800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, 90015
Soul man John Németh has followed an unusual path. Born in Boise, ID, to Hungarian immigrant parents, he got his start singing at Catholic Daughters of America luncheons and made a living as a truck driver. But he always followed his muse. After living for a time in Oakland ("the most southern city on the west coast," he says), John relocated his family to Memphis last year to be closer to the birthplace of blues, soul, and rock ‘n roll. Though his rental truck broke down in Arizona en route, two days later he was at Scott Bomar's Electraphonic Studio with the Bo-Keys, cutting his new album Memphis Grease. Memphis Grease is an aptly-titled, 13-track album, out on Blue Corn Music March 25. It’s slathered with fatback soul and blues done the Memphis way: tight horn lines, whirling organ with John’s soaring voice and wicked harp playing front and center. Join us, just days before the release of Memphis Grease, for an insightful discussion with Nemeth, moderated by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman, and exclusive performance.
800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, 90015
With all her musical success, Dionne Warwick has managed to stay on the fringe of the industry spotlight living life quietly and unassuming. But, when it comes to helping others and ridding the world of social intolerance she has lived a life out loud and bold.
Dionne has never flaunted her fame or talent but, instead, used it to inspire and influence, in turn, attracting a plethora of celebrities & world leaders from Quincy Jones to Queen Elizabeth to Elton John to Michael Jackson to First Lady Nancy Reagan to Presidents Obama & Clinton, who recognized and respected her not just for her artistry but her humanitarian efforts -- making her a gem in American culture and around the world. Please join us in the Clive Davis Theater for a special screening of Being Dionne Warwick. Co-hosted in conjunction with Centric Network and Bright Music Records/Caroline/EMI/Capitol, and co-produced by Celeb Group, Being Dionne Warwick gives viewers an intimate look at the sometimes reclusive Warwick. Told in Warwick's voice and through personal and professional testimonials, the film tells the story behind the music; allowing us to see Dionne Warwick for the rare woman she is as she walks us through the decades and shares what motivated her during pivotal times of her life. Following the screening, GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman will lead a panel discussion, featuring Warwick, reflecting on the film. Other panelists include Paxton Baker, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Centric/BET Bright Music Records/Caroline/EMI/Capitol and Leota Blacknor, Vice President, Label Urban Relations & Acquisition for Virgin Records. Additionally, premiere Pan-Asian female pop super group Blush, executive produced by Quincy will sing a tribute song to Dionne Warwick as part of the evening.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Gold and platinum-selling R&B/soul singer and songwriter Michael McDonald is known for his work as a member of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, and for several hits as a solo artist. As a member of the Doobies, he recorded some of his most well-known songs, such as "Takin' It to the Streets", "Little Darling", "It Keeps You Runnin'" "Minute by Minute" and "What a Fool Believes" (which became a number one single in the U.S. and earned him a 1978 Grammy Award for Song of the Year). His first solo album, If That's What It Takes, released in 1982, featured the hits "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)," a duet with his sister Maureen, and "I Gotta Try." "Yah Mo B There", a duet with James Ingram, won him the 1985 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. He followed that up with "On My Own", a duet with Patti Labelle, which reached #1 on the U.S. charts in 1986. You'll hear many of these hits and more!