shows up. My proudest moment I’ve ever had on stage was a week ago. We sold out the first arena ever. 8,000 of my fans were in the crowd and it was a very surreal feeling. Starting out in Nashville when sometimes there’s only two people in the crowd — sometimes not even, you’re playing to yourself on a stool in a bar! It was very surreal to be playing to a sea of lights and people singing every word of a song in a giant arena. Sharing that connection was so powerful, I teared up several times. That was definitely a defining moment in my career.
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I spent so many sleepless nights all those years, wondering why my moment hadn’t come yet, and I’m so glad that it didn’t just magically just turn up overnight because I wouldn’t be as appreciative of it as I am now. It makes it so much sweeter when you get knocked down enough times, and people would pull me back in the game and tell me that my story is worth telling. So I’d just try to keep telling it and keep going, and it and it was that moment last week that I was like ok wow, we are here! My first headline tour - it pretty much sold out in the first day and that feeling was like …unbelievable. I didn’t know what to expect because I had been the direct support [what they call the guy right before the headliner] the last several years — and they’d been huge tours, but now I’m in front of my own fans and it’s just a whole other level. It reenergizes and inspires me to make the best show that I possibly can.
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hen the concept of hosting an event to raise funds for working equines in some of the world’s poorest countries first appeared on their meeting agenda in 2016, the team behind Brooke USA had little idea their dream would blossom into the highlight social event of the Wellington season in only three years.
Only three months into his ambassadorship for the non-profit organization, Roldan helped organize the inaugural Sunset Polo & White Party.
“Having the privilege of being in an equine sport in the U.S. makes us obligated to improve the welfare of donkeys, mules and horses in much less fortunate countries,” Roldan continued. “The animals are suffering because their owners don’t know any better. What Brooke does with Brooke USA funding is great in bringing education to the owners and free veterinary care to the animals.”
“Being Brooke USA’s first polo ambassador was obviously huge, and a big step for me. It’s a big responsibility, and it’s an honor, as well.” Roldan explained,
Brooke USA is a fundraising organization associated with Brooke, the world’s largest equine welfare organization, that strives to significantly improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.
A fourth-generation and professional polo player, Nic Roldan made history at 15 years old when he became the youngest player ever to win the United States Open Polo Championship—a distinction he still holds. His talent is immeasurable, and so is his passion for improving the lives of equines around the world. He joined Brooke USA as its first polo ambassador in 2016 with the goal of raising awareness about the condition of working horses and the people who rely on them, and soon enough the idea of hosting a polo party sparked in his mind.
"I really want to carve the way and set the pace in the hope that many more people in the sport will join me. It’s not all about taking, but it’s about giving as well.”
polo "I was really excited about the first event in 2016 we put together to benefit Brooke USA because we were trying to bring together all equestrian disciplines to create awareness on issues that everyone in the equine industry will take to heart," Roldan said.
“Everything turned out great,” Roldan remarked. “A lot of people came out to support the cause and we were able to raise a great deal for Brooke USA. It was fun to get the next generation involved on the polo field. We had a really nice group of players. The work that Brooke USA funds around the world is really important, and it is really nice to promote it and help them out. We are very happy and we have a lot of people to thank.”
Fast-forward three years and the event has flourished into one of the most talked about social events in South Florida with rave reviews from the Wellington, and Palm Beach social scenes. With over 1,000 people in attendance, Nic Roldan’s 3rd Annual Sunset Polo & White Party, hosted by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo in late March 2018 at The Wanderers Club, proved to be an astounding success. The event provided an entertaining evening highlighted by an exciting polo game and Argentine asado, raising more than
$240,000 to help alleviate the suffering of working equines in some of the world’s poorest countries.
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Nic Roldan, the team's field general, was named Most Valuable Player for the fourth time in five years after scoring three goals. Roldan finished with 11 goals
wire as both teams scored one goal for a tie-game. Bellissimo scored for Team Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Phillips for Team Provident Jewelry. In the end, Team Provident Jewelry was declared the winner with a final cumulative score of five. Team Brooke USA finished in second place, while Team Tito’s Handmade Vodka took third place. Daniels, the highest scorer of the evening, was presented with the MVP Award and the Best Playing Pony Award, sponsored by Cowdray Estate, was chosen by none other than Adolfo Cambiaso and went to Taquara, played by Aguerre of Team Brooke USA and owned by Mariano Aguerre. “Mark [Bellissimo] and I are honored to be a part of such an important event,” said Katherine Bellissimo, Brooke USA board member and host of Nic Roldan’s 3rd Annual Sunset Polo & White Party. “We were delighted by the amount of funds raised to support Brooke USA and our work overseas. We saw the party reach a new level with its VIP section and we are exceptionally proud of the support from the equestrian and Wellington communities.”
The evening began with an exhilarating sunset polo match, where three teams played in a six-chukker round robin polo tournament consisting of three two-chukker games. The tournament kicked off with Team Brooke USA, made up of Antonio Aguerre (age 10), Poroto Cambiaso (1), Justin Daniels (2) and Nico Pieres (8), and Team Tito’s Handmade Vodka, made up of Matt Bellissimo (0), Grant Ganzi (2), Kris Kampsen (6) and Roldan (8), taking the field for the first game, where Cambiaso and Daniels each scored to secure the win for Team Brooke USA with a 2–1 finish, while Roldan scored the goal for Team Tito’s Handmade Vodka. With one win under their belts, Team Brooke USA then faced off against Team Provident Jewelry, consisting of Anthony Calle (3), Henry Porter (2), Martín Pepa (4) and Brandon Phillips (5). Daniels scored two more goals; however, Calle and Porter snatched the win with a 4–2 victory. In the final game, Team Provident Jewelry challenged Team Tito’s Handmade Vodka in a match that went down to the
"We were trying to bring together all equestrian disciplines to create awareness on issues that everyone in the equine industry will take to heart"
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“Brooke USA is thrilled with the support received from the equestrian community in Wellington, Florida, as well as those who traveled from afar,” said Emily Dulin, executive director of Brooke USA. “We are very grateful for event hosts Mark and Katherine Bellissimo and Brooke USA ambassador Nic Roldan. We are looking forward to producing an even greater event in 2019.”
Once the sporting action and official program were over, it was time for the highly anticipated White Party, where guests danced the night away to music mixed by DJ Adam Lipson, one of the performers at this year’s SunFest in West Palm Beach.
Those in attendance included Brooke USA ambassadors Jessica Jo Tate, record winning jockies, Ramon Dominguez and Margaret Duprey, as well as Brooke USA board members Marcia Kulak, John Nicholson and Laura Rombauer. Geoff Fear of Provident Jewelry, Grant Portier of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Curtis Pilot of the Pilot polo team and famous players Gonzalo and Facundo Pieres also made appearances
Later in the evening, the event hosted a variety of auctions, led by ZooMiami goodwill ambassador, celebrity emcee and auctioneer Ron Magill, and featured exclusive, one-of-a-kind items up for grabs such as the players’ team jerseys donated by Polo Gear USA, a World Equestrian Games VIP experience donated by the Bellissimos, an Azamara cruise for two donated by Master Travel and Cruises, a Napa Valley wine country experience for two donated by “KR” and Laura Rombauer, exclusive equestrian jewelry donated by Provident Jewelry and a weekend trip to play polo at the Aspen Valley Polo Club courtesy of Ganzi, who serves on Brooke USA’s Young Leaders Initiative, led by Paige Bellissimo.
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bear witness to the skillful artistry of the watchmakers who craft them. A special feature: a planetary wheel and disc provide motive force for the complication. The two steel winding wheels and the ratchet with its arcing steel spring are visible through a pane of sapphire crystal in the back of the case. The pierced and finely finished clock offers an unobstructed view of Tutima’s own oscillating system. Manually crafted hands made of solid 18 karat rose gold turn above the silver-plated dial accentuate this watch’s understated styling while simultaneously radiating the brilliance of the art of watchmaking as practiced in Glashütte.
Exquisite and enriched with a specialfeature: the new Patria Power Reserve augments the Patria collection by adding a model with a power-reserve display at '9 o’clock'. Distinguished by its understated bicolor markings, the power-reserve indicator shows how much energy remains in the barrel to power this hand-wound watch. This new w r i s t w a t c h ’s classical 43-mm rose gold case is styled very much like the case of the strictly limited minute repeater. The debutante’s powerreserve function relies on the perfectly harmonious interplay of 34 additional components. The elements in this subassembly, which are elaborately decorated and ennobled by hand,
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sapphire crystal offers a glarefree view of the white hands and indices, which are also clearly visible at night thanks to a coating of Super-LumiNova. The new M2 Coastline presents itself as a sporty wristwatch without corners or edges. Nothing detracts from this watch’s operational readiness. Protruding parts have been deliberately avoided – another time-honored trait of the high-performance M2 line. As a longstanding partner of the sport of sailing and as sponsor of the Tutima racing yacht, the brand again launches a wristwatch that fully does justice to the high standards of sportily active amateurs and professional users. Also available with a blue dial.
Like the M2 and the M2 Seven Seas, the new M2 Coastline is distinguished by the same robustness and reliability that assured the success of its role model, the Tutima Military Chronograph from 1984. From the 43-mm case to the linked bracelet, the M2 Coastline is fabricated from pure titanium, which assures that the watch is both extremely lightweight and highly resistant. The case of this threehanded watch can easily cope with pressures up to 30 bar and contains self-winding Calibre T330, which animates a date display and a dayof-the-week indicator. Perfect orientation is provided by the sportily minimalist dial in graphite grey. The antireflective
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Above: Solstice #3 | Woodcut mono print on paper | 14 x 14 inches | 2018
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Above: Untitled Collage #8 | Woodcut prints cut and collaged on paper | 14 x 14 inches | 2017
Halloween with wired lighting included. Matt is an engineer and a painter. No surprise that his work has evolved from paintings and pastels pushed beyond the level most ever achieve of beauty and technique, through assembled wood paintings to the process-based current, geometric works. He lives in Brooklyn with college sweetheart, now wife, Ashlee, brand new baby girl, Vera, and chocolate lab, Gesso. Stepping into his Bronx, NY studio is like stepping into the workshop of a driven constructor. “My studio is heavily centered around woodcraft, so I’m surrounded by machinery and tools. Building out my studio over the years has been an education as valuable as any of my academics.” He makes his tools, his vacuums, his templates - all as important as the layers of paint they ultimately control. At the ripe age of 30, he is represented in galleries around the country, makes a great showing yearly at ArtBasel’s satellite fair Scope and has been written up in art journals of note. He is comfortable and accustomed to being in the spotlight including a 2016 solo show in NYC at E. Tay Gallery.
att Neuman is a prodigy. Period. I started watching his work evolve from the moment he set foot in my studio in 2007 in Aspen, CO fresh off an impressive undergrad arts degree from Skidmore and a prestigious internship at the world-renowned Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO. He was 22. He moved in to work in the Highlands mountain space with his oil paints and a disconcerting amount of confidence. His resultant series painted from his imagination about beavers taking over his family home were proof of a virtuoso’s painting touch and a Hopperesque understanding of light and form that went far beyond his years. An old soul, he moves around his art with a calm posture and presence. These surrealistic narratives flew off the walls, catching the eye and capturing the hearts of great collectors and stunning the general Aspen audience. He would modestly explain his process while also letting fans take a look at his Hollywoodworthy Ironman costume in progress for
Moving to a city for the first time in 2009 to complete his MFA at BU, where he also was a standout gaining placement in a show with Alpha gallery upon graduation, began his passage from what he calls his “painterly flirtation” to his current printmaking work. “My paintings from the past few years (before grad school) were filled with people and objects and action. The city too, filled with the same clutter. At first it seemed like an apropos reflection on life but soon it became stressful and mentally exhausting not to have any respite from visual chaos. I began to simplify and eliminate.” Matt’s color field paintings resulted: works incorporating poured paint and wooden elements embedded in the surface. They are another piece in the puzzle of process
Above: Music Box | Record cases and CD’s | 14 x 14 inches | 2010 Middle: Shibboleth | Woodcut mono print on paper | 65 x 65 inches | 2016
as he works to allow color and shape to “viscerally impact” his core and that of the viewer. When Neuman finds a focus, let’s just say he’s all in. His latest passion is “impossible geometries." He craves the life of a physicist and dreams of “using creative thought to unlock the great secrets that prop up the natural world.” Over the past year his paintings function along “the Z axis….using line and color to suggest a willingness for the picture plane to shape-shift and fold into an unknowable yet somehow tangible secondary form.” I know Matt and I know he will not let this rest. He will keep pushing the technical until he feels he has shaken hands with a universal language he knows is out there. He knows this intuitively, he pursues it relentlessly with
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Above: Saddest Faction | Poured acrylic paint and wood on panel | 60x60 inches | 2013.
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Above: Lemniscate #22 | Woodcut mono print on paper | 14 x 14 inches | 2017
Above: Ambivert | Woodcut mono print on paper | 65 x 65 inches | 2014 Opposite Page: The Folly of the Beaver | Oil on canvas | 60 x 60 inches | 2008-9
fear is that a “crowning, creative accomplishment” be something in his past versus something towards which to strive. Every time I meet with Matt Neuman, see his new works, engage in a discussion, I cannot help but tell him how I miss his narrative paintings, his brush strokes so effortlessly capturing shapes, defining spaces that far supersede the predictable spaces we inhabit and most artists attempts to paint them. Every time he reminds me that those paintings and the concentric circles and recent geometric dissections of the infinity shape, the Lemniscate, were just a “blip” in his real life’s body of work. You see, Matt knows he is on the right track. He knows the universe is giving him the next step, the next key to its language and building block. He trusts the process and for us, we can watch amazed as he masters it every step of the way.
the tools of math, facts, function, process. If you didn’t see his studio, his works in progress and touch his final pieces, you would question if they are man-made. His self-awareness, his complete trust in his direction is just as unreal and inspiring. A “small town kid born in ‘85 in Vermont,” he always “had the creative bug.” His dad he names “functional craftsman around the house” and credits with his creative confidence. He loves the city. “New York has been great to me.” He covets power tools. He paints and prints with his intricate hand-made presses often in “chilling silence” versus with music’s distraction. He treasures the support of his family to pursue his dreams. An avid skier, sports still provide release from his self-described compulsive perfectionism. Being a “better artist” drives him and his biggest
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THE DUO COLLABORATE ON THEIR SECOND BLUES ALBUM AND TOUR SOLD OUT SHOWS AROUND THE WORLD By Whitney Hubbell
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Grammy Award winning, multiplatinum-selling artists Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite have collaborated once again with their new album, No Mercy in This Land. The album is their second collaboration since the 2013 release of Get Up!, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues Albums Chart and won a Grammy Award for 'Best Blues Album.' A musical expression of the kinship between the two, the album recounts both Ben and Charlie’s personal stories and adds to the sonic history of American struggle and survival.
Whitney Hubbell [WH]: Can you describe the variance of sound between your first album and No Mercy for this Land? Ben Harper [BH]: After about a billion miles on the road and a couple hundred shows, I’d say that Charlie and I developed a musical shorthand that already existed but it gave it the chance to form into what has become our second record. I think you can hear all those miles and those hours on stage together in this new record. Which makes it, in my humble opinion, a step forward. WH: What is your working relationship like with Charlie? BH: It's seamless. Every time in the studio, it feels like the most natural extension of the music I make, record and write. Our working relationship is one that we lean on each other, we feed off of one another and the entire band taps into that. And it becomes one singular movement. WH: Writing, creating and producing music must be a very vulnerable and intimate experience… what is your creative process of writing and creating music as a duo, with Charlie? BH: Writing music, recording and bringing songs to life - you can bring songs to the table and they can go in any number of directions but the right musicians bring out the song the way it was born to be played. And the only way to bring out the way the song was born to be played is to be playing with people you were born to play with. And that's this band… It's a great cross-pollination of everyone knowing what to play instinctually and everyone’s being open to one another suggestions. And that’s not easy. I think that’s what they call chemistry.
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WH: Do you ever find yourself conflicting in the creative process or are you always on the same page? BH: I don't want to over-idealize it - but Charlie and I have never NOT been on the same page. [laughs] It feels like for me, the music I was born to play - I was born to play with Charlie Musselwhite. WH: It sounds like you guys just have the best relationship and that really comes across in the music. BH: I’m so thankful you can hear that. You have no idea. Really, that means that what I feel this is - is what it is. Not that at this age and stage you need validation, but every record needs to be validated to a degree and the only way to get that validation is from strangers. And for you to be hearing, I don't want to say ease, because we work hard at attaining the textures and sound in production, but the ease at which we co-habitat our musical space is something incredibly rare that I’ve never found with anyone else.
WH: What is it like on the road with Charlie? BH: We both have a deep love of food, we both have a deep love of literature and we both have a deep love for the blues. Whether we’re trading books, trading recipes or trading links - it’s just never a dull moment. WH: How did you guys initially meet and decide you wanted to make that first album together? BH: Charlie and I initially met in 1993. I was opening for John Lee Hooker, and Charlie happened to be sitting in with John that night. Mind you, I had been listening to Charlie Musselwhite records all my life growing up, and of course, John Lee Hooker, as well. And to get to meet both of them at the same time was incredible. And the three of us formed a friendship [Charlie and John Lee were already close friends] they welcomed me into their circle in such a rare way, and our relationship has grown ever since.
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WH: What was the moment you guys decided to make the album It was fifteen years worth of setting together, what was that like? songs aside in preparation for 'Get BH: That solidified in 1997. John Up.’ I set aside key songs knowing that Lee Hooker invited Charlie and I to we would, at some point connect in play with him on what was to be John the studio. So once we connected, we Lee’s last studio record called, ‘The were ready to go. And that first record Best of Friends.’ Charlie and I, for the was like an explosion. That's what set first time, played music together. And the stage for this John Lee himself, record… once the said, you two need floodgates broke. to do this together I had something "Blues to me, is a more often. That to aim for as a was a huge signpost songwriter, and good long look in the - because John Lee that was Charlie. never wasted words mirror." like that …ever! Blues to me is What kept us from doing it together so long? Charlie and I are two of the hardest working and touring musicians on the circuit. So we would cross paths often and always say, 'When are we going to do this?!' It actually took fifteen years for our schedules to open up, as crazy as that sounds! But any sooner than that, I wouldn’t have been ready.
a good long look in the mirror. I’ve played so many different kinds of music it’s almost become it’s own genre. It's a weird eclectic genre of it’s own. I enjoy the pursuit of other genres; however, the blues is in everything I’ve ever done. It’s where I started, and to come back and play with Charlie - it’s coming back to my beginnings. To me, it's kind of surprising that I could have travelled this far and end up where I began -at my roots with the blues - it's very exciting.
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SAILING THE SEAS IN THE LAP OF LUXURY Heesen Yachts collaborate with yacht owners, the Books, to create elegance and comfort in their 's 47 meter steel series vessel
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An expanse of glazing lightens and opens up the interior, a factor that attracted the owners to the project in the first place and fit their “light and bright” interior concept. In various aspects, the Books made selections that emphasized simple elegance and light materials. This included removing the original wood panelling that had a pattern and replacing it with a plain, light wood. Patterned rugs were also replaced in favor of white rugs, which the owners preferred. Any furniture d e e m e d superfluous, such as a chaise in the master stateroom, was removed as well to make the interior roomier. The owners also edited the lighting plan in the main saloon in order to brighten the space further and add
Book Ends is the 13th hull in the Heesen Yacht’s 47 meter steel series, which is defined by its classic-contemporary exterior and a highly optimized interior layout that intelligently utilizes every centimeter of space on board. The build of this particular yacht was begun on spec by Heesen, with renowned British design firm Bannenberg & Rowell retained to create the interior. The owners, the Books, joined the project towards the end of the build and wanted to put their own stamp on their new yacht. Thus, the final result that we see is based on the owners’ personal stylistic choices and input. There were particular items from the original Bannenberg & Rowell design that suited their taste quite well, and other things that they wanted to change to meet their needs.
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This collection not only adds splashes of color and personality into the interior, but it also represents where the Books have traveled thus far, as many of the pieces have been collected along the way, or have a relevance to places that are important in their lives. A subtler but equally important artistic touch are the custom mezuzahs that grace each of the doors, handmade by an Israeli artist.
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The light and bright interior is broken up with dashes of the Booksâ€™ signature color - a bold and warm orange, which is seen in the exterior as well. Before the owner of this yacht was known, the original interior designers chose orange footstools in the appropriate shade for the main saloon. These were kept by the owners, and further accents in orange were added in throw cushions and blankets indoors, as well as shade umbrellas and canvas cushions outdoors.
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The owners are proud of the personal imprint they have been able to put on the yacht despite taking delivery so close to the end of the build. All of the restyling work was done after launch and away from the yard, with Heesen team members flying in to meet the yacht and making the updates remotely, a testament to the yardâ€™s commitment to perfecting each yacht for their ownerâ€™s requirements.
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IN THE DESERT The BNP Paribas Open by Jan Hadwen Hubbell Photos Courtesy of BNP Paribas Open
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here are two non-negotiable commodities in the desert: water and shade. And at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells CA, otherwise known as the fifth grand slam of tennis, there is a premium on both. Tennis Paradise, they call it, both players and fans alike (the WTA and ATP women’s and men’s pro organizations have voted it tourney of the year four years running). 2018 marked the Desert in Full Bloom campaign, and for things to blossom, as they have at this elegant venue claiming the second largest tennis stadium in the world (second only to Arthur Ashe in New York City), plenty of water is in evidence. As fans enter, several special Britta water filling stations greet them. Beware the long lines however, as the water dribbles out like crown jewels. Some just opt for the generic chlorinated water fountains next to it. Don’t worry; you’ll be back many times. Where the liquid flows profusely, however to quench another kind of thirst, is at the tulip-shaped white tent that beckons you front and center at this scenic tennis venue. It is Moët and Chandon’s island oasis where three kinds of unique champagne may be acquired, affording you the trifecta: liquid and shade and tennis on the big screen. Yes, for the price of a bottle, you may lounge for one hour on the round couches in individual tulip-shaped cabanas that shade you from the blistering 98-degree heat. But it is the official champagne of the Paribas Open, and why wouldn’t it be, with a French bank offering most of the $8 million in prize money for this Masters 1000 event. The winners receive, along with a giant check, a coveted 1000 points to their rankings.
peeks of the Santa Rosa Mountains are spectacular but brief in splashes of pink and orange that are lost to darkness in a matter of minutes. Then, between day and evening matches its time to indulge in one of the 20 restaurants populating the two stadiums and grounds. This is not necessarily about fast food and hamburgers here, though it can be. There is a Nobu and a Wolfgang Puck and a Wallys Desert Turtle, all of which have counters by the window where you can sit to watch one match similar to a seat courtside, for the price of $150 plus a meal tab. Remember: shade bears a premium, add a serving of ‘cool’ with that and you’ll happily wait your turn in line for the privilege. If you’d like to redeem yourself from your extravagances, the Pierros Pizza offers the best maple and bacon brussel sprouts I’ve ever tasted. You will have satisfied your greens quotient for the week! If you like table tennis, the Audi tent features two all glass tables, at which you can sign up for 10 minutes of play, which is about as much exercise as you can stand in 98 degrees. It may be the only place in the world where you pray desperately for a cloud.
This year saw a young upstart, 20 year-old Naomi Osaka, American and Japanese, win for the women; and crowd pleaser, Juan Martin Del Potro win the men’s title in a stunning three setter replete with two nail-biter tiebreakers over last year’s champ, Roger Federer. After your hour is done, you will be in search of more shade, which is an easy find, as this year the Tourney Director, Tommy Haas (former ATP player) and owner, Oracle billionaire, Larry Ellison have seen fit to plant even more palm trees, 62 more than the already existing blissful lines of them, more flowers, more grass, and two even larger tented shade areas, which have been astro-turfed. Even the other grand slams do not have a pretty green rug covering the dreaded miles of cement in the food court. Many shade trees dot the two real grass lawns where fans relax on blankets with their Igloo coolers nearby. Not bad for the 400,000 fans who descend on the beautiful natural landscape of this desert empire for two weeks. The sunsets, seen even from high atop Stadium 1, as the red-hot orb sinks behind the steep pointed
A crowd favorite? The kiss cam, which zeros in on unsuspecting couples during the odd game changeovers and hovers until they honor us with public amore. Desert in Full Bloom, they are not kidding. This tennis smorgasbord offers unlimited tennis day and night, and one grounds pass ticket gets you into it all. On the 17 practice courts, you can often see the marquis players hitting against each other early in the tourney, and effectively see what would be a semi or quarter final match up, Del Potro vs. Lopez or Chung vs. Sock. A crowd favorite is the night the Bryan Bros band (with Counting Crows drummer, Jim Bogios) plays rock and roll on the center courtyard. The twins, from California, a righty and lefty, are the most successful doubles duo in ATP history with over 115 wins in their career, which includes 16 grand slams. One plays keyboard and one guitar, which according to their father, Wayne, whose band inspired them, they have played since they were three years old. They draw a huge Bryan Bro's fan club crowd that sways and dances under the silhouettes of whispering palms and gets ready to kick off another spectacular tennis event in the desert at notably, the players treasured tournament.
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SPRINGTIME WINES AT CHATEAU PREFAURES BY ANDREW MATTHEWS
Located in Génissac, the sustainably farmed vineyards are beautifully situated on clay-limestone soils in eastern Entredeux-Mer, across the Dordogne river
Presently, the 16-hectare estate produces two wines; Château Peyfaures and Dame de Coeur. Both wines have received accolades from leading critics, including 90 and 91 points from Wine Advocate. Wines from a small plot within the vineyards are aged at least 40 years, which go into the creation of the limited Dame de Coeur. The seasoned vines are primarily Merlot and some Cabernet Franc; intensity provided by the lowered yields illustrate the depth and complexity possible from the terroir.
The magic begins in the vineyards with an eye on protecting the winery’s land and health of the vines. Château Peyfaures only uses environmental farming methods by combining the traditions of their historical practices with cutting-edge technology to grow grapes that speak to the region’s capabilities.
from Saint Emilion and Pomerol. Like these two world-class regions, Château Peyfaures focuses on Merlot, while blending Cabernet Franc and a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon to create a wine with lush, dark fruit. Minimal intervention allows the vineyards to showcase their unique character. The varied soils on the gentle slopes facing the top sites of Saint Emilion give the resulting wines a layered complexity.
hâteau Peyfaures believes grapes come first when you create exquisite wine. This philosophy permeates everything at the winery sustainable organic practices, natural fermentations in the winery and a deft hand with oak to enhance rather than mask the flavors of fruit.
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Winemaking at ChĂ˘teau Peyfaures harks back to a time before modern, largescale production, favoring instead the techniques used by prior generations that organically brought fame to the region. Grapes are gently crushed in a traditional basket press to emphasize aromatics and avoid harsh green notes. Spontaneous fermentation is encouraged, utilizing the natural and indigenous, wild yeast found at the winery rather than adding a culture formulated in a lab.
In addition to the benefit of early exposure to winemaking, Godeau graduated from Audencia business school and Bordeaux University of Oenology DUAD. Following his studies, Godeau officially joined the estate in 2008 and became director of winemaking. To further his craft, Bordeaux legend Michel Rolland rounds out the team as consulting oenologist. With the Moraes family, they will continue to carry on the tradition of the estate, while raising the quality of each new vintage.
2017 was a significant turning point in the history of Château Peyfaures as the winery was acquired by Ricardo and Maria Moraes of Miami, Florida. The Moraes family is upgrading the infrastructure and production capabilities of the Château, vineyards and winery operations. The investment scope includes updates to the interior and exterior of the Château, which will offer a tasting room for visitors. The updated label designs, bottles and wooden cases will reflect the refined, yet modern, aesthetic of the new ownership. Seven generations have cared for Château
Peyfaures with the last in line, Laurent Godeau, staying on as head winemaker. As the 7th in line, Godeau grew up immersed in the history and traditions of Bordeaux learning from a young age about the art and science of winemaking, as well as the flavors and beauty of the region. Godeau brings expertise, pride and respect to his craft striving to celebrate the terroir through instinctive winemaking decisions, oak selection and patience in the cellar.
There are no exacts for the wines of Château Peyfaures and the preference is to let each wine determine how much oak and time in the cellar is necessary. Each block of vineyard is fermented and aged separately to bring out its optimal character before blending. In keeping with the dedication to the classic style of Bordeaux, the wine is made with the structure and body that can withstand the test of time. Their cuvées are enjoyable in their youth with elegant, dark fruit and a refined earthiness, but over time, they develop more nuanced elegance with fine, silky tannins and mature bouquets.
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Christopher R. King has always loved art and design. A consumer of all things luxury, King has spent time with some of the fashion world’s most brilliant founders and creative directors, talking through their process, and custom creating everything from bespoke clothing to travel trunks. It was those experiences which led King to realize there was a major gap in this luxury category. He saw an opportunity to improve function, while bringing innovation to design. He also found that the 'Limited Edition' concept had lost its' luster. No stranger to success, King had his fair share of wins including a hobby-turned-business venture, called King of Clubs. The profitable endeavor showcased his own wine, created by him and some close friends. His drive and obsession with detail, paired with a long-time friendship, is how his new company, CCCXXXIII transpired. King says, “meeting Rob Dyrdek was a life affirming event. I finally found someone that I was comfortable discussing big ideas with. Our conversations always flow and our synergy is unparalleled.” In seeing them together for this interview, you can feel the passion and energy they share. Rob Dyrdek has proven himself successful, leveraging his American stardom to build a global empire, capitalizing on the synergy between business and media. Dyrdek describes King as, “A long-lost brother who shares a similar background, coupled with a raw determination to succeed.” Dyrdek and King in tandem have been working to launch CCCXXIII for over 15 months.
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King recalls back to when Dyrdek and him intially discussed the idea of working together, “I remember the final push from Dyrdek that made me finally take the next step.” King recalls Dydek saying, 'Why are you doing anything else right now? You are so knowledgeable in the world of luxury. I see you as an iconic founder, a designer, this is what you were born to do, and I want to be your partner.'” It was after that moment, that things really started to shift. King decided to follow his passion and start investing in himself. King explains, “I decided to put myself out there like, this is my dream, my real passion and what I believe I was born to do.” That is what pushed him to create his limited-edition luxury company, CCCXXXIII with Dyrdek.
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King feels his life is finally full. “To be able to design and create functional works of art through my company, CCCXXXIII, is a dream come true. With dedicated teams in New York, Italy, and Beverly Hills, I’m traveling to some of the world’s most incredible places, dedicating myself to driving every detail of the business, especially marketing and design. When I’m not working, I’m being a father, applying my same passion and drive to ensuring my sons are involved and learning from my journey." CCCXXXIII is creating the world’s most extraordinary, functional works of art. It’s a brand dedicated to old world tradition and craftsmanship, that introduces ground-breaking innovation in design and showcases King's extreme passion for detail. CCCXXXIII makes a promise of exclusivity by limiting each collection to only three hundred thirty three pieces, which are released in three tiers of increasing collectable value – three hundred in the first, thirty in the second and only a rare three in the third. CCCXXXIII’s mission is to redefine the world of luxury.
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experience indoors and out. There are three bedrooms in the villa's main house, two in the guest cottage, and one in the poolside cottage. In the main house, all three en-suite bedrooms have king beds and two have balconies as well. In the guest cottage, the two bedrooms have a king bed and queen bed, respectively, and share a bathroom. The poolside cottage's bedroom has a queen bed. Not only are the villa's rooms air-conditioned, they have breezy European-influenced decor. The open-plan living area is covered by a whitewashed cathedral ceiling and has plump white sofas and wicker chairs, but is grounded by exotic pieces like Persian rugs and Chinese-style chests. Enjoy meals at the two dining tables or the breakfast bar. The kitchen makes cooking a pleasure with high-end appliances and spacious layout. The gated property includes a cutting garden, fruit trees, a grotto and
waterfall, a three-zone infinity pool, hot tub, sauna, and beach access. Tennis courts, racquets and a ball gatherer are available. Enjoy the game room, pool table, home theatre, dance and Pilates studios, and Wi-Fi access indoors. With the sea stretching in front and the sky stretching overhead, the views seem infinite at Stargazer. Whether sunbathing on the terrace, swimming in the infinity pool, or enjoying the lush gardens, this luxurious beachfront villa is in touch with the natural beauty of Thompson Cove on the island of Providenciales. With six bedrooms and a fully equipped guest house, it offers privacy, comfort and quiet. Stargazer is close to the heart of Providenciales, just a 5-minute drive from the airport and a 12-minute drive from the golf course. 15,000 square feet 'under-roof' on 2.33 acres with 228 linear feet of prime beach front offered at just $6.75m.
he 19-acre Split-C-Ranch embodies the ultimate western dream and uniquely brings the past, the present and the future together for generations to come. This timeless, private sanctuary and meticulously crafted log lodge & guest house were recently completed on a 10-acre parcel of Jackson history, and the adjoining 9-acre parcel, prime for development, is one-of-a-kind. The pristine and protected site is surrounded by views of the Teton Mountain Range and forestland, home to the native wildlife that traverses the property on a year round basis. It features a spring-fed pond with native trout, two fresh water creeks, fenced and open pastures, plus horse and wildlife friendly
driveways. A feeling of warmth and intimacy is captured within all its spaciousness where natural beauty, native wildlife and modern day conveniences seamlessly blend. Conservation has kept Split-C-Ranch and its surrounds pristine: the view will never change, nor with the ethos that pervades the property. Wildlife will always outnumber the people in this neck of the woods, and riding will remain the dominant form of transportation. The spirit of the West is alive and well at Split-C-Ranch. Once part of the historic Moulton ranch, Split-C-Ranch channels the ranching lifestyle the Moultons pioneered in the valley. Log beams invite hitching up horses, gracious porches encourage kicking off boots and the nearby mountains beckon for exploration.
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THE RUBEY ON RED MOUNTAIN “Aspen is built too close to heaven.” -Philosopher, Albert Schweizer, on his one and only visit to America in 1949
Nestled among groves of cottonwood and aspen trees at the base of Red Mountain, the Rubey presents a unique opportunity to be part of Aspen’s, and your family’s, legacy. Just east of prestigious Willoughby Way – this Land opportunity to build in the Rubey family subdivision has never been available for purchase— until now. Expand among 5.28 acres with approvals to build up to 19,750 square feet. This property is a rare luxury in a community known for its strict growth controls and vast open space – all walking distance to Aspen. Private and secluded, this south-facing estate property receives an abundance of natural sunlight and enjoys panoramic views from the front and center Aspen Mountain to the majestic Mount Sopris. Adjacent to hiking and biking trails and within earshot of a high-mountain stream, it embodies the best of what Aspen is – and what Aspen has to offer. This Red Mountain Rubey lot brings history and opportunity together so perfectly – it is a one of
a kind opportunity – soon to be a legacy. During Aspen’s rebirth as a cultural, intellectual, and recreational hub in the 1950s, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright’s who became a noted architect, Fritz Benedict, went on to transform Aspen’s built environment and bought a ranch on Red Mountain. The town welcomed artists, physicists, industry leaders, and other great minds whose influence made it what it is today. Red Mountain became the prized perch from which to witness and participate in Aspen’s evolution. Decades later, this history was the foundation for the pulse of the local. The Power of Four — Aspen’s four world-class ski mountains — represents the myriad recreational possibilities of all four seasons here. The Aspen Idea — the concept of a community that nurtures mind, body, and spirit to fulfill a complete human being — lives on in Aspen’s renowned arts, cultural, environmental, and athletic institutions. www.redmountainsrubey.com
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walled pool. The courtyard on the ground level features a 30ft long pool and spa looking through the glass walled cabana that functions as a fully-equipped guesthouse opening right onto the beach. This home features the latest home automation & security system. www.theagencyre.com/listing/dl1806469s924-palisades-beach-road-santa-monica/
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mile stretch of coastline. They named it Las Rosadas, as it was known locally for the rose colored shells that used to line the shores and still may be discovered on your morning beach walk. It has now evolved into an exclusive private coastal community with only 53 home sites where likeminded people can come together to enjoy an understated elegance that only Mexico provides. The centerpiece of Las Rosadas is the amazing coastline blessed with three swimmable beaches: Playa Las Rosadas, Playa Corazรณn, and Playa Turquesa. Las Rosadas is also fortunate to be located in an environmentally diverse location neighboring the Chamela-Cuixmala Preserve, the National Marine Park at Arroyo Seco, and the Chamela Bay Island Sanctuary. A majority of its land has also been set aside for a preserve and green spaces, a turtle nesting program is in place, and other environmental programs will help manage those precious resources for future generations. With an amazing location, Las
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shores of Chamela Bay. Highlights include a master suite with private terrace, guest bedroom houses, and an infinity pool. The residence is surrounded by generous terraces and mature gardens, all set above Playa Las Rosadas. Designed without compromise, this offering includes every imaginable amenity in a setting that is private, spacious, and has unrivaled ocean views. 'Stake Your Claim!' Las Rosadas is currently accepting reservation applications for phase one.
Rosadas is always about the experience. General Manager, Efrén Campos and Director of Client Services, Maria Campos works to create a lifestyle unique to each family. Together, they have brought the best local talent who are committed to the enrichment of every guest. Nature also provides for an array of activities. A series of mountain bike and hiking trails designed by Dave Wiens is in place. Surfing, fishing, stand up paddle boarding and body surfing are available off of the shores of Playa Las Rosadas and beyond. At Bar Mono, chef Gloria serves fresh, 'farm to table' local cuisine and Flavio provides drinks blended with fresh juices from local fruits. Only 53 families will have the unique opportunity to own legacy vacation properties where an authentic experience is balanced with understated elegance and nature preservation. They are currently offering a “try before you buy” promotion that refunds two nights and three days at the luxury oceanfront estate Poloma Blanca with purchase of a home site. Sitting in 2.8 acres with 450 feet of ocean frontage, Paloma Blanca affords an eminently livable arrangement of spaces capturing garden, ocean, and sunset views from every room. Grand spaces with vaulted beamed ceilings, and intricate stonewalls take in ocean views through doors that blend indoor and outdoor living. Limestone floors and parota wood millwork complement the architecture and setting. The casual, yet, elegant setting is perfect for living and entertaining on the
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Miami, FL Baazar Mar SLS Hotel
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The Catch of the Day gets elevated to dizzying heights at Bazaar Mar, the newest iteration of the popular Bazaar by José Andrés concept of SLS Hotels and Chef José Andrés. Located within the luxurious SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences in downtown Miami, the 210seat Bazaar Mar evokes all the bounty of the oceans, with a seasonal emphasis on Miami and the Caribbean. As its name implies, (mar is Spanish for sea), the vibrant menu features everything from ‘sea snacks’ like ceviches, seaweeds and tiraditos to whole fish prepared in a variety of ways and a extensive raw bar. Hand-crafted cocktails join a curated list of Spanish and international wines to complement the cuisine.
With expansive city views, Altitude Pool is a true urban oasis inviting guests into the sparkling waters of two different pools, or for the adventurous, a hot or cold plunge pool will awaken the senses. Set on South Miami Avenue in the heart of Brickell, The inimitable ambience of SLS Brickell comes alive during poolside soirĂŠes on the luxuriously landscaped Altitude Pool terrace, where private cabanas and alfresco dining spark excitement all day long and late into the night.
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Mondrian LA is a parallel universe of perpetual possibility. Rejuvenated by Benjamin NoriegaOrtiz, this luxury boutique hotel in the heart of West Hollywood captures everything the Strip stands for – excitement, invincibility and glamour. Entering Mondrian through its signature, thirty-foot mahogany doors, guests will find the recently expanded lobby, accented with hues of deep purple and complemented by customdesigned furniture, a Lucite indoor swing and a mushroom-inspired concierge desk. Surrounded by the beauty of the hotel lobby is the world class Business Center with complimentary high speed wireless internet access. Ivory On Sunset, a restaurant which is a collaboration with John Terzian of The h.wood Group, Built Inc. and Hakkasan Group,
celebrates California cuisine and comfort foods to encourage diners to embrace the restaurant’s communal philosophy. Up in the sky, amid the clouds of Los Angeles, guests can enjoy the stunning view from the Skybar lounge, Los Angeles' mainstay for nightlife. Exxhibit Boutique, the gift shop, offers curated items tailored for the LA scene. Mondrian is located right on the Sunset Strip, close to Fox Studios, Paramount Pictures, Staples Center, Dodgers Stadium, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive and Getty Museum. Boasting some of the finest views of Los Angeles, Skybar is an open air, ivy-covered pavilion perched above the Pool at Mondrian Los Angeles. Having been the spot for the hottest nightlife and bar scenes from the day it opened, Skybar's newly re-imagined design brings a fresh approach to this iconic space. A chic poolside lounge by day, Skybar provides an idyllic oasis to take in the sun and enjoy impeccably fresh cocktails. When the sun sets, the pulse of Skybar beats even louder, stirring a seductive energy, aroused by world-class DJ's and Hollywood glamour. At Skybar check out the Champagne Sunset Package where you enjoy the sensational view from Skybar with two mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Rose to enjoy while watching the brilliant sunset.
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ith its soaring lobby and subtle seductions, Delano is the hotel that helped to shape South Beach’s history as a sought-after destination. Designed by Philippe Starck, Delano South Beach is a luxury boutique hotel that balances eclectic details with grand public spaces that are playful, elegant, quietly theatrical and filled with all-night energy - proof that the new rules of chic are simplicity with a crisp, clean and modern sense of ease. The property’s highly sought-after Beach Club offersup the ultimate seaside retreat, offering a distinctive, refined outdoor environment, replete with a whimsical Alice in Wonderland garden path leading to the iconic swimming pool and with direct access to the ocean. Signature dining elements include LEYNIA, helmed by renowned Chef Jose Icardi, features his take on traditional Argentine cuisine fused with Japanese influences. The bustling eatery, which serves familystyle meals in both the elegant indoor dining space and on the property’s coveted terrace, is ideal for large parties. Adding a theatrical touch to the dining experience, dishes and drinks are served tableside from roaming bicicletas (bikes) imported from Argentina. Doheny Room, (pictured) tucked away behind closed doors in the back of Delano’s expansive lobby, offers a refined, yet stylish atmosphere, catering to those looking for an experience that’s a bit more cultured. Sceney yet discreet, a contrast to many Miami hotspots, Doheny Room at Delano is amenable to natural socializing and dancing, engaging guests with the ‘anticlub’ playlists.
New York City
Like its sister property in South Beach, The Redbury is in the heart of the action. Located in Manhattan’s burgeoning NoMad district, it’s just a short jaunt from the Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, the Theatre District, Fashion District, Museum Row, and all of the boutiques, restaurants, and nightclubs Downtown. This legendary neighborhood was home to the late 19th century and early 20th century music publishing mecca known as Tin Pan Alley. World-renowned photographer and Redbury Creative Director Matthew Rolston dove deep into New York’s illustrious history as one of the birthplaces of American pop music and rock ‘n roll, incorporating elements of this narrative into the property’s 259 newly-renovated guest rooms and interiors. In addition to their thoughtfullyinspired accommodations, their NoMad neighborhood hotel is home to Marta, a Roman-inspired pizzeria from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, and Bar Marta, a cozy lobby bar, along with recently added, Caffe Marchio and Vini e Friti.
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Camden Cocktail Lounge, a dynamic cocktail lounge at its core, will focus on mindblowing cocktails, all presented in a distinctive over-the-top manner and with flair unlike anything seen before. Corporate Intoxicologist Eric Hobbie was tapped by Clique Hospitality to create unique, signature cocktails that represent Clique and their respected cocktail programs. Under Hobbie’s direction -- bartenders, all of them masters of mixology in their own right, will put their own whimsical spin on beloved classics or create new favorites for guests right before their very eyes. Guests will be able to imbibe in an environment that successfully toes the line of classic and modern decor. The attention to detail inside Camden Cocktail Lounge will be secondto-none. Imagined as a modern and mysterious library, the lounge’s design infuses traditional architectural elements with artful decadence through art and custom detailing. Disguised as a bookcase lined with vibrant luminous novels, the exterior wall façade allows for stolen glances of the wonders within, enticing hotel guests and thrill seekers alike to step inside. The experience takes shape through a tactile furniture program of patterned bronze accents, charcoal velvets and impactful glass volumes. Dancing above the centre of the lounge’s coved ceiling hangs a collection of black and gold glass pebbles in varying heights and sheen finishes – matte, mirrored and frosted. Embodying the exuberance of Las Vegas, the Camden Cocktail Lounge is an exploration of traditional design elements with a contemporary sensibility creating the perfect setting for opulence and indulgence.
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LAS VEGAS LANDSCAPE Andy Masi revolutionized Vegas nightlife in the 90's ...and he's doing it again
major nightclub in the casino. Now, there's multiple nightclubs in every casino. It’s grown to a billion dollar industry. They're building nightclubs that cost $125 million and generating close to $250 million per year.” During his 14 years as Managing Partner & CEO of The Light Group, Masi's influence was palpable all over Las Vegas. He perfected the ideal nightclub scene, and his concepts are still being emulated by many hospitality companies today.
“The market has grown so much that food and beverage and entertainment has outgrown gaming revenue in Vegas,” Masi explains, “people are coming now to eat drink and spend. There’s a ton of good nightclubs, restaurants, and shows — the entire city changed.” He sold the Light Group to Hakkasan Group for $36 million. After a short stint in retirement, Masi realized he wasn’t done with Vegas. There was now a different demographic that Vegas wasn’t fulfilling. “There’s no cool bars anymore!” Masi exclaims, “Everything in Vegas became really big nightclubs with big cover charges and loud DJ’s. Where do you go just to have a drink in a cool place? No one is taking care of that customer. So we started building
"Now, there's multiple nightclubs in every casino... it's grown to a billion dollar industry."
really cool bars and lounges to fit that demographic, as opposed to a big, loud nightclubs.” Masi founded Clique Hospitality in 2015, a boutique group that focuses on trendy, cool bars and lounges. In his newest project, Masi is working with Palms Casino Resort to open APEX Social Club, part a $485 million property-wide renovation. The rooftop space, previously Ghostbar, held the unofficial title as the best view in Vegas. Masi’s intent is to capitalize on the unrivaled 180-degree view, while reinterpreting the 8,000-square-foot space into an open-air boutique nightclub. “As we redevelop Palms from top to bottom including our most iconic spaces, it only makes sense to partner with nightlife leaders, Clique Hospitality, to help bring this vision to life,” says Jon Gray, General Manager of Palms Casino Resort. Masi’s vision for APEX is a space that embodies sophistication by complementing a stunning view with specially-crafted cocktails. The space will incorporate artist, Dustin Yellin’s Psychogeography sculpture series; eye-catching three dimensional humanoid sculptures infused in glass. “It’s the first time we’re having installations in the center of the venue. Four incredible works of art that are really dynamic and unique.” Masi and Clique Hospitality currently operate 14 venues and shows no signs of slowing down. He always seems to be one step ahead, identifying gaps and reinventing what’s ‘cool.’
ndy Masi is basically the reason that Las Vegas is the worldwide nightlife and entertainment destination that it is today. When Masi moved to Vegas in the 90’s the only venue to socialize was the dreary casino lounge; there was a massive void that desperately needed to be filled. Masi explains,“the baby boomer generation was starting to retire and the next generation wanted a space to party and socialize, it was an untapped market.” Masi and business partner, Andrew Sasson, pitched the idea to MGM Resorts and opened the firstever nightclub in Vegas, LIGHT, located inside the Bellagio. It was an instant success, which led to the idea for a restaurant to attend prior to the nightclub… and then a cocktail lounge for nightclubbers to attend in-between dinner and the club. This revolutionary concept to localize the restaurant, cocktail lounge, and nightclub under the same roof as the casino establishment is now the standard throughout Las Vegas today. Masi became the go-to guy for Vegas hotels and casinos seeking to infuse "cool" into properties. With Masi's guidance, The Light Group transformed the hospitality landscapes in the Bellagio, Mirage, Mandalay Bay, Aria, and Red Rock, among many others, with cutting edge restaurants and trendsetting nightlife. By 2014, The Light Group owned and operated 26 venues in some of the most luxurious hotels in the world and had an annual revenue of over $300 million. “Back then, there was not one
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A ROLLICKING COLLECTION OF TRUE TALES FROM THE FOUNDING EDITOR OF THE HUFFINGTON POST With zinging wit and zero propriety, one of media's most successful executives bares all in hilarious literary debut “Frank, fearless, and very funny.” – Arianna Huffington
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enjoys creative writing and should be encouraged to do so more often.” From a teenage pilgrimage to a Times Square porn superstore to life-changing experiences with high colonics and psychic readings to his deep catalogue of close encounters of the celebrity kind, Lacks Self-Control chronicles Sekoff’s unwavering commitment to overshare. “The idea of leaving a job to ‘spend more time with your family’ has become a standard punchline -- but in my case, it was actually true. Little did I know that as my always-revved inner motor slowly downshifted, my unconscious would intervene, repeatedly forcing me out of bed in the middle of the night, mind racing with ideas and recollections of stories I wanted to tell,” he continues. “I soon realized that if I ever hoped to get a decent night’s sleep again, I was going to have to get these stories out of my head and onto paper. ‘Lacks Self-Control’ is the result.” "It's for those who appreciate wit and candor, don’t blush easily, see life as both fundamentally absurd and a glorious gift, and can find humor amid the wave of humiliations, great and small, that life inevitably sends our way,” Sekoff adds. A lively, irreverent raconteur whose sharp observations wring laughs out of an often-ludicrous yet relatable life, Lacks Self-Control will hit the shelves June 2018.
f David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, Larry David, and Caitlin Moran had the unlikeliest orgy in history, the resulting love child might one day write a book like Roy Sekoff’s debut, Lacks Self-Control: True Stories I Waited Until My Parents Died to Tell. Taking its title from Sekoff’s kindergarten teacher’s strikingly prophetic report card proclamation ('Although he is generally agreeable, Roy lacks selfcontrol'), this summer’s release of Lacks SelfControl marks the arrival of a collection of stories that 99% of the population would be too reticent, embarrassed -- or, let’s face it, polite -- to write down, let alone share with the world. Which is, of course, precisely the point. Caroming between Sekoff’s Miami childhood, overstimulated adolescence, and A-list adjacent adulthood, Lacks Self-Control is a rambunctious, rollicking, occasionally raunchy read. Roy Sekoff -- founding editor of the Huffington Post and cocreator of HuffPost Live -- is stepping back into the spotlight with the release of Lacks SelfControl. After a career spent dancing to the rhythms of the 24/7 news cycle, Sekoff walked away from his high-profile, high-paying, completely secure job as second-in-command at HuffPost to rest, relax, and spend more time with his family -- and decided to at last fulfill his first-grade teacher’s prophecy: “Roy
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THE PORTER GARDEN TELESCOPE Dartmouth Engineering Professor Completes Labor of Love Project: Ressurects Classic Smithsonian Telescope and Redesigns for Functionality
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elescopes of Vermont has engineered the rebirth of an exquisite gem of design housed in the Smithsonian: The Porter Garden Telescope. A marriage of art and science, it is a piece for the discriminating collector. A limited heirloom, its story is one of passion, creativity, collaboration and very clever engineering on the part of several accomplished gentlemen, each highly skilled in his particular area of expertise, from optics to pattern making to computer modeling, metallurgy and precision machining. Designed in 1923 by Russell W. Porter of MIT, the Garden Telescope was conceived as a fine art sculpture in bronze, a superb optical instrument, and working sundial, all in one. It was a model for the 200 inch Hale Telescope in San Diego, which Porter rendered in spectacular cutaway drawings. A renaissance man, Porter was skilled in optics, architecture, Arctic navigation, painting and drawing. He was the founder of the Springfield Telescope Makers organization, and is recognized as the father of amateur astronomy in America. Craters on the moon and Mars bear his name. Fifty years after Porter created the Garden Telescope, Vermonter Fred Schleipman, an instructor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, organized a talented dream team for the express purpose of resurrecting Porter’s singular instrument, adding superb modern optics and considerably enhanced functionality. Schleipman’s quest was driven by a deep passion: he had seen the Garden Telescope in 1972, and was smitten. Thirty years later he convinced curators at the Springfield Telescope Maker’s museum in Springfield, Vermont that his skills would ensure a worthy resurrection of their treasured original. After years spent engineering design improvements, that promise has been fulfilled. Though it is a reflecting telescope, the familiar tube is absent. Instead, a bronze leaf holds the optics. They lift out in seconds, leaving a graceful sculpture and working sundial which can be permanently installed outdoors as a distinctive fine art centerpiece. It often becomes a favorite destination on a property, serving up a deeply memorable experience and instilling wonder across generations. It becomes an intimate "room," promising mystery and surprise. To reveal it to friends slowly, first as art, then as a sundial, and finally as a superb telescope, is a delightful episode of entertainment. To see the
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