There are concerts galore and wild parties, too. But it's not every day that you hear about a blowout for which you'd leave your dog un-walked, mom alone on the grocery store line, or boss' calls unanswered. So, when we got wind of the first ever Clash of the '90s party, dedicated to this decade of decadence and described as "a house party at the club," we got the urge to shave our heads like Sinead and get Thug Life tatted on our big bellies.
This '90s everything jam is taking over Cafe Legends in Hollywood. It's the first collab between club promoter and Da-Haps.com owner Eullys "Jewelz" Hinnant III and house party aficionado Craig Edwards. It celebrates those crazy Clintonian years with music, dance, fashion, and even drinks.
The owner of the club got so exited about the idea, he ordered bottles of Hpnotiq and Alizé. Jewelz noted, "throwback bottles and everything." And, you can buy bottle service at '90s prices. What the what?! We're actually digging the neon out from the back of the closet as we type.
Edwards is a corrections sergeant, thorwer of amazing house parties, and also formerly of the group Third Rail. Jewelz has owned and operated the promotional website Da-Haps.com for the past eight years. Promoters can post their events on the site, so it's a one stop for those looking for the thing to do. Among others, he promotes nights at LIV on Sunday, Story on Thursday, Room Service Friday, and also works with LiveNation.
"I promote everybody else's party, but I haven't really done any of my own," Jewelz admits. "This is the only party I want to go to myself." They're catering to all of us out here who aren't into the big club scene but still want to dance and have real fun.
Jewelz' '90s knowledge is extensive. Back then, he and three friends formed a group called State-O-Mind, playing with Biggie and other huge names. They had a hit "Turn U On," were on rotation on BET, did tours, and were signed to local label Stress Records ("and they did," stress them that is, Jewelz joked). Back then, he met Jay-Z and Tupac.
A highlight of those days was meeting Tupac at Studio 183 in Carol City -- where Jewelz was raised (now Miami Gardens). It was the night before before Pac went to court. He gave them advice: "'You guys are good. Now be careful, when you're coming out, of the people you have around you. Make sure sure you don't get so big that you don't know who's in your circle. Don't get caught up in the hype.'" And now he is they hype. Who knew?!
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They chose to do Clash of the '90s at Legends because, "I wanted somewhere that was central. You could come from up North a little bit, like West Palm, you could still come from Miami," he says. "It's perfect." It's about a 300 person venue, so, "It won't feel like it's packed, and it won't feel like it's empty," Jewelz notes, but do expect a big crowd.
Now, '90s dress isn't mandatory, but it's welcomed. There will be photogs onsite to snap you looking like T-Boz. And most importantly, there's the music. Funkmaster Olly is DJing. "Back in that time, he used to do a lot of spinning at the Omega Center by Florida Memorial College," Jewlez explains. "He has a full selection, so we're not going to run out (of music)." You will hear Aaliyah, R. Kelly, Uncle Luke, Disco Rick, and House of Pain's "Jump Around." "When's the last time you heard that... in a club?" Jewelz points out. There will be dance contests, so it'll be apparent, "who really still got it from back in the day," he says.
And the live performances will likely be the highlight of the night. At this point, who's going onstage is still a secret, but it seems like it's worth the effort to catch the acts.
"When you go here, you're going in a time warp," Jewelz concludes. Will there be more Clashes if you can't make this one? Maybe. There's so much music from the '90s, he says, "They can play four hours of music, and you still won't hear your song." So hopefully by next time, your Aaliyah mid-drift will fit a little better and your Kid 'n Play a little smoother.
Clash of the '90s. Friday, November 15, at Legends Cafe, 2029 Harrison St., Hollywood. Entrance is $20. Visit Da-haps.com, or call 786-326-2187 for tickets. Also, visit Facebook. Free parking. Bottles of Hpnotiq and Alizé by request.
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