Posts Tagged ‘Kelly Rowland’

JAY-Z & D’USSE Magna Carter Tour After Party at STORY

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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Pharrell Williams & Jay-Z

Miami Beach, FL – January 2, 2014 – Last night STORY was taken over by Jay-Z’s Magna Carter Tour after party where everyone from Pharrell Williams to Michael Bay and more came out to party. Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lil Wayne, and Pusha T were just a few of the big names in hip-hop that made the night one to remember.

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 Pusha T, Pharrell Williams, & Michael Bay

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 Brett Berish, Michael Bay, & Pharrell Williams

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Fabolous, Sean “Diddy” Combs, & The Dream

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 Michael Bay & Sean “Diddy” Combs

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Fabolous & Sean “Diddy” Combs

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 Sean “Diddy” Combs

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Dave Brown, Jamie Foxx, & Breyon Prescott

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 Lil’ Wayne, Mack Maine, & Drake

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Lil’ Wayne & Sean “Diddy” Combs

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 Lil Wayne’, Mack Maine, French Montana, & Sean “Diddy” Combs

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David Grutman

 

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 David Grutman, Michael Bay, & Tiesto

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 Tiesto & Michael Bay

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 DJ Clue & Tiesto

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 DJ Clue 

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Pharrell Williams

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 Jus Ske

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 Jonathan Cheban

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Kelly Rowland, Helen Williams, & Pharrell Williams

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 Jay Brown, Pharrell Williams, Shawn “Pecas” Costner, & Alex Pirez

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Pusha T, Sean “Diddy” Combs, The Weeknd, & Justin Combs

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 Sean “Diddy” Combs, David Grutman, & The Weeknd

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Sean “Diddy” Combs & The Weeknd

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 Fabolous & The Dream

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Fabolous

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 Mike Gardner, Shawn “Pecas” Costner, & DJ Clue

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Wilfred & Tiesto

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 David Grutman, Tiesto, & Brian Axelrod

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Justin Combs

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 Justin Combs, French Montana, & DJ Clue

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Brett Berish & DJ Clue

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Richie Akiva & Scott Storch

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 Richie Akiva

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David Grutman & Richie Akiva

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 Jus Ske & Richie Akiva

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David Grutman & Tiesto

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 Jus Ske & Tiesto

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Jonathan Cheban & Jus Ske

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 Yo Gotti

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Michael Bay & The Weeknd

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 David Grutman, The Weeknd, & Moe Garcia

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David Grutman & Brett Berish

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 Tiesto & Brett Berish

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Randy Mims & Maverick Carter

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 Raul Conde & Scott Storch

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Brian Axelrod, Moe Garcia, & David Grutman

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Claudia Garcia, Ashley Stetts, Irish Sarah, & Julz

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Stevie J & Jus Ske

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 E-Class, Stevie J, & Jus Ske

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Moe Garcia & Jay Brown

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 Alex Pirez & E-Class

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David Grutman, Jus Ske, & Mike Satsky

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Jonathan Cheban

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 Taz & Taz’s Angels

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The Game at LIV

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The Game

Miami Beach, FL – October 14, 2013 – LIV on Sunday was in top form this week with The Game on the mic and Norris Cole celebrating his birthday. Kelly Rowland and Greg Oden came out for the party that turned into a classic LIV on Sunday celebration.

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The Game & Breyon Prescott

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Moe Garcia & The Game

#MyTurnToJag

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Kelly Rowland & Trey “ACE” Smith

Miami, FL – July 15, 2013 – Jaguar and Gilt City Miami celebrated the  all-new 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE at Soho Studios, The Pavilion. Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Rowland presented the #MyTurnToJag social media contest and as part of the prize, one lucky winner had the chance to experience the all-new Jaguar F-TYPE around Miami with Rowland. DJ Trey “ACE” Smith provided the music for the night while father, Will Smith stood by in support.

Kelly Rowland, Trey “ACE” Smith, & Raymond Warren

James Lewis Wark, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Kelly Rowland, & Raymond Warren

Romeo Mcnairy, Kelly Rowland, & Brandy Lee

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, James Lewis Wark, & Vanessa Santos

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson & James Lewis Wark

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson & Vanessa Santos

Trey “ACE” Smith

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Trey “ACE” Smith & DJ Fabrega

DJ Fabrega, Marco Fabrega, Dylan Fabrega, & Christina Angelo

Frank Consuegra & Christy Cartaya

Christina Stejskal & Hilary Shawn

Basmah Marouf & Thais Venturini

Larry Zinn, Raymond Warren, Floyd Raglin, & Robert Lentoski

Marco Fabrega, Ariel Fabrega, Eli Fabrega, Dylan Fabrega, & Christina Angelo

WRE 3 Year Anniversary: Celebrities

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Rihanna, Jay-Z, & Kanye West at Marquee Las Vegas NYE, Las Vegas on December 31, 2010

Miami Beach, FL – May 8, 2013 – This Friday, May 10, marks the 3 Year Anniversary of WorldRedEye.com. To celebrate this milestone, we’re counting down with some of our most amazing photos that have been on the site over the past three years. Starting it off, we’ve got the best of what we’re known for- our celebrity photos. While many of them come to and live in Miami, World Red Eye has flown across the country to photograph and party with the stars. From the year it all began in 2010, we hit the ground running by covering the biggest names in music and entertainment from legendary hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs to Fashion’s infamous cut-throat editor of VogueAnna Wintour. The year ended with an epic New Years Eve party in Las Vegas where we still remember the amazing energy of having Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Kanye West all in one club at Marquee.  After our first year, 2011 brought even more excitement to our lenses as we got to photograph big time actors like Jeremy Piven, Andy Garcia, Sarah Jessica Parker, and even former President George W. Bush, among many, many others. And then there was last year. Without a doubt, the biggest moment of 2012 we can’t stop thinking or talking about is when legendary icon Madonna made a surprise performance at Ultra Music Festival during Avicii‘s closing set on Day 2. World Red Eye was the only photographer allowed to photograph Madonna when she came on the main stage, making it a historical night we won’t ever forget. You’d think after each year, we couldn’t top the last, but 2013 is already off to a stellar start. Take a look back at all these incredible moments captured of our favorite celebrities- we can’t wait to see what this year will bring!

Flashback: 2010

Sean “Diddy” Combs at Cameo on May 28, 2010

Simone Harouche, Christina Aguilera, & Kim Kardashian at LIV on June 11, 2010

Shakira at Premios Juventud at the BankUnited Center on July 15, 2010

Khloe, Kim, & Kourtney Kardashian at QVC Style Initiative Dinner, New York on July 30, 2010

Neon Hitch at Lolla Music Lounge Day Two, Chicago on August 7, 2010

Mumford and Sons at Belvedere Lounge in the Hard Rock Hotel, Chicago on August 8, 2010

David Arquette at Carrera Lounge at Hard Rock Hotel, Chicago on August 8, 2010

Kendra Wilkinson at STK at Gansevoort Miami Beach on August 23, 2010

Simon Rex at WALL on August 26, 2010

Jon Bon Jovi & Dwyane Wade at Hamptons Magazine Dinner Party, Southampton, NY on August 28, 2010

Snoop Dogg at Mansion on September 3, 2010

Rick Ross at Cameo on September 5, 2010

Kim Kardashian & Kourtney Kardashian at QVC’s Night Out, New York on September 10,2010

Seth Meyers & Anna Wintour at QVC’s Night Out, New York on September 10,2010

Christina Ricci at QVC’s Fashion Show, New York on September 11, 2010

Hilary Duff at BGC Charity Day, New York on September 13,2010

Michelle Rodriguez & Lenny Kravitz at LAVO NY Grand Opening, New York on September 14th, 2010

Dylan McDermott at Jeremy Scott’s New York fashion week after party at Le Bain, New York on September 15, 2010

John Malkovich at The Webster on September 21, 2010

Muhammad Ali at TASCHEN Book Store on September 23, 2010

Tara Reid at LIV Sun Life Stadium on September 25, 2010

Marc Anthony & Fergie at Dolphins vs Jets at Sun Life Stadium on September 25, 2010

Eve at the Ice Palace on September 25, 2010

Liza Minnelli at Gramercy Park Hotel, New York on September 27, 2010

Alan Cumming, Sandra Bernhard, Tony Danza, & Mary-Louise Parker at Gramercy Park Hotel, New York on September 27, 2010

Bret Michaels at Dolphins vs Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on October 4, 2010

Dan Marino at Dolphins vs Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on October 4, 2010

Paula Deen at Gospel Brunch, New York on October 10, 2010

Jenny McCarthy at LIV on October 17, 2010

Jay-Z at Delano on October 20, 2010

Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at W South Beach on October 21, 2010

Ashanti & Birdman at Arkadia Grand Opening on October 24, 2010

Dave Navarro at Dolphins vs Steelers at Sun Life Stadium on October 24, 2010

Magic Johnson at Dolphins vs Steelers at Sun Life Stadium on October 24, 2010

Gabrielle Union & Cedric The Entertainer at The Florida Room at Delano on October 29, 2010

LeBron James at Mansion on October 29, 2010

Ciara at LIV on October 31, 2010

Nicki Minaj at Mansion on November 1, 2010

Ingrid Caseres, Brooke Shields, Alex Rodriguez, & Angie Harmon at JW Marriott Marquis Miami Grand Opening on November 4, 2010

Larry King at The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. on November 4, 2010

Paula Abdul at The InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball on November 6, 2010

Dwyane Wade & LeBron James at LIV on November 7, 2010

Shaquille O’Neal at Mansion on November 11, 2010

Shawn Wayans & Marlon Wayans at LIV Sun Life Stadium on November 14, 2010

Mack Maine, T-Pain, & Lil Wayne at LIV on November 14, 2010

Juliette Lewis & Joe Perry at LIV Sun Life Stadium on November 18, 2010

Sofía Vergara at THE COLLECTION on November 22, 2010

Verne Troyer at Best Buddies Gala on November 19, 2010

Julian Lennon at Adrienne Arsht Center on November 30, 2010

Ben Stiller at Art Basel Vernissage on November 30, 2010

Etty Lau & Perry Farrell at Design Miami at Le Baron on December 1, 2010

Tony Shafrazi, Vladimir Doronin, Naomi Campbell, & Adrien Brody at WALL on December 1, 2010

Sean Penn & Bruce Weber at Haiti Relief at New World Symphony on December 2, 2010

Steve Martin at Cartier Salon on December 2, 2010

Terence Koh & Vito Schnabel at W South Beach on December 3, 2010

Flo Rida at Mansion on December 3, 2010

Russell Simmons & Kelly Rowland at Evenings in Vogue on December 4, 2010

Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez at Marcelo Claure’s birthday at the Ice Palace on December 11, 2010

Pharrell Williams & Cris Cab at Arkadia on December 17, 2010

Johnny Depp at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010

Kid Rock at Sun Life Stadium on December 26, 2010

Sasha Grey at The Catalina on December 30, 2010

Beyonce Knowles & Solange Knowles at Marquee Las Vegas VIP Opening, Las Vegas on December 30,2010

Blake Lively & Florence Welch at Marquee Las Vegas VIP Opening, Las Vegas on December 30, 2010

Jamie Foxx at NYE at LIV on December 31, 2010

Jimmy Iovine, Marc Anthony, & Jennifer Lopez at Marquee Las Vegas NYE, Las Vegas on December 31, 2010

Gwyneth Paltrow at Marquee Las Vegas NYE, Las Vegas on December 31, 2010

Jay-Z & Kanye West at Marquee Las Vegas NYE, Las Vegas on December 31, 2010

Rihanna & Jay-Z at Marquee Las Vegas NYE, Las Vegas on December 31, 2010

Flashback: 2011

Jeremy Piven & Erick Morillo at Kaskade at Marquee, Las Vegas on January 1, 2011

Calvin Klein & Nicky Hilton at LIV on January 14, 2011

Danny Glover at the Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift Day 1 at Sundance Film Fest on January 21, 2011

Terrell Owens at Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift Day 2 at Sundance Film Fest on January 22, 2011

Robin Thicke, Angie Harmon, & Jason Sehorn at Symmetry Live Unplugged in Vieques Island, Puerto Rico on January 23, 2011

Alexa Vega at Shore Club on January 25, 2011

Enrique Iglesias & Pharrell Williams at the Ocean Drive Magazine Anniversary at JW Marriott Marquis on February 9, 2011

Brad Walsh, Gabrielle Union, & Christian Siriano at NYFW After Party at Tzigan on February 10, 2011

Ice-T Birthday at LUX on February 11, 2011

Jamie-Lynn Sigler & Emmanuelle Chriqui at 1oak Fashion Week Fundraiser on February 17, 2011

Chuy Bravo at Mansion on February 18, 2011

Missy Elliot, Timbaland, & Fat Joe at Heat vs. Knicks at AAA on February 27, 2011

50 Cent & Mario Van Peebles at Things Fall Apart Private Dinner at Scarpetta on March 5, 2011

Andy Garcia & Dominique Garcia at Asia de Cuba on March 10, 2011

Lil Jon & Snoop Dogg at LIV on March 10, 2011

Penn Badgley at Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Lounge on March 22, 2011

Anna Kournikova & Venus Williams at Sony Ericsson Players Party at the Paris Theatre on March 23, 2011

Eugene Levy, Martin Short, & Paul Shaffer at the Forge on March 25, 2011

Jessica Szohr at ONE Bal Harbour on March 29, 2011

Adriana De Moura, Marysol Patton, Lea Black, Pitbull, & Alexia Echevarria at The Blacks’ Annual Gala at Eden Roc on April 2, 2011

Kris Humphries & Kim Kardashian at LIV on April 13, 2011

Christian Love & John Stamos at Arkadia on April 15, 2011

Kelly Osbourne at the A/X 944 Neon Carnival at Coachella on April 16, 2011

Usher & Rihanna at the A/X 944 Neon Carnival at Coachella on April 16, 2011

Olivia Munn & Selita Ebanks at Skyy Dragonffruit Launch at Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas on April 19, 2011

Swizz Beats & Sean “Diddy” Combs at The Chandelier Room Anniversary on April 27, 2011

Nicole Richie at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables on April 28, 2011

Eva Longoria at Rally for Kids Pitstop at STK on April 30, 2011

Malin Akerman & Navin Chatani at WALL on June 25, 2011

Rick Ross, Michael Bay, & Tyrese at the Transformers Premiere After Party at LIV on June 30, 2011

Mekhi Phifer & Robin Thicke at Mansion on July 7, 2011

Wyclef Jean & Pitbull at the Zumba Convention Concert in Orlando on July 8, 2011

Jessica White & Kelly Rowland at Cameo on July 9, 2011

John Legend & Chrissy Teigen at Ocean Drive Magazine Swim at the W South Beach on July 14, 2011

Kristin Cavallari at the Diesel & Skyy Runway Show at The Raleigh on July 14, 2011

Dave Chappelle & D.L. Hughley at Zo’s Summer Groove Comedy Show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on July 22, 2011

Alicia Keys at Zo’s Summer Groove Gala at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on July 23, 2011

Adrian Grenier & Ted Danson at the Oceana Hamptons Splash Party on July 30, 2011

Brandy at Cameo on July 30, 2011

Elijah Wood & Christopher Mintz-Plasse at Miami Oasis & Express Rocks! at Lollapalooza Day 1 on August 5, 2011

Zoe Saldana at Soho Beach House for Colombiana After Party on August 21, 2011

Anna Wintour, Dwyane Wade, & Sarah Jessica Parker at QVC’s Fashon’s Night Out in New York on September 8, 2011

Heidi Klum at QVC’s Fashon’s Night Out in New York on September 8, 2011

Howard Lutnick, President George W. Bush, Carmelo Anthony, & La La Vasquez at BGC Charity Day in New York on September 12, 2011

Peter Morén, Björn Yttling, & John Eriksson at Bardot on September 23, 2011

Guy Fieri & Andrew Zimmern at NYC Wine & Food Festival on September 30, 2011

Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, & Lance Bass at LIV on October 14, 2011

Foster the People at LIV on October 21, 2011

Joan Jett at 17th Annual Make-a-Wish Ball at the InterContinental Miami on November 5, 2011

Dita Von Teese at My Cointreau Travel Essentials at the Mondrian

Rick Ross, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Pharrell, & DJ Khaled at DJ Khaled Birthday at Mansion on November 25, 2011

Michael Yo & Ricky Martin at Fontainbleau on November 26, 2011

Theophilus London & Tyson Beckford at Ocean Drive Magazine’s Art of Night at the Shelborne Hotel on December 3, 2011

Cathy Guetta, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, & David Guetta at F*** Me I’m Famous at LIV on December 3, 2011

Nicky Hilton & Paris Hilton at Aby Rosen Dinner on December 6, 2011

Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas at the Aby Rosen Dinner on December 6, 2011

Avril Lavigne at Y-100 Jingle Ball on February 10, 2011

Ms Lauryn Hill at Shelborne New Years Eve on December 31, 2011

Vanessa Hudgens & Austin Butler at Axwell at Fontainebleau New Years Eve on December 31, 2011

Flashback: 2012

Cee Lo Green & Nas at LIV on January 1, 2012

Tommy Lee at W Ft. Lauderdale on January 5, 2012

Craig David at the YWE Season Opener at the Mondrian on January 13, 2012

Christian Slater & Matt Giraud at the Voices for Children Gala at Mandarin Oriental Miami on January 14, 2012

Isla Fischer at Gen Art’s Bertolli Soup Meal Chalet at Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2012

Cuba Gooding Jr. at the It Gets Better Project Premiere at Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2012

Mickey Rourke & Q-Tip at LIV on January 25, 2012

Alex Rodriguez, Gloria & Emilio Estefan at the Bacardi 150th Anniversary on January 28, 2012

Ryan Phillippe at the Bacardi 150th Anniversary on January 28, 2012

Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa at Cameo on January 28, 2012

Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen at QVC Runway Show in New York on February 8, 2012

Joe Jonas & Damaris Aguiar at SET on February 16, 2012

Michael Jordan & Cedric Adenika at LIV on February 18, 2012

Chris Brown & Tyga at Cameo on February 18, 2012

Antonio Banderas at the Matador! Wine Tasting During the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on February 28, 2012

Anthony Bourdain at Charlie Trotter & Piero Antinori Tribute Dinner at the Loews on February 25, 2012

Martha Stewart & Emeril Lagasse at Charlie Trotter & Piero Antinori Tribute Dinner at the Loews on February 25, 2012

Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, & Erin Heatherton at Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Tour at the Mondrian on February 28, 2012

Aziz Ansari at Arkadia on March 3, 2012

Lyndon Smith & Channing Tatum at SET on March 3, 2012

Carolina Herrera at CHNY boutique in Bal Harbour Shops on March 8, 2012

Ludacris & Uncle Luke at Cameo on March 10, 2012

Perez Hilton at Perez Hilton’s One Night in Austin at SXSW on March 17, 2012

Avicii & Madonna at Ultra Music Festival 2012 Day 2 on March 24, 2012

Queen Latifah & Tony Bennett at The Blacks’ Annual Gala at the Fontainebleau on March 24, 2012

Emma Roberts at A|X T-Mobile Neon Carnival at Coachella on April 14, 2012

Courtney Mazza & Mario Lopez at Garnier Fructis Pool Party at Fontainebleau on April 15, 2012

LL Cool J at LIV on June 1, 2012

Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, & LeBron James at NBA Champions Miami Heat at LIV on June 21, 2012

Dwyane Wade, Madeleine Arison, Christine & Pat Riley, Micky Arison, & Gabrielle Union at Bamboo on June 24, 2012

Maroon 5 at iHeartRADIO Pool Party at Fontainebleau on June 30, 2012

Neon Hitch & Gym Class Heroes at iHeartRADIO Pool Party at Fontainebleau on June 30, 2012

Nicole Richie & Jennifer Hudson at QVC Fashion’s Night Out in New York on September 6, 2012

Ryan Lochte at LIV on September 23, 2012

Olivier Martinez at Ocean Drive Magazine October Release Dinner at Villa Azur on October 6, 2012

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian at Midori Green Halloween at Avenue in NYC on October 27, 2012

Lenny Kravitz at the Grand Opening of SLS South Beach on November 8, 2012

Lenny Kravitz & Demi Moore at Chanel Beachside BBQ at Soho House on December 5, 2012

Terry Richardson, Pharrell Williams, & Kanye West at Design Talks with Pharrell Williams on December 7, 2012

Birdman, Lil Wayne, & Drake at LIV on December 23, 2012


The Opium Group Evolution

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Eric & Francis Milon at SET

The Opium Group‘s empire has spanned over 20 years of South Beach nightlife. The founding trifecta of brothers Eric and Francis Milon and Roman Jones started from just a tiny cafe, and have now grown to own and operate four of South Beach’s biggest, most prominent clubs on the scene- Mansion, SET, Mokai, and Cameo. They ran the hottest spots on the strip and had celebrities coming out to party at their clubs and lounges on the regular throughout the nineties and 2000’s like Living Room, Opium Garden, and Prive. Having seen it all and accomplished so much to date, The Opium Group continues to evolve and reinvent itself- most recently though the reopening of Lincoln Road’s staple club SET. Here we chat with founder Eric Milon and get to hear his stories first hand from back in the day to present day- talking about Opium’s current and future projects and rumors last month of a buyout. Take a look at photos from our archives from over ten years ago up to recently and get a glimpse into the life of one of Miami’s biggest nightclub operators.

Living Room – 1995-2001

Living Room was the first club/lounge that brothers Francis and Eric Milon opened in 1995. That was the year nightlife really took off in Miami, and it was always packed with party people and the biggest celebrities like Al Pacino and Sylvester Stallone. It was the VIP of the VIP, where people came to enjoy themselves in the comfort of what felt like the Milon’s living room.

Eric & Francis Milon at Living Room for an Ocean Drive shoot on October 18, 2000

Eric Milon & Tyson Beckford at Crave Party at Living Room on October 12, 2000

Eric Milon: It was the scene then, and it’s still the scene today. Of course there are more nightclubs now as business has grown, and the scene is booming more than ever. It was 1995 that the scene started buzzing. When we opened our lounge The Living Room, it was the best the beach had ever seen. We had celebrities, singers, actresses- Harrison Ford, JLO, P. Diddy, Madonna- everyone showed up to the club unannounced– none of them were paid to appear, it was just for fun. Since then, it’s become a business for a lot of celebrities to go to clubs and get paid for it. Eventually their fees became more expensive, and we said to ourselves, let’s change the celebrities for DJs as the DJ and the music is the staple of what draws people to the club. So over the last six or seven years, the DJs became celebrities, and their fees also went up, some of them are through the roof.

Mike Tyson & Cedric Adegnika at Living Room on January 10, 2001

Lil’ Kim & Susan Scott at Living Room on June 7, 2000

Jay-Z at Living Room on March 2, 2001

Café Tabac – 1997-2001

Café Tabac was where it all started for The Opium Group. It was the first space that they acquired, and through its success as a restaurant, ended up expanding even further and branching out within the space to open the clubs. The indoor/outdoor cafe was perfect for the breezy South of Fifth locale where they served French Moroccan food in the late nineties and early 2000.

Francis Milon at Cafe Tabac on January 15, 1999

EM: It was actually my brother, Francis, who asked his friend, Roman Jones, to join us in looking at a space in South of Fifth that was a then-shuttered nightclub. We were offered a little cafe space on the ground floor which we called Café Tabac.  The cafe became very successful, so we took the next space available above the cafe which we made into Japanese restaurant with a DJ, and from there, we then grew into another space in the building and built a mojito room with a jungle theme. Then the large courtyard space became available, and next thing we knew, we had taken over every space in the building which was then known as Opium Restaurant and Opium Garden.

Opium Garden – 2001-2009

The first club of The Opium Group was born in 2001. Opium opened under the realm of the Milons and Roman Jones, and was like nothing South Beach had ever seen. It was in the former Amnesia space, and from day one was a smashing success. It became one of the first real super clubs as it expanded to have some indoor/outdoor area, Prive as the VIP, and the garden.

Opium Garden, January 2001

Michael Robbins, Gene Simmons, Stacy & Eric Milon at Opium Garden on January 9, 2001

Prince at Opium Garden on March 20, 2001

Eric Milon, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, & Stacy Milon at Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ Birthday at Opium Garden on November 2, 2001

Keenan Wayans, Eric Milon, & Shawn Wayans at Opium Garden on June 30, 2002

Paul Oakenfold & Eric Milon at Opium on November 25, 2002

Ja Rule, Eric Milon, & Sean “P. Diddy” Combs at Opium on December 15, 2002

Destiny’s Child & Eric Milon at Opium on December 15, 2002

JC Chasez of N’SYNC & Eric Milon at Opium on December 15, 2002

Opium Garden, March 2003

Tommy Matola, Thalia, & Eric Milon at Opium on May 8, 2003

Wyclef Jean & Eric Milon at Opium on June 1, 2003

EM: The day we opened Opium Garden, 2,000 people showed up, which was both overwhelming and awesome.  Shortly after, we opened Prive as a VIP room within the club, and simultaneously, we formed The Opium Group through which we created Mansion. Mansion was the answer to the noise issues we had with Opium as an open outdoor space , but with Mansion we could bring in big DJs and turn up the music as loud as we like. From Mansion, there was the need to create a club for  our VIP clientele, and our answer was SET. So we took the space at 320 LIncoln and  successfully opened SET almost 7 years ago. From that we spinned off a couple other clubs – Louis, Mokai and Cameo, which was formerly Crobar.

Eric Milon, Jamie Kennedy, & David Grutman at Opium on May 23, 2003

Enrique Iglesias & Eric Milon at Opium on August 29, 2003

Roman Jones & Mark Ronson at Opium Garden on August 30, 2003

Darryl “D.M.C.” Matthews McDaniels & Eric Milon at Opium on October 12, 2003

Method Man, Eric Milon, & Redman at Opium on October 12, 2003

Prive – 2002-2009

Opium Garden grew tremendously in its first year, with tons of celebrities always filling the club. So the demand for an exclusive VIP lead to the opening of Prive the following year in 2002. For seven years, the VIP extension of Opium was always packed with the who’s who of the scene and had the best DJs spinning.

Eric Milon, Michael Capponi, & Sofia Vergara at Prive on October 18, 2002

Jason Statham & Eric Milon at Prive on September 24, 2004

Michael Capponi, Alicia Silverstone, Eric Milon, & Navin Chatani at Prive on April 15, 2005

Francis Milon & Tiesto at Prive on January 13, 2006

Prive, January 2006

Louis – 2008-2012

In 2008 TOG found the time and perfect space to open Louis. The downstairs club at the then-Gansevoort hotel was one of the first to extend South Beach, and Opium Group’s, realm into the north side of Collins Avenue with its location at 23 Street. Smaller than the super-mega Opium, Louis threw some of the best parties on a weekly basis, and due to its size, was very exclusive.

Marilyn Manson & Isani Griffith at the Trismegistus Exhibition After Party at Louis on December 4, 2008

Chris Jones, Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson, & Roman Jones at Louis on December 13, 2008

Chris Jones, Michael Phelps, & Roman Jones at Louis on January 6, 2009

Mansion – 2004-present

The second mega-club in The Opium Group came in 2004 and has been going strong ever since. After a major redesign, Mansion has updated its look but stayed true to TOG concept. Its name became synonymous with South Beach nightlife, and has been bringing the biggest DJs and tons of celebrities since it opened nearly 10 years ago.

Mansion when it first opened in January 2006

Mansion, February 2004

Eric Milon & Jeremy Piven at Mansion on December 25, 2004

EM: Fifteen years ago, house music was in, and hip hop was just emerging on the club scene.  Then hip hop took over, moved from the back room to the front room. And then then six or seven years ago it started changing again, with hip hop fading out a little, and rock and roll mashups taking over.Then house music started coming back, and  over the last five years, ithas become a constilation of DJs. They’re commanding scenes, with six figures and it’s something we never thought would be possible. That’s the evolution. EDM is not just nightclub driven- now it’s stadium driven- it’s on the radio and has mass appeal. People listen to [Swedish House Mafia] and they they sing the lyrics just like they would to any rock song.

Mansion, December 2004

Mansion, February 2012

Francis Milon & David LaChapelle at David LaChapelle’s ‘Rize’ Premiere at Mansion on July 9, 2005

Nick Nolte & Eric Milon at Mansion on June 16, 2005

Roman Jones & Mark Lehmkuhl at Mansion on June 17, 2005

Eric Milon & Roman Jones at New Year’s Eve at Mansion on December 31, 2005

Mansion, January 2013

Eric Milon & Robert Downey, Jr at Mansion on April 1, 2006

Francis Milon, Wyclef Jean, & Roman Jones at Wyclef Jean & The MisShapes at Mansion on January 28, 2006

Francis Milon, Wyclef Jean, Roman Jones, & Zoe at Wyclef Jean & The MisShapes at Mansion on January 28, 2006

Francis Milon & DJ Irie at Kevin Federline & Taye Diggs at Mansion on June 16, 2006

Francis Milon & Mr Mauricio at DJ Vice’s Birthday at Mansion on October 13, 2006

Francis Milon & Gabrielle Union at Mansion on December 27, 2006

Eric Milon & Roman Jones at Mansion on November 30, 2007

Paris Hilton & Francis Milon at Mansion on December 5, 2007

Roman Jones & Nicki Minaj at Mansion for Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” Album Release at Mansion on November 1, 2010

EM: I think EDM is here to stay. This year has shown that more than ever with a record number of people coming to town for Ultra and Miami Music Week. As for The Opium Group, we’re really embracing different music formats and enjoy being at the forefront of the industry in this respect.  In the same way that we’ve not gone corporate, we’ve also introduced the market to different DJs, allowing guests to experience great music without always going to the megaclub for the mega DJ with mega fees. Of course we bring our share of those mega DJs to the beach as well, but for example, our Thursday night at Mansion, Kontrol,  is at the forefront of cultivating the underground sound, being the first club on the beach to book underground acts like Art Department, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones and many more.

Mansion, March 2013

Mansion, March 2013

SET – 2007-present

Much like how Opium Garden created a need for Prive as the VIP, Mansion grew to need a VIP club as well. This time, TOG took over Spin and made it into SET. The only true club on Lincoln Road, SET is in the midst of the hustle and bustle, and after five years, just reopened with its new look. The redesign has completely updated and transformed the experience to be even better than before.

SET, February 2007

Roman Jones, Eric Milon, Francis Milon, & Michael Capponi at SET on February 9, 2007

EM: We had Mansion, but we needed a boutique-sized club for our VIPs. SET satisfied that demand. Megaclubs are great, and they have a purpose- we have the space to accommodate big DJs that people want to see. Places like SET can’t accommodate such large scale events, so we create a club that’s just for VIPs and has a restricted number of tables- in this case 12 tables in all- and bring the right people together to enjoy a great party combined with a great surrounding,  exciting features, beautiful people, and the right guest list.

Roman Jones & Francis Milon at SET on February 9, 2007

Eric Milon, Mickey Rourke, & Santa Fe at SET on March 30, 2007

Tonia Sergei, Mr Mauricio, Gabrielle Union, Navin Chatani, & Francis Milon at SET on April 5, 2007

Wayne Boich & Eric Milon at SET on October 12, 2007

Tonia Sergei, Cedric Gervais, & Francis Milon at SET on October 21, 2007

SET, November 2007

SET, March 2013

EM: It had been almost 7 years, and I believe every few years a club should reinvent itself. It’s the same reason you change your car every few years– people like change, ourselves included.

SET, March 2013

SET, March 2013

Afrojack at SET, March 30, 2013

Cameo – 2010-present

One of the newer Opium acquisitions, what used to be Crobar was taken over by TOG to reopen as Cameo. In what has only been nearly three years, Cameo feels like it’s been a South Beach staple much longer because it’s always busy and the topic of conversation, mainly for its top-of-the-line hip hop bookings.

Cameo, May 2012

Chris Brown at Cameo on February 18, 2012

On TOG’s recent decision to stay independent and not go with a corporate buy out… EM: It gives us the ability to do things the way we want. We can keep growing in the direction we choose, and that’s as important as any financial deal. And as locals, we saw it as a good decision for the growth and prosperity of South Beach.

Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, & Bow Wow at Cameo for DJ Affect’s Birthday on March 24, 2012

Missy Elliot & Timbaland at Cameo on September 1, 2012

Cameo, December 2012

Cameo, January 2013

Cameo, March 2013

Tiny, T.I., Teyana Taylor, & Miley Cyrus at Cameo on April 6, 2013

Mokai – 2010-present

Mokai is the other newer offspring for TOG that joined the 23 Street neighborhood in 2010. It’s smaller and more intimate, which allows things to get a little more wild at some of the more scandalous parties that go down there. Its Monday night party has become infamous as one of the best things to do on a Monday night.

EM: 2013 has been a great year for us, and right now I’m focusing on what we have going on in front of us. Going into 2014, we may have another project- a beach club or restaurant. I’d also like to see an underground music-focused club, as personally I like that sound. As for The Opium Group, we’re continuing to do what we always have – buy new clubs, renovate the ones we have, discover new DJs – we are here for the long haul.

Lambo & Flo Rida at Mokai on December 19, 2011

Afrojack & Robin Thicke at Mokai on March 26, 2012

Mya at Mokai on April 5, 2012

Mokai, October 2012

Mokai, January 2013

Ryan Lochte & Roger Smith at Mokai on March 18, 2013

Kelly Rowland at Arkadia

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Kelly Rowland & Stevie J

Miami Beach, FL – January 24, 2013 – Thursday night Miami’s own Stevie J kicked off his birthday celebration with Kelly Rowland and friends at Arkadia at Fontainebleau.

Kelly Rowland & Angela Meadows

Moe Garcia, Maverick Carter, & Joe Lahoud

Rico Love’s Birthday at Katsuya

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Rico Love

Miami Beach, FL – December 8, 2012 – On Saturday, at SLS Hotel South Beach, Rico Love celebrated his 30th Birthday among his closest family, friends and industry leaders. As cocktails courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka were served, dozens of the most powerful individuals from the music industry joined select guests from the sport, entertainment, fashion and art world, to pay tribute to the man who has influenced their artistic lives and creative repertoires. The evening  featured an exclusive fashion show by Roberto Cavalli Spring/Summer 2013, presented by Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour followed by a private dinner at Katsuya.

Sean “Diddy” Combs & Rico Love

Sean “Diddy” Combs, Fat Joe, & Rico Love

Rico Love, Sean “Diddy” Combs, & Pharrell Williams

Fat Joe, Rico Love, & Pharrell Williams

Rico Love & Pharrell Williams

Kelly Rowland & Rico Love

Pharrell Williams & Kelly Rowland

Rico Love & Sean “Diddy” Combs

Sean “Diddy” Combs & Ivana Trump

Jason Binn, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Rico Love, Ivana Trump, & Judith Light

Ivana Trump, Judith Light, Jonathan Cheban, & Jason Binn

Kelly Rowland

Rico Love, Helen Lasichanh, & Pharrell Williams

Rico Love & Fat Joe

Rico Love, Sean “Diddy” Combs, & Fat Joe

Sean “Diddy” Combs, Gabrielle Bozza, & Pharrell Williams

Fat Joe, Rico Love, & Sean “Diddy” Combs

Anne Owen, Rico Love, & Jason Binn

Jason Binn, Fat Joe, & Anne Owen

Chauncey Hamlett & Kenny Burns

Busta Rhymes’ Birthday at LIV

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Kelly Rowland, Lil Wayne, & Wilmer Valderrama

Miami Beach, FL – May 20, 2012 – Wondering where Lil Wayne was last night as he won four Billboard Music awards for Top Male Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Album, and Top R&B Song with Kelly Rowland? He was at LIV Sundays for the birthday celebration of the master, Busta Rhymes. All of Busta’s friends came out for the occasion, including Kelly Rowland, Mack Maine, and Wilmer Valderrama. Happy birthday Busta Rhymes!

Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne

Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, & Mack Maine

Lil Wayne

Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, & Mack Maine

Stevie J, Don P, & A.D

Stevie J & Don P

Don P

Stevie J & Don P

Wilmer Valderrama & Kelly Rowland

Wilmer Valderrama, Kelly Rowland, & Dru Brett of The Runners

Jorge Matta

Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne

DJ Affect Birthday at Cameo

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, & Bow Wow

Miami Beach, FL – March 24, 2012 – DJ Affect celebrated his birthday at Cameo Saturday night with a special group of friends by his side including Kelly Rowland, T-Pain, Timbaland, and Ginuwine. Trey Songz gave an exclusive performance and definitely made Affect’s night unforgettable.

Kelly Rowland & Trey Songz

DJ Affect

Kelly Rowland & T-Pain

AJ Calloway

AJ Calloway & T-Pain

Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, & Bow Wow

Kelly Rowland at Arkadia

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Miami Beach, FL – September 16, 2011 – Friday at Arkadia gained such a big name that celebrity Kelly Rowland decided to show up last week for some good times and dancing with friends. As always, Friday’s was wild and the “Not for the Radio” party had tourists and locals alike hitting the dance floor.

Kelly Rowland & Olivia Griffian

Latasha Wright, Angela Meadows, Kelly Rowland, & Olivia Griffian

Alex Twist & Tanya Vartanian

Alex Twist

Amanda Aldecoa & Tanya Vartanian

Amanda Aldecoa

Courtney Rodriguez & Amanda Aldecoa

Courtney Rodriguez

Gaudi Castro

Los De La Vega

Los De La Vega & Tony G

Los De La Vega

Jaclyn Walters

Biz Martinez, Sam Baum, & Gaudi Castro

Evelyn Rodriguez, Gianna Patino, & Vanessa De Las Casas

Samara Khalil & Ginevra Renzetti

Tanya Vartanian

Alex Twist, Tanya Vartanian, Gaudi Castro, & Amanda Aldecoa

Kelly Rowland at Cameo

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Kelly Rowland & Sheree Whitfield

Miami Beach, FL – July 9, 2011 – The fun and excitement peaked this Saturday night at Cameo as host Kelly Rowland brought the party up a notch and DJ Affect kept it swinging until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Jessica White & Kelly Rowland

Happy Birthday DJ Irie

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

DJ Irie

June 21, 2011 – Truly one of my oldest friends. DJ Irie is a Miami boy through and through. We went to the same high school (Palmetto), I saw him DJ college parties, and then on to his first gigs in the Grove. We’ve been doing this so long buddy … To see DJ Irie’s career take off is a testament to the real payoff seen only through hard work, dedication, and true passion. As a DJ on 99 JAMZ, Irie helped put the Miami hip hop scene on the map and brought the 305 notoriety world-wide. As the Miami Heat DJ, the crowd partied with you, the team rallied around you, and a city fell in love with you. Irie became a part of the city’s DNA and a true face of Miami. I’ve watched Irie DJ at international hot spots and events world wide. Whether it’s the MTV VMA’s, Sundance, All Star Weekend, or a hotel opening in San Juan, I’ve shot photos of Irie making the crowd go wild … He has a knack for making sure that everyone in the room is smiling and dancing. The Irie sneaker and headphone were soon launched, but it was obvious that Irie was one of the only people I TRULY know who wanted to use his fame and notoriety to help others… After the hugely successful creation of Irie Weekend and the Peace Through Music jewelry line, he has now launched the most impressive extension of the Irie brand to date – The Irie Foundation. I can’t wait to hit the golf course (and of course the parties) this weekend to help you raise money, have fun, and celebrate all for a good cause. And, Happy Birthday DJ IRIE … You are truly one of a kind and an inspiration to all who are lucky enough to call you a friend .

KristIn Cavallari, Haylie Duff, Ciara, DJ Irie, & Nick Cannon

Erykah Badu, DJ Irie, & Q-Tip

Rachel Ray & DJ Irie

DJ Irie, Will Ferrell, Diana, & Chris Jones

Paris Hilton & Dj Irie

DJ Irie

Micky Arison, DJ Irie, Robert Iler, & Nick Cannon

Nick & Micky Arison, DJ Irie, & Nick Cannon

Alonzo Mourning, Jerry Powers, Shaquille O’Neal, Shareef Malnik, Jason Binn, & DJ Irie

Rick Ross, DJ Irie, & Dwyane Wade

Mark Ronson, DJ Irie, & DJ AM

DJ Irie & Samantha Ronson

DJ Irie

DJ Irie & DJ Khaled

DJ Irie & LL Cool J

Al B Sylk, Lisa Erickson, Mark Strickland, & DJ Irie

Chris Lighty & DJ Irie

Christina Milian & DJ Irie

Clark Kent & DJ Irie

Cool & Dre, DJ Irie, & DJ Khaled

DJ Irie & Amy Zakarin

DJ Irie & David Grutman

DJ Irie & Kelly Rowland

DJ Irie & Kid Capri

DJ Irie & Patrick Ewing

Dj Irie & Charles Barkley

DJ Irie, Damon John, Star Jones, & Al Reynolds

DJ Irie & Dwyane Wade

DJ Irie, Kevin Federline, & Scooter Braun

DJ Irie, Randy Jackson, & Navin

DJ Irie

DJ Ruckus & DJ Irie

Fabolous, DJ Irie, & Chris Jones

Doug E. Fresh, Lil Jon, Kid Capri, & DJ Irie

Bill Spector, DJ Irie, Moe Garcia, & Justin Levine

DJ Irie, Busta Rhymes, Splif Star, & James Cruz

Ja Rule, DJ Irie, & Irv Gotti

Jamie Foxx & DJ Irie

Kelly Arison & DJ Irie

Kenny McAlister & DJ Irie

Kid Capri & DJ Irie

Ludacris & DJ Irie

Mike Tyson  & DJ Irie

Mr. Mauricio, Anthony Michael Hall, & DJ Irie

Pauly Shore & DJ Irie

Pete Rage & DJ Irie

Max Pierre, Roman Jones, DJ Khaled, & DJ Irie

Seth, DJ Irie, Navin, & Zack Bush

DJ Irie

DJ Irie & Seth