THE O’JAYS & VANESSA WILLIAMS CONFIRMED TO HEADLINE NEWPORT BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY BANK OF THE WEST JUNE 2-4, 2017 AT THE HYATT REGENCY NEWPORT BEACH
*The Newport Beach Jazz Festival returns to the beautiful city of Newport Beach on June 2-4, 2017, presented by Bank of the West. Enjoy three spectacular days of world-class jazz, R&B and soul music at the picturesque property of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Single Day and Weekend Passes are on sale now.
Each year, the Newport Beach Jazz Festival features a selection of the world’s top instrumental artists and inspiring vocalists, from music legends to rising stars – and this year is no exception. Leading an accomplished list of artists performing on this year’s bill is the legendary O’JAYS, VANESSA WILLIAMS, DAVID SANBORN, WEST COAST JAM featuring RICHARD ELLIOT, RICK BRAUN & NORMAN BROWN, and EUGE GROOVE, among many others. The beautiful outdoor setting provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy a weekend of music, food and fun.
The festival kicks off on Friday night at the Hyatt’s Back Bay Amphitheatre with a VIP concert and hosted reception featuring EUGE GROOVE. The intimate outdoor concert venue offers 1,000 seats within 100 feet from the stage, allowing fans to get up-close and personal with the artists. The festival heads down to the Back Bay Golf Course on Saturday and Sunday for two jam-packed days filled with the finest smooth jazz, R&B and adult contemporary music. Fans will be treated to 20 performances on two alternating stages of music, an International Food Court, eclectic Vendor Village, shade lounges, VIP hospitality and spectacular views of Newport Back Bay unmatched in Southern California.
Single Day and Weekend passes are on sale now at www.hyattfestival.tix.com.
NEWPORT BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL • 2017 PERFORMANCE LINEUP
FRIDAY, JUNE 2:
Euge Groove Party
SATURDAY, JUNE 3:
Lindsey Webster and more to be announced
SUNDAY, JUNE 4:
West Coast Jam: Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Norman Brown featuring The West Coast Horns Kandace Springs
Foreign Affair Tour: Michael Lington, Marc Antoine & Alex Bugnon and more to be announced
94.7 The Wave will host the After-Hour Parties on Friday and Saturday evening, featuring music by DJ Jonathan Phillips in the Pacific Room (Friday at 8:00 p.m.) and Ray Jordan in the SHOR Bar (Saturday at 8:00 p.m.).
About Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
One of Newport Beach’s most esteemed resorts since 1962, the landmark Hyatt Regency Newport Beach recently undertook a complete reinvention that encompassed all aspects of the property – from the grand front drive, porte-cochere, and lobby, to its 407 guest rooms & suites, pools, extensive grounds and restaurants. Between the outdoor concert venues, luxurious resort amenities and stunning views that Newport Beach offers, this truly makes for a wonderful home to this annual music festival.
About Omega Events, Inc.
For the last two decades, Omega Events, Inc. has been a leader in live entertainment, bringing world-class musicians and their fans together at a variety of music festivals, winery concerts and special events. Omega Events’ team specializes in every aspect of event production, including talent buying, sponsorship, marketing, beverage sales, vendor relations, cash-management and concert production.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH
*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!
Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All Fears, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.
DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai
SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer
STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.
Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language
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