Fresh off the 2000’s I had the energy to hit up multiple parties in one night. These days I’ll settle for one really good turn up and call it a night. The crew would hit up all the homies with our Nokia and Motorola cell phones, hitting up any party we got word on. From low key apartments, to dope house parties, random warehouses and even secret hotel kick backs, there was always something going on in every city. As I grew older, people upgraded from apartments to condos, frat house ragers stopped after college, the weird invites to the warehouses were deleted and drinking at a hotel bar became more “grown and sexy.” On a warm summer night in Long Beach, CA, The Renaissance Hotel lobby bar became the trendiest place to be in the city. A private event made possible by Billboard and AXS TV, the space was transformed to accommodate some very special DJ guests that night. Loud, high energy turn up at a hotel? Yes yes y’all, it happened. See photos below for the proof.
DJ Kittens of the LA-based Athletixx music collective started off the night with a dope selection of hip-hop and house vibes. Those in attendance were trendy fashion bloggers, Instagram models, music lovers and the out-of-towners getting a glimpse of Long Beach nightlife.
Founder of Fools Gold Records and a longtime DJ for Kanye West, A-Trak, has made a cult following with his technical skills on the turntable and top-notch music selection. With a trophy case full of various DJ battle wins, the Canadian-born turntablist is definitely regarded as one of the best in the industry right now. Billboard brought A-Trak to this location for the Navigator Tour, a show that airs on AXS TV. Any cable watchers out there? If you have the channel then you’ll see A-Trak’s episode as he ventures the city of Long Beach trying out food places and even paid a visit to see the artist FAFI during Pow!Wow!Long Beach. His set for the night was nothing short of amazing, even adding a freestyle scratch session to showcase his skills. Everyone in the room was compelled to dance and have a good time, courtesy of his infectious music selections. At the end of his set, all looked around in euphoric haze, wondering in quasi-disbelief at what just happened. The Renaissance Hotel is not a Vegas-type club nor is it a wild party venue, but the lounge areas they’ve created in all their locations definitely match the same level of visual appeal. Maybe we’ve been viewing hotels the wrong way. Why not have a drink or two after all those meetings? Why look for a bar in the city when you have one in the building? With the Agenda Trade Show happening next week directly across from the Renaissance Hotel, it’s easy to see why so many young and creative individuals choose to stay here as it is luxurious, convenient, and provides just the right amount of entertainment.
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Photos by Phillip Cendana.