Last Friday night, much like the Katy Perry song, is something I want to do all over again. It was the big Culture Map 5 Year Anniversary Bash, and by far the dopest party I have been to all year...and I go to a lot of parties. It's so hard to know where to begin with so many highlights of the night, but this video will give you a brief overview of what went down.
The event was held at stunning and sexy JW Marriott downtown, which in and of itself just screamed class and sophistication, and all of Houston seemed to hear the call and came decked out and dazzling. There were so many VIPs of Houston present like KHOU Channel 11's Lily Jang, who is so sweet and down to earth by the way, KTRK Channel 13's Miya Shay, hair stylist to the stars Ceron, and CultureMap co-founder Lonnie Schiller. There were also countless others in the crowd that are PR, Marketing, or Entertainment gurus, so it was a great night for fun and networking.
The Stage featured DJ Bizonee, Sonic Boom, Flyboys and my favorite the IDT Band. The band played crowd favorites like Blurred Lines, Happy, and oldies but goodies like Ice, Ice Baby. Flyboy dancers got the crowd going and pulled some very fly girls from the crowd onto the dance floor to show off their moves.
We enjoyed light bites by JW Marriott's Erin Smith, Crave, Green Plate Foods, The Grove, Kiran's and my favorite Los Tios. Although after eating all that good food there was nothing light about it. There was certainly no shortage of drinks either, as everyone got 2 free drink tickets upon entering, but if you were a big spender you had plenty of options from Bitter Creek Chardonnay, Bud Light, El Sueno, Karbach, Saint Arnold, and much, much more. There were also live artist sketches by David Hardaker, and Lee Wright among others, that kept folks captivated until the music drew everyone to the dance floor. Fifty percent of the sales of their artwork and ticket sales for the event were donated to Casa de Esperanza, CultureMap’s beneficiary.
Everyone's favorite photo booth, Smilebooth was near the entrance of the party so guests could get there pics taken as they entered the party and immediately send pics to their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or email accounts. As the night went on we saw more people coming than we saw going, no one wanted to leave this bad ass bash. Major kudos to the Culture Map staff and congrats on doing such a stellar job for the past 5 years, and many more to come.