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Rapper's Delight Performs

Rapper's Delight Performs

“Art in Motion” was the name, the Red Bull Loft Space was the venue, and an amazing combination of art, music and mingling was the result.  The proceeds from the benefit, hosted by model and Art in Motion founder Monica Watkins, went to Konbit Mizik, a non-profit recording studio and music school in Haiti.  Konbit Mizik founder, Nick Cannell, welcomed the guests and the party continued with an array of musical and dance performances.

Monica Watkins & Nick Cannell

Monica Watkins & Nick Cannell

Typically, the unfortunate truth is that philanthropic events tend to drag on with not enough entertainment and too many speeches being read off of index cards.  This was definitely not the case at this benefit, which took place the evening of September 28th.  The space was adorned with photography and sculptures (by Daniel Morel and Wilfredo Morel, respectively), and it was the perfect setting in which to watch a drum circle led by Patrick Cannell.  A couple of welcome surprises were the sounds of hip-hop fusion group A.D.M. (Architects and Demolition Men] and singer/songwriter Olamide Faison.  I’d never heard either before, and was kicking myself for not have discovered them sooner.  These are some serious musical talents with sounds that are soulful and exciting.

Even the crowd at this event was interesting.  At every turn I was met with talented people.  Artists, musicians, photographers, dancers; there was not a dull moment. The guests were engrossed in interesting conversations all around the room and they were there to have a good time, not just as a formality.

The cherry on top of this party sundae? Rapper’s Delight (which most of us know better as Sugarhill Gang).  That’s right, folks.   This party got old-school, and what a party it was!  I’ve never seen so many people stay through the end of a benefit and leave on such a high.  Everyone in the venue, including myself, had their hands in the air as we jumped to the beats of these hip-hop legends.

Keep your eyes out for future Art in Motion events; not only do they represent a great cause, but they entertain their supporters in style.