Taz Wube

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Tesfa “Taz” Wube is an Ethiopian-American marketing executive, entertainment promoter, and venue owner. Taz attended Ohio State University and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. As an entertainment promoter Taz Wube has over 10 years of lounge/nightclub and marketing experience. He was a successful member of the team, Influence Marketing, which conceptualized Love Nightclub and nurtured it into one of the premiere entertainment destinations on the East Coast. He served as the Marketing and Promotions Director at Love Nightclub for 7 years. In addition to the success of Love as a Washington DC staple, Taz's business IQ played a pivotal role in the opening and development of The Park at 14th (or simple known as The Park) Restaurant and Lounge.[1]

From Dream to Love, the Marc and Taz Brand[edit]

Taz Wube arrived to the Washington DC area in 1999 looking for a fresh start to put his marketing skill set into action. He began promotions at Republic Gardens with Saturday nights being the venue's most profitable; both in terms of attendance and bar sales. After growing his following, consisting of the Capitol's elite and most progressive young adults, Wube joined forces with the entertainment lifestyle mogul, Marc Barnes. The duo began hosting the high quality events at Republic Gardens, formerly located on the U St corridor. The powerful partnership allowed the entertainment world to be introduced to them on a first-name basis; Marc and Taz.

Garnering much success and national notoriety, Taz Wube transitioned into marketing director of Dream Nightclub in 2001. It was there that his knowledge took shape in a major way. Aligned with the company, Influence Marketing, Taz Wube became a crucial part of the relaunch and re-branding of Dream Nightclub. His team was able to revamp the DC nightlife scale without ever moving the venue geographically. Dream Nightclub became Love Nightclub and the re-structuring quickly caught on. The Marc and Taz brand was positioned to be the forerunner in East Coast nightlife entertainment.

With the re-opening of the largest club on the East Coast, Love Nightclub, Marc and Taz transcended into a new stratosphere of events planning and management. This 54,000-square-foot (5,000 m2) venue is an experience on its own. Located on the renowned Okie St, Love Nightclub boasts 4 luxurious floors with various rooms for special guests to entertain, a 2nd floor performance stage, 4 decks, and a Penthouse suite for the most important of guests. In addition to the venue being a frequent stop for entertainers and athletes, Love Nightclub has played the backdrop to a myriad of sociopolitical events. Howard University, the Democratic National Convention, the Congressional Black Caucus, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority are among the elite institutions for which Marc and Taz have orchestrated events.

Marc and Taz have hosted the following entertainment and cultural elite: Sean "Diddy" Combs, Alicia Keys, T.I., Lebron James, Common, Kanye West, Jay-Z, film directors John Singleton and Spike Lee, President Bill Clinton and Former First Lady Hillary Clinton, the NBA World Champions Los Angeles Lakers, and even newcomers Drake, Kid Cudi, and Keri Hilson. Taz, utilizing his connections abroad, has also hosted international events in his native Ethiopia, Dubai, Nigeria, and Kenya.

Shortly following the opening of their 2nd venue together The Park at 14th, in 2008, Marc and Taz parted ways amicably.

Suite 202 and Taz Events[edit]

Taking his eeeexperience, along with a team of knowledgeable local brand managers, Taz Wube is now managing his own event management and marketing company, Suite 202.[2] Sparing no expense and continuing his diligent reputation as a lifestyle promoter, Taz Wube still commands the attention of patrons in the Washington DC area and beyond. Outside of mainstay events, Suite 202 has hosted various special events such as: Steve Francis Roast & After Party Concert, “More Than A Game” Movie World Premiere Party for Lebron James, Dallas Mavericks Caron Butler’s Worldwide Tour in Los Angeles and Miami, recording artist Wale & Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant’s Birthday Party, Howard University's Homecoming with Kid Cudi and The Clipse, Baltimore Raven’s Willis McGahee & Antwan Barnes Birthday Party, and the list goes on.

Bringing the "Midas touch" to his new venues, Layla Lounge, Lux Lounge, and Lima Lounge, Suite 202 has solidified Taz Wube's place in the list of great nightlife entertainment architects.

Events Portfolio[edit]

Maintaining progressive relationships with such corporate sponsors as Ciroc, LVMH, Lexus, TNT, Red Bull, and Cadillac, Taz Wube has hosted and managed events in all of the major United States markets, as well as in his native Ethiopia and Dubai. The list of his events resume is extensive. This is a short list of past events managed and produced by Suite 202 and TazsEvents:

2010

  • "Welcome to DC" Party for Washington Redskins RB Larry Johnson
  • Buffalo Bills DE Aaron Maybin Celebrity Birthday Weekend

2009

  • “More Than A Game” Movie Premiere Party for Lebron James
  • Historic President Barack Obama Inauguration Week with Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Young Jeezy, TI, Akon, and more
  • 2009 BET Honors featuring Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Howard University Homecoming with Kid Cudi and Clipse
  • Roast of Steve Francis

2008

  • New Years Celebration at the Sheraton Ethiopia
  • 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend Las Vegas, NV
  • Essence Festival New Orleans, LA
  • New Years Celebration at the Sheraton Ethiopia

2006

  • NBA All-Star Weekend Houston, TX
  • New Years Celebration at the Sheraton Ethiopia

2005

  • NBA All-Star Weekend Denver, CO
  • Essence Festival New Orleans, LA
  • New Years Celebration at the Sheraton Ethiopia

2004

  • NBA All-Star Weekend Los Angeles, CA
  • Essence Festival New Orleans LA

2003

  • NBA All-Star Weekend Atlanta, GA
  • Essence Festival New Orleans, LA

2002

  • NBA All-Star Weekend Philadelphia, PA
  • Super Bowl Weekend New Orleans, LA
  • Essence Festival New Orleans, LA
  • New Years at the Sheraton Ethiopia

2001

  • NBA All-Star Weekend Washington DC
  • Super Bowl Tampa, FL
  • Essence Festival New Orleans, LA
  • New Years celebration at the Sheraton Ethiopia

2000

  • Essence Festival New Orleans, LA
  • Labor Day Weekend Miami, FL
  • Super Bowl Atlanta, GA
  • 2 Concerts New Years at the Sheraton Ethiopia

1999

  • Concert New Years at the Sheraton Ethiopia

Party Boyz[edit]

Taz Wube made his television debut, alongside then-partner Marc Barnes, in the series entitled Party Boyz. The show, which aired on the TV One network, chronicled the fast-paced daily lives of Marc and Taz as leaders in nightlife entertainment.

Party Boyz debuted with a 1-hour special showing the process by which Taz and his team delivered prime events at both Love and The Park at 14th during the historic Inauguration week of 2009. The show premiered May 17, 2009 and featured appearances by Lebron James, Jay Z and Beyoncé, actor Boris Kodjoe, singer/actor Jamie Foxx, Washington DC mayor, Adrian Fenty, and many other A-list celebrities and political personalities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Catching up with Taz Wube". Shy Magazine. 2008-08-20. 
  2. ^ "www.Suite202DC.com" (website). 

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