Estelle parties in Miami, LILT promises cocktails along with entertainment; DJ Laz starts new job

08/27/2014 12:00 AM

08/27/2014 5:47 PM

Not a bad way to spend the afternoon.

American Boy singer Estelle met with local fans at Blue Martini Lounge Brickell on Saturday to introduce South Floridians to Rosa Regale sparkling red wine. At the “Paint the Town Red” event, attendees sipped on cocktails made with the slightly fizzy adult beverage, indulged in mini makeovers and took selfies with the British Grammy winner.

Estelle, sporting long braids, told the crowd that her new album, True Romance, will be out soon.

ARTSY CROWD

Celebrity watchers: This one’s for you: The Epic hotel on Biscayne Boulevard Way in downtown Miami is ushering in a sophisticated alternative to the Miami club scene with a proper cocktail lounge called LILT, a loaded word referring to a spirited and cheerful rhythm.

On Tuesday night, a few VIPs were invited to check out the space for a soft opening, featuring bites by executive chef Wolfgang Birk, innovative cocktails via Area 31’s head bartender Dean Feddaoui and a performance by YoungArts alum, vocalist/guitarist Melissa Goldstein.

Expect no DJs or house music here. LILT has partnered with National YoungArts Foundation to showcase musical acts and solo performances by YA peeps every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Galena Mosovich

ON THE RADIO

He’s back: DJ Laz hit the airwaves Monday morning for his new gig at Hits 97.3 FM, along with cohost Kimmy Bell. All went smoothly as far as first days go. After all, Laz, who worked at Power 96 for 22 years before leaving for Los Angeles in 2012, is a pro.

“I’m not good at certain things. Running a marathon isn’t one of the things I am good at,” the veteran DJ told CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo. “Radio, I’m good at. It’s my passion.”

Though L.A. wasn’t a good fit for the Miami boy, he has no regrets: “I would kick myself in the behind If I didn’t try it and wonder ‘what if,’ so I tried it, and it didn’t work. It’s not about when you fall, it’s about how you get back up.”

These days, his positive spirit has come in handy. In May, the 43-year-old was behind the wheel of a boat whose propeller fatally slashed a young man, whose family is now suing Laz, born Lazaro Mendez.

Though the native Miamian cannot comment due to ongoing litigation, he told CBS4: “At the end of the day it’s the worst possible thing that could ever happen. I’m a dad, I’m a brother, and my heart goes out to the family, and I wish I could speak to the family.”

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About Madeleine Marr

Madeleine Marr

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Former fashion and food writer Madeleine Marr joined the Miami Herald in 2003. The native New Yorker's celebrity coverage includes features, interviews, events, red carpets, premieres, award ceremonies, style, news and gossip in the South Florida area and beyond.

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