January 18, 2014

Kids get rock star treatment at Manhattan studio, for $1,595 or more


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See the original article on Newsday.com, written by Beth Whitehouse »Pop Star Parties throws bashes for ‘savvy and sophisticated city kids’ inside the DeeTown recording studio, where music idols from Miley Cyrus to Mary J. Blige have laid hit tracks.

Kids, they’re gonna make you a star — for a price.

A Gramercy recording studio gives tweens the star treatment, including a red carpet arrival in front of play “paparazzi” and a real recording studio session, if their parents can cough up $1,595 or more.

Pop Star Parties showed off their A-list amenities on Saturday with a Grammy gala for the PG-set hosted by Divalysscious Moms blogger Lyss Stern. Mini Macklemores and Katy Perry lookalikes rushed the chic karaoke bash that featured a two-hour open (candy) bar.

Katy Perry at the opening of ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas Dec. 27. Lookalikes of the singer are among the features at the Pop Star Parties shows for tweens in Manhattan.

“You get to act like a rock star,” raved Logan Villavicencio, 10, from Bay Ridge.

“He’s really done with balloon animals,” added his mom, Danette Jagla.

Ben (B Weezy) Weiss, 12, and Logan Villavicencio, 10, sing in the Pop Star Parties at the DeeTown studio at 373 Park Ave. South Saturday.

Founder Theresa Scotto launched these dream gigs 10 months ago after her teenage daughter’s studio sessions inspired her to host slick soirées for notoriously picky tweens.

“These are savvy and sophisticated city kids,” said Stern, whose sons Oliver, 6, and Jackson, 10, have been to several Pop Star Parties already. “My boys are obsessed.”

The enterprising parties take place inside the DeeTown recording studio at 373 Park Ave. South, where music idols from Miley Cyrus to Mary J. Blige have laid hit tracks.

Logan Villavicencio, 10, and Sophie Orenstein, 11, sing along to ‘Roar’ in the recording studio Saturday. ‘You get to act like a rock star,’ raved Logan.

Each two-hour fete rolls out an actual red carpet for 18 kids with a Hollywood-style step and repeat for the cameras, plus a recording session with vocal coaches and sound engineers to make them as polished as Beyoncé. Then the rising stars record two pop songs, which they can download to keep forever.

Pizza, drinks and party favors are included in the $1,600 package.

Melissa Lavoie, 24, (left to right) with Oliver Stern, 6, and Sophia Rivera, 5, at the Pop Star Parties event Saturday. Pizza, drinks and party favors are included in the $1,600 package.

Doting parents can also include add-ons like the candy bar ($450), a videographer ($450), and even a five-hour limousine service ($900) for the complete VIP experience.

Saturday was the venue’s first Grammy party, and rising child star Ben (B Weezy) Weiss, a 12-year-old Long Island rapper, surprised guests in the recording studio.

Melissa Lavoie, 24, (from left) with Oliver Stern, 6, and Sophia Rivera, 5, as they record Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ at the studio at 373 Park Ave. South Saturday. ‘Roar’ is the studio’s most popular pick.

“It was awesome,” he said. “Kids like doing what they want to do, and this is a real studio, so it gives you the opportunity to feel like a real professional.”

The kids covered “Roar” by Perry (the venue’s most popular pick) and “Holy Grail” by Jay Z.

Parents said they were willing to cough up the cash to make their child feel special.

“So many parents are so busy working during the week that they want to do something special like this on the weekends, because they feel guilty,” said Valerie Vazquez from Morris Park, whose 5-year-old daughter Sophia was dressed like her favorite singer Selena Gomez in a black Jean Paul Gaultier dress.

B Weezy’s mom, Stefanie Weiss, agreed. “This is great for a special occasion,” she said. “It allows kids to show their creative side.”

Plus, there’s a $650 “Open Mic” package where five kids can record one song.

“We also do parties for adults, and those get crazy,” says owner Scotto. “Obviously there’s a lot of booze. The kids sip apple juice spritzers.”

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