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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.

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“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!

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

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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.