Annual Washingtonian Style Setters at the W Hotel with Pelonkey CEO, DJ Neekola!

Modified from Ciera Gallub‘s post on DJ Neekola’s blog, 9/30/14.

Last Thursday night, Pelonkey‘s CEO, DJ Neekola was asked to perform for the infamous Washingtonian Style Setters event, held at Pinea Restaurant in the W Hotel.

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 The event honors the top 10 trendiest people in the City who dare to be different and fabulous with their fashion (pictured below).

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 DJ Neekola had the entire place bouncing whilst networking with the fiercest and most wonderfully styled people in the city.

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 Providing all the lighting for the evening, Pelonkey and Neekola Entertainment’s lights had the room glowing a beautiful blue with amber and white accents.

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Eventually, the restaurant opened up the downstairs and patio area to allow the guests to really spread out and enjoy the luxurious W Hotel and all of its fun little hangouts.

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Neekola kept the crowd pumped the entire night, and everyone was having a blast!

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Style Setters 2014 was definitely a night to be remembered!

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 A big thanks to Revamp and Guest of a Guest for the wonderful pictures!

Pelonkey Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Charles Koch (aka: DJ Dirty Hands)

Written by Ciera Gallub, Pelonkey COO

His name is certainly popular around DC, known by his night time role as DJ Dirty Hands! Our awesome Pelonkey Advisory Board member, Charles (Chuck) Koch is a hard-spinning disk jockey as well as a savvy business man. He is a partner at Heist Lounge in DuPont, which he generously allows us to use for Pelonkey events.

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Chuck has the great ability to connect people together and is an excellent networker. He believes that Pelonkey will help to stabilize the industry, especially pertaining to nightlife. The growing trend of becoming a DJ has been increasingly prominent in the DC nightclub scene, and Chuck feels Pelonkey will really help both the entertainers and the clients navigate the growing industry. Dirty Hands plans to use his awesome DJ network and connection skills to help Pelonkey scale and continue to grow, offering great insight from the DJ world, nightlife scene, and venue owner perspectives.

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Heist has been doing so well this summer that Chuck is excited to see what the cooler months will bring! I asked him what one of the most ratchet moments DJing was like. One time while he was spinning at a club, six girls got into a huge fight behind him at the booth! Good beats can make people go bananas sometimes.

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Outside of his Advisor role and his other occupations, Chuck enjoys flying (planes!), golf (FORE), and snowboarding (watch out for the yeti!). He rolls out to Cabo every year for vacation and says he could live on a beach, easily.

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We love having Chuck on our Pelonkey Advisory Board! He gives us great insight, excellent advice, and graciously opens his venue to us for Pelonkey events, which is the perfect atmosphere for getting up close and personal with the DC DJ scene. Thank you, Chuck!

Pelonkey Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Max Major!

Posted by Pelonkey writer Ciera Gallub.

Max Major is not just an awesome Pelonkey Advisory Board member, providing sound business and entertainment advice and bringing great industry insight to the table. Max Major is also DC’s finest and most popularly booked magician, with his own company. He performs for corporate events, privates parties, and all sorts of special events on top of his highly successful magic show THINK, which will be taking a national theater tour this summer from Chicago to New Orleans!

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On top of that, Max Major is also the owner of Metro Event Specialists, a highly specialized network of event industry professionals. MES mixers and workshops are hosted every month, benefiting local event planners, entertainers, and business people by helping them make excellent connections and contacts within the DMV area.

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Max brings a lot of excellent qualities to the Pelonkey Advisory Board table, with vast event industry experience, insight from an entertainer’s perspective, as well as excellent business advice for Nicole, being an entrepreneur himself. Not to mention his ability to read minds and his perfect hair – that swoop though! For anyone who was wondering, yes, I did ask Max to read my mind during our interview, which he was successful at!

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Asking Max for his activities while he wasn’t working was difficult – he’s always working! However, being a lifetime snowboarder, he sometimes indulges in the beautiful snowy slopes. Max also frequents the gym, and his drink of choice is whiskey. If Max could only eat one food for the rest of his life, he would consume sweet potato hash forever because it is “buttery and fatty and delicious”. He has no idea what his favorite color is. Perhaps it is green, like butter lettuce.

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Check out Max Major’s amazing mind-reading abilities at his next upcoming THINK show! Let him know that he makes an awesome Pelonkey Advisory Board member while you hand him a whiskey shot.

Pelonkey’s CEO, DJ Neekola, Performs at the RAMMY Awards 2014!

At one of the most exciting events of the year, Pelonkey CEO DJ Neekola was booked to perform at this year’s RAMMY awards!

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Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, this year’s event was bigger and better than ever!

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Hosted by RJ Whyte’s fabulous event planners, the convention center looked immaculate.

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Neekola’s booth stood above the main bar area, where various whiskeys, spirits, craft beers, and cocktails were being served to the guests.

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The night started with a live band, keeping the crowd in a fun, upbeat mood to eat, drink, and socialize!

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During their awesome performance, DJ Neekola took the opportunity to go network with some of the biggest socialites in the city.

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She even ran into a Pelonkey Board member, Victoria Michael with VM Public Relations!

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Catch a spotlight post on her in the Pelonkey blog soon!

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We also ran into a great friend of ours, Daniel Mahdavian, partnered with a couple new restaurant ideas launching soon – stay tuned!

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Those are bound to be incredible new eating spots in the city!

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With a different theme at each station, all of the chefs from various restaurants and eateries in the area represented a different country.

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The hand-written chalk decor for these food stations was nothing short of stunning!

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Once we had our fun running around, munching on some delicious eats and chatting with some of the best people you will ever meet, it was Neekola’s turn to take over the dance floor!

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Starting off the dance and party portion of the evening was a live flash mob!

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As always, DJ Neekola used her superior skills to read the crowd and rouse everyone to the dance floor!

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This was a fun task after the incredible flash mob dancers busted their moves, but she managed just fine to get everyone into the dancing mood!

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Keeping the crowd packed the whole night, she had to end the night with Andrea Bocelli remixed with Imogen Heap to clear the floor for cleanup, and people still found a way to dance to it!

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Her rhythms are just too good.

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A big thanks to all of our great photographers, such as Ben Droz, Brightest Young Things, and Washington Life Magazine the for some of these wonderful photos!

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Thank you to RJ Whyte for booking Neekola for this amazing event!

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The RAMMYS always promise good memories and great times with awesome people, and we very much appreciated being a part of it all!

@SXSWV2V #CommunityMeetUp #DC at @UberOffices

Article taken from DJ Neekola’s blog (http://djneekola.com) with permission from host 6/13/14.

This past Monday, DJ Neekola attended the SXSW V2V DC Community Meet Up at the UberOffices in DuPont. This event brings together investors, venture capitalists, techies, entrepreneurs, and everyone who makes SXSW so awesome, all in the same room to meet, greet, and network before the big conference happening in Las Vegas this July. SXSW uses this meet up opportunity to find out what makes all these DC startups tick!

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The UberOffices 7th floor was an excellent host for the evening, with drinks and delicious snacks from Ridgewells Catering, keeping all the DC invitees very happy! DJ Neekola represented Pelonkey and met a few other awesome people who were also invited to come present in next month’s conference, as well as some potential investors! Definitely a great meet up!

SXSW V2V: http://sxswv2v.com/sxsw-v2v-community-meet-tour

UberOffices: http://uberoffices.com

SXSW V2V recap: http://sxswv2v.com/news/2014/thank-you-washington-dc-community-meet

GregsList: http://gregslistdc.com/event/2014/sxsw-v2v-washington-dc-community-meet

Awesome #AprilMESmixer by @Metro_Events at @IrishWhiskeyDC

This past Tuesday, Metro Event Specialists hosted their April #MESmixer at Irish Whiskey! Being a Board Member for MES, DJ Neekola went out to the Irish pub for a fun night of awesome networking with the best professionals in the event industry DC has to offer!

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Run by the amazing duo, Max Major (DC’s best magician – and most eligible bachelor!) and Troy Francis (Troyal Events), the mixer started at a large bar immediately entering Irish Whiskey. With Social Tables checking everyone in flawlessly, you were immediately welcomed into a bustling room full of energetic people, ready to meet everyone!

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  Meant 2 Live Foundation and Impact Marketing and Events owner, Eddie Fam, had a place in the corner where the Metro Events people were collecting gently used smart phones, business attire, and business accessories for people in need in the DC area.

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  Downstairs, Irish Whiskey had another bar that reminded me of an almost speak-easy atmosphere. Upstairs, the pub supplied a delicious array of warm pretzel bites with spicy mustard and sweet “drunk” donuts!

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 A big thanks to Photography by Alexander and the Umbrella Syndicate for these awesome event pictures!

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   Upstairs is where the DJ was rocking out, and paired with another bar, the good times kept rolling!

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Near the end of the mixer, Max and Troy made announcements for the winners of the door prizes, raffles, and twitter contest for whomever tweeted with the hashtag #MESmixer. Everyone was excited about their prizes!

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These mixers are always a blast, sporting the best bites, drinks, atmosphere, networking, and people in the city. We always have a good time and make some awesome connections!

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You won’t want to miss the next MES Mixer – always a packed and sold out event! The next mixer is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24th, with details to come! See you there!

Metro Event Specialists: http://metroevents.org

Irish Whiskey: http://www.irishwhiskeydc.com

Troyal Events: http://troyalevents.com

Max Major: http://maxmajor.net

Umbrella Syndicate: http://www.theumbrellasyndicate.com

Photography by Alexander: http://www.alexandermorozov.com

Impact Marketing and Events: http://impactme.com

Meant 2 Live Foundation: http://www.meant2live.org

Social Tables: https://www.socialtables.com