Crow is one of three "special sit-in performers" set to appear with headliners Zac Brown Band over their two nights of musical performances at the Lawn at Riverfront Park. Crow and country star Alan Jackson will also perform with the group on Friday, and southern rock veteran Gregg Allman is Saturday's special guest.
Other artists performing their own sets apart from ZBB include Amos Lee, Michael Franti & Spearhead, David Gray and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes.
The festival takes place on Sept. 21-22 at The Lawn at Riverfront Park. Tickets are now on sale with a two-day cost from $89-$109. Kids ages 5 and younger get in for free. Details: www.southerngroundfestival.com.
The Usual Suspects played B B King's Blues Club in Memphis Saturday night, August 25th. - only our second show this year. We had three great guests sit in: Ashley Wilcoxson (Daryl's daughter- we've watched her grow up) four great numbers (At Last, Someone to Love, Runaway & Chain of Fools), Karen Crow Bowles (Wendell's daughter) sat in with us for the first time ever and did a knocked-out version of the Spinner's I'll Be Around, and Sheryl Crow (also Wendell's daughter) sat in and did You're No Good, My Favorite Mistake and RockN'Roll. We had a blast. Thanks Gregg Dempsey for making it in to see us. We had several out-of-town folks make it and we appreciate them all. And thanks to the sweet ladies who helped ramp up our show.
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Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN
The always cool Hammond B3 Organ
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Here’s your chance. On September 12, the nine-time Grammy Award Winner and do-gooder will be collecting non-perishable food items for the New York City Food Bank.
So you can show up with a can of organic black beans, a bag of brown rice, and your copy of Crow’s self-titled album you bought in 1996 and would really love to get signed.
The event is part of Nutrition Mission, a campaign that vitamin-maker One A Day Women’s and Feeding America are running for Hunger Action Month.
In addition to dropping off the food collected, One A Day Women’s will donate two meals to Feeding America for every bottle of vitamins sold during the month of September.
That’s another good reason to take your multivitamin.
Wednesday, September 12, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Nutrition Mission Pantry, Union Square Park South, www.oneaday.com/nutritionmission
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Playing the Hammond! :-)
By the way, some of the new songs were recorded in May 2012 at 16 ton Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, as reported in the studio's website:
NEW YORK, N.Y. - There's a bit of everything for theatregoers this fall in New York, from a play about porn to a musical about proselytizing Christians. Al Pacino and Katie Holmes are the star headliners, while David Mamet makes a big return and the sun comes out for "Annie." Even The Fonz makes it to Broadway for the 2012-13 season.
STARS, STARS, STARS
It wouldn't be Broadway these days without A-list celebs, and this season has lured Pacino, Holmes, Paul Rudd, Jessica Chastain and Alec Baldwin. Returning Broadway veterans include Patti LuPone, Judith Ivey, Katie Finneran, Bobby Cannavale, Patrick Page, Stephanie J. Block, Rob McClure, Jessica Hecht, Jim Norton, Judith Light, Douglas Hodge, Laura Osnes, Norbert Leo Butz, Cheyenne Jackson, Danny Burstein, Carolee Carmello, Henry Winkler and Chita Rivera, who turns 80 in January. Ed Asner makes his first Broadway appearance in more than two decades.
COMPETING AGAINST THEMSELVES
Mamet returns to Broadway after a two-year absence with two shows that might overlap: a revival of "Glengarry Glen Ross" with Pacino and Cannavale, and his new play, "The Anarchist," debuting at the same time with Debra Winger and LuPone.
The playwright isn't the only one with two dueling shows. Thomas Meehan, who wrote the book for "Annie," also wrote the story of "Chaplin," a new musical opening in September that depicts the life of film icon Charlie Chaplin. It will go up against a new production of "Annie" with Finneran as Miss Hannigan.
PROPER AND NOT-SO-PROPER
The romantic comedy "The Performers," about two guys who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas, will open in November starring Winkler and Jackson, likely with plenty of sex puns. It will immediately face-off against "Scandalous," a musical with book and lyrics by TV host Kathie Lee Gifford about the American evangelical leader Aimee Semple McPherson, who preached about a return to simple biblical Christianity. Questions of faith and religion also get tossed about in Craig Wright's play "Grace," with Rudd and Asner.
Some tried-and-true shows make it back to Broadway, including Edward Albee's seminal "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. "Cyrano de Bergerac" comes back for its 14th time, and murder whodunit "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" hopes to take advantage of its interactive touch since the audience decides who the killer is. Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" comes back for a ninth time, "Glengarry Glen Ross" marks its 30th anniversary and the fourth revival of "The Heiress" may attract fans of "Downton Abbey" since it co-stars that series' actor Dan Stevens. Lyle Kessler's "Orphans" is due in the spring, and Clifford Odets will have two revivals — his "Golden Boy" will celebrate its 75th-anniversary production this winter and his "The Big Knife" will appear in the spring. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II — with an assist from Douglas Carter Beane — return to Broadway in January with "Cinderella."
NEW AND NEWISH
Tony-winning playwright Richard Greenberg returns with the world premiere of his "The Assembled Parties," and Sharr White's "The Other Place" makes the jump from off-Broadway. "Seminar" and "Smash" writer Theresa Rebeck's five-character "Dead Accounts," which had its world premiere at the Cincinnati Playhouse this winter, comes to Broadway with Tom Cruise's ex-wife Holmes among the stars. "Chaplin," with veteran Rob McClure as the little tramp, comes via the La Jolla Playhouse in California.
Two foreign musicals land on Broadway — "Rebecca," originally produced in Austria, and "Matilda: The Musical," based on Roald Dahl's tale of an extraordinary little girl from an ordinary family, which has become a smash hit in London. Written by the playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian Tim Minchin, "Matilda" took more prizes than any show in the 36-year history of the British theatre's Olivier Awards.
CROW VERSUS LAUPER
This spring, two singer-songwriters known more for rock and pop than Broadway will be pitted against each other. Sheryl Crow has written songs and lyrics to the musical "Diner," based on the film about friends reuniting for a wedding in 1959 by Barry Levinson, while Cyndi Lauper has penned songs for "Kinky Boots," a musical based on the 2005 British movie about a failing shoe factory that's struggling until it finds new life in fetish footwear. Crow has nine Grammys while Lauper became the first female artist to have five top 10 singles from a debut album. Both, though, are making their theatrical writing debuts.
Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce star in Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Lincoln Center Theater; Jake Gyllenhaal appears in Nick Payne's "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" at the Roundabout Theatre Company; Edie Falco stars in "The Madrid" at Manhattan Theatre Club; Eve Ensler's "Emotional Creature" makes its New York premiere in October at The Pershing Square Signature Center; the Transport Group will present "House for Sale" by National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen; Theatre for a New Audience will have two plays by Wallace Shawn; Terrence McNally's "Golden Age" with Bebe Neuwirth will be produced by the Manhattan Theater Club; Jesse Eisenberg's "The Revisionist" will be produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; and John Guare's "Three Kinds of Exile" will be produced by the Atlantic Theater Co.
Last year at Christmas, the Rockettes pretty much had the city to themselves. This year, the high kickers at Radio City Music Hall will have competition from a returning "Elf," the sweet musical based on the Will Ferrell movie, and also from "Christmas Story, The Musical!" a show inspired by the classic film with songs written by up-and-comers Benj Pasek and composer Justin Paul.
This wasn’t the case at Artpark this past Tuesday night as the jovial Crow and her 4-piece band played a hit laden that comprised of almost every hit she has had. The sold out crowd was greeted with “Steve McQueen’ off of 2002’s platinum selling “C’Mon, C’Mon.” Dressed in a dark blouse and brown jeans with Indian like designs of them, Crow looked and sounded great. She interjected jokes throughout her evening, none more apparent than before “Can’t Cry Anymore,” where she went on to say how she was a “good dancer, good cook and had a big rack,” as she called out to her sound guy who started to laugh. Before the Cat Stevens classic “The First Cut is the Deepest,” Crow announced that she has a record coming out soon. “I don’t know when, as I don’t have record company right now,” then proceeded to sing “Fu*k Them” to a roaring crowd approval. It shows the lack of loyalty there is to the artists today when a multi-Grammy award winning artist can’t keep a record deal. Crow said she would sell it out of the back of her van if needed (which garnered heavy laughter.) Later in the set she played a new song off of the untitled release called “Shotgun.”
Crow showed her diversity as she did go back and forth all night between singing and playing guitar. She also dusted off the old accordion for a spin on “Song After Big Gun.” Her drummer showed off his skills by playing the drums with his hands, creating a brush-like effect for “Strong Enough.”
During “If It Makes You Happy” Crow’s emotion was so heartfelt, you could tell every lyric and chord seemed to have extra meaning. This was the highlight of the night for me, besides my personal favorite song of hers, “Soak up the Sun.”
As the performance came to a close, Crow commented on her first appearance in Lewiston, NY and remarked how she enjoyed walking around town before the show. Let’s hope she makes the trip back for a future show in the not too distant future.
You’re no Good (Linda Ronstadt cover)
One of the most anticipated concerts on Artpark’s 2012 schedule was Sheryl Crow. Crow brought her fantastic band and played a set that more than satisfied the sold out crowd for this edition of Tuesday In The Park. While the weather was not looking good earlier in the afternoon, the sun came out and the rain stayed away for the evening. Having just turned 50 earlier this year, she performed with the vigor and swagger of someone much younger.
Kicking off the affair with the lost gem “Steve McQueen”, she set the mood for the evening. Her backing band were no slouches led by former Cry Of Love and Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed. His partner in crime Peter Stroud also on guitar. Glenn Patscha on keyboards and a solidly tight rhythm section consisting of drummer Fred Eltringham and bassist Robert Kearns. Crow has selected quite a talented band and it showed in their playing. Vocally Crow sounded as good as ever, perhaps the best sounding Artpark show this reviewer has ever heard. Case in point her highest charting hit “All I Wanna Do” from her debut Tuesday Night Music Club.
The crowd starting getting rambunctious during her top 10 smash “If It Makes You Happy”. Crow played guitar on most of the tracks although she did put it down a few times to grab a mike and work the stage. One such moment occurred during the following song “Soak Up The Sun” that ended the main set. Back for the encore segment, Crow did the Linda Ronstadt cover of “You’re No Good. Closing out the show with “Everyday Is A Winding Road”, she delivered a show that will take a while for fans to get out of their system.
Talented singer, songwriter and piano player Jon McLaughlin opened the show with a very captivating set. McLaughlin appeared with just a piano and slapped on a harmonica for a song or two as he played some original material along with the Billy Joel classic “Piano Man”. Catch this savvy musician when you get the chance, you won’t be disappointed.
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Even with few surprises, Sheryl Crow delights her fans
By Garaud MacTaggart
Tuesday night was one of those rare times when performers, music and fans all combined to produce a special occasion.
The Sheryl Crow concert at Artpark was sold out days before the start of the show, and the resulting crowd filled the areas fronting the stage and a substantial portion of the hill located stage right. People were wandering the aisles, scoping out a place to set up a chair or find a space to stand.
Dark clouds, cool temps and high humidity were left over from the passing showers that left their mark on the pavement, and some of the folks strolling around the venue were carrying umbrellas ... just in case.
Luckily, the weather cooperated and all was well. By the time Crow and her band hit the stage, any thoughts that audience members may have entertained about atmospheric conditions disappeared. The crowd was too busy bouncing in place, tossing their hands skyward, singing familiar choruses and just plain having a good time.
Anyone perusing the Internet would have had a pretty decent idea of what her set list was going to look like. The first three songs of the evening - a rockin' take on "Steve McQueen," some superb slide guitar playing by Peter Stroud on "All I Want to Do" and a fun rendition of "Members Only" - appeared in the same order as seen by another audience in another city only a few days into the current tour. It didn't matter to the crowd at Artpark and, to be fair, it shouldn't have, because those tunes are pretty bedrock items in Crow's catalog.
Then things changed up. Instead of following the pattern she set at other shows, Crow mixed things up a bit. It was still like hearing a "live" greatest hits album, but she changed the programming of when things appeared.
She ran through "Can't Cry Anymore," "My Favorite Mistake" and "Change Would Do You Good," along with a new tune ("Shotgun"), a relatively recent tune ("100 Miles From Memphis") and "Real Gone," a torrid rocker that appeared in the animated movie "Cars."
Crow played guitar, slid her fingers over an accordion keyboard on "C'mon, C'mon" and blew on a harmonica during "Real Gone." Her band - featuring guitarists Stroud and Audley Freed, keyboard wiz Glenn Patscha and the rhythm section of bassist Robert Kearns and drummer Fred Eltringham - had some serious chops.
Toward the end of the evening, when the musicians went into the opening chords of "If It Makes You Happy," the audience went nuts. It was one of those tunes that you could tell tipped the concert from good to great for much of the crowd.
Singer-songwriter Jon McLaughlin opened the concert playing keyboards sans any other musicians on stage. It was a pretty exposed moment for the young artist, but it was one he seemed to cope with fairly well. He has a nice mid-range voice that can slide up into a falsetto with little apparent problem, and fans were crowded down toward the stage as he sang songs from his albums, including "Promises, Promises"; his latest single, "Summer Is Over"; and a cover of Billy Joel's "Piano Man" that McLaughlin said was one of his all-time favorite songs.
By Thom Jennings
At 8 p.m. sharp, Sheryl Crow walked onstage bearing her trademark smile; it immediately brightened the grey skies over Artpark. The show got off to an energetic start with "Steve McQueen," followed quickly by "All I Wanna Do."
The back-to-back hits opening the show set the stage for a well-crafted set, which touched on the full range of Crow's talent, and captured an array of emotions, just as her music does.
Throughout the performance, Crow switched instruments and roles, playing acoustic and electric guitars, an accordion and on one song an impressive harmonica solo. At other times she fronted the band, strolling across the stage with just a microphone and happily acknowledging fans in attendance.
The show was the perfect balance of high octane numbers like 'Everyday is a Winding Road," and mellow ballads like her remake of the Cat Steven's song, "The First Cut is the Deepest," which had the crowd happily singing along with the chorus.
The show kicked into high gear just as the sun set, and Crow and her band performed a fantastic version of "A Change Would Do You Good," and a short while later they cranked out an amazing rendition of "Real Gone" from the Disney Movie "Cars." Crow mentioned that her children, ages 5 and 2, know "that's mommy" when they watch the movie and her song come on.
Vocally Crow sounded great. Her voice was strong on the faster numbers but really shined on "Strong Enough," during which the crowd quietly listened to all of the nuances in her voice. Crow has ability to convey the full range of emotions in her songs, which is a real treat to watch.
Crow joked that she had a new album coming out and hoped to land a record deal. She performed a song from the album, which was listed on her set list as "Shotgun." It's a great song that had a country rock flavor, and was very well received by the crowd.
The main set closed with "Soak up the Sun," which had the crowd dancing feverishly in the aisles and was followed with a huge ovation.
Crow returned to the stage with an extended version of "You're No Good" which featured some great guitar work from both of her guitarists. Crow's vocals on "You're No Good" reminded me a lot of when I saw Linda Rondstadt perform the song many years ago.
The evening closed with "Everyday is a Winding Road." It was a great ending to a fantastic evening of music.
I think it is safe to say that people had high expectations from Sheryl Crow, and she easily exceeded those expectations putting on a show that will be talked about for years. At age 50, Crow combines beauty, wit and raw musical talent in a way few performers have ever been able to do. If you were smart enough to get a ticket to the show before it sold out, I am sure you were glad you did.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A judge has granted Sheryl Crow a three-year restraining order against a man who a witness says threatened to shoot the singer-songwriter.
Superior Court Judge James Hahn issued the order after a hearing Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. The order requires Philip Gordon Sparks to not try to contact or meet the actress for the next three years.
Crow obtained temporary restraining order against the 45-year-old in July after told a union worker he was going to shoot the Grammy winner and film executive Harvey Weinstein. Sparks repeatedly said in court he believes Crow and Weinstein stole money from him.
A judge also granted Weinstein a three-year restraining order against Sparks during Tuesday's hearing.
Sparks agreed to the orders after an hour-long hearing in which a psychiatrist called him dangerous.
by Megan Billowitch
I braved the weather on Friday night (an inside joke) at The Sands Steel Stage to see one of my favorites, Sheryl Crow in concert. She came out guitars blazing her hit “Steve McQueen”. My husband said it looked like “All I want to do” is have a rockin’ good time.
The ArtsQuest “Members Only” section seemed to be filled to capacity, one of the great benefits to becoming an ArtsQuest member is no waiting in line and access to great concert seats.
Back to Sheryl, “My Favorite. Mistake” was that she didn’t play longer. Especially when she puts a little country swing into her songs. Made me feel like I was sitting on a porch in “Abiline”. Some fans probably don’t think that she should have gone with a big country feel, but don’t they know that “A Change Will Do You Good?”
“The First Cut is The Deepest” song off ‘Cars” soundtrack. “Real Gone” made me feel like I was watching the speeding cartoon cars with my daughter.
A few years ago we were disappointed when Sheryl Crow cancelled her show at Musikfest, but we “Can’t Cry Anymore” because she was “Strong Enough” to play Musikfest and “Soak Up The Sun” with a lot of fans. Even with her recent health crisis (a benign brain tumor) she proves that “Every Day is a Winding Road” bouncing back with a terrific performance.
Until next year, Festers!
With songs like “All I Wanna do is Have Some Fun” and “Soak Up the Sun”, Crow kicked off Saturday night with a sympathetic nod about the Olympic Canadian Women’s Soccer Team game against the US.
“So, do you have Olympic fever?” she asked. “You know, I’m really sorry about the soccer match. I want to personally apologize.” She did admit that she was holding out for the American team.
During her hour and a half performance, the rain made another appearance. That didn’t stop Crow from walking the catwalk and belting out the songs that fans new and old knew by heart.
She was sensational!
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We were at the Boots and Hearts festival in Bowmanville Canada. It started to pour rain half way thru her set. When the people showed that they wer'nt going to give up, Sheryl grabbed a jacket from the side of the stage, walked out on the catwalk and finished her show getting soaked with her fans. As far as I'm concerned that was 100% class.
Since first hitting the pavement in 2006, Dierks Bentley’s “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert has held 12 events in seven US cities to raise over $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. Bentley announced today that he is revving up for the seventh annual “Miles & Music for Kids” on Sun., Oct. 14 in Nashville, TN with tickets going on sale this Frl., Aug.17 at 10:00A CT through TicketMaster. The event begins at Harley-Davidson of Columbia (1616 Harley Davidson Blvd., Columbia, TN) for a scenic hour-long motorcycle ride ending at downtown Nashville’s Riverfront Park. Following the ride, Bentley will host a family-friendly jam-style concert with special guests Sheryl Crow, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, The Cadillac Black and Craig Campbell all joining him on the ACM Lifting Lives main stage. More artist announcements will be made in the upcoming weeks.
Fans can purchase tickets for the ride, concert and commemorative T-shirt for $50, or those looking to attend the concert only can purchase tickets for $20. Special VIP packages are also available. All proceeds from the event will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
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INDEPENDENCE TWP. — Finishing the first of his two-song surprise guest appearance with Sheryl Crow on Sunday night, Aug. 12, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Kid Rock pronounced "NOW we got a party goin' on."
And that was not overstating the case.
Rock's turn with Crow and her band for their hit 2001 duet "Picture" and a rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Up Around the Bend" certainly boosted the energy of Palace Sports & Entertainment's first-ever Come Together Celebration. To that point it had been a genteel summer gathering, a somewhat unfocused but pleasant invitation-only party for a) DTE's 40th anniversary, b) the Detroit Pistons and their upcoming season and c) somewhat eclipsed honors from the organizations' Come Together Foundation for three good samaritans in the metro area.
The honorees — Darnell Hall from the Think Detroit Police Athletic League program, Catrina Harvey from the Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids and Natasha Thomas-Jackson from Flint's Raise It Up! Youth & Awareness program — were duly noted, presented with Impact Awards by members of the Pistons, including head coach Lawrence Frank and players such as Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and rookie Kim English. Also on hand for the festivities were Pistons alumni such as Rick Mahorn and James "Buddah" Edwards, team President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars, Rep. John Dingell, actress Erin Cummings, former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and a variety of corporate, media and entertainment business VIPs.
Crow's 90-minute performance was the night's focus, however. Following local singer-songwriter Paulina Jayne, Crow and her five-piece band delivered a hit-laden set that found the band playing solid versions of "All I Wanna Do," "Leaving Las VEgas," "My Favorite Mistake" and "A Change Will Do You Go" to an appreciative but not particularly energetic crowd. Crow herself was in fine form, however, playing the first two songs in a Pistons jersey given to her before the show and declaring that "I'm celebrating — I've been coming here (for) 20 years, and I have not aged one day!"
She played one brand new song, "Shotgun," accompanied by Detroit singer Herschel Boone, and took advantage of the momentum of the Kid Rock cameo — which brought the crowd to its feet for the first time all night — to finish strong with "If It Makes You Happy," "Soak Up the Sun" and an encore of "Everyday is a Winding Road."
Crow, however, didn't seem entirely sure of what the night was for, either. "Are we celebrating the Pistons? Are we celebrating this awesome place we're playing here?" she asked. The answer was yes to both — and, of course, more than that. It was a perfectly good party, but the reason for it was a little hazy and will hopefully be more evident the next time these various entities decide to Come Together.
SOURCE: The Oakland Express (www.theoaklandpress.com)
The Pistons and Gores-owned Palace Sports and Entertainment celebrated Sunday night at DTE Energy Music Theatre the state of Michigan's spirit of volunteerism in an event called "Come Together" that kicked off the start of a new Pistons-backed charitable foundation.
This event included a concert from Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow and an award ceremony for three Michigan natives who have made an impact in their communities: Detroit native Darnell Hall, Grand Rapids native Catrina Harvey and Flint native Natasha Thomas-Jackson.
"I always loved playing with my good friend Bobby Ritchie - Kid Rock," said Crow, before she took the stage at about 7:30 p.m. "Detroit is one of those places in America that I always look forward to playing."
It was unclear, as of about 8 p.m., if Kid Rock would take the stage during Crow’s concert. Kid Rock leaves a few miles away from DTE Energy Music Theatre and had worked with Crow on a few songs including one called “Picture.”
The event, expected to take place annually at the venue, gave recognition the efforts of Hall, Harvey and Thomas-Jackson for their work with children in urban areas. Each received a $25,000 grant from the Pistons-Palace Foundation to support their cause.
Gores, a Flint native who currently lives in Beverly Hills, didn’t attend the event, but said in a statement he’s committed to highlighting the charitable efforts of his home state so it can move forward after challenging times over the years.
“Every day people throughout Michigan are doing things that make a meaningful difference in their communities,” Gores said. “The Come Together program is a great way to recognized those people and inspire others to make an impact of their own.”
Hall, a Detroit Police officer, was raised in the city and is active the Think Detroit PAL organization that teaches children life skills through sports. He’s the football commissioner and also made the 1992 U.S. Olympic team in track team in the 4X400 meters as an alternate and won a gold medal in Barcelona, Spain.
Hall said the night and generous gesture from the Pistons and Palace will help fund Think Detroit PAL’s expenses related to its sports programs and helps the Motor City get a closer bond with the Auburn Hills-based NBA team.
“Professional teams want to be involved with organizations that are doing the right things, and right now it’s that time,” Hall said. “The Pistons stepped up, are doing what they feel they have to do, and I think it’s a wonderful idea.
“(Tom Gores) has a vision, he has a dream, and he’s the same passion about helping people as I have.”
Harvey is the program coordinator for Kids Helping Kids, an effort founded in 2009 that has a food program that provides brown-sack dinners to more than 4,000 nutritionally at-risk youngsters in the great Grand Rapids Area.
Thomas-Jackson, a poet, coordinates a program called “Raise It Up!,” an effort promoting youth art awareness that recently sent a group of Flint children to the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival Competition in San Francisco.
Pistons players including Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, Rodney Stuckey, Kim English, team president Joe Dumars and coach Lawrence Frank also attended the event. So did former Detroit mayor Dennis Archer, former “Detroit 187” TV actress Erin Cummings and state representative John Dingell.
Frank said its Gores' passion for the team and state that made it a no-brainer for him to join the Pistons last year.
"His thing is: 'Hey look, it's not enough to win a championship in Detroit, we have to impact the lives of people in Detroit, the surrounding areas and Michigan," Frank said of Gores. "That was a great incentive to come here, and Tom is sincere with it.
"When you have an opportunity to impact others, that's a remarkable opportunity."
Sheryl Crow and Lawrence Frank had a few laughts on the red carpet Sunday night at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkson (Photo: Eric Lacy)
October 13, 2012 event to raise critical funds for the 1 in 4 children at risk of hunger in San Diego County
Feeding America San Diego invites community leaders, philanthropists, and humanitarians to its inaugural fundraising gala on Saturday, October 13, an unforgettable evening under the stars in La Jolla with Master of Ceremonies Larry King. Guests will take in a sunset on the beach while sipping fresh cocktails, experiencing delectable cuisine, and enjoying an exclusive performance by nine-time Grammy™ winner Sheryl Crow.
“Sunset Soirée” is generously underwritten by the Meyer Family, allowing 100% of funds raised through tickets, tables and sponsorships to go directly to programs at Feeding America San Diego. Through key partnerships with corporate partners, food donors, grocery stores and the national member network, Feeding America San Diego provides six meals for every dollar donated.
TALENT AND ENTERTAINMENT
Sheryl Crow is a multi-platinum recording artist, cancer survivor, and passionate humanitarian who has sold over 35 million records worldwide. Her music incorporates elements of rock, folk, hip-hop, country, and pop. She has released seven studio albums, two compilations, and a live album, and has contributed to various film soundtracks. Additionally, Crow has garnered nine Grammy™ Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
In addition to her own work, Crow has performed with The Rolling Stones and has sung duets with Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock, Michelle Branch, and Sting among others. As an actress, Crow has appeared on various television shows including NBC’s 30 Rock, ABC’s GCB and Cougar Town, Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana Forever, and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.
Larry King is an American television and radio host whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys and ten Cable ACE Awards. He began as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s and became prominent as an all-night national radio broadcaster starting in 1978. From 1985–2010, he hosted the nightly interview TV program Larry King Live on CNN.
VIP table of 8 with meet and greet: $25,000
Premier table of 8: $6,000 (stage-center)
Table of 8: $4,000 (front-center)
Individual premier ticket: $750 (front-center) Individual ticket: $500
5:00 PM, Cocktails on the north end of the beach
6:30 PM, Promenade to the fountain
7:00 PM, Dinner
7:30 PM, Program with Master of Ceremonies Larry King
8:00 PM, Auction
8:45 PM, Special acoustic performance by Sheryl Crow
For more information visit: http://feedingamericasd.org/HowToHelp/EventsCampaigns/Gala2012.aspx
Source: lehighvalleylive.com | Express-Times
Sheryl Crow finally took the stage Thursday evening August 9, 2012 in the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Casino, Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Arriving a tad late due to a truck breakdown in Kentucky, the show was delayed a short time which did not even seem to create a ripple in the audience enthusiasm.
Sheryl Crow is a heroine to many. She has just passed her 50th birthday and successfully fought breast cancer in 2006. She was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, which was found to be benign and fortunately, not life threatening. She appears healthy and living her life to the fullest.
Crow has not forgotten her roots and knows how to rock a crowd. She brought the hits, tossed in a few new songs after having spent twenty years in the spotlight. She seems at ease and confident on stage all the while playing her guitars like one of the greats of her generation. She brings all of her magic to her performances and delivers an energetic and fun filled evening to her legions of fans.
Sheryl Crow, was born on February 11, 1962 in Kennett, Missouri. She is a professional song writer and singer. She sings rock, pop and country and she released her 1st album in 1993. Crows career as a professional singer and songwriter began by moving to Los Angeles in 1986, where she worked as a waitress and searched for music jobs in her free time. Eventually, she managed to get work singing for several commercial spots, including a McDonald's jingle. Around this time, she auditioned as a backup singer for Michael Jackson, and impressed his camp enough to be accepted onto the two year “Bad” world tour.
Her work has also been used on many motion picture soundtracks, including Hope Floats, Boys on the Side, Message in a Bottle, The Faculty, and Practical Magic, on which she performs with Stevie Nicks. She has also contributed to the Led Zeppelin and Carpenters tribute albums. She continues to tour and has indicated that she will be releasing a new album next year.
"I don't see no stinkin' rain," Crow commented about the weather about 2/3 of the way through the show, when stars could be seen twinkling in the sky.
With that she strapped on an accordion, remarking that strapping on such an instrument will make your man "go crazy," and launched into a rousing 'Cmon 'Cmon,' the title track off her 2002 album.
It was a show full of hits and Crow seemed happy to still be playing them, smiling, dancing around, her voice still strong with that mesmerizing southern huskiness.
She went on at 8:30 p.m., a little earlier than was originally planned (in case the heavens opened, I suspect), strumming her acoustic guitar for "Steve McQueen" and then launching right into her mega-hit "All I Want to Do." She played 15 songs in the hour a half show, winding through "My Favorite Mistake," "The First Cut," "If It Makes You Happy," "Soak Up the Sun," "Strong Enough," the intoxicating bluesy "A Change Would Do You Good" and the finale "Everyday is a Winding Road."
Some of the favorites turned into sing alongs, especially "First Cut" and "Strong Enough."
For most songs she stayed front and center, but for "Soak up the Sun" she strutted from one end of the stage to the other, playing the crowd.
The audience of 6,321 roared each time they heard the familiar opening riffs to a song they know and love.
Crow could be the poster child for how to put on the model rock show. She sang all the hits people came to hear. She came backed with a great rock band – a triple guitar front, keys and drums – and she jammed a few times with them.
She got the crowd stoked with the typical comments, "I got a feeling there's a party going on right down," she said to set up All I Want to Do." "I would have liked to have seen Jane's Addiction," she noted, referring to Thursday night's concert cut short by rain (not sure if she knew that part of it). She chatted a couple times about the Olympics, saying she was "addicted" and joking they should have competitive CPR or competitive guitar dueling. And she talked about her two young sons, saying that even though she played Thursday night in Atlantic City, she flew home to Nashville so she could take one of them to his first day of school yesterday morning, resulting in a late arrival in Bethlehem, just about 10 minutes before the show began. That, she said, was the reason she looked the way she did.
She did look a little different – very natural (little makeup) and sun kissed -- and I was wondering why. The worst came to mind, as she had revealed earlier this year she had a benign brain tumor. But actually she looked beautiful.
The concert was not all hits. She performed the driving southern rocker "Real Gone," the song she co-wrote for the animated "Cars" movie which she said she plays for her kids every night.
The first of two encores was a soaring cover of "You're No Good," which featured an extended guitar jam by two of her guys.
Most of the well behaved audience was finally moved to its feet for the final "Every Day is a Winding Road." They were clearly "feeling fine."
At least that's what the man next to me said, out of nowhere.
If the lyrics to Crow's 1993 Grammy-winning hit "All I Wanna Do" aren't ringing a bell with you, they're at least echoing in the heads of those at tonight's Musikfest concert. It was the second song in her set.
Crow came on stage at 8:30 p.m. to very little fanfare. Most fans didn't know the nine-time Grammy winner was on stage until her signature bluesy vocals came through on "Steve McQueen," off her 2002 album "C'Mon, C'Mon."
But her entrance isn't surprising when you consider her laidback appeal. Crow joked that she almost didn't come to the concert tonight because she's been addicted to watching the Olympics.
The show proved a thorough sampling of Crow's favorites and greatest hits off her 10 albums, ranging from 1993's "Tuesday Night Music Club" to her most recent work, 2010's "100 Miles From Memphis".
The weather that shortened Jane's Addiction's concert on Thursday was nowhere to be seen at the start of the show, allowing guests to soak up the sun. Crow even joked that she would have liked to see them last night.
The mellow crowd, warmed up by opener Brandy Clark, cheered Crow as she came to life with her classic hits, including "My Favorite Mistake" and "Abilene."
Crow's soulful vocals, which got an early start in her career as a back-up vocalist for Michael Jackson, shined through during "Members Only," off 1998's "Globe Sessions." Crow encouraged the crowd to sing along with her to Cat Steven's cover "The First Cut is the Deepest."
A ripple of laughter went through the crowd as Crow put on an accordion for "C'Mon, C'Mon."
"Ladies, I'm going to tell you. This here's a secret weapon," she said. "You strap one of these on and your man will go crazy."
In June, Crow revealed to fans she had a benign brain tumor. But it wasn't enough to stop the crooner, whose voice rings with that Southern sound once she gets going.
Crow was slated to play Musikfest in 2001, but had to pull out for medical reasons. Crow's Musikfest performance was sandwiched between a tour stops Thursday in Atlantic City and one Saturday in Ontario, Canada.
Crow told the crowd she flew home last night so she could be with her son on his first day of school and get back in time for the concert.
"My kids don't have any idea what I do," she said. "They just know that when the 'Cars' soundtrack comes on and the first song, they're like 'That's Mommy.'"
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You never know what the day might bring.
As Musikfest 2012 gets under way, one headlining musical act on the bill this year really drew my attention: Sheryl Crow.
Many moons ago, specifically October 2005, I had the opportunity of a lifetime: I hugged Sheryl Crow.
It's a long story, but with Crow coming to Musikfest on Friday, it's worth repeating -- and reliving.
My love -- well, in a music sense -- of Sheryl Crow started when I heard "All I Wanna Do" on the radio for the first time in the spring of 1994.
As that song was climbing up the charts, it turned out that she was going to be the opening act for when I saw my favorite group, The Eagles, in concert.
I was very impressed by her songs and bought her debut album. The love affair grew over the years...
Crow became an overnight sensation. And with her charm and good looks, she was on the cover of every magazine. Her music was very inspiring and catchy too. It just seemed like she was everywhere.
After seeing her in concert about three or four times (even a show in Central Park), I scored a ticket to see her at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby (an intimate venue where I had seen Supertramp, Kansas and David Crosby over the years.)
The stage was set...
The day before the show, I had just left my job as editor of a newspaper in Pottsville after five years. I was pretty bummed, but hoping that the concert might cheer me up.
Never knowing traffic, I got to the venue early. A crowd was already gathered around.
Turns out they were there for some radio contest. The group got called into the theater and someone asked me if I was with the group. So I played dumb, said yes and got inside.
We entered the theater and Crow and her band were rehearsing. So we took some seats and got to watch the performance -- still with no one realizing that I wasn't part of the group.
Then, came the words that shocked me. Someone said, "Ok, we're going to go on stage to meet her."
Wow, I wasn't expecting this. We all lined up and then got on stage in a file.
It was like meeting the queen or president. I don't really remember many men being in the group.
But all the women wanted to see Crow's engagement ring. She had just gotten engaged to cyclist Lance Armstrong.
I needed a plan. She was coming near me.
I've interviewed numerous celebrities and popular politicians over the years (Charles Barkley, Bob Dole, Don Henley, Tom Kean, Joe Biden, to name a few) so I wasn't as starstruck as most.
So here was this gorgeous woman who looked a lot shorter in person. But, with Crow being from the Midwest, she just seemed so sweet.
Here came my big chance. So I asked her for a hug. Why not go for it all?
She went for it. Made my millenium.
Throughout the concert, I told people that I hugged her. I told friends and family the entire week after. I've been telling people my entire life since.
I'm not sure if I'm going to see Crow perform here Friday. But I have my memories that will last a lifetime.
Thanks for that hug!
NEWS - Detroit Pistons to honor Flint RAISE IT UP! founder with $25,000 grant at Sheryl Crow concert
FLINT, MI—Next month, a Flint native's work with youth in her hometown will put her in a room with nine-time Grammy Award winner and members of the Detroit Pistons.
And after the event, she'll receive thousands of dollars to keep that work going.
On Friday, Natasha Thomas-Jackson, founder of RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness, used her Twitter and Facebook profiles to announce that she will receive the Come Together Community Impact Award by the Pistons' Come Together Foundation.
The Aug. 12 ceremony at DTE Energy Music Theatre is headlined by a private Sheryl Crow concert, and will feature appearances from Detroit Pistons players and personalities.
In a phone call with Flint Journal, Thomas-Jackson said a representative from Come Together contacted her last week to request more information about RAISE IT UP!, and she was contacted again this week to let her know she won the award.
"The owner of the Pistons is big on giving back, and apparently, he's from Genesee County," she said, adding that Come Together plans to make the award an annual honor. "He was looking for organizations they can support, saw what RAISE IT UP! did, and came to the conclusion they could support."
Thomas-Jackson, who is also known a Theory in poetry circles, founded the organization in 2005 to give structure to the poetry and community workshops she was conducting for schools and churches with her poetry group Neo-Griot. In 2009, the organizations began accepting grants from Ruth Mott Foundation.
For the last two years, one of RAISE IT UP!'s most visible activities has been sending a youth poetry team - with skills honed by workshops she helps put together - to compete in Brave New Voices, a yearly international competition in San Francisco, Calif. Last month, the Flint team placed in the top 10 out of 50 teams who competed.
The organization's other youth activities includes art and dialogue workshops, helping them organize community events, and teaming them with adult artists and mentors. It also trains and consults organizations on how to effectively engage youth and incorporate art into their work.
Recent plans have focused on expanding pay other artists and activists to run workshops, to alleviate time for Thomas-Jackson and the organization's program director to help grow the organization and get more resources.
"We were already trying to expand the program, and we were looking for funds to do that," Thomas Jackson said. "[The grant] came at the perfect time."
Instead, the creative team will take the time to retool the production for a more intimate Broadway venue.
"Coming to Broadway in one of the most crowded spring seasons in some time, the production was originally envisioned and designed for a large Broadway musical house, but with the healthy crop of Broadway musicals and revivals, both current and hopefuls, there are more shows vying for large musical houses than are available," according to the Aug. 3 statement. "Faced with this challenge the producers and creative team of Diner embarked on an exploratory exercise to determine if the show would play as effectively in a theatre with a capacity no larger than 1,100 seats, for which there is greater opportunity. Holding themselves to uncompromising standards they happily discovered that their answer was 'yes.'
"The retooled production will not be completed in time for a San Francisco bow in October 2012, instead those dates will be utilized for a four-week fully-staged workshop in New York for the creative team to make necessary artistic revisions. The production is investigating alternate San Francisco dates in early 2013."
Diner will open on Broadway April 10, 2013, at a theatre to be announced.
"Once you have locked in your physical production out-of-town there is no flexibility to subsequently play a smaller venue," Zeiger said in a statement. "With no guarantee of a large musical house in the spring this was our only fiscally responsible choice. We are also encouraged by recent examples of successful, critically-acclaimed musicals playing theatres with roughly the same capacity that we will play. We are exceptionally pleased to bring Diner to Broadway in the spring and will announce our home very shortly."
Director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall added, "I love that we are envisioning Diner for a more intimate theatre. I think Barry's wonderfully vivid characters and Sheryl's fabulously rockin' score will be even more thrilling in a smaller venue where the audience can experience the show viscerally."
Diner, based on Levinson's film, is set in Baltimore, 1959, when six high school friends reunite at the one place they know they'll always belong: the Diner. "Now in their twenties, the friends have stumbled into adulthood and struggle to keep from growing apart," according to production notes. "Life, love, responsibility — it's all on the table."
Based on the critically acclaimed 1982 film, Diner has a book by Academy Award winner and original screenwriter Barry Levinson, music and lyrics by nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.
The creative team includes scenic designer Derek McLane, lighting designer Peter Kaczorowski and sound designer Scott Lehrer with orchestrations and music direction by Mitchell Froom.