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Lexus ES, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, Seabrite Beach, NJ

Lexus ES 350 F Sport

By Flore Chaumont × Vaughn Lowery

Lexus just released their new ES 350 and it’s now available in over 90 countries. The entire skeleton and skin of the previous Lexus ES has been redefined to attract a broader audience – scoot over empty nesters. Coupled with its F Sport package, the new Lexus ES is destined to attract a much more youthful and active generation. So, we decided to take it on an impromptu road trip from Manhattan to Maryland and all the hot spots in between during this summer’s blistering heat wave.

Koichi Suga, General Manager of Lexus Design Division, describes it as the most aggressive change for the emblematic ES. And indeed it is, the car now comes across as being more boisterous and bold. From the outside, the car has distinctive features which are unique to the F Sport trim. The 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, the dual integrated exhaust outlet, the F Sport badging as well as the low hoodline and long shoulders really make this car appear track ready. The inside reveals the same vibe, with aluminum pedals, Hadori sword wave-patterned aluminum appointments, red double stitching and red race-inspired interior seats. The 3.5L V6 24 Valve DOHC engine produces 302 hp and 287 lb-ft torque. Although it’s front-wheel drive, engineers managed to capture the emotional response of driving a rear-wheel drive vehicle. And, with 25 mpg (combined city/hwy), you can spend more time driving and less time at the pump.

Lexus has been traditionally known for the quietness of their ride. With active noise deadening technology and sound insulating wheels (which absorbs impact and vibration on the tires), the car is extremely silent, even while in sports mode. However, for the diehard car enthusiasts, there’s a setting to amplify exhaust notes. Overall, the drive is orgasmic; and one can easily cruise in it for long periods of time, feeling comfortable and pampered with ventilated heat/cool front seats. We practically lived inside the cabin when temperatures reached over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, this year’s extra two inches of wheelbase allows backseat passengers to have additional legroom.

At $44,635, one would expect a manufacturer to sacrifice quality during the fabrication process. Contrary to one’s expectations, most materials used feel supple and soft, from the steering wheel to the dashboard. There are also three different types of woods incorporated in the overall interior design, including a matt bamboo finish, a nod to Japanese culture and heritage. An apparent step forward from its predecessor which was full of peeling plastics.

In addition, the car is well-equipped with innovative technology. The ES features a an animated gage cluster, a trackpad with tactile sensors as well as a sleeker instrument board. Tech savy drivers will be pleased to pair it with Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free or Google Voice CTRL. Our favorite is Lexus Enform which is an intuitive system that allows you to speak to a live agent to obtain an address and have it sent directly to your vehicle’s infotainment system. The representatives are accessible 24/7 and help you stay alert if you succumb to driver’s fatigue while on a lengthy trip. This came in handy while we were in traffic or already in route to a location. Not to mention, all the safety technology is standard: blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane departure assist.

In short, the all-new 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport has a bodacious body that contantly turns heads and a 10-speaker Lexus premium sound system to make them nod.

Experience amazing.

Bzees, Armon Hayes, 360 MAGAZINE

BZEES RALLY COLLECTION

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

360 Magazine attended the ultimate tailgate party held at the Arlo Hotel Soho in NYC. Bzees new FALL/WINTER 19 Rally Collection launch showed off the brands spirit of women’s empowerment to live boldly. Special guest Sage Steele and daughters featured the following trendy footwear styles – Secret Peep Toe (sandal starting at $59) and Romance Bootie (at $69). Certainly these ladies know about active life styles.

Founder/CEO Lori McDermid birth the collection inspired by sports and the women’s interaction of life’s daily demands. Taking their best selling silhouettes in a boot and sandal,  available in your favorite team colors for the sporty girl in you. Comfy and made for any women who means Bzeesness.

A dynamic design; an upper soft stretch knit with no seam and binding for a custom fit. Engineered soles with cloud technology weighing in at 4-6 oz, making it extremely lightweight. This collection is on trend to the fashion footwear community and effortlessly transitions from day to night (even moms preparing for back to school). The desire for comfort and functionality while trendsetting can be a sacrifice; that’s an old stigma washed away with these machine washable air-dry styles. 

Wine Spectator Announces Winners of 2019 Restaurant Awards

—Dining Destinations Around the World Recognized for their Dedication to Wine

Finding a place to drink great wine around the globe has never been so easy. Wine Spectator has uncorked the winners of the 2019 Restaurant Awardswhich honors the world’s best restaurants for wine. This year, the Restaurant Awards program honors 3,800 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and 79 countries internationally.

Launched in 1981, the Restaurant Awards are judged on three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award, with 2,447; 1,244; and 100 winners this year in each respective category. Eight of the Grand Award winners—Alfredo Di Roma Mexico in Mexico City, Fiola in Washington, D.C., Griggeler Stuba in Lech am Arlberg in Austria, Mastro’s Steakhouse at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston; Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Downtown Houston; The Pool in New York City, Ristorante Cracco in Milan and Vantre in Paris—are first timers.

“We’re pleased to shine a spotlight on the destinations around the world that show devotion to their wine program, while also creating a comprehensive global dining guide for our readers to enjoy,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Both novice wine lovers and seasoned sommeliers alike actively seek and frequent restaurants with exciting, well-curated wine lists. Bravo to all the 2019 recipients—we raise a glass to you.”

All winners are profiled at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com and in the Restaurant Awards app. The app, available free on the App store, allows iPhone and iPad users to find nearby award-winning restaurants, with maps, plus helpful information about cuisine, wine and pricing.

The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.

The Grand Award is the program’s highest honor. This elite group comprises the world’s best wine programs, which deliver serious breadth of top producers, outstanding depth in mature vantages, excellent harmony with the menu and superior presentation. Wine Spectator carefully assesses each Grand Award candidate, including rigorous independent, on-site inspections of the wine program, cellar, service, ambiance and cuisine of the restaurant.

The full list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands July 16.
Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward.

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

Royal Malewane’s Riaan Fourie Named Safari Guide of the Year 2019

Riaan Fourie, a professional Field Guide at Royal Malewane, the award-winning safari lodge from The Royal Portfolio in Kruger National Park, has been named the Safari Guide of the Year 2019 by the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA).

The award comes as a result of a grueling week-long competition, consisting of bush walks, game drives, birding assessments, advanced rifle-handling contests, tracking and storytelling around the campfire, all under close scrutiny of a panel of six judges – all experts in their field. A consistent performance over all the categories saw Riaan emerge as the winner. Riaan becomes the second Royal Malewane guide to win the trophy following Nikolas Vounnou in 2012.

Riaan has been a professional guide at Royal Malewane for nearly 13 years. He holds a National Diploma in Nature Conservation and is a FGASA Level III Professional Field Guide with SKS-Dangerous Game and SKS-Birding. He is also a Level II Tracker.

Led by Director Juan Pinto, a veteran FGASA Level III Professional Field Guide and Master Tracker, the Royal Malewane team is considered the most qualified guiding team in Africa and is now the only team in the world to have three Master Trackers.

For more information about Royal Malewane and the rest of The Royal Portfolio collection, visit: www.theroyalportfolio.com.

Catfish and The Bottlemen Announce 2019 North American Fall Tour

June 18, 2019 ߝ Hollywood, CA ߝ This fall ߝ as they approach 1 billion global streams ߝCatfish and the Bottlemen return to the road in North America for a two-week headline tour.
It kicks off September 24 at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC. From there, the critically acclaimed UK rock band stops in major markets and iconic venues across the Eastern seaboard such as Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY on September 26, Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL on October 5, and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on October 7 before concluding October 10 in St. Augustine, FL at Backyard Stage at St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Tickets go on-saleFriday, June 21 at 10 am local time. The full itinerary can be found below.
Renowned for explosive gigs, their live presence attracts widespread praise. The Austin American-Statesman called the band Éc;an extraordinarily tight ensemble,Éd; praising their Éc;high-energy live show, with riveting frontman Van McCann at the center of the sonic maelstrom.Éd; After a show in New York City, AXS wrote, Éc;itߣs no wonder theyߣve become one of the hottest new names in rock music.Éd;
Meanwhile, the groupߣs third album The Balance, which debuted at #9 on the Top Rock Albums chart, continues to make waves. Its breakout single Éc;LongshotÉd; ascended to #2 at Alternative Radio, where it has spent over six weeks in the top five, and has surpassed 45 million global streams. They recently lit up the Outdoor Stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! with a performance of Éc;Longshot.Éd; Check it out HERE.Éc;2all,Éd; their second single from The Balance, is set to hit alternative radio this summer ߝ watch the music video HERE.
The Balance was recorded by Van McCann (vocals, guitars), Johnny Bond (guitars), Robert ߢBobߣ Hall (drums) and Benji Blakeway (bass) over a 12-month period in the company of Irish producer, Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers), in two secluded studios; Grouse Lodge, in Moate, Republic of Ireland, and The Chapel in the countryside of East Lincolnshire, and mixed by Craig Silvey (Florence + the Machine, Arcade Fire).
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN ߝ FALL U.S. TOUR DATES:
9/24 ߝ Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
9/26 ߝ New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
9/29 ߝ Washington, DC @ The Anthem 
10/1 ߝ Richmond, VA @ The National
10/2 ߝ Cincinnati, OH @ Bogartߣs
10/5 ߝ Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
10/7 ߝ Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/8 ߝ Atlanta, GA ߝ The Tabernacle 
10/10 ߝ St. Augustine, FL @ Backyard Stage at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

ONE Musicfest Reveals Lineup

Celebrating 10 YEARS with its biggest, boldest, and best billing yet, ONE Musicfest unveils a blockbuster lineup for 2019.
Set for Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA, the two-day festival welcomes legends such as Gucci ManeWu-Tang Clan, and Rick Ross in addition to 21st century superstars including Rae SremmurdTeyana Taylor, and Summer Walker and once-in-lifetime sets from KP The Great & His Superfriends featuring Pharrell Williams, Usher and surprise guests. Tickets on sale NOW
Check out the full list of confirmed artists below.
For ten years, ONE Musicfest has maintained its place at the forefront of the culture as a platform for timeless icons and explosive upstarts alike. It has notably played host to everyone from the Dungeon Family Reunion featuring Outkast’s last performance, Davido, Kendrick Lamar, The Roots, Migos, Jill Scott, NasMiguel2 Chainz, and George Clinton. Not to mention, it regularly attracts plaudits from USA TodayBillboardConsequence of SoundRolling Stone, and more in addition to trending across the internet.
“I started the festival with the intent of creating a space where all corners of urban music and subcultures felt welcomed. From Afrobeats to Trap Music. From Alternative to Reggae. A generational oasis of progressive minds and talent. We use music as the catalyst and unity is the outcome. What started as a 2,000 person block party has evolved to a 50,000 person cultural celebration.” – Jason “J” Carter, Founder

Complete List of Currently Announced Performers for ONE Musicfest 2019 (in alphabetical order):
  • 7AM
  • ARI LENNOX
  • BABY ROSE 
  • CHRONIXX  
  • DMX  
  • FLORIDA ALL-STARS FEATURING * T-PAIN * TRINA * TRICK DADDY
  • GUCCI MANE   
  • JAMESDAVIS
  • KEY!
  • KOFFEE
  • KP THE GREAT & HIS SUPERFRIENDS FEATURING PHARRELL WILLIAMS, USHER AND SURPRISE GUESTS
  • LOLO ZOUAI   
  • MUSIQ SOULCHILD
  • PHONY PPL   
  • QUEEN NAIJA  
  • RAE SREMMURD   
  • RAPHAEL SAADIQ    
  • RICK ROSS
  • SNOH AALEGRA  
  • SUMMER WALKER   
  • TAYLA PARX
  • TEYANA TAYLOR    
  • THE BONFYRE  
  • THREE 6 MAFIA REUNION FEATURING JUICY J, DJ PAUL, GANGSTA BOO AND CRUNCHY BLACK
  • TOBE NWIGWE
  • TORY LANEZ
  • WIZKID   
  • WU-TANG CLAN – 25TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE         
  • YUNG BABY TATE 

SG Lewis at Coachella

By Michelle Pisnoy × Vaughn Lowery

Electro artist SG Lewis had quite the weekend at Coachella.

As of late, 360 Magazine interviewed the 24-year-old British producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He spoke to us about performing Weekend 1 and was ecstatic that the Mojave tent was at capacity during his performance.

In 2016, Lewis performed at Coachella and was excited to see the upgraded platforms. “The Yuma tent has really quadrupled in size,” he states. “I played a DJ set at the Yuma Tent in 2016, and now it’s like a full-blown Berlin club in there.”

SG Lewis just released his second song with Clairo, “Throwaway,” which now boasts 5 million+ streams on Spotify. “She is one of my favorite people to work with and a genuine friend of mine,” Lewis recites. “The second song wasn’t premeditated. We were just in the studio and ‘Throwaway’ happened naturally and it fit perfectly into Dawn.”

The following single collaboration is set to feature RUEL. “RUEL is a 17-year-old Australian guy who is hugely talented,” SG says. “He has a really soulful voice,” he added.

For the first time, Lewis played the new track “Flame” for Weekend 2 concertgoers.

Do Lab Coachella 2019

By Michelle Pisnoy × Vaughn Lowery

Do Lab is one of Coachella’s top activations and is best known for its throbbing electronic beats, explosive water gun fights and fist-pumping festival-goers which dance their night away. It has become a major component of the festival over the last 15 years. In 2019, the venue surprised fans with a completely different ambience. The colorful cascading canopy tent at the Do Lab is one of the most beautiful and photogenic spots at the fete.

For additional information on lineup go here.

Latinidad in American Festivals

Until recently, urbane Latin music has been scarce in mainstream American music festivals. Thus, the 2019 Coachella latino lineup is a huge deal because it’s the largest and most profitable one on the planet.

In the past, only a few latin artists have performed at the prestigious venue – Cafe Tacvba and The Mars Volta. In 2010, Calle 13 was the first urbano latino artist to hit the stage. In 2018, there were a total of 11 latin artists such as Helado Negro, Ibeyi, Los Angeles Azules, Kali Uchis and Cuco. Fast forward to the present, there’s 17 latin artists slated to perform at this year’s Coachella – a total win for the culture! As we all know, this roster will and has already attracted a much more diverse audience.

As of late, J Balvin brought reggeaton and latin urbano back to the stage. His performance included reggeaton classics like “Oye Mi Canto” by N.O.R.E featuring Nina Sky and “Rakata” by Wisin y Yandel. Bad Bunny took to the stage on April 14th and returns again on the 21st to make a second iconic show. Los Tucanes de Tijuana (popular group from the late 80’s) graced the stage playing “La Chona” and other hits.

Chilean singer, Mon Laferte, has sold over a half of a million albums in Latin America and is also listed on this year’s lineup. Her career began on a singing competition show in Chile, Rojo.

In short, the amount of Latin as well as minority artists added to major festival lineups will continue to develop, namely due to Beyoncé’s Homecoming.

Homecoming

Netflix released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which presents an intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement. This stand-alone Netflix original is now available globally on Netflix.

As the first black woman to headline Coachella, Homecoming recognizes the African American visionaries who inspired Beyoncé, including HBCU alums Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, activist Marian Wright Edelman, and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, in addition to cultural luminaries such as Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Audre Lorde. Beyoncé’s personal knowledge of the relevance and celebration of HBCUs started with her father, Mathew Knowles, an alumnus of Fisk University.
Shot over eight months, the film follows the global entertainer as she returns to the stage after the birth of her twins, highlighting the comprehensive preparation involved in creating her groundbreaking performance, which included four months of band rehearsals followed by four months of dance rehearsals with over 150 musicians, dancers, and other creatives, — all of whom were hand-picked by the artist herself.
In juggling dual roles as both the director of her live performance and the film that captured the process of making it, Beyoncé says, “It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary. We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare. The performance was an homage to an important part of African American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”
Many in the cast; band, singers, dancers and steppers are former HBCU students, immersed in the HBCU marching band tradition. They joined Beyoncé’s own group of performers, some who have toured with her for years. Viewers not only get to see the intense dance rehearsals and talent of these amazing artists, but hear their personal journey from HBCU student to artist and the lifelong impact that comes with performing alongside Beyoncé in this historic concert.
“So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates from historically black colleges and universities, including my father,” she says in the film. “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”
As a treat to her fans, the film also includes, in the end credits, her remake of “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, a 1981 R&B classic that’s commonly performed at HBCU games. The single will be available on the film’s soundtrack, Homecoming: The Live Album, available today from Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. smarturl.it/BH9102
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Longtime collaborator Ed Burke served as co-director. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams are executive producers.
Set List

“Crazy In Love”

“Freedom”

“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”

“Formation”

“Sorry”/”Me, Myself and I”

“Kitty Kat”

“Bow Down”

“I Been On”

“Drunk In Love”

“Diva”

“Flawless” (Remix)

“Feeling Myself”

“Top Off”

“7/11”

“Don’t Hurt Yourself”

“I Care”

“Partition”

“Yoncé”

“Mi Gente (Remix)”

“Mine”

“Baby Boy”

“You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”

“Hold Up”

“Countdown”

“Check On It”

“Déjà Vu”(featuring JAY-Z)

“Run the World (Girls)”

“Lose My Breath” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Say My Name” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Soldier” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Get Me Bodied” (With Solange Knowles dancing)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

“Love On Top”

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 148 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
About Parkwood Entertainment
Parkwood Entertainment is an entertainment and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010. With headquarters in New York City the company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, fashion, publicity and a record label. Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, in 2008, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company also released the film, Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016), and co-produced the ON THE RUN TOUR (2014) and ON THE RUN II (2018).