By Judy Thorburn
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Music & Arts Society Celebrates its Launch in Downtown

Jesse Saunders, world-renowned DJ/producer, remixer and originator of the musical genre “House Music,” and Evelyn Thompson, artist, interior designer, speaker, visionary and social architect, co-founders of the Music & Arts Society, celebrated the official launch of their nonprofit organization with a VIP party Thursday evening June 10 at The Arts Factory located at the corner of Charleston Blvd. and Main Street in downtown Las Vegas.


Evelyn Thompson
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Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was unable to attend, but in his place was Mayor pro tem Gary Reese who presented an official proclamation proclaiming Thursday, June 10, 2010 as “Music & Arts Society” Day in Las Vegas. Joining them was City Councilman Anthony Stavros. Guests enjoyed tastings of smoked salmon on crackers, round mini pizzas and mozzarella sticks, as musical entertainment was spun throughout the evening by DJ Tatiana Alvarez.

Evelyn Thompson, Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese, Jesse Saunders and Councilman Anthony Stavros
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DJ Tatiana Alvarez
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn


The event also gave guests a sneak Preview of the “Spin” Evolution of the DJ Exhibit, a permanent display which chronicles the technological advances of the modern DJ from its antiques roots with Thomas Edison in 1877 to modern times. The exhibit educates visitors about the pioneers, who paved the way for contemporary DJs, and the new music genre known as House/Electronic Music. Also discussed was workshops hosted by DJ George, (aka George Hernandez), who will teach students about the “art” of spinning music.


Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

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