Performers gathered in the name of creativity, business sense and giveaways for a late-night show organized by Creative Studios LV and Financial Groove on Feb. 23. “Financial Groove Presents” was held at the Loft Works space rented by Creative Studios and was a comfortable mix of live music, spoken word, indie short films and dance.
Creative Studios supports performing artists by providing rehearsal, administrative, marketing and fundraising resources, all in the name of creation and innovation. Financial Groove, a QuickBooks-approved organization, supplies artists with tax expertise to ensure that art and business operate as harmoniously as possible.
Both entities know how to put on a widely enjoyable show. Additionally, raffle prizes and donations were contributed by such organizations as PhotoFM.com , The Muffler Shop, Creative Studios LV, Pahrump Valley Winery, CMIT Solutions of The Lakes, PhotoGraphic Creations and Flowers of the Field. A grand prize for the evening was an Amazon Kindle e-reader and, of course, free food abounded.
Performers hailing from “Fantasy” Cirque du Soleil, “Le Reve” and the like joined freelancing musicians and dancers in a concert whose proceeds benefited Creative Studios. Dance wasn’t the mainstay of the evening, but two aerial acts, several vocal solos, a couple of monologues and live music filled the space with creative vibes.
Drea Lee, pictured left, choreographed a high-energy, funk-and-burlesque fusion number to Christinia Aguilera’s “Spotlight,” which was performed midway through the show. Clever choreography and personality-filled dancers in fringe made the piece an easy crowd-pleaser and some intricate funk kept things interesting. Footage of the number is available here.
Tenile Pritchard and an artists known as Swift performed a duet toward the end of the show and set the scene with candles, a pillow and conversational choreography. Drake’s “Little Bit” serenaded the couple through a twining piece about the complexity of relationships and vulnerability. Tight isolations made it evident that the choreography was backed up by two strong technicians and the energy helped the show end strongly.
Two short films by Lauren Thompson, titled “Restroom” and “Mail Room,” provided ample head-scratching material and Adam Kilbourn screened a humorous short about a very un-funny economic situation. All of this material, paired with an open and relaxed atmosphere, made “Financial Groove Presents” edgy and appealing. Ideally, there will be more events like this on the way.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Creative Studios or Financial Groove, keep your eyes peeled because more material should be coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy the photos below and check out both Creative Studios LV and Financial Groove on Facebook.