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Brownies & Lemonade Crashes UCLA for Cancer Benefit Party


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After years of throwing parties together, L.A. underground luminaries Kushan Fernando and Jose Guzman took their raucous Brownies & Lemonade bash back to where it all began. On Wednesday, May 24, the two UCLA alums hosted a benefit show in the university's Ackerman Grand Ballroom to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. The event, produced in conjunction with campus organizations Campus Events Commission and Message in a Melody, featured a handful of electronic music heavy hitters including Mija, KRANE and Shawn Wasabi.

During his time at UCLA, Fernando began throwing hip-hop parties alongside then-roommate Guzman on and around campus. These same parties would one day evolve into one of L.A.'s most popular nighttime destinations for music lovers from all over.

Wednesday's event was full of pleasant surprises. From the entirely unannounced lineup of fresh, unique talent to the undying energy of the all-Bruin crowd, the sold-out event was more than just another successful club night for Brownies & Lemonade. It was a rare opportunity for someone to be invited back to their alma mater, an honor often reserved for pro athletes, politicians and famous artists. Fernando and Guzman, however, brought their sweat-drenched, thunderous rave back to school. This time around, campus police was all about it.

All photos by Quinn Quasar