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Hip-Hop Magnates Ray Benzino & Dave Mays Launch Club Zno on South Beach.

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MIAMI Miami, cities, United States
Miami (mīăm`ē, –ə).

1 City (1990 pop. 358,548), seat of Dade co., SE Fla., on Biscayne Bay at the mouth of the Miami River; inc. 1896.
 BEACH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2003

Club Zno

   Star-Studded Grand Opening Weekend to Attract a Who's Who Crowd of
                  Artists, Athletes, Film & TV Stars

 Upscale, Cutting-Edge Design for First True Home on the Beach for the
                          Hip-Hop Generation

Celebrated hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Benzino, partner Dave Mays of The Source and resident businessman Peter Thomas Peter Thomas may refer to:
  • Peter Thomas, Baron Thomas of Gwydir (born 1920) - Welsh Conservative politician.
  • Peter Thomas (television narrator) - American narrator of television programs
  • Peter Thomas (composer) - German composer/arranger
, have announced the Grand Opening of Club Zno. An ultra-sexy, super-upscale club/lounge located in the heart of Miami's South Beach, the historic venue seamlessly blends contemporary style, a classy ambiance am·bi·ance also am·bi·ence  
The special atmosphere or mood created by a particular environment: "The noir ambience is dominated by low-key lighting . . .
, and cutting-edge sounds that cater to the tastes of the many artists, athletes, models, and executives of the Hip-Hop Generation who frequent South Beach.

On Thursday night, February 27th, Club Zno will blast-off blast·off also blast-off  
The launch, especially of a rocket.

blast-off n (SPACE) → lanzamiento

blast-off n (Space
 with a star-studded celebration hosted by Miami's hip-hop legend Luke, with performances by P Diddy and the Bad Boy Family. Friday, February 28th, Trick Daddy Maurice Young (born September 23, 1973 in Miami, Florida), better known as Trick Daddy, is an Atlantic Records recording artist. Originally billed as Trick Daddy Dollars, and sometimes known as T Double D  and Club Zno will host the official after-party for the LL Cool J/Fat Joe concert. Closing out the weekend, hip-hop's Queen Bee Lil' Kim will host Saturday night festivities fes·tiv·i·ty  
n. pl. fes·tiv·i·ties
1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.

2. The pleasure, joy, and gaiety of a festival or celebration.

, which will include DJ Clue on the wheels of steel and an exclusive performance by Benzino with special guest, actress/model LisaRaye.

"We wanted to establish a true home for hip-hop on the country's hottest playground for our generation--South Beach, Miami," explained Benzino. "Club Zno will be the premier hot spot for exclusive parties and events."

Mays added, "It's no secret that South Beach has become the most popular vacation destination for hip-hop celebrities and consumers alike. Club Zno will accommodate that growing circle of artists, athletes, execs and trend-setters who still don't have a place to call their own."

Located in the same space that once housed the legendary night club Liquid, Club Zno was designed by Avante Garde architect Carlos Zapata of Wood + Zapata, whose award-winning projects include The Albion Hotel South Beach. The beautiful, two-story space has been completely renovated with state-of-the-art audio and DJ systems, two exclusive VIP areas and modern boutique hotel-like decor. Club Zno boasts clean, polished earth-toned lines along its interior perimeter creating a warm, inviting mood. Mahogany wood floors run throughout the main room, highlighted by frosted glass Frosted glass is produced by the acid etching of clear sheet glass, or sand-blasting. It has the effect of rendering the glass translucent, obscuring the view while still passing light.

  • To obtain visual privacy while admitting light.
 with white backlighting back·light  
A type of spotlight, used in photography, that illuminates a subject from behind.

tr.v. back·light·ed or back·lit , back·light·ing, back·lights
 that illuminates the bars and generates an intimate setting.

Peter Thomas, a veteran entrepreneur and one of the first African Americans to acquire real estate in trendy South Beach, partnered with Benzino and Mays on Club Zno's development. "Glamour left the beach and hip-hop is bringing it back," Thomas observed recently. "It's not about Dean Martin anymore. It's not even about Ricky Martin. It's about Missy Elliott, who is here damn near every week, but the city doesn't seem to know it."

Confirmed celebrities for Grand Opening weekend at Club Zno include Cash Money Millionaires The Cash Money Millionaires is an alliance of rappers from New Orleans, Louisiana, and N.Y that gained fame in the late 1990s. It basically included anyone that was signed or affiliated with Cash Money Records. , DJ Clue, Eve, George Clinton George Clinton may refer to:
  • George Clinton (royal governor) (c. 1686–1761), British colonial governor of New York
  • George Clinton (vice president) (1739–1812), US Vice President and Governor of New York
, Ja Rule, Jermaine Dupri Jermaine Dupri also known simply as JD (born Jermaine Dupri Mauldin on September 23 1972) is an American record producer and rapper. Dupri is the youngest inductee to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. , Lil' Kim, LisaRaye, Luke, Master P, Nelly, P Diddy, Trick Daddy, Trina and many more...

About Club Zno:

Located at 1439 Washington Avenue on the corner of Espanola, Club Zno is an upscale nightclub/lounge that includes a supper club with an authentic hip-hop atmosphere. Backed by hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Raymond "Benzino" Scott and business partner David Mays of The Source, together with Miami nightlife impresario Peter Thomas, this spacious 8,000 sq. ft. bi-level space designed by South Beach's renowned architect Carlos Zapata of Wood + Zapata, can accommodate 2000 people. Hours of operation are Thursday-Monday 10pm-5am.

For interviews with Benzino contact Tresa Sanders at Tre Media Tel: (845) 426.3509 or Email:
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