Kaleidoscope Houston 2016 kicked of its first night with Urbanity. I know there were things slated to happen but what actually happen was so much more than I could have imagined. I will start by saying that the energy in the mansion was one you had to experience. DJ Nando kept our bodies moving with the best hip hop tunes. So many creatives in one space supporting one another was just the tip of the iceberg. Every time I turned my head there was something amazing happening.
Host of the evening Omar Castillo was comedic and kept the evening flowing. For starters The Traveling Live Art Canvas was a real treat. I watched it change constantly through out the evening as many of the event guests put their stamp on it. Jammie of Jammie’ Art also live etched Houston’s own Bun B through out the evening. The Urban Movement team looked like super heroes as they performed parkour.
Each of the performing artists were so full of energy. The MadMen Crew took the floor to perform a few songs including a new Houston anthem. Raj the Rapper, who is also the founder of Houston Diaper Bank, performed a mix of inspirational and feel good songs. Tobe Nwigwe of Team GINI performed both spoken word as well as inspiring rap songs that are meant to keep us conscience.
Everyone was astounded with the dance performances of the evening. Brenden Winkfield tap danced with a live drummer for an impromptu jam session. Bgirls Femme Fatale Cru showed off their Bgirl skills as they stormed the runway for Swinn. As the runway show continued, beautifully designed pieces created by Art Institute of Houston emerging artists Wilbert, Keosha, and Kim stunned onlookers. The consensus in the room was “there’s no way these are student designs! They are so amazing!” Shayne Salinas of Kooth Brand made us all remember that you can and should look good while your working hard. If you missed Kaleidoscope Houston 2016, make sure you’re in the house next year!
Urbanity was the best way to start Kaleidoscope Houston 2016! Check back soon for Jet Set and Imaginarium! Enjoy!