Source: Soul Train
Clip : Get a glimpse of “They Don’t Care About Us” from the Michael Jackson One show in Vegas.
Source: Soul Train
Clip : Get a glimpse of “They Don’t Care About Us” from the Michael Jackson One show in Vegas.
Source: Broadway World
Check out video below of the cast of MOTOWN strutting their stuff and singing some of the greatest songs from yesterday’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Source: Las Vegas Sun – Robin Leach
The first workshop for the new One Night for One Drop show for Cirque du Soleil’s world water charity is underway, and Vegas DeLuxe has the first photos.
Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, who captured the high-energy action and spirit at the three-hour session in the Broadway Hall dance studio.
Mukhtar told the performers: “This really is a workshop, not an audition. We just want you to have fun.” He performed a hip-hop routine that will be included in the one-night-only One Night show and then taught it to the dancers.
Andre Kasten, who will be a guest choreographer for One Night, performed a contemporary piece with the dancers hoping to win a spot in the production set for Michael Jackson One Theater in Mandalay Bay next spring.
Said Mukhtar: “Throughout the afternoon, there was improv with props, and we finished up with a freestyle where all the dancers were able to show their own personal style to the team of choreographers and directors.
“After this workshop, I am very excited about all the different talents and the diversity of the performers. They seem very hungry and truly can see the big picture of what I have in mind for One Night for One Drop.”
Source: The Star - BY Ahmad Izzrafiq
As a child, Englishman John Chilsom liked animating things, be they dolls or toys.
A stint as a puppeteer on a TV show brought out his passion for the subject. He has not looked back since.
Joining him in the unique venture is Austrian Josef Probst, who started out with hand puppet shows, until a chance meeting in England one day brought the two entertainers together.
For the next 25 years, the pair travelled the world, thrilling audiences in Europe, the United States and the Middle East with their life-like marionettes.
Now, for the first time in Asia, catch the pair in an exclusive three-week only show dubbed ‘Stars on Strings’, at Resorts World Genting.
With a unique combination of storytelling, compelling humour and music, the pair moves thousands of strings, breathing life to ‘stars’ including singing animals and icons such as Michael Jackson and Mae West.
The duo’s meticulous attention to detail incorporates complicated movements, making their marionettes play the violin or tap dance.
Putting on a show is no easy feat, as the pair controls the entire process, from puppet-making to choreography. The 88 dolls, some measuring up to four feet (1.2m) in height, weigh a total of 600kg.
“The Michael Jackson puppet took five weeks to create,” said Chilsom, who makes them from scratch using latex rubber.
He added that they had to figure out the techniques and coordinate eye, hand and mouth movements with the music.
“It’s not only about pulling a couple of strings. We want the marionette to do something, to be entertaining,” said Chilsom.
Probst added that no two characters are the same, as each had their own controls.
“Sometimes you ‘make a dress’ and put it on the puppet, and the puppet doesn’t work anymore. You have to think of it as a whole,” he said.
‘Stars on Strings’ will run until Dec 9 at 3pm and 5pm daily.
Tickets are priced at RM25 (VIP) and RM15. Genting Rewards card members enjoy a special rate of RM18 (VIP) and RM11.
First World Indoor Theme Park or Fantastica!2 ticket holders need only top-up RM10 to get one normal ticket.
Pop hits from ABBA and Michael Jackson to Gotye and Lorde are set to raise the rafters in Eastbourne, Paekakariki and Karori in coming weeks.
Singing group The Doubtful Sounds accompanied by string quartet Strung Out will deliver their unique blend of pop, harmony and good humour at Eastbourne (Sun.Nov 24), Paekakariki (Sat.Nov 30), and Karori (Sun. Dec 1).
Stepping out from behind his radio microphone to conduct is Bryan Crump of Radio New Zealand Nights fame.
“Some say singing is the new Prozac,” says Crump,“and this is music to put a smile on your face.”
“Whether you love Bob Marley, Blue Monday or Bad, we can guarantee you’ve never heard the songs you love performed this way.”
Formed as a musical outlet for friends who like to sing, The Doubtful Sounds brings a pop sensibility and sense of fun to songs from across the musical genres.
“To say our repertoire is eclectic is an understatement,” says Crump. “I’m pretty sure we’re the only vocal group that performs Peggy Lee, Phil Collins, and Lorde.”
Crump says the classically trained musicians of the Strung Out quartet enjoy a chance to let their hair down.
“It’s not every day you get to play some of pop music’s iconic riffs on a cello or viola.”
Crump arranges the songs and leads the group, which includes a number of his National Radio colleagues.
Source: Broadway World
Producers Kevin McCollum, Doug Morris and Berry Gordy have announced “Makin’ It Motown,” a nationwide open call casting search for African-American singers for both the Broadway production of Motown The Musical and the upcoming national tour, with a rare opportunity to audition for this hit Broadway musical at the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (650 E. Stonewall Street) in Charlotte, NC, today, November 9, and at 14th Street Playhouse (173 14th Street NE, Stage Three) in Atlanta, GA, on Sunday, November 10, in partnership with Fifth Third Bank Broadway in AtlantaThe first national tour will launch in Chicago in April 2014 with Charlotte and Atlanta performance dates to be announced at a later date.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is seeking African-American men and women, ages 20s-40s, with exceptional voices. Also seeking an African-American boy, age 8 to 13, to play young Michael Jackson / Berry Gordy / Stevie Wonder. No prior theatre experience is necessary.
All candidates must have amazing soulful voices to play different performers from Motown history. All vocal parts are encouraged to attend.
CHARLOTTE OPEN CALL
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm (sign-in begins at 10:00am)
Location: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
650 E. Stonewall Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
ATLANTA OPEN CALL
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm (sign-in begins at 10:00am)
Location: 14th Street Playhouse, Stage Three
173 14th Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
What to Bring
1. Bring sheet music for a song of choice from the Motown songbook that best features vocal range.
2. Bring a picture and resume including contact information (cell phone, email) stapled together. A recent snapshot is sufficient in the absence of a formal headshot. An accompanist will be provided.
For more information on the open call auditions visit: http://www.motownthemusical.com/casting.
For details about what to bring and what to prepare, email email@example.com.
Source: College Basketball Talk – By Raphielle Johnson
Longwood University held its preseason event at a later date than most Division I teams, holding “Lancer Madness” on Wednesday night. Given the proximity to Halloween, the men’s and women’s basketball teams came together to put forth their best version of the dance scenes in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.
There seemed to be a little confusion amongst members of the men’s team during the latter portion of the dance, so they just scrapped the routine and did their own thing. The video below also includes first-year men’s basketball head coach Jayson Gee firing up the crowd, and some clips from dunk contest champion Tristan Carey.
Not in the video is the shooting contest, which featured two players hitting half-court shots to win prizes for the fans.
Source: Arlington Patch / Clarendon Nights
Halloween is Thursday and all kinds of things are going on in Clarendon, VA, October 31 (8pm – 2pm). Mad Rose Tavern is hosting a Mad O Ween, which will include a “Thriller” Michael Jackson tribute dance-off. Win the costume contest at Wilson Tavern and you get a $50 bar tab. DJ SAAM provides the beats on the Halloween night party. No cover. Go ahead and plan to call in sick Friday and check out Clarendon Nights for the full run-down.
Source: The Sacramento Bee – By Pete Basofin
The Folsom History Museum debuts a most unusual exhibit of pop cultural iconography.
Vintage Barbie dolls, “I Love Lucy” lunchboxes and Michael Jackson figurines are just some of the off-beat private collections to be featured. Visitors will also find collections of antique radios, cash registers, sewing advertising cards, railroad lanterns and other artifacts. More than 20 individuals have lent their treasures for the exhibition which runs through Jan. 5.
Free parking is available on Sutter Street and at the nearby city garage.
Source: Northville Patch – By Aysha Jamali
The skeletons arrived in downtown Northville and felt quite at home in the company of dancing zombies.
Dancers from Northville’s Piazza Dance Company dressed as zombies Friday evening and performed to Michael Jackson’s song “Thriller.” Their performance was a part of the “Skeletons are Alive” launch party in Town Square.
Company owner Gina Piazza said this is the second year her dancers performed. However, this time drew a bigger crowd since last year’s weather was uncooperative. She said the girls rehearsed for about a month with instructor Lindsey Humpert, who choreographed the dance.
There will be more than 50 themed skeleton sculptures placed around downtown through Oct. 31. The kick-off Friday also included a ribbon cutting and a free concert featuring the band Social Bones.
Source: Khaleej Times – By Adam Zacharias
From the King of Pop to Disney Pop, Dubai Music Week, opened by legendary producer Quincy Jones, will span some of the best-loved modern musical genres — while also giving local talent a chance to crack the big time.
The six-day affair kicked off on Tuesday, with seminar The Michael Jackson Dream Team — offering insights from the production team behind three of the late Jackson’s greatest albums: Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller.
Talking to an audience at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the enduring 80-year-old Jones recalled first spending a significant amount of time with Michael Jackson during the recording of 1978 musical film The Wiz. “I tried to get out of doing The Wiz,” recalled Jones, “I don’t know why.” But during the soundtrack’s prerecording, the duo clicked and Jones offered to record Jackson’s solo debut Off the Wall.
“The record company said ‘Quincy’s too jazzy, but Michael was very cooperative,” said Jones. “Michael didn’t really tell me anything before recording though, he would just do his thing.”
Four-night band competition Band Slam also got under way on Tuesday, featuring six acts from the UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. The bands, including the UAE’s four-member rock outfit Nikotin, will play again tonight and tomorrow night.
Other highlights include a seminar with singers-cum-producers Timbaland and Will.i.am on music production tonight alongside Jones, during which they will choose the winner of a separate competition who will score a song and music video deal with Jones and Sony.
They will also perform on Thursday, while former Disney star Selena Gomez will take centre stage on Friday. For a complete schedule of events visit www.dubaimusicweek.com.
Source: lasvegasnvblog – By Andrea Domanick (Tom Donoghue/DonoghuePhotography.com)
In celebration of its 20th anniversary in Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil is offering the fans a rare glimpse behind the curtain with the return of its Cirque Week series of events.
The fourth year of the annual yearly celebration will run from Nov. 9-16, during which each of the Strip’s eight resident shows will host a series of events ranging from backstage access, performance classes, ticket packages & more.
Options contain a live fire demonstration from the inferno acts of “O,” choreography lessons from “Michael Jackson One” & an up-close look at the intricate Thierry Mugler costumes from “Zumanity.”
Customizable ticket packages & events range from $100 for a two-show package to $585 for tickets to all eight Cirque productions in Las Vegas.
To purchase tickets & view a full schedule of events, visit the Cirque Week website.
Source: Broadway World – By Jennifer Broski / Mj-Upbeat
Earlier today, Motown The Musical hosted “Makin’ It Motown”- a nationwide open call casting search for African American singers for both the flagship Broadway production and the upcoming national tour, at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre, home of the smash hit musical. BroadwayWorld was there for the special event and you can check out photos below!
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is seeking African-American men and women, ages 20s-40s, with exceptional voices. Also seeking an African-American boy, age 8 to 13, to play young Michael Jackson / Barry Gordy / Stevie Wonder. No prior theatre experience is necessary. Featuring all the classics you love, Motown The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience the next electrifying chapter in the Motown story, Broadway’s record-breaking smash hit Motown The Musical!
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL features arrangements and orchestrations by Tony Award nominee Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages), who also serves as musical supervisor for the 18 piece orchestra that reproduces the classic “Sound of Young America” for the Broadway stage, with co-orchestrations and additional arrangements by Tony Award nominee Bryan Crook (“Smash”), dance arrangements by Zane Mark (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and music direction by Joseph Joubert (Nice Work If You Can Get It).
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL plays Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm; Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm; Sunday at 3pm; Dark Monday. Tickets prices range from $57.00 – $147.00 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
To see more pics and info, click here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Coverage-MOTOWN-Launches-Casting-Search-at-Lunt-Fontanne-Theatre-20130913
Now that Spike Lee has reached his Kickstarter fund-raising goal of $1.25 million for his next film, will he fulfill his promise to celebrate on top of his favorite arena where he watches New York Knicks basketball game from his courtside seats?
In an exclusive interview with Spike in Manhattan, the director stated that if he reached his goal, “I will dance ‘Da Butt’ (from his 1988 film “School Daze”) on top of Madison Square Garden and I’ll put the video on Instagram.” This would be timely since this year marks the 25th anniversary of “School Daze” which Spike says was his way of capturing “four years attending Morehouse College in a homecoming weekend.” The movie featured Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson, Branford Marsalis, Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tisha Campbell-Martin early in their careers. Imagine a video of them celebrating with Spike at The Garden as he dances along with the song “Da Butt” that hit number one in 1988. It would be fitting since $290,000 was donated on Kickstarter by 29 people who in return for their $10,000 donations will sit with Spike at a Knick game.
The number one Knicks fan describes his new untitled film as, “Human beings who are addicted to blood. Funny, sexy and bloody. A new kind of love story (and not a remake of ‘Blacula’).” Michael K. Williams from “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire” will be one of the stars.
Spike has already completed his remake of the 2003 thriller “Oldboy” which will be released November 27 starring Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson (who has appeared in several of his films).
The Morehouse graduate was criticized for using Kickstarter to raise money, and says the attacks actually attracted more contributions. He responded with anger at Trish Regan when she opened his interview on Bloomberg’s “Street Smart” TV program saying, “Do the right thing. That’s what many people are saying to Spike Lee as they call on the famed director to end his new Kickstarter campaign.”
“She was coming with a lot of hate,” says Spike. “It backfired. One person wrote me that they don’t like my movies, they don’t like the Knicks. but after seeing her attack me, they decided to donate to my campaign.”
Some people argued that Spike’s campaign would take money away from young unknown filmmakers. He defends himself by explaining that he has continually supported upcoming directors as the Artistic Director of the New York University Graduate Film Program. Since 1990 he has awarded production grants totaling over $300,000 to 44 students.
Spike states that he utilized Kickstarter principles before there was Kickstarter, raising funds with phone calls and letters. Now he is using the Internet for financing like many other filmmakers. “I got a tweet from someone who was deciding whether to eat or pledge $5,” he says. “They decided they could go without the sandwich and sent me the $5. I don’t want anyone to go hungry. These are people I don’t know. When I read that I knew this movie has to be great.”
Spike says the film studios desire for blockbuster films makes it more difficult for independent filmmakers. “It’s hard to make a studio movie now.” he comments. “You have to have spaceships and blow up people and have men in capes.”
Spike believes that now a major studio would not distribute a film like “Malcolm X” which he produced and directed for Warner Brothers Pictures. In 1992 he ran out of money before the movie was completed, but he was rescued by contributions from several stars including Bill Cosby, Prince, Oprah Winfrey, Janet Jackson, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. However, he says those were one time favors and he can’t “go back to the well again.”
Last year Spike directed “Bad 25″ in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s Bad CD, and he annually celebrates Jackson’s August 29th birthday with a free outdoor party in Brooklyn. He canceled this year’s event but promises he will be back in Prospect Park next year paying tribute to his friend Michael. Let’s hope this time he dances “Da Butt,” and in tribute to Michael, adds a Brooklyn version of the moonwalk.
Source: Playbill – By Adam Hetrick
The casting search, billed as “Makin’ It Motown,” will launch Sept. 13 (11 AM-2 PM) in New York City at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where the musical opened earlier this year. An additional call is planned for Sept. 14 at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (11 AM-2 PM), where the national tour of Motown will launch April 22-July 13, 2014.
Producers are seeking “African American men and women, ages 20s-40s, with exceptional voices. Also seeking an African American boy, age 8 to 13, to play young Michael Jackson/Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder. No prior theatre experience is necessary,” according to a casting notice.
Charles Randolph-Wright directs the musical, which is brimming with songs made famous by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five. It has a book by Gordy. An original Broadway cast album is currently available.
According to producers, “Motown tells the gripping story behind the hits as Smokey finds his unique voice, Diana skyrockets to stardom and Berry fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into a triumphant reality. The music that shattered barriers and shaped our lives finally comes to the Broadway stage in the season’s most highly anticipated world-premiere event.”
Gordy produces the musical along with Tony winner Kevin McCollum (Rent, In the Heights, Avenue Q) and Sony Music CEO Doug Morris.
For tickets visit Ticketmaster.com.
Source: Evening Times – By Vivienne Nicoll
THEY are iconic costumes worn by some of the world’s top pop stars. Next week, the Glasgow public will get a chance to see them at an exhibition sponsored by the Hard Rock Cafe.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is one of only three places in Britain to host the free Hard Rock Couture event.
It gives fans a chance to have an up-close look at 20 pieces of wild, wonderful and historic clothing from the Hard Rock collection.
Prize exhibits include the red leather jacket Michael Jackson wore in his “Beat It” video, the gold corset created for Madonna by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, Lady Gaga’s Oscar Lima black dress and a black and white catsuit worn by Freddie Mercury on Queen’s 1978 Jazz tour.
There will also be items from Elton John, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, The Killers, Elvis Presley, The Who, KISS, the Sex Pistols, AC/DC and Katy Perry.
Jeff Nolan, Hard Rock historian and tour curator, said: “We have spent nearly two years scouring our 77,000 piece collection to pull together an exhibition that will wow our guests.”
The free exhibition, runs from August 16 to 25.
For more information about the pieces on display go to www.hardrock.com
50 YEARS OF ROCK & POP FASHION
Macau: August 7-August 13
Glasgow: August 16 – August 25
Gothenburg: August 27-Sept. 2
Manchester: August 30 – Sept. 8
Oslo: Sept. 11-Sept. 16
Nice: Sept. 13 – Sept. 22
Paris: Sept. 27 – Oct. 6
Malta: Oct. 1-Oct. 7
Malta Bar: Oct. 11-Oct. 16
Prague: Oct. 14 – Oct. 21
Barcelona: Oct. 25 – Nov. 3
Dublin: Nov. 5-Nov. 11
Madrid: Nov. 8 – Nov. 17
Lisbon: Nov. 22 – Dec. 1
Dubai: Nov. 27-Dec. 2
India (TBD, multiple Cafes): Dec. 13, 2013 – Jan. 13, 2014
* Unless otherwise noted, all tours will be on display at Hard Rock Cafe.
To read more click here: http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/pop-out-to-see-stars-costumes-132858n.21820221
Source: The Chattanoogan
TheCreativeUnderground begins its 2nd annual Eclectic Summer Concert Series with a tribute to Motown’s distinctive soul-infused pop music sound that solidified its popularity in American culture, and showcase Motown’s impact on all music. Sounds of Motown will be held Sunday, July 28, at Barking Legs Theater. Motown, once known as Hitsville USA, propelled the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more.
“Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat,” states Shane Morrow, director of TCU. “As successful as Motown was as a hit maker, its cultural impact may be even greater. The performance is a musical journey and will have all that attend up from their seats.”
$10 advanced or at the door
Ticket information: http://barkinglegs.org/event/details/the-sounds-of-motown/
Source: Newsday – By
Last week Kidsday reporters went to see the show “Motown: the Musical,” at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in Manhattan.
The audience was quiet and everyone was waiting for the show to start. Then all at once the music began, and you could tell the audience was very excited! It was easy to feel the energy in the theater.
This new musical was amazing! It is the story about Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown music, and the history of Motown. It started in 1983 but traveled back in time to tell the whole story. It was so cool to hear names we know such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.
The music, the singing, and the dancing were so mesmerizing that we didn’t want to leave. The rest of the audience really seemed to love it as well. Everyone was clapping to the beat and moving to the music.
The songs were so catchy that we wanted to go up on the stage. Some of our favorite songs were: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “ABC,” “I Want You Back” and “Dancing in the Street.”
We loved the Jackson 5 music the best and the young actor who played Michael Jackson was so talented. At our performance we saw
Darius Kaleb perform (there are actually two Michael Jacksons).
He really knows how to sing and dance. Not only did he play Michael Jackson, but he also played young Berry Gordy and young Stevie Wonder. He was the Kidsday favorite!
We recommend going to see this musical. It was really spectacular. There are about 60 songs performed.
For show information, visit http://luntfontannetheatre.com/ The theater is at 205 W. 46th St., 212-575-9200
Rating: 5 of 5
*Note: Darius has also performed as Michael in the ‘Thriller Live’ show.
Sources: The New York Times Arts/The New Victor Theater
May 17 – 26, 2013 The New Victory Theater, NY
RHAW stands for Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works, and that’s just what this noted hip-hop choreographer plans to bring to the New Victory Theater. The young dancers in his company will perform a varied program for ages 6 and older, including an excerpt from Dr. Harris’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a coming-of-age production done to the music of Queen, and Rodney Hill’s “JAM/Hip Hop Bows,” a dance celebration of Michael Jackson that features Jackson’s music. Awesome alert: the ode to The King of Pop would do MJ proud!
With music as diverse as its dance styles, RHAW features a youthful company of nine sensational dancers who pop and lock, b-boy and boogaloo to create funky, upbeat depictions of city life, young love and growing up.
The Friday night performances are followed by TXT Marks the Spot, an interactive scavenger hunt using texting. (Through May 26.) Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 5 p.m., 209 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (646) 223-3010, newvictory.org; $14 to $38; $9 to $25 for members.
“Exuberant … the dancing is spectacular.
Join the celebration.”
“Thrilling … [Rennie Harris] knows how to move bodies
in space, how to layer his phrases and, above all,
how to make dancers look good.”
–The New York Times
The New Victory Theater is New York City’s first and only full-time performing arts theater for kids and their families and classmates.
THE THEATER YOU NEVER OUTGROW
“The New Victory has radically altered the very way we think of children’s entertainment … the New Vic’s essentially reclaimed kids from decades of saccharine, intellectually offensive offerings. This is theater—in the widest sense of the word—that’s challenging for all because it doesn’t talk down to anybody.”
Elisabeth Vincentelli, Sunday Arts
For more information about the theater and ticket purchases, click here: http://newvictory.org/
209 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Ticket Services @NewVictory.org
I would sure love to see this! CP ♥
Source: rbhalloffame.com/DJ Mel Enterainment Radio
R&B music lovers are in for a treat. The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame is set to open in Cleveland in the summer of 2013. The museum will celebrate the accomplishments of R&B in music history through interactive exhibits, educational programming and an annual list of inductees.
According to a press release, the class of 2013 inductees will consist of 25 artists, including Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, James Brown, The Temptations, The O’Jays, Gerald Levert and Aretha Franklin. Reverend Al Sharpton will also be honored for his life-long support of many R&B and Gospel artists with the Ron Banks Humanitarian Award.
The museum’s founders are Ron Banks, a former member of The Dramatics, and LaMont Robinson, founder of Leo’ Casino in Cleveland. Together they form the Robinson Global Sports & Entertainment Group, LLC.
Robinson’s love for R&B music started as a child. “I was a big James Brown fan and my uncle played in the band at Leo’s Casino behind Edwin Starr, and I’ve always had a big love for music,” he said in an interview with the local Cleveland paper, Call & Post.
In February, Robinson led the creation of a mobile R&B exhibit because he wanted to highlight the artists that didn’t get recognition in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“Groups like The Dramatics, The Stylists they might not ever get in there, and if they do we may not get to see it. They deserve to be in it,” he said. “I don’t get mad when they honor Bruce Springsteen and all these other big names because we as Black folks need our own.”
Robinson had dreams of turning his mobile exhibit into a permanent museum, and thanks to sponsorship by Leo’s Casino, he has been able to turn his dream into reality.
“I decided since Cleveland was already the Rock Capital of the World that we ought to make it the Rhythm and Blues Capital of the World,” he said. “I began to start putting together memorabilia and the concept and talking to different people that would help me put it together.”
The inaugural induction ceremony will be held on June 30, 2013 at Cleveland State University. Other integrated components of the R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum will include an African-American Music Research Center, Gospel Music & Preachers Hall of Fame Museum and the Hip Hop Museum of America. http://www.rbhalloffame.com/news/
The Class of 2013 Inductees:
THE SOLO ARTISTS:
Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, Kim Weston, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Gerald Levert, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Little Jimmy Scott, Johnnie Taylor, Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke, Barry White & The Queen Of Soul Miss Aretha Franklin
THE VOCAL GROUPS:
The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Contours, The Marvelettes,
Martha & The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
The O’Jays, The Chi-Lites, The Dells, The Whispers, Dennis Edwards & The Temptations Review, The Dramatics, The Manhattans, The Clovers, Sounds Of Unity and Love, Imperial Wounders, Sly Slick and Wicked, The Hesitations & Ruby and the Romantics
THE FUNK GROUPS:
The Ohio Players, Roger & Zapp, The Dazz Band & The Bar-Kays
Janie Bradford, Dick Clark Of Amercian Bandstand and Don Cornellus Of Soul Train
Ken Hawkins WABQ Cleveland, OH, Mike Payne WJMO Cleveland, OH,
Alan Freed WAKR Cleveland, OH, Martha Jean The Queen WJLB Detroit, MI ,
Nat Williams, WDIA Memphis, TN & The Hardest Working Man In Radio: Tom Joyner
PRODUCERS -WRITERS / PROMOTERS – MC’S
April Sutton, Freddie Arrington & HB Barnum
Keith Holman & Curtis and Marilyn Gibson
Larry Cotton National/International Journalist
Call and Post Newspaper Cleveland, OH
Boddie Records, Cleveland Ohio & Motown Records, Detroit, Michigan
VENUES, NIGHT CLUBS & THEATERS:
Leo’s Casino Cleveland, OH 20 Grand Club Detroit, MI
The Fox Theater Detroit, MI & The Apollo Theater Harlem, NY
THE RON BANKS HUMANITARIAN AWARD:
Reverend Al Sharpton
For His Life-Long Support of Many R&B and Gospel Artists
Lamont Robinson & The Late Ron Banks Of The Dramatics Co-Founders
Advisory Board Members:
Abdul Duke Fakir – The Four Tops
Gerald Alston – The Manhattans
Gamel “DJ Mel” Moore – DJ Mel Entertainment Radio
Sondra Dixon – DJ Mel Entertainment Radio
Patricia “SweetPea” Washington – DJ Mel Entertainment Radio
Harley K. Brown New Detroit Entertainment Inc.
Genna Sapia Ruffin – Author
Larry Cotton – Radio Personality
Freddie Arrington – Former MC at Leo’s Casino
Jeff Burger – Son of the owner of Leo’s Casino
Fred Wheatt – Hall of Fame Productions Inc. & former Band member at Leo’s Casino
Sandra Banks – Wife of Ron Banks
Willie Ford – The Dramatics
Marshall Thompson – The Chi Lites
John Wilson – Sly, Slick & the Wicked
Gus Hawkins – Former Band member at Leo’s Casino
King Greene – The Clovers
George Livingston – Livingston Entertainment
Marsha Mockabee – Urban League of Greater Cleveland
Tom Meros – Rock “N” Roll History USA
Billy Wilson – Motown Alumni Association, Inc
David Brown – Digital Image Communications
The Inaugural R&B Music Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
Administrator’s Note: It was originally reported that the induction ceremony was scheduled to take place on May 5, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. http://www.ok.co.uk/celebrity-news/view/55189/Michael-Jackson-and-Whitney-Houston
I found a website for purchasing the tickets for that event, but can not verify if it actually took place or was changed to the June 30th event, which seems to be the case. http://rbhalloffame-zvents.eventbrite.com/
I don’t see any events for May on the R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum FB page either. I will update this post if I find out differently. CP ♥
Source: Bangkok Post
MANILA – Filipino inmates whose choreographed “Thriller” dance has attracted 52 million YouTube hits since 2007 are getting their own stories told in a movie.
Director Marnie Manicad says the action drama “Dance of the Steel Bars” was shot in the Cebu provincial prison, the same place where the inmates dressed in orange uniforms danced to global fame.
It stars Irish actor Patrick Bergin, who played Julia Roberts’ husband in Sleeping with the Enemy, and Filipino heartthrob Dingdong Dantes.
The Dubai-based producer, Portfolio Productions, says the fictional redemption story follows Bergin’s character, a retired US firefighter and philanthropist wrongly jailed for murder in the Philippines. He befriends Filipino dancing inmates who struggle with a corrupt prison system.
Manicad co-directed the movie with Cesar Apolinario. It will be released in June.
Source: The Admiral
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Show 7:30 pm
The early 1960′s ushered in a wave of popular music in the Motor City of Detroit, Michigan – now known simply as Motown. Masters of Motown, is a celebration of the era’s performing artists, their music and style. Get ready to hear the music of the Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Four Tops, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Jackson Five, Martha Reeves & Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Commodores and many others!
The dance floor is guaranteed to be packed from the first note, while non-dancers will enjoy watching the highly visual performance.
Once the show is done, the party is just starting as the TFC Band continues with a variety of dance hits including Top 40, Disco, Rock n Roll and More!
Perfect for Fundraisers, Conventions Theme Events, Corporate Events, Anniversaries or any event that requires a Dance band and Show. No matter what the event your guest will take the ultimate stroll down memory lane as they re-live (or discover for the first time) the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by many of the greatest recording acts of all-time
Main Floor Reserved $40; Loge Reserved $30;
Balcony Reserved $22
Sponsored by Tim & Mary Garguile
Gary & Twyla Kuntz
Sharon & Ken Mahler
Barbara Peterson & Jerry Kelley
Click here to see performances: http://www.mastersofmotown.com/home-corp.html
Source: Broadway World
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL founder Berry Gordy as well as the show’s cast, and creative team discuss the highly anticipated musical, coming to Broadway this spring. “I turned my story into a Broadway because I felt that all of the incredible fans and all of the world deserved to hear the real story of how Motown happened,” explains Gordy. Check out the interviews below!
Featuring all the classic songs you love, Motown: The Musical tells the incredible true story of how Motown founder Berry Gordy became the music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.
Motown: The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed America forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown Founder Berry Gordy’s incredible Journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross and The Supremes, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more.
Motown: The Musical tells the gripping story behind the hits as Smokey finds his unique voice, Diana skyrockets to stardom and Berry fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into a triumphant reality. The music that shattered barriers and shaped our lives finally comes to the Broadway stage in the season’s most highly anticipated world-premiere event.
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown: The Musical will feature a book by Berry Gordy and music and lyrics from the Motown legendary catalogue. Motown: The Musical’s creative team will also feature scenic design by David Korins (Bring It On: The Musical, Annie), costume design by Tony Award nominee ESosa (The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, Topdog/Underdog), lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz (Once, Sister Act), sound design by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski (Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys) and choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Blues in the Night) and Warren Adams (Toy Story). The 18 piece orchestra will be supervised by Ethan Popp (Rock of Ages) who will reproduce the classic “Sound of Young America” for the Broadway stage.
Source: My Alaska Center.com
Monday, December 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm – Town Square Park
5:00pm Skate Party for Kids
6:00pm Fire & Ice Celebration
The fun begins with a children’s ice skating party followed by photo ops and chances to see favorite components from the 1980s. The action will be followed by a live concert with 80s Degrees a 1980s cover band featuring ALL of the classic hits and songs we love! The night will feature other performers, an 80s cartoon themed children’s ice gallery, ice skating and a light show after the fireworks. For more information, click here.
Celebrate New Years in Hollywood Style. Michael Jackson Tribute with MJX, live music by Pypes and the Motown Sounds, Disney themed Children’s Ice Gallery, fire performers, magic, food and ice skating under the lights.
It’s Free! You can’t Beat It!
Source: First Night®Haddonfield 2013
Festivities begin at 6:00pm
The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience starring Joby Rogers; The Unexpected Boys: A Musical Tribute Band to Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons, and Jersey Boys; Iona: A Top Pan Celtic Band, plus many more musical, dance, comedy & kids entertainers.
Joby Rogers has appeared on Conen O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel, E! Entertainment, MTV and VH1 . Joby was also chosen by Michael himself out of 100 impersonators in a signed statement as the “Official Substitute.” Joby is the Only Tribute Artist to ever appear on the Cover of “Rolling Stone Magazine.
He will perform two 45 minute shows at Haddonfield Memorial High.
Beginning at 6pm shuttle buses are available to transfer participants to locations along the event course. Shuttles run about every 15 minutes and include stops at the Methodist Church, Central/Middle School, Kings Court Gazebo, opposite Starbucks. Indian King Tavern, Haddon Fortnightly and Haddonfield Memorial High School.
KINGS COURT COMMISARY:
Participating Haddonfield Restaurants will offer “small plates”, ranging from $5-$8. Tables and Chairs will be available and the band, No Commitment will be playing at the Gazebo.