They put on for their city

From left to right: Marpoe, Robinson and Kotchey. Photo by Leon Laing.

“It was a day that I hope inspires so many people who didn’t think this was possible,” Alexander Marpoe said about his rooftop event. “There was no bad vibe at that event.”

Marpoe and Annamarie Vazquez held Project 1500 in Harrisburg on Aug. 8. Despite the pandemic and Harrisburg being a secondary market, the event sold out. In fact, a second event is in the works for Sept. 19. During the first Project 1500, vendors sold streetwear; fine artist Cory Pigeon offered live painting; and DJ Rello, Lil Skies’ DJ, spun music.

Celebrities Lil Skies, Kamrin Houser and Kierra Luv were in the house, too, giving the event star power.

Other attendants included local rappers Yung Faucet, Dwight Lep and Demitriu$.

On her Facebook page, fine artist Reina Wooden said, “Lines were hella long but worth it. Mad respect to Marpoe and his team for putting this together. I was very impressed by the dope art and fashion vibes on the rooftop of Café 1500.”

As I interviewed Marpoe and his team, Supreme posters of Mike Tyson and Kermit the Frog hung on the wall. Train Robinson wore bone colored Yeezy slides; Baley Kotchey rocked black, low-top Vans; and Marpoe wore multicolored, Nike high-tops.

Marpoe is a promoter/videographer/graphic designer/music producer to name some roles. He suggests consumers purchase clothing that appreciates. Some of that valuable gear could be found at his event.

“People were buying Supreme, Vlone and Bape,” he explained.

Vazquez owns Vintage by Vazquez, a business that sells vintage clothing. She also works in the marketing department at Club XL in Harrisburg. Like Marpoe, Vasquez felt Project 1500 had a positive turnout.

Engineers Robinson and Kotchey also helped with the rooftop event. Robinson, who runs a studio in Middletown, manages Sprite Lee, an engineer for Lil Skies. According to Robinson, Central Pennsylvania has bred some talented engineers.

Kotchey works with Robinson and Kierra Luv.

“I’m blessed to work with dope artists like [Luv],” Kotchey affirmed.

With that said, Marpoe and crew bring a variety of experience and connections to the table.

“I definitely feel after that event, more people are going to be more in tune with what’s going on,” Marpoe explained.

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