We munched on fried chicken, shrimp and assorted fruit. Fizzy water flowed freely. A couple of gals lugged the inflatable peacock, unofficially named Donny, into the shallow end.
And lurking behind his magical laptop, hit king Mark Ronson held court and played the buoyant sound bed for those lounging on the day beds.
This was the scene Saturday at the opening of Jemaa — The NoMad Pool Party on the Strip.
The obvious comparison is to Kaos nightclub and dayclub, which just opened at the Palms. The NoMad scene is far less Kaos. Or, chaos. The entertainment lineup is is top-notch and the food — prepared by Will Guidara and Daniel Humm of NoMad Restaurant at the connected Park MGM — is exceptional for a pool party. NoMad Bar Director and Managing Partner of Food and Beverage Leo Robitschek designs the garish, garnished cocktails.
Ronson brings artistic integrity to the pool deck, for his past collaborations with Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars (on “Uptown Funk,” our party scene’s unofficial national anthem), Lady Gaga (the Academy Award-winning “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”), and Miley Cyrus (“Nothing Breaks Like a Heart”).
Amazing, too, was that Ronson’s performance was so informal for an artist of his stature. I recalled being nearly blown away — physically — by Marshmello’s set at Kaos dayclub. But Ronson turned up in his shades, a T-shirt torn in all the right places, and made the place swing for a full afternoon. He’ll be back this summer, alternating with leading DJ draws Questlove, Green Velvet and Kaytranada
Given that this was a club opening, six-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model Nina Agdal strode around the scene with her boyfriend, actor Jack Brinkley-Cook. Also around the pool: British vocalist Leona Lewis; actor/singer Chord Overstreet; and actor/model Tanner Novlan, with his wife, actress Kayla Ewell (of “Vampire Diaries” alum).
NoMad and Park MGM have shown they won’t be left behind in the ongoing entertainment evolution on and off the Strip. The weekly pool party and concert is further proof. Soon, they will be renting out Donny, the floating peacock.