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Music, dance, art and style at Tuesday Blend’s monthly mashup of ‘everything hip’

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Bill Hughes

Members of many local dance crews were in the house for Tuesday Blend’s event to benefit Renew Yamada. Hypnotix’s hard-hitting routine was followed by some explosive breaking by KnuckleHead Zoo’s b-boys.

There’s a lull before the storm of a show, when the floor is dark and dotted with people awkwardly drinking, waiting for the signal to swarm. At Tuesday Blend, there is no lull. The show starts when the doors open, because almost everyone in line is a performer.

The Details

The Tuesday Blend Project
Monthly on a Tuesday, Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip.
For details on how to submit a project and what's up with the Blend, visit its Facebook page.
To watch videos of past Blend performances, visit its YouTube channel.

DJs EARWAXXX and Phase are threading old Notorious B.I.G. and LL Cool J into new Busta Rhymes and Tyga, a funky sample of the Inspector Gadget theme and anything else with a thick beat. The crowd responds with bursts of krumping, jookin’, popping and locking while they talk. The moves are part of the conversation, and they swell into a dance circle just off the display of street art up for raffle to benefit charity Renew Yamada. And the official show hasn’t even begun.

Hence the Tuesday Blend. The monthly mashup of “everything hip” was founded by local movement the Waterhole KINGS so hip-hop artists could connect and share with a little more structure. But anyone can submit a project with a good shot at making the stage.

“When you’re out in the desert, you have all the animals that come out to socialize and drink at this waterhole. That’s what we wanted to create, an environment where people that have the same interests—art, fashion, music, dance—they all come there to network and hang out,” says Jayar Tolentino, KINGS co-founder and the evening’s co-host. “It’s kind of like a place that feeds everyone.”

The stage show rolls from Korabo Taiko’s traditional drumming to Campfire Music spitting rhymes, singer Rene Ashley styling Adele and dance crews Hypnotix and KnuckleHead Zoo in distinct, controlled explosions. Hypnotix ends with a dancer flying from the arms of his crew like a bullet from a gun, matching the track. It’s a slick metaphor, because on so many levels, I’m blown away.

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