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Famed pianist ELEW, a favorite of President Barack Obama, played an ultra-exclusive concert for a few lucky invited guests in Miami.
The jazz pianist, whose real name is Eric Lewis, put on a high-energy performance in the $16 million penthouse at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach on Tuesday night.
Guests such as Sonic Youth rocker Kim Gordon and novelist Christopher Bollen were treated to a passionate private performance that included jazz versions of “Mr. Brightside,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Ain’t Nobody.”
ELEW’s energetic style of “rock jazz” has helped him amass big-name fans including Leo DiCaprio, Donna Karan and Hugh Jackman, plus he has performed at the White House for the Obamas.
Surrounded by works by artist Daniel Mazzone, he told the crowd, “I came here to get down, I came here to party. I invite you to vibe with me, I feel all the artworks around me. Get into it. Celebrate life … I will give you my blood, that’s how I feel about performing, but I don’t want the blood to come too soon.”