President Obama Gives ELAN ARTISTS’ The Source A Shout Out @ Official Inaugural Ball…

Hail to The Source! President Obama thanks The Source for performing at the Candlelight Ball followed by Stevie Wonder.  ELAN ARTISTS’ The Source rocked the National Building Museum for a crowd of 2500.  Event was meticulously planned and designed by Hargrove and Rafanelli. Click below for video of the President’s shout out to The Source

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Bloomberg says Élan has “the best band ever”

What an honor and inspiration it was to be a part of the opening night gala celebration for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  The star-studded event raised 2.4 million dollars from which the proceeds go to funding children’s scholarship to the Ailey school.

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Dinner and dancing followed the event at the Hilton New York’s grand ballroom.  The after party, designed and planned by the amazing David Monn, featured the core members of the Rhythm Collective band accompanied by Djore and New York’s Urban Gospel choir.   Guests, including Jesse Norman and Ray Chew (American Idol musical director), gave a standing ovation to the choir interlude and then packed the dance floor til midnight.


We are also super excited to have these same gospel singers perform at one of the official Obama Inaugural Balls with Rafanelli events. More details on that to come….



Lapis Luna Picked as 2013 Best of Weddings!

We are so excited and proud to announce that Lapis Luna  has been selected to The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” for 2013! This is a “By Brides, for Brides” guide to the very best wedding professionals across the country.

Lapis Luna brings you the captivating music of the 1930s, 40s and 50s jazz with a classic yet one-of-a-kind sound.  They specialize in playing timeless melodies the way they were meant to be heard: vibrant, fun, romantic, and cool.

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This dynamic band of prominent NYC jazz musicians has set themselves apart with their authentic presentation of vintage jazz standards, enchanting balls, and obscure swing era gems.  Their style also embraces hot jazz, early blues, big band, bebop & retro cha-cha, bossa, and rumba.

Engage!12 – Palm Beach

Wheeeew, past several weeks have been a whirlwind!  We’ve been around the country performing at numerous incredible events.  We had the honor or providing luncheon and final gala entertainment for ENGAGE2012 at The Breakers in West Palm Beach.  Event industries finest attended, including Bryan Rafanelli, Mindy Weiss, Colin Cowie, Darcy Miller, Marcy Blum and many more!


La Vida kicked the luncheon up a notch with Singer Songwriter hits from Jack Johnson to Adele and other faves. Lead singer, Cat Shell, was decked out in Lilly Pulitzer.


For the Gala Dinner, Honey & Vinyl performed uplifting LOVE themed tunes with a string section and Gospel Choir support, followed by sultry Jazz and Buddha Bar style. For the after party Rhythm Collective along with Eric Redd of The Hudson Project rocked the house with urban dance hits of the like that Palm Beach party goers have never seen!

Photos thanks to Scott Clark and Chellise Michael

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Cabaret and Showgirls: Speakeasy Deluxe

On November 14th guests of the Core Club’s annual party were transported back in time to the roaring 1920’s.


Feathers, fringe, and suspenders were abundant throughout the dapper venue that was transformed into a fun and feisty speakeasy by the amazing team at Colin Cowie.


Guests enjoyed their hooch while cigarette girls roamed the joint with party favors that certainly were the Cat’s Meow.




Carte Blanche started off the night and got guests doing the Charleston while later in the evening Rhythm Collective kept the party going.

In between bands, guests got to rest their feet while being amazed by fire breathers and tantalized by burlesque dancers.


Get a glimpse into the night here:

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Photo’s courtesy of Roey Yohai Photography

Video by Open Eye Media