June 6, 2023

Hot! Kelis, Patti Labelle, and The Like, Rock out at ELLE’s Women Music Party

It may have been raining Wednesday (June 9) night, but it was certainly not dreary at the Highline Ballroom as Elle magazine kicked off a rockin’ night in tribute to the artistic women featured in the Women in Music July issue, hosted by Editor-in Chief Roberta Myers.

The open bar was flowing with the new Belvedere Grapefruit vodka as well as beer and wine, and there was plenty to nibble on: spicy chicken buffalo rolls, delicious three cheese pear puffs, fluffy goat cheese and chive baby quiches, and filling cheeseburger sliders.  Garnier Fructise created a hair station for those looking for a do more suited for the event or just looking to try something new.

The innovative New York City DJ Justine D had everyone’s feet moving as she spun the tracks that kept the electric, pulsating energy humming as the talented women took the stage throughout the night.

First up was the all female group The Like with their blend of songs from female groups of the 60’s delivered with a high energy, tenacious, and unflinching garage sound.  Keep a lookout for “Release Me”, the title track of the album released scheduled for release today (June 15th) and my favorite tune from this sassy, all girl, musical creation.

Next was surprise guest and musical legend Patti LaBelle who performed her hit “Lady Marmalade” as only she could, razzle and dazzling the crowd with her strong, magnetic vocal ability and charismatic personality.  She was utterly remarkable to watch! And, clearly loves the attention, Ms. Patti Labelle, stopped throughout her performance so fans could take her picture.  Even screaming “take my picture!” Now, that’s a star.

Last, and certainly not least, was the highlight of my night: Kelis, who performed a medley of songs including her new hit “Acapella.”  The exploding smash of the summer from her new album Flesh Tone scheduled for release on July 6th.  One performance  was a spicy and playful version of her hit “Milkshake” mingled with Madonna’s “Holiday.”  It was fresh and exciting to see Kelis donning her new look that was funky, edgy, feminine, ballsy, fun and she looked absolutely amazing!

There were plenty of celebrity guests enjoying the festivities for the night, including fashion designer Catherine Malandrino, Jennifer Williams of VH1’s Basketball Wives, model turned musician Cassie, and Whitney Port, Olivia Palermo and Roxy Olin of MTV’s hit series “The City.” It was a night of intrigue, music, celebration, and fun as everyone danced and drank the night away.  Elle’s Women in Music 2010 event was definitely a night to remember!


Lori Richardson

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