What’s #HennyPalooza you ask?
#HennyPalooza is a traveling party that is growing tremendously in popularity with each new installment.
The gathering of Hennessy enthusiasts started off, as most movements do, a simple idea. In 2013, founder Kameron McCullough (better known as Kam,) decided he’d invite over a few friends with an entry fee of a box of chicken or a bottle of Hennessy. With a poppin’ circle of influential friends who believed in the vision, and a hashtag that grabs any drinker’s attention, the movement has expanded from his basement and celebrates it’s second year with a bang.
#HennyPalooza in DC
This year’s Hennypalooza: Howard Homecoming brought people from up and down the East Coast to DC’s new oddity art venue Blind Whino in the city’s Southwest quadrant. The spacious, two-level facility is a reimagined church bursting with color and installation art. The event space’s upper level features a stage and dancefloor, while the lower level houses five showrooms in addition to the open lounge seating area.
While there is no formal partnership yet, each floor showcased two bars with endless Hennessy. The popular cognac appreciates the awareness Kam’s event brings to the brand, and they’ve had talks to figure out a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Host @LowKeyUHTN of YouHeardThatNew.com kept the party going as DJ’s @GeniusinHD x @AustinMillz x @MekDot from 2 Dope Boyz played the best of current Hip-Hop chart toppers and vintage jams from the early 2000’s.
I wanted to attend this year’s DC event because too many people within my network have rode the #HennyPalooza wave once or twice and I felt left out. (Yes, FOMO is a real condition, and bloggers probably suffer most.) I had reached out to Kam for the first one and wasn’t able to make it to New York, so I knew I had to jump at this second chance. I’m pretty sure I picked the best HennyPalooza to attend as my first. Kam even declared that this has been the best one yet.
#HennyPalooza is really the best party in the world.
— Veronica’s Son (@KoolestKidOut) October 19, 2014
Howard Homecoming 2014 Recap
As if the party wasn’t already live, surprise appearances by Grindin’ rapper Pusha T and DC’s own Wale stamped #HennyPalooza’s influence on the culture and the event’s staying power. Pusha T performed his more popular verses from his days with Clipse, while Wale sang along with his recent smashes “Clappers” and “Bad.”
I’m excited to watch a true lifestyle visionary continue to build and grow. Kam says he’s ready to expand the brand and continue to bring us more fun, networking, dance and drank. Keep your eye on this guy.