HyperVocal Celebrates 1 Year at RIAA with ELEW

Slade Sohmer, Lee Brenner Photo Credit: Jeff Martin
Slade Sohmer and Lee Brenner

Last Thursday evening, HyperVocal, known as the Millennial’s comprehensive, hyper-frenetic online news source, celebrated its one year anniversary at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)’s rooftop office on F Street. HyperVocal co-founders Lee Brenner and Slade Sohmer welcomed guests to their very atypical Washington fete that included “haute dorm” cuisine from DC Taste including mini hot dogs, burritos, corn dogs, and burgers, as well as pizza provided by Pi Pizzeria, and politically-themed “Donkey Blue Brew” and “Elephant Jumbo Juice” red and blue Svedka vodka slushies. Attendees’ blue and red tongues gave away their political and slushie affiliation for the rest of the evening.  I personally refrained … all though I would have probably ended up with a purple tongue.

ELEW Photo Credit: Jeff Martin
ELEW performs


Jason Kampf and me
Jason Kampf and me

The night’s centerpiece was a special performance by ELEW, the world-renowned rock-jazz pianist who most recently played for President Obama at his Los Angeles fundraiser (thrown by Will Smith) and he is currently on tour with Josh Grobin. Proceeds from the event’s silent auction went towards Musicians On Call, the foundation that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patient’s in healthcare facilities.  Notable guests included Joe Lockhart, Marc Adelman, Erik Huey, Todd Flournoy, Christina Sevilla, Jeff Dufour, and CNN’s Linda Roth.

Photo IDs (Photo Credit: Jeff Martin)

HyperVocal cupcakes Photo Credit: Jeff Martin
HyperVocal cupcakes


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