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Fox Performing Arts Riverside Announces Fall Winter 2010

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Fox Operator, Bill Malone, proudly announces the initial programming for the Fox Performing Arts Center Fall/Winter 2010 Season.

The Fox in Riverside, which has been referred to as “the cornerstone of the City’s arts and entertainment amenities and a centerpiece for the City of Arts & Innovation identity” by Mayor Ron Loveridge, will host an eclectic mix of internationally renowned artists and local arts groups.

Fox Performing Arts Center scheduled and yet to be announced second season performances will be inclusive of Comedy, Pop, Latin, Jazz Fusion, Neo Soul, R & B, Chorale, Rock, Smooth Jazz, Pops Orchestra wi th Special Guests, A Very Special Viol in Recital, Tributes to Pop Superstars and local arts performances by the Ballet and Symphony, in addition to hosting the 2010 shows of the second season of the Fox Broadway Series presented by the Nederlander organization.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, July 23, 2010 at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Fox Performing Arts Center Box Office located at 3801 Mission Inn Avenue. The Box Office is open Monday -Friday from noon to 6:00 PM, Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on all show days from 10:00 AM to Show Time.

For more Ticket information, contact the box office at 951-779- 9800.

Lalah Hathaway – Saturday, September 11 An Evening of Comedy with Dennis Miller - Friday, September 17

Broadway Series: “Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles” – A Nederlander Presentation September 24-26 (5 shows)

UB40 – Friday, October 1 Sarah Chang – Thursday, October 14

Riverside County Philharmonic – Saturday, October 16

Broadway Series – “The Color Purple” – A Nederlander Presentation October 29-31 (5 shows)

Rainbow Promotions Announces Lineup For The 23rd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival

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Rainbow Promotions presents the 23rd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival August 13, 14 and 15, 2010. The Festival again takes place at the lovely seaside setting of Rainbow Lagoon Park on Shoreline Drive in Long Beach, California. As with previous Long Beach Jazz Festivals, the 3-day music extravaganza has a special theme and focus—“ Jazz Up Your Summer”—as the exciting and evolving genre of Smooth and Straight Ahead Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Music takes center stage with a lineup that is clearly the cream of the crop. Featured are some very special performances this year, The Original Jazz Crusaders will make their first Southern California reunion appearance, An All- Star Tribute to Grover Washington Jr, Al Jarreau & The George Duke Trio, Boney James, Melanie Fiona, to name just a few.

As one of the longest-running annual jazz festivals in Southern California, the Long Beach Jazz Festival offers something for everyone, from soulful party-vibe, smooth jazz grooves to more traditional jazz improvisation. Veteran concert promoter and musician Al Williams, head of Rainbow Promotions, will also perform on the 15th with his Al Williams Jazz Society.

Williams says, “I’m excited this year to have a great variety of artists. It is a collection of all the elements that have sustained jazz’s popularity for decades; a touch of rhythm, soul, international flavor, innovation and future jazz stars. It’s all great music.”

On Friday, August 13, the Original Jazz Crusaders, featuring Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder, headlines the first day and the exciting saxophonist Boney James. On Saturday, August 14, a special tribute to Grover Washington Jr. featuring Ronnie Laws, Tom Scott, Chante Moore, Paul Jackson Jr., dynamite duo Dave Koz & Jonathan Butler with special guest Sheila E., Kanye West protégé, soul singer Melanie Fiona, and Saxophonist Shilts, front-man for the urban, funky jazz band “Down To The Bone” round out what promises to be a day of electrifying music. And on Sunday, August 15, vocalist extraordinaire Al Jarreau & the legendary George Duke with his Trio headlines an incredible 3rd day lineup that includes bassist Marcus Miller & trumpeter Christian Scott, the Al Williams Jazz Society and conguero Poncho Sanchez with his seven-piece Latin jazz ensemble.

Tickets are available through Rainbow Promotions at (562)-424- 0013, or online at www.longbeachjazzfestival.com VIP tickets--$155 on Friday, and $180 per seat on Saturday and Sunday—include dinner, wine service and backstage access. Reserved box seat tickets are $60 on Friday and $75 per seat on Saturday and Sunday. General admission/ lawn seating is $45 (prior to August 4th) and $50 at the gate.

Friday-Gates open at 5pm. Saturday and Sunday- Gates opens at 11:00am.

16th Annual Essence Festival Rolls Into New Orleans

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By Tene Perry, Special to The Black Voice News –

The mid-summer New Orleans heat and humidity - sprinkled with a few showers - engulfs a sea of fresh hairdos, linen suits, halter-top summer dresses and skin exposing garments worn by African- Americans young and old all enjoying the Essence “experience”.

This year marks the 16th Annual Essence Music Festival sponsored by Coca- Cola and it promised three days of an all star line-up on several stages. This year’s Superdome Arena Main-stage donned commanding performances by legendary artists such as L.L. Cool J, Janet Jackson, Charlie Wilson, Gladys Knight and Earth, Wind and Fire. They shared the stage with R&B divas such as Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and (a very pregnant) Alicia Keys.

There were four smaller stages strategically placed on the second level of the Superdome that featured a variety of artists like De La Soul, Mint Condition, Joe, Mary Mary, Ledisi, Estelle and Melanie Fiona. New Orleans own Big Sam’s Funky Nation and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra were just a few of the featured local artists.

In addition to it being Independence Day weekend, this year also marks the 40th Anniversary of Essence magazine which was even more reason to celebrate. Boasted as the ultimate party weekend the Essence Music Festival has grown in leaps and bounds since its humble beginning in 1995, to providing an unprecedented open forum focused on the African- American woman, family and progressiveness. The New Orleans Convention Center, which was open to the public, provided (in addition to the ice cold air conditioning and exclusive merchandise from vendors far and wide) opportunities for festival goers to attend star-studded forums that addressed relevant topics like Steve Harvey’s Love and Relationships Super Fest addressing keeping the African-American family together and how to make relationships and marriages work.

Nearly five years after Katrina, New Orleans is finally coming back to its original state of America’s party retreat. Hosting an estimated 400,000 attendees from far and wide for one of the most immaculately executed largest music festivals in America, contributions will be made not only towards New Orleans but the state of Louisiana and any efforts to protect the wildlife and commerce that thrives on the Gulf Coast in addition to building up around the city.

Weeper's Friends Join Community For All Star 4th of July Weekend

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Guitarist A. Ray Fuller known as “The Weeper”, a name giving to him by jazz artist and mentor George Duke is hosting an all star weekend with an indoor jazz festival and golf tournament. The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Joining him will be Euge Groove, top selling Saxophonist known for hot live performances, Terry Steele, Grammy Nominated composer of Luther Vandross' hit “Here and Now” and Brian Simpson, chart topping smooth jazz pianist and musical director for Dave Koz. The Friday event golf outing begins at 10 a.m. with a 6 p.m. dinner/ concert and show on Saturday, July 3.

Guitarist Ray "The Weeper" Fuller has earned the enviable title of the chosen few in his profession: that of "musician's musician." He has been the session guitarist on over 430 mainstream albums. His resume includes playing with legends Curtis Mayfield; Quincy Jones; Luther Vandross; Isaac Hayes; Earth, Wind and Fire; The Staples Singers; Nancy Wilson; Dionne Warwick; Natalie Cole; Whitney Houston; Anita Baker and Oleta Adams and "Mr. Motown" himself, Berry Gordy. He's also worked with Contemporary Gospel royalty BeBe & CeCe Winans, Kirk Franklin, Tramaine Hawkins, Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams.

For more information call (909) 697-9565 or visit www.weepersfriends.org

Proceeds will go to raise funds for his new facility and media projects.

Dancing, Exhibits, Grave Visit Mark Jackson Death Anniversary

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(Reuters) - In Tokyo, fans are planning a sleepover surrounded by his possessions; in Los Angeles, devotees will visit his grave; and on TV and radio stations around the world, lovers of the King of Pop's music won't stop 'til they get enough.

Fans, museums and some members of Michael Jackson's family will mark Friday's one-year anniversary of the singer's death with special exhibits, tributes and flash mob dances from Manila to Manhattan.

In the family hometown of Gary, Indiana, matriarch Katherine Jackson will unveil a monument to the singer outside the humble house where the legendary Jackson 5 began their singing career half a century ago. A memorial and candlelight vigil will follow, ending with the song "We are the World."

Jackson's children -- Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket -- are expected to mark Friday's anniversary privately in Gary.

By contrast, in the Philippines prisoners who danced their way to fame with their "Thriller" YouTube video in 2007, will pay homage to the singer with some more fancy footwork.

Jackson's sudden death at age 50 on June 25, last year in Los Angeles sparked an outpouring of grief around the world for the former child star, who was rehearsing for a series of London concerts aimed at reviving a career shattered by bizarre events as an adult and allegations of molesting children.

A year on, with Jackson's personal doctor awaiting trial on a criminal charge of causing the singer's death by giving him a powerful anesthetic as a sleep aid, memories are focused on the artist who won 13 Grammys and whose dancing rocked the world.

NO MAJOR TRIBUTES

There are no major tributes planned by the official Michael Jackson estate, which now controls rights to the "Beat it" singer's music, likeness and other memorabilia.

But Jackson's estranged father Joe has helped organize a "Forever Michael" tribute at a Beverly Hills hotel on June 26, where 1970s band The Chi-Lites and a niece of the Jackson clan are expected to perform.

Katherine Jackson, 80, has given the fund-raising dinner her blessing, and her self-published book of personal family photographs -- "Never Can Say Good-bye" -- will be sold there. But Michael Jackson's estate is not part of the event.

Elsewhere, "The Ultimate Thriller" tribute stage show makes its way from Europe and the Middle East across the Atlantic for the first time, kicking off a U.S. tour on Friday near Boston.

Fans are expected to gather at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where the Jackson 5 launched their careers, and Madame Tussaud in New York will install an exhibit as part of a global wax celebration of Jackson's career.

Some of the more unusual events will take place in Asia, where Jackson had a devoted following even after his 2005 trial and acquittal on charges of abusing a young boy.

At the world's only official Michael Jackson exhibition, fans selected at random will pay $1,000 for an opportunity to sleep the night inside the Neverland Collection at Japan's Tokyo Tower. Some of the singer's clothes, furniture and awards from his famed Neverland Valley Ranch in central California have been on display there since May.

The cemetery where Jackson is buried near Los Angeles will open its gates to all fans on Friday but they will not be allowed into the vast mausoleum containing his body. Balloons, doves, radios and candles have also been banned in what officials hope will be a quiet and respectful occasion.

Yet, airwaves will be filled with Michael Jackson hits. MTV is among numerous TV and radio outlets planning wall-to-wall videos, retrospectives and documentaries throughout the weekend looking at the singer's influence, key developments of the past year and how his family has fared.

And fans looking for ways to mark the anniversary by text or Twitter were offered a list of song-based, 140 character lines from mobile entertainment company Predicto.

They include "ABC EZ as 123 o simple as doe ray me abc baby u and me grl" and "Cuz this is thrilla thrilla nite there ain't no 2nd chance against the thing w/40 eyz, girl."

 

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