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Celebrate Star Wars Day with the Death Star Ultimate Collector Set

Tuesday, May 4 is Star Wars Day. Celebrate fandom on Star Wars Day with a Death Star-inspired, Ultimate Collector Set from Kross Studio. The company honors the iconic, Star Wars space saga. As a result, this one-of-a-kind Death Star Ultimate Collector Set is crafted for those who savor Star Wars history.

The larger-than-life collector sets are limited in quantity, with only 10 being created. This Star Wars Day set is crafted to the finest standards of Swiss design and engineering. Thus, it is the perfect companion for ultimate collectors. For example, each set contains a Death Star inspired Tourbillon watch, an authentic kyber crystal movie prop from the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Last, it’s delivered in a richly detailed Imperial kyber crystal container that measures over three feet long.

Own a piece of cinematic history

Kross Studio brings the emblematic power of the Death Star to life. The imposing design details of the mobile space station and planet-destroying superweapon form the cornerstone of this new collection.

Each collectible set contains an official screen-used kyber crystal – the power source of the Death Star’s superlaser. It is featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Interestingly, this marks the first time that authentic kyber crystal props will be released to the public. Thus here is an opportunity for die-hard fans to own a piece of the fascinating Star Wars galaxy.

Inspired by the Death Star legacy

Kross Studio took up the challenge of the central tourbillon. Develop a mechanical complication honoring the prominent Death Star. For example, it is featured in a 45 mm black DLC coated grade 5 titanium case. Continuing, the captivating Death Star-inspired Tourbillon cage makes one revolution per minute. On the surface of the Death Star-inspired Tourbillon, a green superlaser cannon stands reminiscent of the space station’s kyber crystal enabled power.

The watch itself tells us a great story of passion, craftsmanship and advanced technology. Features include the house-developed manual-winding mechanical movement that delivers a robust 5-day power reserve. Plus, the hands have been affixed to a peripheral display that orbits 360 degrees around the tourbillon. A traditional crown system has been replaced by an ingenious, inset push-button system.

Kross Studio developed a D-ring shaped crown on the case back for winding the watch. It is out of sight to help maintain the timepiece’s sleek, space-age styling. These clean lines are also preserved by cleverly hiding quick-release buttons on the underside of the case. This practical feature will doubtless be welcomed by collectors. As a result, it allows a quick change of the straps from the included calfskin leather strap to either of the two other included rubber straps.

An eminent design object with an immersive visual experience

The powerful and precious nature of the kyber crystals in the Star Wars galaxy, required them to be stored in armored crates for transport. Faithful to the film storytelling, Kross Studio conceived an official reproduction of those containers, made of wood and aluminum.

More than 700 parts were necessary to produce each container. It’s scaled to half the original film dimensions of 3.94 feet long (1.20 meters). Fully hand-assembled and hand-painted, the containers embody the iconic saga story down to the smallest detail. Every aspect of these substantial art objects, like fine sculptures, have been thoroughly conceptualized and executed. The details take the viewer into the Star Wars galaxy. As an example, the backlit manifest panel inscribed in Aurebesh script – one of the most widely used alphabets in the Star Wars galaxy.

Celebrate in our own galaxy

Star Wars iconography is subtly inserted to sublimate the whole. Thus, the esthetic Galactic Empire emblem and the push-button feature an engraving in Aurebesh script. Moreover, the hour hand takes the shape of an Imperial-Class Star Destroyer. While the minute hand appears as a Super-Class Star Destroyer. It carries no less than 38,000 stormtroopers. At last, the fixed hours wheel, filled with white superluminova “blue emission”, is inspired by the lighting halls embedded in the Imperial vessels.

This Star Wars Day collection is extremely rare. Remember, only 10 of these Death Star Collector Sets will ever be produced. But the launch is just the first of more exciting Star Wars-inspired products to come from Kross Studio. The company looks forward to bringing the most breathtaking and immersive experiences to their fans and customers.

May the 4th Be With You!

We hope you enjoyed reading about the new Death Star Ultimate Collector Set from Kross Studio. Enjoy Star Wars Day and return soon to follow our popular, luxury site.

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QVESOIR is Tampa’s Shiny Box for Celebrities – A Magnet For the Stars!

QVESOIR – Can you get in and is it worth it?

So, when you say Florida has fun, sexy, excitement and celebrities, the first thing that comes to mind is Miami right?!?! NOPE! Guess again.

Tampa is hot and hotter than ever. Maybe it’s Tom Brady or maybe it’s John Travolta, but Tampa is bringing in more big names to the city than ever before. But why, why is Tampa the new NEW?!?!

Maybe it’s the new development of waterfront homes, new schools, an open minded innovative mayor. In addition, Tampa has new skyscraper developments per square mile than any other city in Florida.

But when you’re spending all this money on property and other investments in the city, you want somewhere to unwind, relax and be with others you can mingle with. Well along came QVESOIR. QVESOIR is definitely a celebrity magnet. It only attracts the city’s ultra-wealthy and is known for its modern spin on the Palace of Versailles.

The prices are through the roof, so you must be able to afford a whopping $400.00 – $4,000.00 per night!

Qvesoir is located at 1920 E. 7th Ave in Ybor City, Tampa. It’s the largest hospitality property in Tampa for food & nightlife, estimated at 30,000 square feet. The music changes nightly but the crowd stays the same, which is big money.

So, what’s the bad news? Well you probably can’t get in. The venue is overly strict of who they let in. They do accept walk-ins, but most cabanas are booked in advance. Oh yes, not tables … there are cabanas inside, super chic. Most walk-ins are turned away. It’s like they are protecting their snobs.

So is it worth it to spend over $500.00 just to say I saw Channing Tatum and Bella Hadid dance the night away? Probably not. I leave it up to you. The place is a wonder, it screams rich and elegance.

Have fun, if you can!

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“Docked at Hard Rock” in Lake Tahoe, Featuring the Art Car “Christina”

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe was the only place to be over the weekend. “Docked at Hard Rock” took place both Friday and Saturday nights and featured the amazing “Art Car” Christina.

Event guests at the Docked at Hard Rock celebration on Friday, Nov. 1, were treated to nationally acclaimed DJ Justin Martin. Based in San Francisco, the DJ/producer first entered the electronic music scene in 2003. He helped develop Dirtybird Records, during a time he also booked various international festivals.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, Zach Sciacca thrilled the large crowd. He’s better known as DJ Z-Trip. The DJ/producer is from Phoenix, Arizona. Like Justine Martin, he performed atop the Christina art car. Z-Trip was awarded “America’s Best DJ” in 2009. He is still as popular today and a pioneer of the mashup movement. In addition, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Dan the Automator are a few of the respected artists Z-Trip has worked with.

The exclusive “Docked at Hard Rock” event became a huge pool-side party, featuring the fun vibe of live music, art, plus several charity functions. The appearance of Christina was the yacht’s first venture on private property for the public.

In addition to the acclaimed DJs, the crowd was treated to fire spinners, Psychedelic Sailors dancing atop the boat, Boots ‘n Cats Gogos, a 104-degree giant hot tub, plus special guests. The party kicked off both nights at 6 p.m. Later that night, the party moved indoors to the Vinyl Nightclub and Center Bar.

Jordan Laub is the event promoter and owner of VELUFUR and was quoted, “Christina’s unique story sets the tone and provided the theme to commemorate an authentic local institution in a meaningful way. Reflecting Lake Tahoe’s status as an environmental leader and Hard Rock’s corporate principles to that end, we’ll also be raising funds for organizations including The Tahoe Fund and Artech dedicated to promoting sustainability and cultural enhancement.”

Christina is a 65-foot long and 35,000 pound yacht. For years, it could be seen traveling across world famous Lake Tahoe. For those who have attended Burning Man, you will remember seeing the Christina art car traversing the Playa for almost a decade. Christina was designated “Queen of Black Rock” on three occasions. She held up to 140 passengers each trip around the Nevada desert floor.

Flipper “Flipper” Manchester is a South Lake Tahoe construction company owner and the current owner of the art car Christina. The yacht was dry-docked at the historic Tahoe Keys Marina and Flipper has hired to demolish it. But he had an innovative idea to save it and convert the yacht to an art car. The boat’s massive hull was painted with the turquoise waves of Lake Tahoe. For years, it was a popular attraction on the Black Rock Desert Playa in northwest Nevada.

Christina art car yacht - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

To make its grand appearance at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe was no simple feat. In mid October, Christina was trucked along a route from Gerlach along State Route 447 to Interstate 80, onto US-395 to US-50. The route was chosen to fit under overpasses and stay away from more congested routes. Finally, once the Art Car” Christina arrived in South Lake Tahoe, she was reassembled.

Party guests could also rent comfortable daybeds, cabanas and reserved tables. Plus, bottle service was also available to purchase.

Charles Manchester was asked by Lake Tahoe Action magazine:
How did the “Christening of Christina” and “Docked at the Hard Rock” celebration come about?
“Executives of the Hard Rock who’ve attended Burning Man and heard her story approached me with the concept to bring her home. They saw the Christina as a vehicle to continue what goes on in the Playa for Burners throughout Northern California, Nevada and beyond”

He continued, “They recognized that it’s more than a party – how it moves people, and determined a way to have a good time, promote art and benefit local non-profits. The entire concept resonated with me. Everybody who knows her and local burners from Tahoe/Reno are all going to be there. I’m excited that the boat will be here and am looking forward to hanging out with my friends and having fun.”

Then Charles was asked, What is the future hold for the Christina?
“I planned to take her back down to Burning Man, and she might be going to other events like Coachella Valley and Las Vegas Electric Daisy. I have some folks in Seattle asking me to bring her up there to keep the vibe alive. From a transport standpoint, we’re installing metal plates enabling us to pull her apart and reassemble fast. Making it tear-down and reassemble is fast for transport. And yes, I’d do it all again.”

Be sure to check out the many upcoming events at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. The Life of Luxury offers VIP access to over 50,000 events around the world. It’s time you make your dreams come true with a VIP experience! Please contact us today.

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Jack Armstrong Completes “Steve McQueen Le Mans” Replacement Painting – $110M

Renowned “Cosmic X” artist Jack Armstrong, has just completed a painting to replace the $13M “Steve McQueen Le Mans” painting stolen in Dallas last year. The new one is titled, Cosmic ‘X’ Paradigm and is now available for sale at $110 million.

The news of the theft was first published in May 2018 by The Hollywood TimesIconic $13M Painting ‘Steve McQueen Le Mans’ Stolen In Dallas and shocked the art industry. While on loan prior to a celebrity exhibition in New York City, the amazing painting has reported to be stolen from a private home in Texas. To date, this crime still remains unsolved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Armstrong created it to honor Steve McQueen’s popular 1971 film Le Mans. The legendary film star was known for performing his own stunt driving in the movie.

 

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Armstrong said that McQueen’s performance in both Bullitt & Le Mans inspired the painting. Jack first met Steve McQueen in 1977 at Musso Franks in Hollywood, California. It’s the oldest restaurant in Hollywood and celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Like many Hollywood celebrities, Musso Franks was a favorite eating establishment of McQueen.

Jack recounts, “I spent over an hour with Steve & told him I planned to one day create the most expensive motorcycle & most valuable art car in the world. He said Kid, New York City is the right place for you to be seen. Keep in touch with me. If they turn out great, I might be interested in them myself. Right after meeting Steve, I planned my NYC move thanks to his encouragement.”

Widely known as “The King of Cool“, Steve McQueen personally encouraged Armstrong’s journey to New York City, where he later was associated with famous artists Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Jack said, “Talking to the biggest movie star in the world seemed completely ‘cosmic’ for an art kid born in Kansas and grew up in Omaha. My ‘Steve McQueen Le Mans’ painting was created in my ‘Cosmic X’ style of art. It’s the only piece of mine dedicated to a Hollywood personality.”

He was asked about the stunning theft of the McQueen painting last year. Jack comments, “Art at the Cosmic X level has a universal appeal. For the person that desires it above anything else, if they cannot afford it, theft is a result. I do not think the painting will be recovered as 7 other examples of my works have been taken & never found. Perhaps, I will simply create 7 new pieces some day so there will be 100 Cosmic X originals, once again.”

As a result, to continue honoring Steve McQueen, Jack decided to replace the original $13M “Steve McQueen Le Mans” painting.

“The painting is a direct inspiration from my universal Cosmic ‘X’ book series. It includes a metaphysical cosmic realization in the art that details humanity’s future paradigm.” Cosmic ‘X’ Paradigm, the final Armstrong Cosmic ‘X’ masterpiece, is 24×36 acrylic on canvas. It is (1) of only 5 Cosmic X paintings now priced at $100M or above.”

 

Warhol Naked painting - Jack Armstrong
“Warhol Naked” – Now Offered at $110 Million

As reported in a previous article – http://www.thelifeofluxury.com/jack-armstrong-cosmic-x-art-the-next-big-investment-opportunity/ Jack Armstrong personally knew Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was a Neo-Expressionist painter in the 1980’s. In May of 2017, his “Untitled” painting set the record for most expensive painting ever sold at an auction by an American artist. The total Sotheby’s auction price including fees totaled $110.5 million. Purchased by Yusaku Maezawa, this billionaire is an avid art collector and online fashion mogul.

Untitled - Jean-Michel Basquiat painting
1982 ‘Untitled’ By Basquiat – Sold for $110.5 Million

Armstrong says, “Cosmic X Paradigm, answers the cosmic solution to reality vs infinity, (thru alternate universal existence) which transcend standard religion & philosophical thinking,  taking the viewer visually to an individual cosmic enlightenment with cosmic ‘X’ as both stimuli that transcends art & our imagined state of reality.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/features/are-we-living-simulated-universe-n713031

Jack concludes, “It now seems appropriate that my last painting depicts humanity’s golden future symbolized in ‘cosmic x art.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_Extensionalism_%22X%22

In addition, Jack Armstrong recently introduced two incredible pieces of art made with gold and now available for sale.  They were created to honor Michael and the upcoming documentary film “Mirroring Michael Jackson“, premiering in August.
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-PfDH2nkJk&feature=youtu.be.

Iconic artist, Jack Armstrong created the “Cosmic X Love Glove” ($10 million) and “Cosmic Mirage Hat” ($7 million).  Someone can now own the most expensive glove and hat in the world.
www.thelifeofluxury.com/10m-michael-jackson-love-glove-7m-mirage-hat-for-sale 

Jack also holds the world record for the most expensive motorcycle, cowboy boots and bicycle. The “Cosmic Starship Harley” motorcycle is now available ($35 million), as well as the cowboy boots ($6 million). These would be ideal for any investor to own and have bragging rights by owning world record art! Plus, Jack has over 20 original paintings available for sale. Past clients include Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Gianni Versace, David Bowie, Luciano Pavarotti and Alice Walton (Walmart heiress).

https://www.thelifeofluxury.com/christmas-2021-cosmic-x-masterpiece-art-sale-6-paintings-600m/

If interested in purchasing any of Jack Armstrong’s amazing artwork, please contact us today. His rare artwork continues to rapidly appreciate in value.




Cruise Croatia – New Luxury “Game of Thrones” Cruise For Die Hard GOT Fans

Although the “Game of Thrones” series on HBO has ended after 8 seasons, fans still can’t get enough of this hit show. Well now you can have a chance to cruise and see some of your most favorite sites from the show.

Next year, Cruise Croatia will introduce an exciting 7-day cruise. The maiden cruise is scheduled for August, 8th 2020 and begin in the city of Split. This location is where fans recall Meereen came to life. This location is where Daenerys Targaryen seized the city and freeing many people held as slaves.

Many fans think of Ireland first and where the whole “Game of Thrones” show was filmed. But a good portion was also filmed in amazing Croatia.

After the blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies, fans from around the world flocked to New Zealand. They got to see first hand over 150 locations actually used in the various movies. Visit and see Mordor, Rivendell, Hobbiton and much, much more. Well now “Game of Thrones” can enjoy the same thrills.

The exclusive 7-day cruise will be an awesome, once-in-a-lifetime vacation. It’s limited to only 38 lucky fans. Cruise to Croatia and see first-hand where the GOT series was filmed. Die hard fans already know that many of the show’s scenes took place in King’s Landing, Braavos, Qarth and the Westeros Riverland.

After spending a day in Split, you’re off to make a stop in Dubrovnik. Here, fans will notice this city as King’s Landing. Many city sites will be recognizable.

Here is the trip itinerary:
– 7 nights on board a luxury yacht cruise with breakfast and lunch included daily and a private balcony
– Game of Thrones filming locations tour in both Split and Dubrovnik, with English speaking Game of Thrones expert
– Croatia’s leading Game of Thrones expert as the guide in Dubrovnik
– Visits the spectacular Krka National Park and beautiful waterfalls
– Discover Croatia’s iconic UNESCO listed cities
– Enjoy beach side cocktails on the Cosmopolitan island of Hvar
– Game of Thrones welcome pack on arrival
– Enjoy an epic farewell party in the Kings Landing
– International return economy flights

The last night will be special for all “Game of Throne” fans. The cruise ship is hosting an incredible GoT-themed party on the last night. It will be held in the enter of King’s Landing. What an amazing VIP experience that should be! As another special treat, all cruise passengers will receive a special GoT-themed goody bag.

As of this publication, cruise pricing is expected to be $1,895 per person for a one-way trip. VIP tickets are available for $2,395 per person.

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Live a Life of Luxury and Enjoy a Red Carpet VIP Experience

Have you ever dreamed of attending an award show? We all watch these lavish, red carpet award shows on TV. It’s a sold out event, filled with the most popular celebrities. As a result, now you can personally enjoy a VIP experience yourself.

As the celebrities roll up in a luxury limo, the excitement is just ready to begin. The stroll down the red carpet and pose for the gallery of photographers. Fans line up to catch a glimpse of their favorite. What if that can be you? The Life of Luxury can offer you a VIP experience from other 50,000 events around the world.

We have access to red carpet award shows, fashion shows, concerts, sporting events, private parties, movie premiers, celebrity “meet & greets” and much more. Don’t you deserve a VIP experience? Well now it’s the time to make your dream a reality.

Here is a list of luxury events to consider. You can choose the ideal VIP experience over the next few months:

June 10th: 2018 Tony Awards (New York)

June 12th: Jurassic World Premiere (Los Angeles)

June 16th: MTV Movie and TV Awards (Los Angeles)

June 25th: NBA Awards (Los Angeles)

June 25th: Antman and the Wasp Premiere (Los Angeles)

June 26th: Sicario: Day of Soldado Premiere (Los Angeles)

June 26th: Uncle Drew Premiere (New York)

July 10th: Skyscraper Premiere (Los Angeles)

July 18th: ESPY Awards (Los Angeles)

July 19th – 22nd: Comic-Con (San Diego)

July 25th: The Spy Who Dumped Me Premiere (Los Angeles)

July 25th: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala (St. Tropez)

August 12th: Teen Choice Awards (Los Angeles)

September 17th: Primetime Emmy Awards (Los Angeles)

October 9th: American Music Awards (Los Angeles)

November 8th: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (New York)

November 15th: Latin Grammy Awards (Las Vegas)

April 12th-14th, 19th-21st 2019: Coachella Music Festival (Indio)

We also have access to unique, luxury travel experiences. Dont follow the rest of the crowd. Be a trail blazer and see all that is possible. Let us know what your dream vacation is and our travel concierge specialists can assist.

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Enjoy a VIP Experience at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Looking for a VIP experience? Only at Coachella, home to the world’s largest music festival, can you rub elbows with current and former music legends while basking in the warm California sun. We’ve highlighted what we think will be the best night and day activities in the Coachella Valley that first weekend.

This year’s Coachella music festival is scheduled between April 13 – April 22, 2018. This VIP event will once again be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival is a must. It features many popular genres of music, such as rock, hip-hop, indie plus electronic dance music.

This will be the 19th year of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It’s well known as world’s largest music festival. In addition to all the music, there are numerous parties to enjoy. Here are a few of our faves – The Cobrasnake’s “Party Hike”, Republic Records and Dream Hotels Present the Estate, Fashion Mama’s Mama Mirage, RevolveFestival, TAO x Revolve Desert Nights, Bootsy Bellows Pool Party, presented by McDonald’s and PacSun and Foray Oasis & HYDE Away in the Desert. Other top parties include Lucky Brand Presents Desert Jam, Playboy Social Club Palm Springs, The Estate Club presents SAFE HOUSE and Neon Carnival and Rachel Zoe’s ZOEasis.

As of this date, the 3 top headline performers are Beyoncé, the Weeknd and Eminem. Both weekends are jam packed with awesome musical performers. The weather should be perfect, so make your plans to attend Coachella 2018.

Coachella Music Festival

We want to share a couple of VIP events with our readers for this weekend at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

*April 13th – Two of the biggest club names on the planet vie for who will have the best party and have released their venue spaces, plans, and schedules. We have it, but the general public doesn’t. If you want to know more, call us or email us.

Artists, and guest list is being refined. Call us if you plan to go to day events. We can guide you in the right direction.

*April 14th – Rumored to be the one of the best days in the valley, and for those that are into branded experiences, contact us to obtain the list of brand activations that will excite the senses. For those with a more Indy streak, you are in luck. The night of the 14th will have up to five major events happening that appeal to you.

In addition to two weekends of great music, you can also enjoy delicious food and world class art. There so many VIP experiences at Coachella. It’s hot music in the Indio, California dessert. The memories you will take away will definitely last a lifetime.

Get VIP access to this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California. Two weekends of awesome music and parties! Contact us for the latest packages. Follow this luxury blog for more VIP events and experiences around the world.




Celtic Woman Voices of Angels Tour – An Emerald Isle Musical Gift

Over the last 12 years, Celtic Woman has been an incredible phenomenon, featuring classic Irish music. Many people first hear about the popular group from their numerous TV specials on PBS. The current Celtic Woman – Voices of Angels tour offers a blend of both modern hit ballads and more traditional Celtic songs.

Performing to sold out shows all around the world, about 4 million people have had the pleasure of seeing Celtic Woman in person. The group has produced 12 albums and sold greater than 10 million records. Released in 2016, their latest album is titled Voices of Angels. It includes 16 songs, such as music hits “My Heart Will Go On” and “Time To Say Goodbye”, along with “Ave Marie”, “Mo Ghile Mear” (My Gallant Star) and “Across The World”. The songs were recorded with the sensational 72-piece Orchestra of Ireland.

Celtic Woman Voices of Angels

The current all-women group is made up of four, extremely talented performers – Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon, plus violinist Tara McNeill. Like the show’s title, they truly have “voices of angels.”

In 2012, Susan McFadden became part of Celtic Woman. She has been part of the current group the longest. Susan was born in Dublin and was musically trained at the famous Billie Barry Stage School. She has performed in both television and theater. While living in London, she took part in “Grease” and “Legally Blond.” In Dublin, Susan played the role of “Kathy” in Singin’ in the Rain.

Máiread Carlin joined Celtic Woman in 2013. She was born in the northern Ireland city of Derry. When done with her studies at Trinity College of Music in London, Mairead signed a recording deal with Decca Records. Soon after, she launched her debut solo album, titled “Songbook.” Carlin has toured across both the UK and Ireland with Don McLean. In addition, she sang with the National Symphony Orchestra for RTE TV. As the current members of the Celtic Woman 12-year-legacy, she was asked what do you think makes this incarnation different? She replied, “We all come from such different backgrounds: Eabha comes from a traditional Irish way of singing called Sean Nós. Susan trained in musical theater, Tara is a classically trained violinist and I come from a classical/folk background. It’s not often that fusion works but for some reason it just does with us. It’s amazing.”

Eabha McMahon made her debut with Celtic Woman debut in late 2015. She also took part in the Celtic Woman Public Television special, DVD and album, titled “Destiny.” At the young age of 15, Éabha became the youngest member to join Anúna. They were the original Riverdance choir. Eabha finished her first solo album last year. She is a fluent Irish speaker and was brought up both singing and speaking Irish at her Dublin home. To be part of Celtic Woman is a wonderful experience and she’s proud to be representing her Irish roots. When asked if the group has any rituals before hitting the stage? “Yes. We have a group ritual whereby we all stand side stage and link our baby fingers together while standing in a circle. It symbolizes unity and sisterhood. No matter what happens on that stage we have each other covered. Nobody stands alone on that stage. It’s a symbol of support and empowerment. It really sets us up for the show.”

Celtic Woman Voices of Angels

The newest member of Celtic Woman is Tara McNeill, who replaced former violinist Máiréad Nesbitt. This talented violinist joined in August of 2016. She becomes the first multi-instrumentalist. She also plays the harp and sings with the group. Tara also graduated with honors from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Tara has toured around the world, both as a singer and violinist. You may remember her from the 2015 Public Television special, “Destiny.” Tara accompanied the singers by playing the harp. When asked about the special chemistry of the group and exactly why it works, she answers, “I think the four of us are very keen to make Celtic Woman the best that it can possibly be. Because we each have our own strengths, there are endless possibilities as to what this group can achieve. We are also very lucky to have a special bond that means we are there for each other, always supporting and encouraging each other to be the best that we can be!”

The actual show was visually stunning. A large background screen displayed scenic pictures and clips of Ireland, showcasing its natural beauty. Anybody who has traveled to Ireland will definitely recognize many of the locations. From the ragged coastline to rolling countryside, Ireland is a land of enchantment.

Below is the setlist of songs performed at their show:
MO GHILE MEAR
MY HEART WILL GO ON
DÚLAMAN (Mairead)
ISLE OF HOPE (Eabha)
AMAZING GRACE
ACROSS THE WORLD
AS SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR
THE KESH INN
DANNY BOY
NIL SÉN’ LA

(intermission)

TÉIR ABHAILE RIÚ
ORINOCO FLOW
FOR THE LOVE OF A PRINCESS
AVE MARIA (Mairead)
WALK BESIDE ME (Eabha)
ÓRO SÉ DO BHEATHA ‘BHAILE
Percussion solo (Ray Fean)
THE VOICE (Susan)
SEAN NOS SONG
WESTERING HOME

The four women looked simply radiant. Their gorgeous gowns are each created by Synan O’Mahony, who is a well known Irish designer. Whether singing solo or as a group, each song is a captivating experience for the audience. The women’s voices are individually incredible. When singing together, it’s pure magic. The way they harmonize and take turns singing the main chorus is exceptional. The entire audience experience from the music and choreography to the lighting and visuals is outstanding.

Celtic Woman Voices of Angels

The music wouldn’t be complete without an accompaniment of musical instruments. The band is top notch. With two percussionists, keyboard, harp, acoustic guitar, fiddle and even a bagpipe, the authentic Irish music comes alive. The show lasted over two hours and includes a 20 minute intermission. The show’s tempo flowed effortlessly from classic ballads to Irish dance.

Hearing the rich sounds of the iconic song “Danny Boy” was truly memorable. The beautiful hymn “Amazing Grace” was the night’s most emotional song, for sure. The group of male dancers were excellent as well. In addition, their Irish dance moves were always in sync with the music and drew numerous rounds of applause. As the women sang the final song, the crowd rose in unison for a rousing standing ovation to end a unforgettable evening of fine music and dancing.

This all-female Irish musical ensemble is incredibly talented and delivers a blockbuster show. Everyone should attend a Celtic Woman performance at least once. For many, especially with Irish heritage, it’s a “Bucket List” item. In addition to standard tickets to the show, there are VIP packages available with “meet and greet” opportunities with the Celtic Woman performers.

Contact The Life of Luxury for VIP access to the world’s top award shows and private events. We can also arrange a “meet and greet” with your favorite celebrity or at a concert or stage show like Celtic Woman. Be sure to follow this popular luxury blog for more stories!

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Enjoy a Luxury Experience with Access to Upcoming VIP Events

As winter turns to spring, a busy season of VIP events is upon us. Whether you like music, sports, theater or award shows … you are in luck. We wanted to share some of the upcoming, VIP events you don’t want to miss. The Life of Luxury has VIP access to over 50,000 events all around the world.

Enjoy a night out on the town and treat yourself to a VIP experience that few people even know about. Don’t just watch an event on TV or wished you were there in person. Do not wait any longer and make it happen! We also offer a wide variety of VIP package options.

Music

The Weeknd
L.A. Forum, Inglewood, CA
April 29th, 2017

Lionel Richie: All the Hits with Mariah Carey
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
April 1st, 2017

The Chainsmokers
American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
April 13th, 2017

VIP Radio Disney Music Awards
Microsoft Theater, Los Angles, CA
April 29th, 2017

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VIP

Radio Disney Music Awards
Microsoft Theater, Los Angles
April 29th, 2017

MTV Movie Awards
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA
May 6th, 2017

Tribeca Film Festival
New York, NY
April 19th- 30th, 2017

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Sports

Miami Open
Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, FL
March 20th- April 2nd, 2017

PGA Tour
Quail Hollow Club, North Carolina
August 7th- August 13th, 2017

US Open
Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York
August 28th – September 10th, 2017

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Arts & Theater

Anastasia Broadhurst Theater, New York
March 23rd- ongoing, 2017

Hello, Dolly!
Shubert Theater, New York
March 15th 2017- ongoing

Sunset Boulevard
Palace Theater, New York
February 2nd- May 28th, 2017

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It’s time to enjoy life to the fullest. There are many VIP experiences available, but only a few companies have access to them. Be sure to work with a trusted concierge company that can actual deliver on the promises they make. We are very proud to be one of those companies.

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Shen Yun – A Magical Journey of Traditional Chinese Culture

I had the honor of seeing a Shen Yun performance. The 2017 show season marks its 10th anniversary world tour. It was spectacular and truly portrays genuine Chinese culture that cannot be seen anywhere else. Shen Yun has performed in sold out theaters all around the world. From the first act to the last, it was an amazing performance.

The show was established in 2006 by a group of talented Chinese artists. Genuine Chinese culture has become a lost art in China. As a result, Chinese artists banded together to try to revive the traditions and share with the world.

The show is a blend of culture, incredible dances, musical numbers, timeless stories and also includes a live orchestra. Classical Chinese dance becomes the vessel to tell a fascinating story, covering 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. Now it becomes a way for the modern world to appreciate China’s traditional values.

One of top crowd pleasers was how Shen Yun integrated technological innovation with ancient legends. The full stage backdrops complimented each performance perfectly. The backdrops were animated, so it appeared performers were morphing both to and from the stage with the backdrop. A creative, special effects method right from Hollywood. One moment you are in the snow covered mountains for a Tibetan celebration. Next go back to a peaceful time in the grasslands with Mongolian horsemen.

The performance is broken into two main sets, with a 15 minute intermission. All of the dance segments are brilliantly choreographed. The talented dancers wear colorful, traditional Chinese costumes. These beautiful, handmade costumes add just as much importance to each routine, as the dancers themselves.

Each dance number highlights a group of very talented dancers. Their moves are graceful, effortless and always in unison. Each number was a fine balance of grace and beauty, along with incredible gymnastic tumbling moves. Classical Chinese dance has lived in for many generations via ancient theater, folk traditions, as well as imperial court performances.

Chinese culture has long been driven by Buddhist, Taoist and of course Confucian teachings. Therefore, Shen Yun has perfectly integrated those wisdoms in its show. Key virtues such as justice, loyalty and benevolence are taught and become the foundation of each Chinese person. The hope is good will be rewarded and evil actions appropriately punished.

Shen Yun

What I enjoyed was the pace of the show. Even during the slower, artistic performances, the show had a driving energy that the audience could feel. From the stunning scenery, creative choreography and live music, Shen Yun conveyed a energetic vibe that resonated throughout the theater.

Many live theatrical shows only use soundtracks. But Shen Yun has a live orchestra and included many traditional instruments. The musical score seamlessly fitted the theme of the show. It never overpowered and never underwhelmed. The audience was introduced to traditional Chinese music that most had likely never even heard before. All of the music played is original and influenced by China’s rich history and culture.

Shen Yun also presented live singers and musical performances. Accompanied by a talented pianist, both a male and female sang beautiful numbers. In addition, a woman played an erhu. This traditional Chinese instrument has been around for over 4,000 years. Similar to a small cello, but it only has two strings. The sounds were harmonious and brilliantly played.

A male and female walk out on the stage after each number, to narrate and introduce the next act. We learn that the current Communist Party in China does not allow authentic culture to be performed. They fear this culture as a direct threat to their power. Although Shen Yun has performed in front of millions of people all around the world, it has surprisingly never been seen in China.

Shen Yun

What was interesting to learn, was that the show’s performers are spiritually inspired by meditation and self improvement techniques. The practice is called Falun Dafa. The performers brings together both meditation and study into their daily lives. As a result, their on stage performances appear more genuine and they truly enjoy what they do.

If you are looking for an uplifting and dazzling performance, makes plans to see Shen Yun yourself. Become more educated about ancient Chinese wisdom and the country’s rich culture. Learn that both earth and heaven live as one – in harmony.

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Photo: Shen Yun




Spectacular “Toruk – The First Flight” by Cirque du Soleil

When the name Cirque du Soleil is mentioned, people often smile and describe incredible shows with talented performances and amazing sets. Cirque du Soleil is the largest theatrical producer in the world and their latest touring show is Toruk – The First Flight.

Cirque du Soleil is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Toruk – The First Flight is a different type of show for them. Most of their touring shows or the many running daily in Las Vegas, are heavy on acrobatics and non-stop theatrical action. Toruk – The First Flight is quite different.

Toruk – The First Flight is inspired by the blockbuster movie Avatar. Written, directed, produced, and co-edited by talented James Cameron, it was a huge worldwide phenomenon. The movie hit theaters in 2009. In fact, Avatar is still the highest grossing movie ever with about $2.782 billion in worldwide revenue.

Like the Avatar movie, Toruk – The First Flight is set on the distant moon named Pandora. The name “Toruk” is derived from the dragon-like monster featured in the touring show. Avatar was based in 22nd century Pandora, this show is set in prehistoric Pandora, about 3,000 years earlier.

“Toruk” is stunning from a visual standpoint. It’s a stunning spectacle for the senses, with over-the-tops sets and engaging, tribal music.

Toruk - The First Flight - Cirque du Soleil

Living on Pandora moon are the Na’vi. These people are the animated blue creatures we will come to love. Omaticaya is local a clan and we meet both Entu and Ralu. These two characters partake in a ceremony that is part of growing up. They climb, swing and perform a dazzling rope exercise while suspended over a pseudo fire pit.

Next, we learn from a shaman from the Omatikaya tribe, that a catastrophic lava flow will destroy the Tree of Souls. This is large natural disaster that devastate everything in its path.

The mission of the small Na’vi clan and central theme of Toruk – The First Flight is to save the socially important Tree of Souls. Their journey is to find the Toruk – a gigantic, flying dragon to save Pandora. Along the way, Entu and Ralu meet a young woman named Tsyal.

Directed by talented Neilson Vignola, the show’s stage is massive and emcompasses the entire area floor. From touring mountains to lush jungles and massive waterfalls, the scenery is amazing. The show a multimedia production on steroids. Using 40 video projectors, Vignola and Cirque du Soleil created a visual masterpiece. The set’s surface area covers about 20,000-square feet.

Toruk - The First Flight - Cirque du Soleil

In true Cirque du Soleil fashion, Toruk – The First Flight showcases many talented performers. In one scene, about three dozen Na’vi all perform across the arena floor in full blue bodysuits and elaborate face paint. It’s a array of running, tumbling, jumping and aerobatics. When finished, the large crowd gave a thunderous ovation.

One of my favorite scenes was when the large flood emerges. Beginning in the crowd, the overhead projectors create the illusion of moving water at as it slowly moves across the set. Crashing waves and sound effects leave the crowd in awe.

Another memorable scene was when scattered bones were put together to create the dinosaur skeleton. The characters climb and move around the skeleton, which resembles a seesaw. Using balance and nimble moves, they perform up and down the dinosaur’s vertebrae.

Furthermore, an additional hi-tech feature of the show was to integrate the audience into the performance. Therefore, you are encouraged to download a the Toruk app and join along the journey. Audience members get text message telling them what to do next. In addition, you also get access to unique backstage videos and photos.

Toruk - The First Flight - Cirque du Soleil

Many of the past Cirque du Soleil shows have an circus theme with high-wire acts, trampolines and high-octane gymnastics. Toruk – The First Flight is not like that. Even with the action, the show seems to accept its slower pace. Expect the highlights to come from the visual stimulation and story line as we follow the challenging journey of Entu, Ralu and Tsyal on prehistoric Pandora.

For Avatar fans, it’s been publicized that a series of sequels will be made. Targeted for late 2018 will be part 2. James Cameron will be part of all 4 movies currently scheduled.

If you would like to attend Toruk – The First Flight or any Cirque du Soleil show around the world, contact The Life of Luxury. Our concierge specialists can get you the best seats. Be sure to come back again soon, to read our luxury blog.

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