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Gloria Estefan Gives Exclusive Socal Performance At San Manuel Casino

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Thursday, October 14, 2010, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino welcomes Gloria Estefan to the Inland Empire in her only Southern California performance of 2010. Tickets are on sale today and available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel Box Office for $90, $100, and $110.

An icon for Latinos all over the world, Cuban-American songstress Gloria Estefan will perform her most famous songs in an exclusive one night only event at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. The pop music sensation has sold over 70-million records, recorded 24 albums, and won seven Grammy® Awards. Her most recent album, “90 Millas”, pays homage to the world’s most influential and respected Latino musicians of the past 50 years, all while keeping the authentic sounds of Cuban music.

Estefan began her singing career in Miami, where she was invited to sing with a local band called Miami Latin Boys. The combination of excellent musicians and Estefan’s vocal talent won the city over. The group polished their style and sound to become internationally known as the Miami Sound Machine. They released seven albums over the course of seven years. They made music history with the release of “Conga,” the hit single that appeared simultaneously in Billboard’s Pop, Latin, Soul and Dance charts.

In the late 1980’s, Estefan’s name took center stage, although she was still being backed by the band. A collection of her most popular songs, Greatest Hits, came out in 1992, and the next year Estefan released her first Spanish album, “Mi Terra”, in a decade. She went on to be named the Queen of Latin Pop, compose music for the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, and become a New York Times best-selling author of two children’s books.

Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

NOTE: Doors open at 6:30. Must be 21 to enter Casino.

Wyclef Jean Set to Announce Haitian Presidency Run

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(Reuters) - Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean will announce his bid for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti this week, Time magazine has reported.

Haiti, which was hit January 12 by a deadly 7.0-magnitude earthquake, is scheduled to vote on November 28 to elect a new leader to replace President Rene Preval, whose term ends in February.

"If I can't take five years out to serve my country as President, then everything I've been singing about, like equal rights, doesn't mean anything," Jean said in an interview with Time on Tuesday.

There has been widespread speculation that Jean would seek the office. Last week in Haiti he said he was taking the necessary legal steps toward running for president, including having his fingerprints taken by the judicial police. However, he said last week that he had not made a definite decision.

Many analysts predict Jean -- who at 37 is very popular among Haitians, particularly the young -- would easily win the presidential election.

A three-time Grammy award-winner, Jean was a founding member of the hip-hop trio The Fugees and won wider fame for his collaboration with Colombian pop star Shakira. He released a song two years ago called "If I Was President."

Jean established the Yele Haiti Foundation in 2005 to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Haiti. He said after the January 12 earthquake which killed up to 300,000 people that Haiti's future rested on education, job creation and investment.

"If not for the earthquake, I probably would have waited another 10 years before doing this," Jean told Time. "The quake drove home to me that Haiti can't wait another 10 years for us to bring it into the 21st century."

Jean emigrated to the United States aged 9, but has maintained his Haitian citizenship, a requirement for running for the presidency.


2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival Brings The Heat To Riverside

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The premiere jazz event of the summer is just around the corner. The 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival hosted by Jazz to be Green, brings the heat this summer with some of the hottest musical talents filling the stage for two full days of smooth jazz, R&B, and soul onAugust 7 through August 8 at Fairmount Park located at 2601 Fairmount Blvd. in historic downtown Riverside, Calif.

This year’s lineup includes:

Saturday, August 7 — Jazz pianist Marcus Johnson; saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa; guitarist/ vocalist Joyce Cooling; saxophonist Steve Cole; the Latin jazz sounds of Pete Escovedo & family; and the funky soulful sounds of Con Funk Shun.

Sunday, August 8 — Soul jazz pianist Gail Johnson; saxophonist Michael Paulo; American jazz fusion guitarist Stanley Jordan; Internationally-acclaimed Latin jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez; and the high energy R&B/funk group ZAPP.

In addition to the incredible talents on the main stage, attendees will hear local jazz and R&B acts on the second stage between headliner performances. A host of vendors selling various artisan items, as well as a variety of delicious food and refreshments will also be available for concert-goers to enjoy.

Jazz to be Green is a proud partner with the Lupus Foundation this year by contributing a percentage of the proceeds from the 2nd Annual Ultimate Jazz Festival towards this worthy cause. Lupus is a chronic disease which attacks the auto-immune system. An estimated 5 million people suffer from this life-threatening illness, and an estimated 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported world-wide each year.

Festival Director and Jazz to be Green President Darryl Bundridge is passionate about the cause.

Ultimate Jazz Festival ticketholders will not only have an opportunity to hear chart-topping musicians, but the satisfaction of knowing that they will also be supporting a worthy organization for future research and development in hopes of finding a cure to help those inflicted with this devastating disease.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.theultimatejazzfestival.com.

17th Annual Jazz in the Pines Features David Benoit

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This year's headliners are sure to be a crowd pleaser for the 17th Annual Jazz in the Pines Saturday and Sunday, August 28 & 29, 2010. Headliners for Saturday, Aug. 28th include 3 time Grammy® Award winner Tom Scott, Kenny Washington, Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet and the ever popular Yve Evans and Company. Also appearing on Saturday are The Peter Sprague Septet, Harry Pickens, The Joshua White Quartet, and The Jeff Tower Big Band just to name a few.

Sunday, Aug. 29th will showcase multiple Grammy® nominated pianist David Benoit, Oscar Hernandez and Evan Christopher as headliners along with the incredible talents of the Vortex Gospel Group, The Straight jackets, Chuck McPherson Jr. and the Cold Sweat Quartet along with the amazing sounds of Idyllwild Arts graduate, clarinetist Evan Christopher.

Jazz in the Pines is a scholarship fundraiser for the Idyllwild Arts Foundat ion. As an added treat KJAZZ 88.1 FM in Los Angeles' morning show host Bubba Jackson will perform duties as Master of Ceremonies on the main stage of the Holmes Amphitheater.

Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit's expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings. His '80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics.

Among his other Grammy nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition (for "Dad's Room," from 1999's Professional Dreamer) and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance (for the GRP All-Star Big Band).

His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here's To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit's role as his musical heir. Benoit has also released the Bil lboard Contemporary Jazz charting albums Fuzzy Logic, Right Here, Right Now, Full Circle and Heroes, which paid homage to the pianist's top jazz and pop influences. Tom Scott is a renowned composer, arranger, producer, musical director and saxophonist. He has twenty-nine solo recordings to his credit and for these efforts has earned three Grammy Awards and fourteen Grammy nominations.

Regularly priced tickets are $60.00 per day for over 25 acts on three stages. Individual , group tickets, Patron Dinner packages (includes tickets to each day) and the Saturday Night Jazz and Jambalaya Dinner can be purchased online at www.idyllwildjazz.com.

Gates to the Jazz in the Pines concert pavilion open at 10:00 a.m. both Saturday, August 28 & Sunday August 29 with acts starting at 10:30 a.m. All three of the music venues, Holmes Amphitheater, Stephens Hall and the ever popular French Quarter, play jazz until 5:00 p.m.

The festival is located on the grounds of Idyllwild Arts at 52500 Temecula Road in the cool, clean air of the breathtakingly beautiful mountain village of Idyllwild, California. All parking is free with shuttles running continuously between the center of town and clearly designated lots. A variety of food concessions will tempt your taste buds along with premium wines, beer and margaritas.

Over 65 world class artists will be selling handmade items including art, sculptures, jazz memorabilia, jewelry and Jazz in the Pines collector gifts.

For more information call 951-500-4090, or to book accommodations visit www.idylodging.com, www.quietcreekinn. com/Quiet-creek-Vacation-Rentals or www.idyllvacationrentals.com.

Bill Pickett Rodeo Blazes On

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By Gary Montgomery, BVN Staff –

After 25 years of zigzagging across the country telling the story of the African American cowboy, the Bill Pickett Rodeo still draws exuberant crowds and is one of the real joys of summer.

Since its inaugural event in Denver’s Adam’s County Arena back in 1984 the Bill Pickett Rodeo has introduced hundreds of thousands of youngsters to the African American rodeo experience.

Named after the legendary Black rodeo pioneer, Bill Pickett was credited with creating the ‘dogging’ techniques used by today’s cowboys.

The primary goal has always been to highlight the story of the African American cowboy. By creating the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, founder Lu Vision not only achieved his goal of telling the African American cowboy’s history, he also created a venue for today’s local African American cowboys and cowgirls to exhibit their skills, hone their craft and follow their dreams to other professional circuits if they choose.

“We have seen a lot of our folks go up to the PRC (Professional Rodeo Circuit), some of them have done alright up there, said General Manager Sedgwick Haynes. If you can rodeo down here you can rodeo up there.”

There are African American cowboys and cowgirls all over the country, thousands in the Inland Empire alone, people who love horses and the cowboy life. Most are unrecognizable by day posing as teachers, bankers, lawyers and even actors, then like Fred Flintstone when the 5 o’clock whistle blows they rush off to their first love, horses.

During its 25 year history, the Bill Pickett Rodeo has provided an opportunity for thousands of those part time cowboys and cowgirls who want to pursue the professional circuit or just want to showcase their riding ability.

Riverside native, Lauren DeCoud is one of those aspiring cowgirls with bigger aspirations.

After getting her first opportunity to compete in the barrel racing event at last year’s rodeo, Lauren was invited back this year to participate in the barrel race and the relay event.

Growing up in the Riverside-Moreno Valley area Lauren was a star basketball player at Mo Val High. As the starting point guard, Lauren helped lead the Vikings to their first and only appearance in the CIF Quarter Finals, losing to eventual champions San Clemente.

“My whole family rides, I have been around horses my whole life,” said DeCoud.

“My mother rode horses when she was pregnant with me. I have always loved to ride”.

Lauren and Cowboy, her faithful steed had and impressive run in the barrel racing event and held the top time in the relay event coming into Sunday’s final round.

Lauren’s goal is to continue to polish her skills and at some point give the Women’s Professional Rodeo a shot.

“First, I need a more advanced horse to compete at the next level and I need better equipment before I can go on the road,” said Decoud.

Lauren’s current skill level combined with her obvious passion for the sport will likely overcome those minor obstacles and get her to the WPR real soon.

Gmontgomery can be reached @ sports@blackvoicenews.com

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