I discovered a gem today ladies and gents! Lady DJ, Smiles Davis, knows her music and how to join a diverse range of genres to form one soulful final product. A former professional dancer/company member with the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, she became such a sought after talent that she served as a movement coach for multiplatinum artist Lauryn Hill and a back up dancer for both Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot. Unfortunately due to an injury, her career as a dancer was put on hold. During her rehabilitation Miss Davis discovered her love for turntables. As an employee of Amoeba Music in LA, she takes full advantage of her surroundings, studying and jamming out to every musical genre possible. Always having a strong connection to music, spinning offered the opportunity to control the groove instead of riding and interpreting it, giving her a new avenue for expression. She recently guest dj-ed here in Vegas at The Cosmopolitan, and I can’t forgive myself for missing her set. Hopefully she’ll be back soon! I love her eclectic style of mixing, and man will ya look at that smile! Love her! Feel free to download her mix above, courtesy of Soundcloud, by clicking the downward arrow. Don’t forget to visit her website where you can find more mixtapes and goodies!
Meet Brittany McKay aka B. Rose, a Las Vegas-based singer-songwriter known for mesmerizing crowds with her powerful voice, energy and stage presence. Enveloped by the amazing musicianship of her band consisting of young up-and-coming local artists, B. Rose has been making waves in the Las Vegas music scene for many years now.
In Episode 6 of the Artist Spotlight series, Raw Femme presents Mandy Joy, professional artist born and raised in Upstate New York. Mandy learned to sketch faces in a college art class, and loved to draw her nieces and nephews. She did not pursue painting until she moved to Las Vegas 7 years ago and became inspired by the scenery of the area and regional Southwest. At the urging of friends and family, she began selling my work in spring 2013. Six months later, she was a full time artist. Learn more about Mandy's journey below and support this talented babe!
In Episode 4 of the Artist Spotlight series, Raw Femme visits with Jessica Galindo owner of Leather Couture. Leather Couture is an avant-garde, luxury leather line of impeccably handcrafted accessories and handbags. Each work from Leather Couture is handcrafted and assembled in processes that can take anywhere from several hours to several days to produce. The designer, Jessica Galindo, hand-selects treasures she connects to and that reflect her aesthetic.
In Episode 3 of the Artist Spotlight series, Raw Femme visits with Kristel Nazareno owner of The Clean-Up. With both a cosmetology and barber background, Kristel J. Nazareno specializes in services from fades to cutting long length and styling. Kristel has made a name for herself in a male-dominated industry, pushing against boundaries, and serving up signature hairstyles with a woman's touch.
In Episode 2 of the Artist Spotlight series, Raw Femme pays a visit to Concept, a Las Vegas based custom clothing shop founded by Joe and Alexa Jimenez. The married duo, along with their talented staff, are custom clothiers and sample makers for businesses, clothing lines, and public figures. They are the go-to embroiders for many well-known streetwear brands that currently operate out of Las Vegas, such as KNYEW & Lucrative. They have also created their own brands of clothing, Shop Originals and Goddess, both consisting of all hand-crafted and custom designed pieces.
In Episode 1 Artist Spotlight series, Raw Femme is thrilled to present an exclusive interview with Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen of Smoke Season. We visited the talented duo during soundcheck for their killer show at Beauty Bar in Downtown Las Vegas.