The 8th Annual Kenny Smith All-Star Bash
February 12, 2009
Considering the influx of fliers and Facebook spamming that has gone on over the past few weeks, Kenny "The Jet" Smith's party was relatively word-of-mouth. But that didn't stop the powers that be at Deux from needing a pop-up tent to extend the size of their venue.
Even the early arrivers (where 10:30 p.m. means early) were treated well. Usually, a warm up deejay is average at best, but the cat who opened up for New York's DJ S&S had the bottle service set two-stepping in their booths and waving their glasses in the air.
Deux is a relatively small spot as far as clubs go, and partygoers gravitated to either side of the room, leaving a virtual catwalk in the middle of the floor to witness the star power as it moved through the room. The first few celebrities trickled in: Kurt Thomas, Michael Bivens, host Kenny "The Jet" Smith, Kevin McHale, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott and Reggie Miller--and they all moved about in the darkness unbothered.
Finally, the witching hour hit: By 12:30 p.m., crowds swarmed the tent entrances, V.I.P. wristbands were denied and faces and egos crumbled as party promoters demanded $50 or take-your-ass-outta-here. Inside, S&S spun a set that would have made New York City proud and there was wall-to-wall ballers, booty, and bottles popping.
That's the stuff an AllS-tar party is made of.
Celebs Spotted (in addition to those mentioned above): Chris Tucker, Chris Webber, Polow da Don, Rev Run, Mike Epps, Ed Lover and Charles Barkley.
Celebs promoted: Kenny "The Jet" Smith
Drinks Slung: There weren't any event-specific cocktails but the VIP was laden with magnum-sized, gold bottles of Moet.
Music Played: '80s and '90s hip-hop, East Coast rap, Reggae, New Jack Swing
Clothes Worn: Suits, designer party dresses, and an occasional catsuit.
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