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Luxor headliners Jabbawockeez: Garage power fuels galactic reach

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Jabbawockeez’s “Prism” at Luxor.

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Jabbawockeez manager Lee Razalan's iPod advertisement.

Editor’s Note: While Robin Leach takes his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun and along The Amalfi Coast in Italy, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with Lee Razalan, manager of Luxor headliners Jabbawockeez.

I’m one of the men behind the men behind the masks. I’m their manager, and I’ve been a part of Jabbawockeez’s wild ride in Las Vegas from their first days in 2010 at MGM Grand, then to Monte Carlo and now at Luxor.

As we’ve grown exponentially over the years, I’ve had the privilege to play practically every role behind the scenes, from accounting, marketing, management, human resources, producing, designing, negotiating — and the list goes on. Yet, my first career was as a professional dancer (my most memorable project was being one of four original iPod silhouette ads).

I love dance and more so the art of storytelling. My heart is of an artist and my mind of a businessman. Thus, to find myself in the position I am is an absolute godsend because of what I get to witness and help develop. It’s a dynamic responsibility with stories I love sharing.

Entertain for a moment this idea. Let’s tell a group of childhood friends that if they can bond in unison and create anything their hearts desired, as long as they built it together and stayed committed to one another, they could change the world. What if they listened?

Ten years ago, a group of easygoing, family-orientated boys looking for a sense of purpose and an outlet to express their shared fervor for music and street dance came upon such an opportunity. It started in a garage with an eclectic bunch of kids armored with passion conjuring methods to conceal their individual identities — and a drive for serving others through entertainment. In that garage space, these boys found a spark that would ignite a legacy.

Fast forward to present day, and this manifestation of what their unified hearts created 10 years ago resonates just as true: They call themselves Jabbawockeez. They are artist warriors at their core; movement and music are their weapons of choice. They are a band of brothers who have forged an identity as one solid army, fronted with their signature white masks and gloves.

Their bottomless ammunition is the inspiration they draw from everyday life and from those they come into contact with on a daily basis. They fight in honor of the flight of ever-flowing creativity and the drive of pure imagination.

Jabbawockeez are a tried, tested and true headlining force on the Strip. They just launched their new show “Prism” in a custom-built, multimillion-dollar theater at the Luxor, yet their reach is far beyond Las Vegas. Jabbawockeez have performed for audiences around the world, including an extended residency in Australia.

I couldn’t be prouder of these boys who have become men as they have matured in a sense of responsibility and service to their once-simple idea. The new show and the brand would not be what it is today without the support of people like you, people who are willing to be entertained for a moment and take a chance on some garage kids who have turned into galactic explorers.

Jabbawockeez performs “Prism”at Luxor on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. To keep up with our journey, follow us on Twitter @Jabbawockeez and on Facebook.

Check out our other guest columns today from Ri Ra Irish Pub bartender John Fitzgerald, Las Vegas Film Festival Director Milo Kostelecky and Shine Alternative Fitness founders Russ Petroni and Dima Shine and on Friday hair guru to the stars Michael Boychuck.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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