Movie Night For The Kids

Mitchell Elementary School, located in Tampa, Florida just celebrated their centennial anniversary. Since Steven's kids attend this school, this was a big deal for he and his wife who serves on the PTA while they are both active parents with the school.

In celebration of their 100 years as an established learning facility, the school hosted a movie night on the outdoor lawn airing Disney’s “The Parent Trap II”. What’s interesting about the movie is that much of it was filmed right here in Tampa – including both the interior and exterior of Mitchell Elementary School. Footage of Tampa International Airport and The Press Box can also be seen in the film.

Speakers, screens and projectors were required for the event, in which both HABANA and Molecular Media were more than happy to provide event coordination and setup. We were able to donate all of the audio and visual expertise for this special event with the kids.

If you need help your with your live event or corporate meeting get in touch to see how we can help you with your next project.

HABANA + Molecular Take on The Great Gatsby for a great cause

HABANA and our parent company Molecular Media recently had the opportunity to work with a great local charity.

Gorrie Elementary held a Great Gatsby themed fundraiser at the beautiful Don Vicente Hotel in Ybor City. With the need for an impressive audio/visual presence, and with all proceeds going to the school and its students, our friends knew who to call. The wife of one of HABANA’s most appreciated partners, Tank Design, was very grateful that we could help the school achieve it’s fundraising goal.

Donating all of the necessary gear, and providing two experienced technicians, HABANA and Molecular were instrumental in helping the school put on an incredible event. Providing bright projection and a thumping sound system, made the donation request video a real hit with the patrons and students alike.

We are happy to have been a part of this successful event and look forward to future charitable endeavors.

Inside the Historic Don Vicente Inn, Ybor City Florida

Inside the Historic Don Vicente Inn, Ybor City Florida

Macklemore performs for Rolling Stone and Bacardi's Rebel Concert Series

HABANA is at it once again, working with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for the second time in six months. From the opening of ESPN’s College Basketball Gameday to Rolling Stone’s Rebel Concert Series (hosted by Bacardi), working with the chart-topping duo has been an exciting endeavor.

Rolling Stone wrote…

“Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Blast ‘Can’t Hold Us’ at Bacardi Rebels Concert

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis partied on the high seas for their ‘Can’t Hold Us’ video, but they had to settle for a traditional stage and over 3,000 screaming fans at Rolling Stone’s recent Bacardi Rebels concert.

On May 20th, the chart-topping duo performed the second single from their album The Heist at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom in honor of Cuban Independence Day. Following a set by Fitz and the Tantrums, Macklemore got the fists pumping while he crowd-surfed and even stood upright on fans’ hands. As an extra nod to the Manhattan audience, he even wore a throwback Patrick Ewing Knicks jersey (it’s not a Nets town yet, after all).”

Toast toHABANA's Events Team, Todd, Kimberly, Ian and Ryan!

Variety Magazine at the Rolls Royce Villa

Toast to our Live Team for their work on the Variety shoot at The Rolls-Royce Villa!

Rolls Royce hosted a Beverly Hills event with entertainment bible Variety, celebrating actors, actresses, directors and producers in the running for this year’s top industry awards.

Editorial staff from Variety interviewed stars from film and TV, such as Jack Black and Kristen Stewart, while models from the Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection, Phantom Series II and Ghost ranges were on hand to add to the atmosphere.

Tiesto Hits New York for Rolling Stone’s Top 25 DJs Party

EDM Superstar Plays Rare Small-room Gig for Tastemaker crowd

The upscale New York eatery Tao put the tables and chairs away for a night of dancing recently, with some help from one of the top DJs in the world, Tiësto.

Co-sponsored by Rolling Stone and Cover Girl, the fashionista-heavy party to celebrate the magazine’s new Top 25 DJs list was a rare small-room engagement for the Dutch EDM giant, whose previous gigs include spinning at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics. Nevertheless, he was clearly happy to be playing to a crowd he could watch respond in a more one-to-one manner than he’s used to – even if the crowd was clearly there to socialize as much as dance.

At Tao, dubstep’s deep bass modulations featured heavily in the first quarter of Tiësto’s two-hour set (to the minute). He began with a splash, playing “Pair of Dice,” his newly released collaborative single with Allure, followed hard by Zedd’s stomping “Fall into the Sky” and Tiësto’s own remix of Calvin Harris and Florence Welch’s “Sweet Nothing.”

But he varied things a bit, too. “I always have one or two tracks up my sleeve that people are like, 'Wow, I never thought Tiësto would play that track,'” the DJ explained. At Tao, that track was Nightcrawlers’ 1995 house favorite “Push the Feeling On (MK Dub Revisited Mix),” a record far more heavily syncopated than Tiësto’s usual, which he dropped about 40 minutes into the set. By comparison, throwing on Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” a couple of selections earlier was a gimme.

Even as EDM has conquered the U.S., Tiësto has laid comparatively low in the States. “I think I’m one of the few people that hasn’t started playing here more than before,” he said. “I’m really excited to come back, actually, and do a big college tour next year, at the beginning of February.”

Written for Rolling Stone By Michaelangelo Matos

See the story here!

HABANA’s Live Team Packs Chateau Marmont for MTV VMA InTouch Icons & Idols

HABANA Avenue’s Live Team Packs Chateau Marmont for MTV VMA InTouch Icons & Idols

The post MTV Video Music Awards soiree, which was held at the famed Chateau Marmont in LA, saw guests mingle around a fun outdoor venue while enjoying beats by Jersey Shore’s resident mix master DJ Pauly D and DJ Rick Rude.

Executive Producers Todd Cooper & Kimberly Krouse had guests sipping on Bacardi Classic Cocktails mixed with SunDrop citrus soda and VIP attendees were treated to palm readings by Get Palmed and lip balm from the Get Balmed girls, all courtesy of Eos.

Other guests at the star-studded bash included The Bachelor host Chris Harrison, Kendra Wilkinson, Topher Grace, Chord Overstreet, Nick and Joe Jonas, Dancing With the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Cheryl Burke as well as Real HousewivesVicki Gunvalson, Gretchen Rossi and NeNe Leakes.

Adult Swim Upfront Party

Adult Swim typically throws the best party of the upfront season, as much for the decor as for the entertainment. This year at the Hammerstein Ballroom, the top-ten prime-time network brought in southern rapper T.I., who played a full two-hour set for the packed crowd.

Visual Centerpiece

The centerpiece of the immersive sensory experience was a huge Video Mapped Owl under the design direction of Klip Collective and creative director Ricardo Rivera.

Guys and gals in giant owl, rabbit, and cat masks wandered around posing with people, while the light-driven design experience created a moving, dynamic display that tantalized visitors and tickled the senses.  The Owl, huge and pulsing with light, morphed throughout the event using video mapping technology, giving visitors a constant reminder that everything at Adult Swim is unpredictable.

'Can We Network?' Bus at SXSW

Hitchin' a Ride?

HABANA’s event team produced the other big event at SXSW.  The “Can We Network” bus shepherded journalists and bloggers around Austin during the week. Great job Todd & Ryan.

FIJI Water was there to keep everyone hydrated, including some fabulous musical passengers, like Timbaland and Mumford & Sons.

  •  Actor / DJ Chris Masterson
  • Balthazar Geety
  • KO the Legend
  • Sisco Adler
  • DJ Spider

Rocking the Rolling Stone’s Super Bowl TailGate

HABANA’s event Producers rock the Rolling Stone’s Super Bowl XLVI Party

The Rolling Stone Rock and Roll Tailgate Party may have been indoors – in Indianapolis’ newly minted party venue Crane Bay, to be specific – but the vibe was one of easygoing revelry. Attendees sporting Brady and Manning jerseys sipped beers, munched on catered hot dogs and cupcakes, and rocked out to a fantastic afternoon of music.

Bloomington, Indiana funk quintet Main Squeeze, the winners of a contest among dozens of Indiana bands, represented the state well, with lead singer Corey Frye’s powerfully soulful vocals forming the foundation of an energetic set. They capped their performance with a pitch-perfect cover of Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.” It was the perfect bridge between Pete Wentz’s DJ set – which featured Thriller cut “Wanna B Starting Somethin'” – and the Roots’ subsequent performance.

After the Roots’ non-stop, entertainingly choreographed set ended, it was evident that the crowd had seen not just the greatest live rap band going, but maybe the best live band, period.

The eight-piece group were capping off a week in Indianapolis as the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band, and they brought a fiery medley that drew from the second half of their nearly 20-year career. Opening with Black Thought rhyming his way through “The Web” from last year’s well-received Undun accompanied only by drummer Questlove and tuba player Damon Bryson, the full eight-piece group soon emerged, tearing through tracks from "Things Fall Apart," "Phrenology," "Rising Down," and "How I Got Over."

Though Black Thought and Questlove lead the band, Sunday’s performance was clearly a showcase for the band’s virtuosic guitarist, Captain Kirk Douglas. Along with singing the hooks for “You Got Me” and “The Seed 2.0,” Douglas showed off his rock chops, effortlessly segueing between Slash’s guitar lead from “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and a brief nod toward Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” There were no Michael Jackson covers, but the band somehow found time to squeeze in snippets of Bo Diddley, Donna Summer, Kool & the Gang, and the Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache,” a foundation rap sample. For about an hour, the legendary Roots crew became a peerless cover band.

The party’s headlining act has a virtuosic guitarist of its own. The recently reformed Jane’s Addiction boasts Dave Navarro, one of the 90s most renowned shredders, and he didn’t disappoint on Sunday, prowling the stage like it was the heyday of the Lollapalooza Festival. Like the Roots, the band drew from the breadth of its catalog, from their most recent work back to their 1988 debut, with Perry Farrell’s ascot-enhanced crooner cool and Stephen Perkins’ double-bass drum attack fueling the Alternative Nation classics “Been Caught Stealing” and “Mountain Song.”

While the Roots mostly eschewed on-stage banter, Farrell may have been taking his life into his own hands with his own style of repartee.

“We are all in a macho mood today,” he asserted, by way of acknowledging the football battle only hours away. Then, as the band slowly started into the jazzy “Ted, Just Admit It” behind him, and a huge LCD monitor played a loop of b-movies, old cartoons, and stag films, Farrell started trolling the significant New England contingent in the audience, telling them he hoped their team would lose, and lose badly. Of course Farrell was simply engaging in the sort of performative provocation that built punk, but it was clear that dozens of Patriots fans left Crane Bay freshly revved up for a great Super Bowl game.