On Friday, May 9, 2014 the New York Public Library was the place to be. On a beautiful May evening, celebrities and stars alike gathered in the gorgeous Celeste Bartos Forum for the launch of Grey Goose's newest flavor, Le Melon. The masquerade was held in conjunction with the opening night of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. DJ Mick got the party started.
As one circled the room, you could spot actor Ty Burrell, VH1's "La La's Full Court" star Po Johnson, Chef Roble, DJ Beverly Bond, artist Kehinde Wiley, Legendary Damon, Melyssa Ford, Geoffrey Fletcher, Laura Stylez from Hot 97 and "VH1 Love & Hip-Hop" star Tahiry Jose. The photo booth was a big hit. A model dressed in a Victorian style costume was taking photos with guests. Soon it was time for one half of the Outkast duo to take the stage! And Big Boi did not disappoint.
Clad in a red Big Boi cap, shades, black cargo shorts and top, he was ready to rock. He sang "ATLiens," "Skew it on the Bar-B," “Rosa Parks,” “Shutterbug,” “The Whole World,” "So Fresh, So Clean," "Miss Jackson" and "I Like The Way You Move," to name a few. On stage, Big Boi was accompanied by a back up singer, drummer, DJ, guitarist and Sleepy Brown also assisted.
The featured cocktails of the evening were the Grey Goose Le Melon Fizz, Bayonne Old Fashioned, Cavaillon Manhattan, and the decided favorite, Grey Goose Le Melon Mule. After Big Boi's high energy set, Questlove took over the turntables. At the event, Big Boi announced that he is working on a solo album and recently signed a record deal with L.A. Reids' Epic Records. He told Huffington Post backstage,
He (L.A. Reid) understands my music. And one thing about L.A. Reid, there are no creative restraints. He trusts my ear and let's me make the music I want to make. We love being in business together. That's my big brother."
Be sure to catch Outkast on tour this summer and check out The Roots' new album.